If you’re new to relaxer stretching, 1 inch of new growth can be a daunting obstacle. Instead of fighting your hair to make it bend to your will, embrace textured styles until you’re able to get back to the salon.
3. She uses the same comb on your hair whether it’s bone straight or 12 weeks post. If your hair responds to different products whether you’re off a fresh touch up or well into your stretch, shouldn’t your stylist’s methods change, too? I avoid fine tooth combs, except for wet sets, even when my hair is straight. I have visited stylists who used the same comb on straight hair and curly hair, usually with disastrous results. Don’t let your hard work end it up her comb.
Bring your own comb/brush and be vocal about what she should use. The saying, “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed” is fitting when you’re in a hair salon. Unless you let her know what you do (or don’t) like, your experience will be affected.
4. She skips the DC sessions unless you request it. Before I started washing my own hair, I was clueless about what steps a successful wash day should consist of. I was more concerned with how my hair looked when I left the chair than any pampering during the process. Now that I take care of my own hair, I realize the importance of moisturizing and protein treatments.
Any stylist worth her shears knows that deep conditioning(affiliate link) is a necessity for healthy hair, not a treat. A deep conditioner(affiliate link) (or protein treatment) should be standard with getting your hair styled. Period. I was never a fan of the up-charge when you ask for a DC but I understand that times are hard. I have been to salons where they look at me sideways if I request my a DC. A good rule of thumb is if you have to beg for a deep conditioner(affiliate link), it’s time to look elsewhere for your hair care needs.
Originally posted 2013-01-27 15:00:01.