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Saturday, 15 September 2012

The search for a great, Afro hair salon..is on!

So I'm taking time out from my busy, waiting-for-my-hairdresser-to-start-my-hair period, to write this blog. If you follow me on my YouTube channel, you will know that I expressed my opinion about going to black hair salons. The majority of the comments agreed that black hair salons needed to step up their game in the industry, when it came to customer service. There was 100% no denying that the black hair stylists within these salons were talented, it was the places and sometimes their own attitudes which let themselves down.

I used to travel all the way to Brixton to go to this one hair salon because the hairdresser/stylist was amazing. She knew how to care for my hair and knew exactly HOW I liked it styled, etc. However, the one thing that used to get on my last nerve was her attitude towards my time. She was forever late! A process that should like up to 3-4 hours, took from 10am( me waiting), to me leaving at 6pm! I kid you not. The salon had seen better days, it was a bit dodgy but she was great. We ALL knew that because she would have people queuing outside the door! Again, I kid you not!

But five years on, copious amounts spent on topping up the parking metre and eventually a car parking fine..I was done! I had to end our 'relationship' because my plans on a Saturday had to be pushed back as she didn't value my time.

Now that I'm on my natural hair journey, I look after my hair much more than I did while in the weave and therefore, I want a salon that both respects my natural hair( in terms of advising me and treating it) and my time. I no longer want a grubby salon where stylists feel the need to take a lunch break right in the middle of doing my hair, or ones that don't even write down my appointment time! I'm officially done with that!

I've found a half decent salon in my area, but I'm still not satisfied. They don't treat my hair, I always have to bring my own products and to top it off, I was told by the stylist that I should relax my hair!!! You should not be advising me of such, when I have specifically highlighted my hair journey and WHY I am now natural! So, are you a GOOD hair salon? Do you want to show me how you are breaking stereotypes in the hair industry? Get in touch. I really want to vlog a video which blows all stereotypes out of the water and show people that not all black hair salons are back-a-yard grubby get ups!

Come on! Let's start changing!!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Dawn

    The only people i trust with my hair is a hairdresser in Peckham. I know, you hear Peckham and think its the same as all the others but they are SO different. The salon is called Kosit, they are very professional and they respect you and your time. check them out http://www.kosithair.com

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