I was in Borrowdale, getting my nails done at GODDESS. To the right I saw that there was a salon. I asked the receptionist what treatments they did and what products they used. I was impressed when I heard that they used Olive Oil products (the brand), Mizani and Dark N Lovely.
I came back a few days later as my dry hair really needed a deep condition. They organized an oil treatment for me with Mizani. I came prepared though, just incase. I came with my own shampoo and conditioner.
I asked at reception whether I could use my own products. They weren’t surprised at all and said they welcomed clients that came with their own products. I gave the shampoo lady my sulphate free shampoo, letting her know that I have a sensitive scalp (cause secretly I didn’t want her to judge me, I like being liked). She gently massaged my scalp and put on the oil treatment, from root to tip, bagged my hair and put me under a drier.
While I was under the drier, they handed me my tea (white with two sugars). After the treatment was done, they rinsed my hair out gently. I was then introduced to the lady that would do my hair. Gloria is her name.
She took a wide toothed comb and started combing from the ends, to the base. (I was secretly falling in love with her). She asked whether I minded if she put wax in my hair, or if I preferred another product. I told her I didn’t want anything wax based. She walked over to the cabinet and pulled out an Olive Oil moisturizer. She advised that she would use a small amount as it tended to be heavy set. How did she know that I wanted my hair wispy? She saw what it looked like when I came in, and she asked questions. It is a shame that they didn’t have leave-in conditioners to use, as that would have been ideal for that great salon finish.
She blow dried my hair (is that tense correct? It sounds wrong – blow-dried.), and then added a bit more Olive Oil moisturizer, then flat ironed it. We started talking about products and of course I got her in on the wonders of coconut oil and castor oil. We talked about how hard it was to find products that worked for African hair, hopefully she’ll try the all natural stuff found in most pharmacies at a good price.
The price point is higher than an ordinary hair salon, I must say. My oil treatment cost $30.00, but the service was great. So if money is tight, perhaps only go for the essential visits – I’m sure you can pre-determine what those are.
Because of this experience, I may look into going to a hair salon in Melbourne for a scalp scrub and steam, once a quarter. (There’s a stylist that comes highly recommended that I will be talking about in a few posts)
The difference a good hair stylist can make to your hair, your entire experience is astounding. The poor people that saw me stepping out of that salon, must’ve thought I was something else; cause when I left that salon, I was whipping my hair back and forth, cause it had volume, was bouncy and had that WINNING salon finish that I’d paid for. And heish…I felt wonderful. No doubt, I called a few people that day to organise an evening out.
I pray that every woman in Harare has a similar experience to mine. I don’t know about the other ladies at GODDESS, but Gloria is a fantastic hair dresser and knows hair, she’s only limited by the products that are readily available in Zimbabwe. She was also really professional and friendly too. I would go again and recommend anyone to go too (for treatments anyway).
Here are the details:
Ask for Gloria, tell her the Hair Consultant sent you. (I hope that’s her name)