To be perfectly honest with you, I practically had no idea how to care for my hair until I started my natural hair journey. Before then, all I did was run to the salon every two weeks for a wash n’ set, and every six weeks for a touch up.
Since I’ve gone natural I’ve been maintaining my hair myself, but sometimes a girl wants to get pampered. And what’s better than having someone else detangle for you?
If you decide to go to a hair salon to care for your tresses, great! Just be careful, and keep these tips in mind so that you know your hair is being taken care of the way you would do at home!
Bring Your Own Products
If you’re ingredient conscious when it comes to hair products (like I am), it may be a good idea to bring your own products. Unless otherwise stated, most salons carry normal retail hair products that may contain sulfates, parabens, etc. There have also been stories of hair stylists subtly perming client’s hair and calling it ‘conditioner’.
To be 100% sure of what’s being put in your hair, take your own products (shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner*, leave in, etc).
Research the salon
Don’t go just anywhere to get your hair done! If you’re looking for a new hair stylist/professional, take your time to research hair salons around you.
There are salons that cater specifically to natural hair, which would be better than going somewhere where the stylist has never seen your texture before.
Speak to the hair stylist beforehand about your hair, what service you’re looking for, and gauge their knowledge of hair. Also ask other customers and search online for reviews.
Request Minimal Heat
Refrain from having a lot of heat used in your hair. I’ve seen a lot of hair stylists put ladies under the dryer for deep conditioning* and roller sets, then still use the blow dryer* so high that steam comes out!
We all know the dangers of heat damage (loosened curl patterned, hair limp & straight, dryness, etc). If you decide to get a roller set, simply have your hair wrapped afterwards. This will avoid the extra heat on the blow dryer*. If you still want it blow dried, request for it to be done with low heat.
You don’t want to sacrifice the overall health of your hair for a one time salon visit. If you plan on getting your hair professionally done often, make sure you find a place that will care for your tresses like you would. Your hair will thank you!