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Old 04-25-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
 
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Default What about an ethnic salon?

I got to thinking maybe an ethnic salon might be the way to go if I want a stylist familiar with curls.

Yes? No?

I found this one near where I live:

http://www.mhsalons.com/

It was on this site:

http://www.blackrefer.com/black_hair_salons3.html

I noticed the site also lists Spectrum Salon, which is also on the Find/recommend a salon link for Utah under the CurlSalons tab.

But it's still too far a drive for my liking. I want something close to where I live.
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
 
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Default Ethnic salon...

I go to a salon that "specializes in ethnic hair" - that's
the whole reason I started going, much as I loved my
previous stylist, who just didn't get the *sproing* of curly
hair, and after the cut (in layers, but too short!) she'd comb it!
I'm still growing those layers out...
I've been to this new salon 2x, after reading about it in our
local paper - in October, after waiting 3 mos. to have it cut,
then again in February. She wets it down a bit, then combs it,
which I'm not too thrilled about, (it's 3A) then cuts it in long layers...
the last time I went, she put sections up in clips and scrunched/blew
it dry - without a diffuser! - they don't have one in the whole place!
Yikes! Next time, I will leave with my hair wet/damp, rather than
subject it to a blowdry, which I never do (haven't since last June).

Sorry this post is so long, I guess I'm just not sure about
this place, but I really don't want to go out of town, or on the
hunt for a new one...phew! I'll have to work on my communication
skills!

Seems *almost* anywhere you go, it's a crap shoot!
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:10 PM   #3
 
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They have ZERO diffusers? Do they have chair/hood dryers?
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:00 AM   #4
 
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Default ethnic salon...

That's right...ZERO!
I probably should have run right out after my cut, but...
I was curious to see what she'd do. The first time, she
let it air dry, of course, it was almost dry by the time she
finished cutting it, so no big deal. The last time I went, it
was cold...what was I thinking?
Perhaps I should bring my own diffuser...

I remember seeing a hood dryer at their previous location;
I'll have to check the next time I go!
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:09 PM   #5
 
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I've thought about that too. would love to hear if anyone has better luck
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:45 PM   #6
 
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I have gone to salons that were owned by and catered to ethnic hair (black afro-type hair if you want to get specific). My first stylist worked at one of these salons - a very high end salon - and was caucasin with straight hair but specialized in relaxing and blowouts. This was in the 70'/80's when I did not wear my hair curly (I was a young thing then).

Years later I went to a black-owned salon, the woman who cut my hair was black and she did an "ok" job. Not great; I only went to her a couple of times.

The best stylist I ever had was a man of Indian (as in from India) descent. Although I was still in my days of blow-drying my hair straight he did such an amazing job that I now wish I'd have worn my hair natural back then. I can only imagine how wonderful it would have looked <sigh>.

I went to a Hispanic woman at a JC Penney salon for many years until she retired. She did have thick, curly hair and luuuuved to cut fellow curlies.

I've had other stylists in-between with various types of hair themselves, and they worked in your basic, mid-priced, "non-ethnic specific" hair salon.

My current stylist is a very young lady, of Asian descent with stick straight hair and she's currently at a nationwide chain salon! (Believe me I was shakin' in the chair the first time I went to her).

I guess what I'm saying is that you can get a good person to cut and style your curls and they can be hiding anywhere - the fancy high-end salon, the basic salon, the "ethnic" salon or the "why would I go there" chain salon. They can also be of any ethnicity/descent. You just need to find a stylist that LIKES to work with curly hair.

I have found that the best way is to call or go to the salon and ask. Or if you see someone that you like with curly hair ask them where they go (unfortunately for me the answer is usually "I'm from out of this area" ).
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Old 04-28-2007, 12:18 AM   #7
 
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I got to thinking maybe an ethnic salon might be the way to go if I want a stylist familiar with curls.

Yes? No?

I found this one near where I live:

http://www.mhsalons.com/

It was on this site:

http://www.blackrefer.com/black_hair_salons3.html

I noticed the site also lists Spectrum Salon, which is also on the Find/recommend a salon link for Utah under the CurlSalons tab.

But it's still too far a drive for my liking. I want something close to where I live.
Many "ethnically black" salons are not used to dealing with curly hair because they are usually pressing/flatironing the hair or relaxing it. I would find a salon or a stylist where the stylist enjoys and is experienced working with people's naturally curly texture or has many clients who still have their natural texture. In viewing the web site of the above salon, I would say that's s/he's used to dealing mostly with straight hair, unless the client is getting a curly perm. I'd pass.
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I have found that the best way is to call or go to the salon and ask. Or if you see someone that you like with curly hair ask them where they go (unfortunately for me the answer is usually "I'm from out of this area" ).
I stopped by the greenhouses/nursery where I used to work to see/talk to one of the immigrant gals who has the most beautiful head of curls. But I chickened out asking her who does her hair since my Spanish is near zero & I didn't want to ask the bosses son, their supervisor, to interpret for me.

And the gal at a local Target who had an even prettier head of curls no longer works there.

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In viewing the web site of the above salon, I would say that's s/he's used to dealing mostly with straight hair, unless the client is getting a curly perm. I'd pass.
You're probably right.

This may have a lot to do with "Caucasian hair" -- Utah in 2000 was around 1% AA, but in 2006 the census showed a 10% rise in AA ethnicity. So I guess there's still not enough of a need for a salon specializing in AA or other curly hair, especially when practically every female I see wears their hair straight.
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Quote:
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I stopped by the greenhouses/nursery where I used to work to see/talk to one of the immigrant gals who has the most beautiful head of curls. But I chickened out asking her who does her hair since my Spanish is near zero & I didn't want to ask the bosses son, their supervisor, to interpret for me.
¿Quién corta su pelo? = "Who cuts your hair" according to the translation on http://babelfish.altavista.com/ .

¡es tan bonita! = it's so pretty!

I don't think anyone would mind interpreting; you know how it is when you try to retain what you've learned of a foreign language - "use it or lose it"!
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I stopped by the greenhouses/nursery where I used to work to see/talk to one of the immigrant gals who has the most beautiful head of curls. But I chickened out asking her who does her hair since my Spanish is near zero & I didn't want to ask the bosses son, their supervisor, to interpret for me.
¿Quién corta su pelo? = "Who cuts your hair" according to the translation on http://babelfish.altavista.com/ .

¡es tan bonita! = it's so pretty!

I don't think anyone would mind interpreting; you know how it is when you try to retain what you've learned of a foreign language - "us it or lose it"!
I forgot about babelfish!

I remembered "corta su pelo", though I was unsure about "cut". And I thought answering "es muy bonita" was right. I knew there had to be other words needed to complete the question & sentence.

I have a feeling if I try to talk to her she'll try to get into a discussion with me & then it'd be all over!
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