Now That I am Natural, Should I Still Go To the Hair Salon?

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So before you started making the transition from chemically treated hair to natural hair, you always went to the beauty salon to maintain your look. The end result – beautifully coiffed hair that made you feel like the world was your oyster – was something that you simply couldn’t wait to enjoy! But the whole scalp massage (aka relaxation time) and beauty treatment was also very important, too; it was that little chunk of time that you had carved out of your hectic schedule that would allow you to rejuvenate yourself, relax, take a deep breath and come out of the place looking better than when you walked in.

But, now, you are transitioning to natural hair or are already completely natural. That means no more beauty salon visits, right? Not necessarily.

Believe it or not, there are lots of natural hair salons – with licensed natural hair cosmetologists – that can offer hair styling, complete with the “relaxation moment” that we all so desperately need.

As with any hair salon, though, you will want to make sure that the cosmetologists are highly reputable and that their work is up to standard. How to do that? Look up the place with the BBB – the Better Business Bureau – to see how they are rated in terms of customer satisfaction or speak to some of their clients to get their feedback. Also, before you decide go to a natural hair stylist, look at the hair of some of their clients. This will give you a good idea of the looks that he or she is able to achieve as well as the quality of hair care that is given.

These apps come in handy when you need to locate a stylist: Natural Hair Apps that Every Curly Girl Should Try

Another thing to be on the lookout for when looking for a natural hair salon is the amount of attention that is paid to nourishing the hair versus styling it. To clarify, styling is a very important part of what’s needed to be happy with the entire look of your hair. However, the focus of your natural hair salon should always be weighted towards the health of the hair first; then the style of the hair will naturally be easier to maintain due to the hair’s healthiness.

For example, notice the amount of attention that Abena (Embrace Natural Beauty – YouTube) places on nourishing low porosity hair. This is what you should look for when you go to any natural salon in search for natural hair care.

We all know whether you are relaxed or natural, sometimes the salon doesn’t always offer the best experience (Read: Why I am Done With the Black Salon). However, there definitely are good ones out there! So by all means, continue to go to the salon. Just be sure to do your homework, and then, when you sit down in that shampoo chair, you can truly relax.

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