Salon experience after going CG

I was finally able to get my hair cut today. I was so excited, I haven't had the dry damaged areas cut off in so long, it definitely needed it. And the noticeably thinner ends were really bugging me!
I called around and found someone who swore she had experience cutting curls/waves and promised me she would not try to cut them out.
I told her I would wash my own hair before coming if that was OK. It was an Aveda salon, but I wasn't sure if their shampoo's and condish's were CG friendly, and she wasn't either.
As soon as I sat in the chair though, I knew this stylist was definitely NOT the "one". She started raking her fingers through my half way dry hair. I was cringing inside, but thought it might be rude to jump up and run screaming at this point.
I explained to her what I wanted and what my hair NEEDED. She said she understood. Though, she clearly did not. As she was chatting, she suggested we "do something different, maybe curl it?" I looked at her completely confused for a moment until I realized she meant a CURLING IRON! I politely declined. Then, she said something that truly did almost make me run screaming from her chair... "How 'bout we flat iron it?"
I had already told her I went CG because fighting my hair had not been working for me. I reminded her that I was trying to minimize the damage as much as possible, and flat ironing would just pull all the waves I have worked so hard to nurture for the last 5 weeks or so.
So she starts cutting my hair, and I had to keep reminding her not to pull it up too much, while all the while she kept trying to push "blending" on me.
She raked that fine tooth comb through my drying hair so many times I wanted to cry.
The real disaster however, came when she started scrunching my half dry combed out hair like a mad woman with some product, I have no idea what, and although it smelled great, it had no hold. She then told me that, in the whole salon, they had no diffuser. "I can just use the blow dryer on it a little." I declined, 3 times. As I looked at my hair in the mirror, I had to remind myself that I can go home and re wet and try to scrunch some life back in my hair. Most of the hair was pretty dry, and truly looked like I was a straight haired gal who tried to scrunch in some unnatural waves, pretty unskillfully. The few, and lonely, clumps that survived the savage combing were pulled into unrecognizable 2a waves, and the understory was mostly straight with a bend or two here and there.
I smiled politely and thanked her, told her I didn't mind air drying, and walked to the register.
While walking to my car I kept repeating in my head "The damaged ends are gone, it won't take too long to recover from that combing, things are going to be fine."
I certainly hope I am right... I came home, super soaked and scrunched some gel (my LALSG was upstairs, so I just used my youngest son's LAL mega hold). Diffused for a couple minutes to set the gel since I had to go pick up my kids and that's all I had time for and let it dry.
My 2c waves are still pulled out to 2b and 2 a's. And it's a little stringy looking, even after being fully dried and SOTC. I really hope it is still from the savage combing and not the cut!

I am not sure I want to put myself through this experience again anytime in the near future. I think that unless I need an actual cut and not just a trim, I will trim my own hair. And next time, I will attempt to find someone who has at least heard of the CG method!
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What a horrible-sounding experience!!! It's awful when you're completely ignored after repeating yourself several times. I don't know if you'd be willing to say anything (I'd never be able to personally) but maybe you could call and complain to the manager/owner/etc. Just explain that your stylist wasn't listening to you at all and you didn't feel like she was trying to help you. That's up to you of course!!! Hopefully, your will be fine and you'll never see this person again!!!!
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

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I do think I may speak the owner/manager and tell her that her/his stylists should not say they can cut curly/wavey hair unless they actually CAN! Anyone can pick up the scissors and start chopping away, that doesn't mean the end result will compliment the hair's natural texture.
The thing that really irked me was how she kept trying to heat style me. I realize that a lot of women do blow dry straight and then use more heat to style, I used to be one! But I had told her I liked my waves and they looked so much better than burning it into submission when taken care of.
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How terrible!

I don't know if this will be any help, but I have a couple suggestions: 1) If you live in a major metro area, try the salon finder here on NC. There is some great info in the comments about what stylists are good at each salon. 2) If you have a beauty school nearby, you might try that. ISTM that many new stylists are better at listening and taking direction than their more "experienced" counterparts because they don't already think they know everything.

I've also heard lots of people on NC say to ask someone you know with great curly hair who cuts theirs, and try that stylist.

Good luck--I hope your hair (and you) bounces back quickly from the trauma.
2b/F/ii canopy/front, with a bit of 2c/M-C/ii behind the ears and at the nape. Low elasticity, mixed porosity.

Lo-poo: GTTT
Co-wash/condition: GTTT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut, GF Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream
LI: KCKT, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
Style: KCCC, FSG, Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel
How terrible!

I don't know if this will be any help, but I have a couple suggestions: 1) If you live in a major metro area, try the salon finder here on NC. There is some great info in the comments about what stylists are good at each salon. 2) If you have a beauty school nearby, you might try that. ISTM that many new stylists are better at listening and taking direction than their more "experienced" counterparts because they don't already think they know everything.

I've also heard lots of people on NC say to ask someone you know with great curly hair who cuts theirs, and try that stylist.

Good luck--I hope your hair (and you) bounces back quickly from the trauma.
Originally Posted by chicklegirl
Unfortunately I did research quite a bit... and although I did find some salons about 45 minutes from me on the salon finder, I don't do well with car trips longer than 20 minutes due to my illness. And the 2 salons listed were mixed reviews. I asked on Facebook for anyone who knew a curly expert. And every one I know has straight her, or hair that they straighten!
Ah well, hopefully I will have at least 6 months before I need to start my search again. I am confident I can do the trims myself.
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Ugh, I know the feeling. I am actually still auditioning stylists. My last one seemed knowledgeable and friendly and receptive to my routine, but after $50, it really didn't look that different. I don't know whether to go back to her a few more times so she can get more familiar with my hair and maybe try a wet cut, or a wet and dry cut or if I should choose someone new. There is a place that sells Curls called AfroDiva Salon and they focus more on ethnic hair, but that might be in my favour. And if they use the Curls line on me, I know that's all safe.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Also....you might take pics of it now, and then do a rewash and style (add a PT/DT if you can) and see how it is. I know my hair gets angry after a cut but usually settles down a few days later. But if it is still bad after you do it, talk to the salon.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Also....you might take pics of it now, and then do a rewash and style (add a PT/DT if you can) and see how it is. I know my hair gets angry after a cut but usually settles down a few days later. But if it is still bad after you do it, talk to the salon.
Originally Posted by plunkybug
I do think the waves are in a bit of a shock, from the cut and the combing.
On some level, I was prepared for this, I guess going through it was just more traumatic than I expected! We have no shortage of salons here, but it's a smallish town and other than places like Mastercuts I have never noticed much difference in them. (Mastercuts being a strict.. never ever!)
She was a sweet girl, and she did do as I asked, she just didn't get me. If the cut settles in well, there might be hope for her... I just have to be firmer, something I am not good at! So I don't think I will be calling the salon owner/manager, I was just so upset yesterday!
I did read in one of the articles here that switching up from gel to mousse might help reactivate the curl better after a cut. I have some that I really like, though stopped using it because it had the A-cone in it. But if it works....
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Last edited by swtndspcy; 05-11-2011 at 08:40 AM.
Update:
It bounced back really well today!!! I did use mousse, which turned out to be a mistake, becuase my hair was frizzing all over the place, but my waves are back to themselves again! YAY! I am so relieved.
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