Pushy stylist experience

Is it just me or do more stylists and hairdressers think they know more about your hair then you do??

Now I don't personally have a 'stylist' or personal hairdresser because they all seem to be the same.. pushy about getting you to buy their products and of course they know better..

I told my recent hairdresser 'no proteins or silicone in my hair' she of course told me the products they used had none and they were all natural .. okay fair enough .. then I hear comments from her like 'wow your hair is really damaged!' .. 'your hair is coarse, you need a deep treatment to keep it healthy, this one is very good quality and its on sale'.. got a deep treatment and my hair became damaged because there was protein and silicone in the product.. in the end it was because my "hair was so damaged .. your hair can't be protein sensitive, there's no such thing .. no these products don't have silicones, I told you, they are natural"

Are stylists trained to read and know there products ingredients from moisture and protein? I sometimes feel like I know better than they do.. I'm sure they wouldn't know what humectants or emollients were if it hit them on the head..

Im sorry but I just needed to rant somewhere .. I'm sure we have all experienced something like this in our CG lives, in Australia we don't have hairdressers for curlies so its harder for us (well for me anyways) to find a decent and honest one.. we do have African hair salons but the usually always just specialise in weaves and relaxing ..
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
Hi Tiama,

Sorry to hear about your experience. Salons and stylists can be tricky like that - after all, they are a business and everyone needs to make money, sometimes it just happens at our expense.

Also, a lot of stylists don't see the harm in silicones. For curly girls, given that we don't shampoo our hair as often, and that a lot of our favorite co-washers only work well with water soluable products, silicones can be a nightmare for us. But, for women who do shampoo often, especially ones who use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week - silicones can be pretty great for their hair.

Have you tried a clarifying shampoo to help rid your hair of the buildup? Maybe that will help?
I did.. I got rid of all build up now and my hair is beautiful once more with a very soft touch ..

i find a lot of salons here aim to make everyone look the same, straight long hair, well on me they want to do that anyways I shouldn't say everyone lol.
"2 Something ATM"
Coarse, Medium- Thick, Normal Porosity

My Routine
Low 'Poo: curash soothing oatmeal conditioning shampoo
RO: tresemme naturals moisturising conditioner
LI: tresemme naturals/kinky curly knot today
Seal: mix of shea butter/coconut oil

Goals
waist length hair & finding a sexual cheapo leave in conditioner for both me and my daughter
I'm sorry that happened to you. I've had bad experiences in the last year with a stylist who was Deva trained and all natural and I know it feels awful to walk out feeling worse about your hair than you did when you walked in.

I've learned to speak up more for myself insofar as I will ask to see the ingredients on any bottle of product the stylist wants to put on my hair before allowing her to put it in, unless its a product I know and am ok with. If I don't like the ingredients, I'll tell her to use something else, and I have approve that product first too. I don't really care if they think I'm high-maintenance.

As for the comment that "there's no such thing as being protein sensitive," that's the biggest load of bunk. You can tell her, "really? well I know alot of curly girls who would disagree."
That stylist needs to rethink what she's saying; it sounds awfully like she wants to make a sale at the risk of costing herself not just a sale but a repeat customer, not to mention bad worth of mouth and other new customers who will be turned off by hearing about your experience. Maybe you could "tell" her that via a Yelp review? Use the tools you have at your disposal to fight back
I did that about my bad experience at a curly salon this year where the stylist made me feel like crap. I don't know if the stylist will read it, but I felt better anyway!

Glad your hair is recovering nicely!
That's me with FSG as my styler!!

3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

Currently using:
Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
I think a healthy dose of skepticism is a good thing. Not everyone agrees on hair care, and because we lack definitive sources it ends up being trial and error. Everyone's experience will be different. For example, I would stay far away from stylists who know nothing about how silicones affect hair. But, if a stylist appears knowledgeable about things that affect curly hair and happens to recommend a method that is not strictly CG, I would be willing to give it a try. There are plenty of non-CG people here with beautiful curls so it works for some people!

But if you know for sure your hair is protein-sensitive, definitely don't let anyone put it in your hair! It's your hair and as a paying client you have the right to refuse it. I would ask to see the bottle like Auntie Bubbs said.

Good luck finding the right stylist for you! Maybe you can call the salon ahead of time and say, "My hair is silicone and protein sensitive. What silicone- and protein-free products do you have?" You can use their response to determine whether you trust them enough to make an appointment.

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