5 Salon Problems I Have Encountered That Should Change Immediately

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I’m not sure if this is the case with most naturals, but I only go to the hair salon occasionally. I tend to take care of my hair myself any other time, unless I need a trim or want a good blowout.

I absolutely adore my hair stylist and wish I could take her with me as I move from state to state. Thankfully, she gets her clients in and out within an hour or so and her work is painless. Not to mention that she SLAYS a blowout.

Not all women are as fortunate, however. I have heard horror stories of women whose hair stylists end up doing more damage to their hair than good. If you’ve run across any of these problems, it may be time to go to a natural hair salon.

You are charged more because your hair is natural

Many hairstylists are charging their natural clients additional money because of the amount of hair they have. I know this is the case in some Dominican salons.

My philosophy is, the price should be the same regardless of the hair type. You are paying for the service. It’s not a person’s fault the way their hair grows out their head.

The excuse shouldn’t be that you are charged more because it takes them longer to do your hair. Reason being: a woman with long, relaxed hair might take as long as a woman with short, natural hair.


Ladies, there are plenty of places that won’t discriminate on hair type. You should be treated fairly, especially if you don’t go to the salon on a regular. It’s supposed to be a gift to yourself, not an annoyance.

You get heat damage after one blow-out

One of my close friends went to a Dominican salon to get her hair done for graduation. She hadn’t straightened her hair in months and was treating herself for the special occasion.

The next time she washed her hair after that, she had heat damage and her hair would no longer curl in some areas. This shouldn’t have been the case.

While there are no guarantees we should be able to wear our hair straight one day and then in its natural state the next. The stylists should know their clients’ individual hair needs being very cautious when using heat and protecting the hair at all costs.

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About Jessica


Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of this team. I am 23 years old and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from George Mason University. Writing is my passion and taking care of my natural hair is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm an advocate for embracing your God-given hair and loving your whole self in the process. You can find me anywhere encouraging and empowering women to live up to their fullest potential.

About Jessica


Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of this team. I am 23 years old and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from George Mason University. Writing is my passion and taking care of my natural hair is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm an advocate for embracing your God-given hair and loving your whole self in the process. You can find me anywhere encouraging and empowering women to live up to their fullest potential.

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Comments

  1. Valerie Price

    To the person who wrote this article, I’m a Natural Hair Stylist, Natural Hair is more time consuming then relaxed Hair my ingredients are imported from Ghana n the rain forest. The pricing of a Salon device are factors of the rent of the establishment,water bill,insurance, lights electricity, telephone, products and other details.

    Image you standing all day doing Natural Hair the among of stress the body n mind takes on to accomplish n deliver a healthy head of hair to your client. Mist woman with Natural Hair go to Salon that do not cater to Natural Hair, then the customer expect a great result. Natural Hair customer should only go to a Natural Hair Stylist.

    Blessings Empress

  2. MsCurlyKat

    Funny you mentioned the time involved. When I Was a stylist (this was back when chemicals were so popular), Some stylists charged more for very long or thick hair, because it took more time. I suspect the reason some naturals at some salons might be charged more is because to do a nice style and not rush through it, takes more time and possibly resources depending on what the client requests. I say some salons because I know some just see a natural come through the door and upcharge automatically, just like some stylists did when they saw a child with two heads worth of hair come through the door back in the day. It’s not necessarily right to always upcharge in every situation, because sometimes what looks daunting may be as quick and easy as any other head of hair, and fees should be discussed and adjusted after the stylist has examined the hair and learned the client’s expectations. So, while it isn’t always right to charge more, it isn’t always realistic to expect to pay the same as someone who is relaxed and getting a set or blowout.

  3. Valerie Price

    Absolutely true what you expressed, however I’m a artist who start each of my services with a consultation. I need to know the goals of each client, the products n food they eat. Any allergies they may have to ingredients. I don’t use any chemicals at my salon,I use flower herbs essential oils shurbs pure Shea butter I import from Ghana n I purchase ingredients from the earth n forest. . I do respect your analysis Empress I really wish more Hair artist/Stylist would care more about the health of their clients Hair n scalp.

    Blessings,

    Valerie Price
    Valerie Signature Salon
    The Salon For Natural Hair

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