Hey lovelies, hope you are all fine. I just wanted to do a quick post on hair salons. Now if you are on a journey to longer and healthier hair you have several options. Either to do everything yourself, go to a salon to get it done or you are somewhere in the middle.
If you tend to do everything yourself then more power to you. After all it is not absolutely necessary for everyone to go to the hair salon. I have tried to do everything myself in the past and the only reason I stopped is because my hair ended up having different textures and some parts of it were left under processed while I was self relaxing. Now I go to the hair salon only to get my hair relaxed or I might wash my hair in the salon if I am really pressed for time however this hardly happens.
I just thought to write this post for anyone who wants to grow their hair healthy and long without having to do everything themselves. (Believe me you are not the only one there are times I feel too tired to wash my hair). Going to the hair salon does not have to spell doom to your hair however you have two options either to go to a hair salon which practices healthy hair care or to teach your hair stylist how to properly care for your hair. Either way it is a win win situation, with the end result being fabulously healthy hair.
If you go to a salon which practices healthy hair care then you are all right (however let us face the truth – several hair salons in Nigeria do not aim to practice healthy hair practices for hair growth). If however you have to teach or direct your hair stylist on proper hair care methods the following might be helpful:
Direct you stylist on each step and what each product is meant for as well as any techniques you might prefer: If you want to do a pre shampoo treatment before washing your hair or spend some extra time under the steamer to make sure your deep conditioner penetrates properly, explain everything.
Insist on using your own products if you can: Using your own products will ensure that you know whether or not your hair is responding to a certain treatment. However if you trust the salon brand used in the hair salon this may not be a problem for you.
Do not hesitate to speak out if your hair stylist is doing something you are uncomfortable with: For example if you are relaxing your hair and your stylist wants to start applying the relaxer without basing your scalp then you need to speak up so that things will be done properly.
As long as the above can be implemented you are well on your way to long and healthy hair with a little help from your trusted stylist. Kindly share any good or bad experiences you had in the hair salon.
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I have been banned from salons for speaking out. Most stylists do not like being directed as they believe they have a certificate that qualifies them to relax your hair with basing it. Best is to find a friend who is open to being directed or beg your sister (make sure you prep her with lots of youtube videos first – kidding).
Nice post Tinu
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These are great tips! I admit i haven't spoken up a few times and cried after i left. No longer!
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I hardly go to salons these days but I'm thinking of getting my hair professionally trimmed soon.
Good tips. I actually need to find a new stylist now that I have moved.
Most nigerian hair stylist don't know how to relax hair properly, they tend to apply relaxer to the already relaxed hair and this is one reason why hair breaks. I would appreciate it if u could write an article on lagos salon owners you know that encourage healthy hair practices. It would make a whole lot of difference esp. If they are affordable. Thanks a lot.
Thank you Folake dear for commenting, appreciate it loads. Lol, you just have to find a stylist that is willing to listen (I admit that it cannot be easy).
Aww sorry about that dear, I am glad this post has helped. Thanks for your comment, xx
A professional trim is always good as long as they do not cut off too much hair, thank you for your comment Dr. Fomsky.
All the best with finding one soon, dear Southern Girl.
You are right dear, I will definitely look into writing a post on such salons. Thanks for the lovely suggestion, xx
I agree with you.I think naija salons are the worst thing to happen to hair.They don't listen and they don't know jack so what you get is damaged hair you have to pay for.
Lol, proper hair knowledge/education is key and some of them lack it.