Hair Horror Stories From Salons

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Do you have a hair horror story to tell? When I was first transitioning, I wanted to get strawset, but the stylist said that I had too much new growth and it wouldn't work out yadda,yadda,yadda So she suggested that I get my hair blown out and I said ok. So not only does she blow out my hair, she also uses a flat iron afterwards. I kept the style for a couple days and when I washed my hair, the majority of my kinks returned and I had to do an aggressive trim and then the rest of my kinks came back. I'm so happy, I didn't have more hair damage.
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Omigosh, I don't think I would like to even recall my experience. It was terrible and sad. The first time I got a relaxer was wonderful and my mom, knowing that she couldn't relax our hair (me and my sisters) she took us to our sister's friend, who was beautician. She did a well job.

BUT, the second, we went to a different lady, another friend of our older sister. This beautician used a super, resistant relaxer on my hair because she said my hair was too thick. I was a little girl, then (I was 13 years old) so I am telling her with a big smile "Okay, my hair will be straighter." That relaxer damaged my hair so much by making it fall out several months later. I didn't even notice until my mom pointed it out to me. She stated, "Sweetheart, parts of your hair is shorter than other parts" When I looked in the mirror, I cried; I had serious damaged har ends and I had to chop it all off and it was because of the super relaxer. (I went back to first hairstylist that did my hair and she saved my hair and did, as usual, a great job). From that point on, I was nearly OBSESSED with hair care up to this day. In a way, I am glad that happened because I learned to take care of my hair, instead of trusting hairstylists. They have the nerve to tell me about my hair and they only met me for the moment. I know about my hair and they don't know anything. So when I do go to hair salons, I tell them the situation. Some hairsytlists like to tell me I am wrong but I tell them I know my hair because I live with it and take care of it all my life.

I know I went off the point...
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I have a real simple one. When I used to get my hair relaxed my hair was longer and started going to a salon for my haircuts. The first time I was very nervous because I didnt want her to cut too much. She was very understanding, gave me some wine and told me to relax. Well it was the best hair cut. The next time I went , I had just got off work after working all night and was very tired, so I went to get my hair "trimmed" well I fell asleep while she was trimming my hair and woke up to realize she went to town on my hair and cut a good amount of length off. I couldnt even pull my hair up in a high ponytail anymore.
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Zahira- those super duper relaxers are no joke! My stylist also used them on me and it's a wonder I still have hair on my head. Not to mention the burns! OUCH!!!!!

Cutie- I can't stand scissor happy stylists. She should've woke you up every so often to ask if you were ok with how she cut your hair.
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
It's amazing how these horror stories all involve a RELAXER :headscratch:headscratch.gif
And mine does too!
My first and last relaxer was done by an older lady that owned a local beauty salon. She swore she could 'get dem curls out of your head girl'.
And I fell for it, I was in highschool at the time and working partime after school. She said a relaxer and style was $60 (this was about 17 years ago-and I live in a small town-Mayberry like), anyway I made the appt. I went to the salon on Wednesday after school, with the 60 dollars. She put some sort of relaxer on my head and began to comb and work it through, she took me to the shampoo bowl and OH MY GOD- that water hitting my head felt like pins and needles sticking me!!!!
She continued to rinse, condition, massage, and repeat for what seemed like forever....
And I soon found out why...
ALL MY HAIR WAS STUCK TO MY SCALP!!!! :fuming:fuming.gif
My ENTIRE scalp was chemical burned!!!
I had to skip the style!
I paid her and got the **** out of there!!
She was still saying 'I'm sorry baby' as I ran toward the door.

Oh and my hair was still curly!! :seriouslymad:madgo.gif
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OMG! That's awful! If that happened to me, I wouldn't have paid her!
"It moisturizes my situation... preserves my sexy."
I should not have paid..
I was young and trying to be polite
I know better now!
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Zsazsa, that was awful! Did you end up seeing a doctor? It's a miracle your hair didn't fall out! From the looks of it, you have a resilient scalp - your hair is beautiful, looks like nothing ever happened.
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My Grandmie made me some 'OIL' for my scalp, while she fussed me for even trying to put chemicals on my hair
Her being mad and disappointed was worse than the burns on my scalp!
(She always stressed never :nono:nono1.gif relax my hair)
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When natural, mostly lopsided cuts when curly because the stylist did not compensate for the varied shrinkage of my multi-textured hair.

