Going to the salon while transitioning?

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Some background: I've been transitioning from years of relaxing and flat ironing for almost 11 months now(CG for 6 months!). I've yet to go to a salon since my last relaxer so I've just been giving myself trims every few months, but I feel like I have few split ends at the moment. I have WL hair when pulled straight, BSL when curly. But my ends are thin and when I pick up sections they end very strand-y(is that a word?), and I have pretty much no layers. I've been struggling with getting lasting definition and movement and I feel like a professional cut for long layers could really help me.

Some of my concerns are that I don't have the time or money to go to a curly salon so I'm thinking of just going to a Dominican salon nearby(being Dominican myself, I've always gone to Dominican salons). Should I assume that non-curly specific salons don't know much about the CG method and that all of their products have sulfates and silicones? Would it be rude if I called and asked to bring in my own low poo and conditioner for them to use on me? Also since my transitioning hair has many different patterns I'm assuming I'll have a wet cut and will then be put in rollers. I haven't used heat on my hair since January, would the rollers have the potential to damage my new growth? Do I need to use a silicone heat protectant?

Anyone who has had salon experiences while transitioning, share your stories please!

This was really long winded I'm sorry
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
Some background: I've been transitioning from years of relaxing and flat ironing for almost 11 months now(CG for 6 months!). I've yet to go to a salon since my last relaxer so I've just been giving myself trims every few months, but I feel like I have few split ends at the moment. I have WL hair when pulled straight, BSL when curly. But my ends are thin and when I pick up sections they end very strand-y(is that a word?), and I have pretty much no layers. I've been struggling with getting lasting definition and movement and I feel like a professional cut for long layers could really help me.

Some of my concerns are that I don't have the time or money to go to a curly salon so I'm thinking of just going to a Dominican salon nearby(being Dominican myself, I've always gone to Dominican salons). Should I assume that non-curly specific salons don't know much about the CG method and that all of their products have sulfates and silicones? Would it be rude if I called and asked to bring in my own low poo and conditioner for them to use on me? Also since my transitioning hair has many different patterns I'm assuming I'll have a wet cut and will then be put in rollers. I haven't used heat on my hair since January, would the rollers have the potential to damage my new growth? Do I need to use a silicone heat protectant?

Anyone who has had salon experiences while transitioning, share your stories please!

This was really long winded I'm sorry
Originally Posted by potatohead
I haven't ever relaxed my hair, but due to health problems I did have to stop using any chemicals at all on my hair. My hairdresser was actually really supportive. I brought in my own shampoo and styling products. And she took notes because she has someone in her family with sensitivities.

They definitely shouldn't obligate you to have your hair put in rollers. I've actually had my hair cut before without the blowout (usually she straightens my hair with the blow dryer). If you want your hair dried there they should be able to do it in a way you specify. That being said, I believe there are non cone heat protectors. I don't use them so can't give much advice about that, sorry. THough a quick search led me here: 6 Curly Girl Friendly Silicone-Free Heat Protectants

With the hair cut you can always ask in advance if they're willing to do it dry, but from what I've read that works best for consistent curl patterns (not me at all). Also, I've looked up online and seen that there are curly trained stylists working at non curly salons, so there may very well be someone trained working in the salon right near you.

If a salon is any good they should be able to accommodate you. If not maybe there is another salon nearby that can. When you call to make your appointment you can ask about your concerns and it should give you a good idea whether they will work with you. I can't afford a curly cut either and haven't been inside a salon since going CG. I was planning on asking about the dry cuts etc. My stylist is really good about listening and really good with hair, even if not curly. I do have faith in her abilities, and I think that's the most important thing…. getting someone who listens to you, and someone who has a good sensibility about hair…. regardless of whether they're "curly" stylists or not. Best of luck with the cut and let us know how it goes!
I've been growing out my last relaxer for a few months. I take my own products and leave the salon with wet hair. My stylist isn't particularly happy with it as she feels like she's only done half of her job, but she's supportive of me growing it out and does what I ask.

If they aren't ok with using your products and not styling, go somewhere else. It's your money and your hair.
Fine, med/high porosity, med density, protein craving
Last chemical straightening Nov. 2013
My stylist cuts curly hair in a non curly salon. I've always used what my stylist used on me, I don't quite like the deva products particularly the gel. My stylist is amazing! Kyle learned what he needed to from school very well. Love my deva cut.
I love the deva no poo and one condition. But I'm sure Kyle won't mind if I brought my own products.

I haven't ever relaxed my hair, but due to health problems I did have to stop using any chemicals at all on my hair. My hairdresser was actually really supportive. I brought in my own shampoo and styling products. And she took notes because she has someone in her family with sensitivities.

They definitely shouldn't obligate you to have your hair put in rollers. I've actually had my hair cut before without the blowout (usually she straightens my hair with the blow dryer). If you want your hair dried there they should be able to do it in a way you specify. That being said, I believe there are non cone heat protectors. I don't use them so can't give much advice about that, sorry. THough a quick search led me here: 6 Curly Girl Friendly Silicone-Free Heat Protectants

With the hair cut you can always ask in advance if they're willing to do it dry, but from what I've read that works best for consistent curl patterns (not me at all). Also, I've looked up online and seen that there are curly trained stylists working at non curly salons, so there may very well be someone trained working in the salon right near you.

If a salon is any good they should be able to accommodate you. If not maybe there is another salon nearby that can. When you call to make your appointment you can ask about your concerns and it should give you a good idea whether they will work with you. I can't afford a curly cut either and haven't been inside a salon since going CG. I was planning on asking about the dry cuts etc. My stylist is really good about listening and really good with hair, even if not curly. I do have faith in her abilities, and I think that's the most important thing…. getting someone who listens to you, and someone who has a good sensibility about hair…. regardless of whether they're "curly" stylists or not. Best of luck with the cut and let us know how it goes!
Originally Posted by naturecat
Thank you so much for your advice and sharing your experience! I agree, when I call them beforehand I'm going to ask a whole bunch of questions to make sure they can do what I feel is best for my hair. I have a friend that who recommended the salon to me since she went there to get 10+ inches cut(donating! heart of gold, that one) and she said she really liked how her layers came out and that the woman really listened to her. To be fair, this friend of mine has straight Asian hair, but since I'll probably have a wet cut, layers are layers. She advised me to just be very clear and firm with what I want and I think that should work (:
I will update! If I do get a cut it will be before the semester starts, so within the next three weeks.
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Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
I've been growing out my last relaxer for a few months. I take my own products and leave the salon with wet hair. My stylist isn't particularly happy with it as she feels like she's only done half of her job, but she's supportive of me growing it out and does what I ask.

If they aren't ok with using your products and not styling, go somewhere else. It's your money and your hair.
Originally Posted by bac
I was also thinking about just leaving with wet hair but I'm sure no stylist wants someone leaving their salon without beautiful hair! But you are right, what the customer wants for their hair is most important and a good stylist should respect that. I'll ask about this when I call the salon.
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
My stylist cuts curly hair in a non curly salon. I've always used what my stylist used on me, I don't quite like the deva products particularly the gel. My stylist is amazing! Kyle learned what he needed to from school very well. Love my deva cut.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
This gives me hope that there is someone at the salon I'm planning to go to that has experience in cutting curly hair!
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out

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