Reliant on the salon?
A natural cosmetology instructor E D Lewis tells us - A lot of cosmetology schools don't teach their students how to do natural textured hair.........but if it isn't popular, it doesn't become part of the learning experience. Things are starting to change now, but it's VERY slow. Students are taught that the money is with quick things such as haircuts, relaxers, and color. They are conditioned to believe that our hair in it's natural state is too time consuming and not quick money. Only the smart few realize that natural hair isn't that hard to deal with and that these women will remain faithful to great stylists because these type of stylists are far, few and in between.
Signs of a great salon
1. Supportive - Alice tells us - The stylist actually fully supported me going natural and not because "i had good hair" but because it fit my LIFESTYLE :)
2. Knowledgable on natural hair - Agrlcanmac tells us - I've heard of a couple salons that are natural friendly in Brooklyn so we'll see.
3. Experienced - Shug tells us -I go to the salon all the time. They specialize in natural hair, are pleasant, and will give me tips when I ask for them. I've gotten finger curls, rod set, and two strand twists
4. You're not alone - Sheila tells us - I felt very comfortable in the salon and it was a beautiful sight to see every woman in the salon with natural hair
Signs of a bad salon
1. The look of dismay when you enter -Naturally Leslie tells us - Anything I want done I just do it myself because they all look at me like they have no idea where to even begin.
2. Pushing the relaxer - Make up theory tells us - The man at the barber shop was steady complaining the entire time about how I was setting black folks back 100 years because I refused to "fix" my hair.
3.Bad practice - Mellowyel tells us - My scalp will never forgive me for that first blow-dry. Laquita tells us - There was an attempt to put nail glue on my hair and a braid falling from the root.
Brooklyn appears to be the home of great hair and great salons with 3/4 of the good experiences coming from there. So well done Brooklyn!! And finally, pearls of wisdom from Naturally Leslie - 'Natural hair is as easy or difficult as you make it, depending on how you like to style and how often.'