When I first went natural back in October 2012, I was still learning about my hair. I did not know exactly where to start with products, regimen, or styles. So I called up my long-time beautician I had gone to for years, and I asked her if she could hook my natural hair up with a cute style. Unfortunately, the stylist I have had for so long told me that she did not do natural hair. Ouch!
I was disappointed in her, but I was not disheartened at all. I took the reigns in my own hands, and did my own research – the rest is history. After about a year of doing my own hair, I became tired and overwhelmed, and I really wanted to get my hair pampered like I did before.
I was ready to look for a beautician who would be happy to do my natural hair. So I asked around, and finally found a hair salon that claimed to cater to natural hair. The beautician said she would be glad to do my hair, however, when I went to her salon, all I saw were relaxed and texlaxed clients.
Knowing what I know now, I knew I should have left, but I stayed and kept my appointment. Wanting my hair flat ironed, she did a few trims here and there along with some tugging and pulling. Two hours later, my hair was done – but not cute! I was very upset with the beautician.
As a matter of fact, she’s not a beautician; she is a stylist! Beauticians and hairdressers care for the health and well-being of your hair, whereas stylists only style your hair. Yes, there is a difference!
She literally butchered my natural, and I should have known that by the burnt smell coming from my mangled tresses. And what was worse: my hair reverted as soon as I stepped outside, and looked worse than when I first went to her salon! I deleted her number from my phone, and have not been back since.
A few weeks later, I realized that my hair was permanently altered. I had no choice but to cut the damaged ends, and revive my hair back to life. I made the conscious decision not to go to another hair salon, until now, two years later.
My hair has flourished and grown to from ear length to shoulder length. I found another beautician, who claimed to do natural hair, but this time I was completely prepared with questions, comments, concerns, and anything else I could think of, much of which I plan to share with you now.