I read an article recently that was about how black salons have failed black women and I couldn’t help but think back to 08 or even the old days when I used to go to the salon regularly and remember how I was failed myself. Here is an excerpt so that you can see what I mean:
Let me paint you a picture. For many of you, it is a picture that will look familiar; a picture that describes the humiliation and fury millions of black women feel on a regular basis all across America.
Your hair is in need of professional attention, so you head to your favorite salon. You get there and you take a seat in the waiting area. And you wait. And you wait. And…
Finally, you’re taken to the shampoo bowl, where you wait some more. Eventually, your hair gets washed and conditioned. And you wait—with a wet head. All the while, you listen to inane conversation not fit for public consumption.
And the music? You might as well be at the local night club.
Then the article gave this gem:
Visiting the salon should be a pleasant, peaceful experience, not an hours-on-end drudgery that leaves you fighting mad—and wondering why you put up with such disrespect of your time.
And yet, this is what millions of black women endure to get our hair professionally done.
It is a failure of gigantic proportions. It is a failure that is sad because black women are failing black women. This has nothing to do with relaxers vs. natural hair. But it has everything to do with respect.
I agree with the article 100% I think the salon industry has to respect our time, gone are the days when any one individual can dedicate half their Saturday to a confined space of banter, the smell of conditioner and flat irons*.
People got things to do! So have things changed? In my opinion things are changing, with the onset of social media, stylists are taking more pride in their work and the need to get women in and out of the chair. They are using technology to book appointments and there is more respect for the client.
We see the changes, things are not perfect but we are happy about the direction things are headed to. What has your experience been like these days? Is your time respected in the salon? Or is it just more of the same old stuff?