I have decided to be going to the salon only for a relaxer touch up and trim 3-4 times a year. Not more. I go to a high end salon so they are quite expensive and i can’t afford to keep getting my hair done there all the time. They do a better job than other salons which is why i have chosen to stick with them. I first went there 4 or 5 years ago to get my eyebrows done and they are the only people i trust with that to this day.
Between my relaxers, i need wash and deep condition my hair regularly and i do that myself at home. I can also do my oil treatments and henna gloss treatments at home…if i got these done at the salon, i would have to cough up quite an amount of cash! I have all the products i need, so i don’t really need to go to the salon. I don’t get the salon look at home but thats not what really matters.
What upsets me about going to the salon though is how they detangle my hair. I remember a guy washing my hair just kinda raking through my hair and yet i was about 8 weeks post! It wasn’t really bad but he could have been a lot more gentle. I understand that they like to work fast so that they can do more people’s hair but that doesn’t make it cool. I hate to think what would happen if i went in now at 16 weeks post with 2″ of new growth!
Another thing i don’t like is the hairdresser telling me what to do to my hair. Giving a suggestion is okay (like how Jimmy suggest i dye my hair and i said no. He didn’t insist) but if i say no, i don’t expect them to keep pestering me to change my mind…like how Jimmy, my hairdresser kept insisting that i should get a relaxer at 8 weeks post! I was sooooo pissed off that day. And i remember him saing that he would be trimming my hair each time i went for a relaxer (every 2 months according to him). Now thats 6 trims in a year. How again am i supposed to retain length?
Then there is the question about the kind of products they use on my hair. I still don’t know what shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner they use on my hair. I don’t even know if i ever got a protein treatment done there! I guess the products were good because my hair came out good and i loved how the deep conditioner felt in my hair. What i did not like though is the fact that another hairdresser, Kibet, did my hair and when styling it he used a hair polisher…thats okay right? But when i looked at the bottle, it said silicone based in huge letters kinda making it seem that the percentage of it was a lot! I know silicones are not all that bad and they are used to give that glossy, shiny look but am just not feeling them. Not his fault though, am just saying that by doing my hair at home i get to use products that i actually like!