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War of the Worlds

Eventually, they basically asked, what exactly did I want them to do? All I wanted was for them to take my shrunken coils and give me some height. Okay, they would see what they could do, they said. Enter, the head stylist. I was told to please not bite the head stylist or zap him into ashes like the aliens from "War of the Worlds", because he was going to try his best without doing a full blow-out service with a shampoo.

Thankfully my manager produced a wide toothed comb from her purse and assured them that we could give directions for what to do. Throughout the styling process, the head stylist was good enough to ask questions about what he should do and how he should do it, instead of pretending he already knew. Here's what he did per my instructions:

  1. Wet my hair with water from a spray bottle and a detangling spray.
  2. Used a wide toothed comb and eventually hair dryer to comb out my fro and make it bigger.
  3. Added some oil to finish the style.

The result was lumpier, but taller hair, that would not be worth paying for if it hadn't been complimentary. If it's possible to give them any credit, I can say that they did try to do something to my hair as opposed to actually kicking me out of the styling chair. At some point, before they offered up their head stylist as a sacrifice to the alien life-form in the styling chair, my manager mentioned that we were there as press for NaturallyCurly.com. I can't really say if that turned the tables for them or not, but while I was getting my hair mussed, I also received a gift card so I could come back for a full blow-out service. Quick, get a big mixing bowl to catch the following sarcasm drip! How nice of them, right?

Read More: How to Do a Natural Hair Blowout

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Honestly, I've had the same thing happen when I had a relaxer. I would reassure my stylist that my hair wasn't a whole lot different from the person that she had just styled and walk her through how I wanted mine styled. I didn't use a lot of heat back then so I preferred sitting under the dryer to get some of the water out and then the stylist could use her round brush to blow dry me straight and flat iron. With my natural hair, if I run into the same situation, I would do the same as far as walking the stylist through and reassuring him/her that it isn't that hard and that they are equipped to do what I need. The only thing that I'm concerned about is cutting curly/coily hair. Also to the commenter above, I've gotten some of my best cuts and blow outs from stylist who were not accustomed to styling our hair.
I think the author set up herself and the salon for a bad experience. All women with kinky or very thick curly hair know that these salons have no clue how to do our hair. Once I gave in to the young woman desperate to try blowing my hair. I looked like a cross between shirley temple and bob marley. hurried home to wash it out. I have on a few rare occasions gotten a nice blow-out from stylists not specializing in our hair. Each time they asked me not to come back, nicely, but clearly not joking. Blowing my hair out is hard work, and it takes an experienced hand. Other than Dominican salons, no one really knows how to blow out our hair. The author knew this. We all know this. Sure, we could cry foul; but really do we expect that any salon unfamiliar with our hair will be able to blow it out. No.

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