When Priscilla went in for her free blowout, she got a lot less than she expected.

Would you like to go get a free blow-out?

I don't know about you, but I'd have to think about that for about millisecond before I'd say..."um, yes!"

That was my first reaction, anyway, but those of us with the very coily-est of coils know what its like to start getting nervous about a trip to any salon you haven't visited before. The questions come as an afterthought, rolling up like credits at the end of good romantic comedy. Getting a professional blow-out sounded like a wonderfully exciting idea, but does the salon specialize in or at least have some knowledge of what to do with naturally coily hair? Will they be like the majority of the black hair salons, where stylists attempt to rip through my coils with a much too fine toothed comb, see me wince and concluding that I'm tender-headed, offer no solution except to tell me to brace myself? Will I regret the damage they might do for a few days or for several months?

Bow your head and close your eyes

Unfortunately, the majority of the time, I am completely justified in my concerns. The reason I usually decide to say a few prayers (seriously) and just give it a go anyway is because, at the end of the day, its just hair, and even if I have to shave it all off and start over, it will eventually grow back...I hope. So, this past Friday, I mustered up some courage and went to an event with two co-workers as press for NaturallyCurly.com. It all started out fairly well, with a trip to check out the blow-out salon, which shall remain nameless for now. We witnessed ladies at the blow-out bar getting complimentary dry styling, while enjoying complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres in the minimalistic, but elegantly designed salon. Then, we walked over to get outlandishly fabulous false eyelashes applied (also complimentary) while we waited for our names to come up on the waiting list to get our hair styled.

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