Cutting Ties: Black Women’s Love/Hate Relationship with the Salon


If you are a black woman, at some point in your hair’s life you have been a slave to the hair salon. The every 2 week ritual, the all day appointments, the painful weaves and straightening, the gossip. Whatever hair style you wear, it seems regular visits to black hair salons are a necessary evil in our lives.

But what happens when your schedule and bank account are fed up with the the constant cycle and time commitment to looking good. About 2 years ago I was in this exact situation. I was a die-hard salon girl, press and curl every 2 weeks. After long the all day appointments and $50 hair do’s were too much sustain. I went cold turkey and stopped going to the salon all together.

Before you stop your weekly visits, here are a few ways to manage the love/hate relationship with your hair salon.

Go Natural.

Natural hair has an entire set of needs that often don’t require a hair salon, or not a traditional one at least. Many natural sisters learn how to manage their hair on their own with organic and more holistic care. Salons that cater to natural hair tend to be more relaxing and inviting. However, natural hair isn’t an escape from doing your hair, often times it takes more time and patience to care for your natural locks.

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