I am extremely cheap, so even though going to a natural hair salon was something I always wanted to do since I started my journey, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay those high prices.
My best friend surprised me with an early graduation gift of a gift certificate to this fab natural hair salon, I was ecstatic! I immediately booked my appointment for that weekend, and was shocked when they were able to fit me in- I heard that it took weeks to get an appointment.
The morning of the appointment I was still not sure whether I wanted to get a blowout or a twist out, because I had been on a no heat challenge, but I figure since it’s been a year, I may as well treat myself and get it blown out. When I got to the salon and checked in the receptionist was very friendly and told me that Nia, my stylist, was running late, but would be with me as soon as possible.
I didn’t mind waiting because that gave me more time to go back and forth in my head about which style I wanted, and by the time Nia called me over to her chair I was again set on the blow out. Nia was super friendly and seemed to really know what she was doing, and I told her that I wanted to get a blow out.
Before she started on my hair, she gave me a consultation, and told me that she was going to use a “special” shampoo on my hair which would make my hair easier to straighten and with little heat.
She then proceeded to wash and condition my hair. 2 hours later, she was spinning me around to face the mirror, and I couldnt believe I was looking at myself! My hair was shiny, and super sleek. It also was mid way down my back, and I can’t even lie, I was feeling myself. Even though I paid with a gift certificate, I tipped her generously.
Nia was right, my blowout lasted a good two weeks. However, 2 weeks later when I washed my hair I couldn’t believe what happened my hair was limp and my curl pattern was gone.
It looked like my hair had been relaxed but I don’t remember getting a relaxer. I was so confused, I called up the salon and demanded to speak with Nia.
They told me that Nia no longer worked there… The receptionist said that apparently she was mixing relaxer into the companies shampoo, and she was so sorry that it happened to me, but there was nothing she could do.
I was crushed. 5 years of natural hair down the drain. Needless to say, I never went to another natural hair salon again, and now after having to big chop again, I am 2 years strong on my second natural hair journey.