An inside peek into Houston's premier eco-friendly salon.

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Natural Resources Salon in Houston, TX recently opened its doors to the Nappy Love Houston Natural Hair Meetup group. Located in the heart of Rice Village at 5313 Morningside Drive, Natural Resources Salon has been a long time fixture in the Houston natural hair community. With customized hair care services, clients enjoy an exceptional salon experience while enjoying the modern beauty of this green (yes, GREEN!) salon.

The Natural Resources Salon Story

Tamika Fletcher, the co-owner of Natural Resources Salon, was a gracious host for the event and allowed the NLH members to explore the salon outside of the normal business hours. Tamika's personal hair story began over 15 years ago. Like many of us naturals, she used countless relaxers, but thought her hair was healthy since she had a stylist maintaining her hair. After she realized the cumulative effects of relaxing her hair and the damage that it caused, she made the decision to go natural, and hasn’t looked back since. Opening Natural Resources Salon has allowed her to help other naturals who have struggled with their natural hair.

Tamika then opened the floor for a Q&A session, fielding questions from transitioning styles to maintenance, and everything in between. The underlying theme of the event was that your natural hair is different from your relaxed hair and should be treated as such. Even simple actions such as washing and braiding, can cause damage to the hair strand if not done carefully. We also discussed some of the most common transitioning styles of two strand twists, braids, and their signature brand of artificial hair for extensions, WildFlower hair. Natural Resources Salon is also the proprietor of their own hair and skin products, Earth’s Nectar, which they use exclusively throughout the salon. We were able to sample a few of these delectable goodies. My favorite had to be the moisturizer Monoi Hair Milk because of its smooth texture and intoxicating scent.

Creating a Sense of Community

We were also encouraged to share some of our own personal hair stories, which really brought the group together. This kind of support is one of the most vital reasons for joining a natural hair group. You are able to gather inspiration, encouragement and motivation from your peers. After all, who else would understand your hair story better than other naturals? The Natural Resources Salon environment fostered these types of open conversation between the members and the stylists of the salon. Tamika was even so kind as to show us several quick hairstyles that she was able to do on her own hair that took less than five minutes each!  I have NEVER been in a salon where the owner was so hands-on, and it truly had a big impact on me and the other members.

Going Green

Natural Resources Salon incorporates some neat features within the walls of the salon. They allow their customers to refill products at the new recycling station. They are also a chemical-free salon, which and offer straightening treatments without harmful relaxers. From the cork floors to the product recycling station in the front of the building, to the chic lighting and artwork found throughout the facility, Natural Resources exudes a certain environmental awareness that should be apparent in all salons. Walking around the salon you could tell the amount of planning that went into making Natural Resources truly a “green” salon. I believe this is the way of the future for the hair care industry. Want the low down on Tamika's quick and easy twist and braid styles? Head on over to the next page to get detailed instructions on the 'dos.