When relaxed - more chemical burns than I care to remember.
The worst haircut I ever got was last summer, when an Atlanta stylist (whose own hair suggested that she would know better, it looked so good) lopped the top of my head off, and left the sides long. The top was uneven (of course), but at its longest was 2 inches, and the sides meanwhile hung down to my chin, and the bottom of the back hung down to my neck. The crown, however, which is coincidentally the tightest hair on my head, was just a POOF! Sigh. I was so ugly, and so miserable.

What had I asked her to do? I had asked her to trim my ends. The shape was to stay the same, but with a quarter of an inch off. But no, she couldn't do that, could she. Who with any skills at all cuts the top shorter than the sides? I mean, if you're going for something other than a mullet or a shag?

I got a correction from an extremely talented stylist 2 months later, which of course required the sides to be chopped off to regain an illusion of balance. Then I got another corrective chop in December at Devachan while the top continued to grow. At that point, my hair basically looked good, although the divergent textures still made it uneven.

The silver lining? In the interest of maximizing hair growth, I became scrupulous in my CG method, and I think my hair is super, super healthy. And then another good thing, I think it encouraged me along to the big chop; I had been 4 months into growing out a texturizer, but with her jacked up scissor skills I had a top of natural hair and a remaining head full of transitioning hair. Finally, it just made since to cut all the texturized length off, which I did in March. My hair was shorter than I'd hoped, and I was mad at the stylist who did this -- this was my main stylist, a woman with an extremely inconvenient location whom I've been to 2-4 times a year for the last 10 years, and whose judgment is always, always exactly right --but once again, she was right. My hair fell into place about 3 weeks after she cut all the texturizer out. If only I hadn't tried out the new more convenient stylist.

I looked totally, completely crazy a year ago, what with the puff and top and the Deputy Dog ears hanging down on the sides. But now my hair looks great. I want it to be longer, but since I was transitioning it's not like I lost a whole lot of length that I would not have had to cut off by now anyway. I wish that I didn't look so bad last summer, but a little humility is always good.
When I got my first relaxer last may the lady must have over processed my hair cause the hair in the back of my head felt like plastic and it stayed that way till I washed it then it got back to normal kinda. And after that my mom had to put coconut oil back there every night until my hair felt normal.Also I was mad cause when I washed my hair the first time after the first relaxer my hair went back to curly.It was not as curly as my natural hair but it was still curly and I felt jipped.But now my hair has recovered and is very healthy.
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When i was young I had straight hair on the top and curly underneath, the hairdresser said my hair would either become totally straight or totally curly, lucky me it became completely curly (3b), this happened when i was like 12, so anyway at the time i hated having curly hair and i wished it would have gone straight instead, everyone else in my family had straight hair except me and my mom hated trying to brush it or do anything with it so i was pretty much encouraged to straighten it daily. BIG MISTAKE after like 5 years of straightening my hair was dying!! so i made a vow to only blow dry my hair straight instead of flat iron, then i made another mistake, i dyed my hair black
I have a super light completion so i thought i looked kinda emo... I decided i was going to bleach my hair blonde like the girl from game of throne, why not? its better than black! when i went to buy the bleach i was warned to use hair dye remover instead but i didnt listen! i was young i knew everything! first my hair turned orange, then i tried it again and again (not even waiting a week in between bleachings) eventually my hair turned super light! it was sooo gorgeous i loved it and my curls had almost completely disappeared because my hair was so damaged, it felt so thin and lifeless but i didn't care, this awesome color however did not last long, soon it turned yellow and my roots came back really curly and my hair looked really funny. I knew i should stop bleaching so i tried to dye my hair ombre, that was a huge mistake, i tried it with red but it looked stupid so then i tried to cover the red with brown, my hair fell out in large clumps it was terrible, my last mistake was finally giving in and using a dye remover, that just made it way worse, i looked at my hair, so ugly and broken, it looked like a dead weed, then i noticed the little piece of black hair that i didnt bleach, i kept it as a comparison for later and liked the look of it, it had stayed curly and it was all spiraly and bouncy and healthy, so that day i shaved my entire head and promised myself that i would take care of my hair when it grew back and i would try and love it just as it is, its about one inch long right now and growing, i'm never going to mess around with hair dye again
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When I had been natural for about a year I didn't have a stylist so went to a natural hair salon well known in the area to get my hair trimmed and dyed a red shade. The cut was ok but the dye job was a disaster.

