Your hair experience is more painful than soothing
I don’t know about you, but when I think of “pampering,” I think of peace and relaxation. Beauty doesn’t always have to hurt. I shouldn’t get anxiety when I think about going to a certain type of hair salon.
Many times, small hair salons are so booked that the stylists are more worried about getting their clients in and out of the door as quickly as possible than actually being gentle with their clients’ hair and taking their time. My whole body shouldn’t feel the heat of the blowdryer. Just saying.
Also, a lot of times, a different person is shampooing your hair than your trusted stylist, and that can be torture if you fall in the wrong hands.
I’ve had some weird shampooing experiences in my time. Brushing my hair while it was under the water. Really?!
Not having ethnic hair products
It’s rare that an upscale salon will have products for natural hair. Paul Mitchell is great and all, but it might not have the ingredients that your hair needs. Now, granted, some salons might allow you to bring in your own shampoos and conditioners. That hasn’t been my experience.
Ever since I started co-washing, I always get a little nervous when I realize that my hair will be shampooed AND conditioned at the salon.
The women would probably look at me crazy if I told them I only wanted “clarifying conditioner.” It would also be nice to be able to purchase the products that the salon has for sale. This usually isn’t the case because they don’t carry anything close to what our hair is used to.
Not being able to do natural styles
I love doing my hair. I do. But sometimes it would be nice to go to a salon where they could do my perm rod or flexi rod sets for me. My stylist doesn’t do natural styles and I have too much loyalty to her to try any place else.
With that said my salon days are usually reserved for special occasions because I’m only going there to get my hair flat ironed.
We have to mention that all is not lost for the salon industry, we are seeing more diversity in hair care these days as women make the switch to natural hair and they try to meet demand.
We would love to hear your hair salon experiences. Do any of you get your hair done at a salon specifically catered toward natural hair? Comment below!