4a/4b hair salons?

I can't seem to find any. Some black hair salons claim they can do natural hair but i'm a bit iffy on that one because from my past salon experiences, some people i've seen come in with natural hair and then leave with hair looser than it was because they use products that contain chemicals in them. I don't think I can find any reviews anywhere on just natural hair salons across the usa. The ones that say they can do curly hair probably can't do my hair or if they do they might mess it up. so i'm not even sure. is there a site with 4a/4b hair salon reviews? i've searched all around NC
Hi!

The natural hair industry is just taking off so there aren't many salons yet. Trust me, you don't want to go to a traditional salon.

Talia Whajila (sp) is big in the business of natural hair. She's in Atlanta though and is way too expensive. You may find info from her site as she is also the main founder of the Atlanta Natural Hair Expo.

All the best to you.
Trinigirl
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Mostly 4a , fine hair type, low porosity
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My first and only experience with a natural hair stylist was with a girl by the name of Taji in Raleigh North Carolina. I loved what she did. She gave me a consultation first then a wash, cut and style. I had transitioned for about a year with braids and was wearing my hair out for the first time. I loved it! She was very thorough but now I know that I didn't know enough to ask the right questions. The ladies on this board have been the most helpful. I've added Taji's address below. Ihth.

Taji's Natural Hair Styling
  • (919) 332-3021
5300 Atlantic Ave, #103, Raleigh, NC 27609 Get directions Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Atlantic Ave and Otters Run Ct
I live in Houston--there are couple of 'natural' hair salons, and they are all FOS, if you ask me. They overcharge and aren't that knowledgable.

I got the most knowledge from a white woman who is trained as a Devachan hair cutter. She knew about products, how to cut my hair, didn't use ONE comb the whole time she was doing my hair, didn't talk about how nappy my hair was (just kept saying how gorgeous it was and how she wished her hair did the same--I am 3c/4a (so definitely not a loose textured natural), she didn't charge me an arm and a leg, and she didn't push her products on me, etc.

What do you want to get done? If you want a cut, I would look for a devachan trained artist and call and kind of interview them. I asked my girl several times before going if she did black hair.
I live in Houston--there are couple of 'natural' hair salons, and they are all FOS, if you ask me. They overcharge and aren't that knowledgable.

I got the most knowledge from a white woman who is trained as a Devachan hair cutter. She knew about products, how to cut my hair, didn't use ONE comb the whole time she was doing my hair, didn't talk about how nappy my hair was (just kept saying how gorgeous it was and how she wished her hair did the same--I am 3c/4a (so definitely not a loose textured natural), she didn't charge me an arm and a leg, and she didn't push her products on me, etc.

What do you want to get done? If you want a cut, I would look for a devachan trained artist and call and kind of interview them. I asked my girl several times before going if she did black hair.
Originally Posted by laz22girl
Okay, i'll look into a devachan salon. What types of questions should I ask before going? Yes, i'm looking to get a hair cut.

@trini
Yeah, the natural hair care salons are just taking off but i've checked prices and they are pricey.

@Natural
Is their any boards here that tell you what to ask?
I live in Houston--there are couple of 'natural' hair salons, and they are all FOS, if you ask me. They overcharge and aren't that knowledgable.

I got the most knowledge from a white woman who is trained as a Devachan hair cutter. She knew about products, how to cut my hair, didn't use ONE comb the whole time she was doing my hair, didn't talk about how nappy my hair was (just kept saying how gorgeous it was and how she wished her hair did the same--I am 3c/4a (so definitely not a loose textured natural), she didn't charge me an arm and a leg, and she didn't push her products on me, etc.

What do you want to get done? If you want a cut, I would look for a devachan trained artist and call and kind of interview them. I asked my girl several times before going if she did black hair.
Originally Posted by laz22girl
Okay, i'll look into a devachan salon. What types of questions should I ask before going? Yes, i'm looking to get a hair cut.

@trini
Yeah, the natural hair care salons are just taking off but i've checked prices and they are pricey.

@Natural
Is their any boards here that tell you what to ask?
Originally Posted by moo49
I went to the actual Devachan salon. I live in NYC, and stopped a lady on the street with a nice cut on her 4a/b hair, and she said she got it at the salon in Manhattan. I had an appointment at the Salon in White plains NY, and they cut your hair dry, because they feel that if they cut it when wet, your hair will shrink after drying, and the cut will be ruined. They don't use, or recommend that you use combs on your curls. They used LOTS of 1condition and heaven in hair. They did not want to use the Arc Angel gel to style my hair, but I need hard hold gel, so I insisted. That was my first intro to Deva products. I have since found products I like more...the whole thing-consult, cut, wash, style was about 145....not too sure that I will go back there. BTW- EVERYONE in the salon has great curly hair! HTH!
Hair type-BC: 2/2011-mix of kinks+ coils
Wash-Bobeam Poo bars, As I Am Cleansing Pudding and Coconut Cowash cleansing condish
LI/RO-Curl Junkie rehab, Shescentit Avocado condish, Oyin Hair dew
DT-KBB Luscious Locks, Curl Junkie ANYthing, Shescentit Avocado condish
Style- UFD, As I Am Curling Gelly,
Sealant- Castor, sweet almond oil,Hairveda Vegetal soya oil KBB hair cream
Will try any CG product at least once.
Proud to be a PJ!

$145 is pricey.....but i guess its worth it for one good cut
If you live in or near Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, or DC, the Bubbles salons have very good service and aren't too steep. Depending on what you're getting, a shampoo and cut is about $30 or so. They don't market specifically towards natural black hair, but from what I've seen, they do know how to cut and style natural, kinky/curly hair. I got my hair cut there multiple times, and they cut my hair well. And if you happen to live in Maryland, the Bubbles salon in the Avenue at White Marsh is the one I definitely recommend.

$145 is pricey.....but i guess its worth it for one good cut
Originally Posted by moo49
Pricey is right...how about a budget breaker! I live in NY, and am looking for a less expensive alternative...especially since the Deva prods are not the best on my hair.
Hair type-BC: 2/2011-mix of kinks+ coils
Wash-Bobeam Poo bars, As I Am Cleansing Pudding and Coconut Cowash cleansing condish
LI/RO-Curl Junkie rehab, Shescentit Avocado condish, Oyin Hair dew
DT-KBB Luscious Locks, Curl Junkie ANYthing, Shescentit Avocado condish
Style- UFD, As I Am Curling Gelly,
Sealant- Castor, sweet almond oil,Hairveda Vegetal soya oil KBB hair cream
Will try any CG product at least once.
Proud to be a PJ!

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