The stylist left the dye on for about 45 minutes and my hair was really really dry afterwards.

Fast forward two months later I went to get my shredding hair cut short. This time I went to a salon recommended by a work colleague who dealt with hair from all ethic groups.

The hairdresser started looking at my hair and said "That often happens when you dye hair yourself"

I replied "I went to the natural hair place two miles away and got it done by the owner"

The look on her face and the salon owner were both a picture.

I explained that when I had dyed my hair myself even when relaxed and didn't suffer shredding apart from once when I over dyed it. I was then told the owner of the natural hair place had apparently won some award.

Anyway after that I learnt my lesson. Previously, apart from once when I got my scalp burnt, I had made sure all the hairdressers I used were used to dealing with hair from a wide range of ethnic groups so I went back to that.

There are lots of salons in London that claim to deal with natural Black hair but like hairdressers who only deal with chemical processing hair many are clueless of how to deal with Black people with fine and low density hair.
Right before my senior year of high school started, I scheduled an appointment to get a touchup for my relaxer. The day before my relaxer, I went swimming with friends, scratched the heck outta my scalp, washed with a sulfate shampoo and didn't moisturize afterwards, and pretty much every other terrible thing you can do to your hair before getting a touchup.

Now, I did tell the stylist all of this. I told her about the swimming, she felt my damp hair from being washed and I disclosed everything else. She assured me it would be fine.

IT. WAS. NOT. FINE.

It started burning immediately. I tried to stick it out as long as possible but I had to have her rinse way too soon. I had chemical burns on my scalp so bad that my hair stuck to the spots and it felt like cradle cap. I didn't even notice while she was rinsing; I only realized it when she tried to comb and blow dry my hair. She had to put antiseptic on my scalp.

I'd had burns before but NOTHING to this magnitude. I was afraid to touch my hair. I had to oil my scalp twice a day for weeks until the scabs from the burns loosened up, flaked off and released the hair. Luckily I didn't end up with bald patches. The crazy thing is, that was NOT my last relaxer!

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Right before my senior year of high school started, I scheduled an appointment to get a touchup for my relaxer. The day before my relaxer, I went swimming with friends, scratched the heck outta my scalp, washed with a sulfate shampoo and didn't moisturize afterwards, and pretty much every other terrible thing you can do to your hair before getting a touchup.

Now, I did tell the stylist all of this. I told her about the swimming, she felt my damp hair from being washed and I disclosed everything else. She assured me it would be fine.

IT. WAS. NOT. FINE.

It started burning immediately. I tried to stick it out as long as possible but I had to have her rinse way too soon. I had chemical burns on my scalp so bad that my hair stuck to the spots and it felt like cradle cap. I didn't even notice while she was rinsing; I only realized it when she tried to comb and blow dry my hair. She had to put antiseptic on my scalp.

I'd had burns before but NOTHING to this magnitude. I was afraid to touch my hair. I had to oil my scalp twice a day for weeks until the scabs from the burns loosened up, flaked off and released the hair. Luckily I didn't end up with bald patches. The crazy thing is, that was NOT my relaxer!
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I washed my hair the night before a relaxer once because it was dirty. Horrible. People say do this or don't do that and you won't burn but truth is I burned regardless. I remember my hair sticking to my scalp many a times.
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Check out this disaste salon visit. I say $20 be damned. This HAM is coming out of my head.
Back when I used to get YUKO straightening done I was at the salon and part of the process is that they straighten your hair all over with straighteners so it's DEAD straight.

Well, they were doing that and there was this funky burning smell and a lot of crackling. Turns out the straighteners they were using were broken or something and they literally singed a huge chunk of my hair clean off. Luckily it was hair at the nape of my neck, so it wasn't noticeable. I felt so friggen lucky it didn't happen at the front of my hair!
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