Most women are fortunate to have a hair stylist who they have been committed to prior to going on their natural hair journey. For others, this is not the case. There are many reasons one may not have a consistent beautician. Take me for example. I do not have one stylist, presently, because (1) I recently moved to a new city, and (2) I prefer to do my own hair. You may have similar reasons, but let’s face it; we cannot do everything a licensed professional can do (i.e. hair trim or cut).
Because of these limitations, going to a salon may be a good route to take to decrease any chances of damage to our hair. Do you know how to express your exact hair needs to the stylist? Do you feel that asking certain questions will offend him or her? Well this post is for you. I’m here for you!
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With the help of a few natural hair wearing sisters, I have compiled 7 tips to remember when receiving salon services for your natural hair.
1. Get a consultation.
Natural hair is multifaceted. It has many textures and is beautifully diverse. No one’s natural hair is the same. To give the stylist a leg up for your appointment, request a consultation. If there is a particular style you would like and wonder if your hair can be manipulated in that way, then request a consultation. Many salons make it a requirement prior to the actual appointment to meet with them. This can avoid any delays the day of and may help the stylist plan for your personal hair needs. Payment for consultation more than likely will go towards your salon payment.
Photo: Unsplash2. Express your natural hair needs. Take the opportunity to express your hair needs during your consultation or before your stylist begins. If you are not using sulfates, express that. If you had a reaction to coconut oil in the past, say that. You know your hair better than anyone. Naturals are so invested in their hair. We care deeply for our mane. If you style your hair as much as I do, you become very familiar with it. Help your stylist by relaying your routine but in a tactful way. If you are curious to know what products they are using, do not be afraid to ask. 3. Ask about prices upfront. To be prepared for your payment, ask for a pricelist or how much your desired style would be. I often ask for a price range because of my texture, length, and thickness. Those three always play a major role in the actual cost. Avoid any confusion or embarrassment by simply asking. Some salons display their price list visibly. How convenient! 4. Be on time. Everyone is on a schedule, including the stylist. Be considerate of their time, other clients as well as your own. (RAD-Tip: If possible, give yourself fifteen minutes before the actual appointment time.) If your early, you are always on time. However, things happen. If you are running late, call your stylist to inform them of that.
5. Look for a natural hair salon nearby. Wouldn’t this be an end to many natural hair troubles? Natural hair based salons are popping up more now than ever. This can be a naturalista’s hair safe haven. Though, some may still have to travel to a neighboring city or further, it maybe worth the drive. Beauticians who may not solely specialize in natural hair, should not be counted out. They are trained to care for hair. Check out Naturally Curly’s website or their natural hair salon directory. You’re welcome :).
6. Limit phone usage.
This isn’t necessarily hair related but it’s good to put it out there. I will be the first to say that I am guilty for this one. I learn quickly how rude this can be. This is a courtesy to other clients in the waiting area as well as your stylist. If it is not an emergency, limit your phone usage (whether talking, texting or surfing social media). Don’t let your phone be the reason of a hair disaster.
7. Prep your hair.
Finally, prepare your natural hair for your appointment. You maybe thinking to yourself, “why do this if I’m getting it done?”. This is a must and highly recommended for all naturals! Detangle your hair before going to the salon. This is not only a healthy option for your hair but convenient for the stylist who will be doing your hair. (RAD-Tip: If I am getting a flat iron, I always deep condition my hair beforehand.)
With these seven tips, you’ll definitely be equipped with the tools you need for a great salon experience! Cast away those previous fears of utilizing a licensed professional to slay your mane and make that call!