Dominican salons or no?

I've been natural for a few years now, and I want to get a relaxer. It's not because I hate my hair or anything; I just prefer the straight look.

I know that I want to get it done professionally, but I'm not sure what kind of salon would be best for giving me a first-time relaxer. My hair is completely natural and healthy, and I don't want it to be totally damaged afterward because I'm still concerned about hair health and growth.

Should I go to a Dominican salon or should I just go to a regular, professional salon? Which kind of salon do you think will provide better hair care when I relax (deep conditioning afterward, maybe a pre-poo before the relaxer, etc.)? I'll also take recommendations for salons in Baltimore, if you have any.

If it helps any, my hair is about 4b/a and very thick.

Have you tried the Dominican blow out? maybe just a good roller set and the way they blow it out afterward can get the hair really straight. that way you still have options. I think you will regret it just like everyone else that does and then you'll be back to transitioning and/or bc'ing. Just don't do it in a whim....really think about it. Can you really have healthy hair and at the same time be relaxed? Eventually it WILL catch up to you.
Have you tried the Dominican blow out? maybe just a good roller set and the way they blow it out afterward can get the hair really straight. that way you still have options. I think you will regret it just like everyone else that does and then you'll be back to transitioning and/or bc'ing. Just don't do it in a whim....really think about it. Can you really have healthy hair and at the same time be relaxed? Eventually it WILL catch up to you.
Originally Posted by CSI
I've been thinking about it for three years, so it's not on a whim. I see dozens of women with relaxed hair online that's just as healthy as natural hair, so yes, you can have healthy, relaxed hair. And I'm sorry, but I believe that saying that it eventually "WILL catch up to" me is kind of presumptuous because that statement ignores all of those relaxed women who are working just as hard as naturals to take care of their hair and whose hair is growing healthily and perfectly fine.

I've cut my hair off until I was nearly bald three times already, so if I do regret it (which I don't think I will, considering the personal reasons why I'm relaxing), a fourth BC won't make much of a difference to me.

I'm not new to the natural hair thing. I've had natural hair for a long time, and honestly, I'm done with it (at least for now). I'm not a new natural becoming desperate with my hair and believing that a relaxer is the only real way to go, so I'm not looking for advice that tells me how awful relaxers are. I'm well aware of what a relaxer is made out of and what it can possibly do, and this is my decision.

Thank you for the advice, but it's not what I'm looking for.


Last edited by J.S.M.; 12-31-2010 at 07:01 PM.
Well in that case I say do your research. The Salons won't know more than you will. Kimmaytube has a great video on You tube about understanding Ph balances. That may be a good start to your research to understanding how to find a decent relaxer that won't be as damaging. Even if the manufacturer sells his product as less damaging it's up to us to really find out if it's true or not since we are the ones that have to deal with the results. As for Dominican salons and relaxers, they tend to use harsher chemicals(super relaxers) because they've been trained to believe that this type of hair needs a little bit more help Having been said, their hair is a lot more resistant and can hold up under a little more chemicals.....Goes back to research. find out what type of hair you have. It's porosity and thickness. this will also help you. Hope it goes well for you. And remember that once you decide which product is good for you then you may want to stick with that one for some time and not jump from relaxer to relaxer and try to find a hairstylist that isn't arrogant and willing to listen to you. That's a lot to ask but it's possible and well worth the search
Well in that case I say do your research. The Salons won't know more than you will. Kimmaytube has a great video on You tube about understanding Ph balances. That may be a good start to your research to understanding how to find a decent relaxer that won't be as damaging. Even if the manufacturer sells his product as less damaging it's up to us to really find out if it's true or not since we are the ones that have to deal with the results. As for Dominican salons and relaxers, they tend to use harsher chemicals(super relaxers) because they've been trained to believe that this type of hair needs a little bit more help Having been said, their hair is a lot more resistant and can hold up under a little more chemicals.....Goes back to research. find out what type of hair you have. It's porosity and thickness. this will also help you. Hope it goes well for you. And remember that once you decide which product is good for you then you may want to stick with that one for some time and not jump from relaxer to relaxer and try to find a hairstylist that isn't arrogant and willing to listen to you. That's a lot to ask but it's possible and well worth the search
Originally Posted by CSI
I've looked into Kimmaytube, and I do find her videos helpful. Thank you for all of the advice and the tip on the Dominican salons. I was leaning towards the regular salons anyway, because honestly they just make me feel better overall. When I go to a regular salon, I feel like I'm getting my hair done by a professional, instead of by someone who doesn't have an actual cosmetology license and just learned the trade by practicing on friends' and family members' hair (no offense to anyone, I've just had some bad experiences with these more...informal salons).

Thanks for the help!

Other suggestions and advice are welcome!

An idea came to my mind.....Have you ever considered the Miss Jessie's Silkener? It's a name they give to a relaxer that is mixed with conditioner. If you go to their website you'll see results of it for all hair types and the results seem to be nice. they talk to you first and give you a consultation to see if you want your hair more manageable where you can still where it curly or just straight. I've never done it and don't know anyone who has but it may be an option. Besides, they seem to keep good records on you and seem to be really concerned about the health of your hair which is the most important. I think it's missjessies.com They even have before and after pictures of girls who've had it done. just an idea ciao!
@JSM Just a thought: Have you tried the Brazilian Keratin Treatment? If you are looking for a straight hair look, I would consider that as well. Considering your hair is completely virgin some salons do not know how to relax virgin hair properly, there for causing breakage from the relaxer. But if you want to get a relaxer at a salon still, research different salons in your area and read reviews too. Also before you have somebody in your hair get a consultation first that may help in the process as well. Good luck!!!!!






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Dominican Salons are awesome! I always go there to get my hair done whenever im too lazy to do it on my own, & it comes out great...depending where you are the price is really good as well. so yes yes yes!!!
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J.S.M., CSI is right consider your hair porosity and texture (strand thickness). That will be important for strength of relaxer and length of time to leave it on. Whatever salon you go to, make sure you get a hair consultation first (as opposed to the person slapping product on without thought).Weigh the pro and cons of lye versus non lye relaxer as well as texturizer and BKT. Since you live in Baltimore, there should be a number of places to get a consultation. Look at youtubers with long relaxed hair to see how they maintain hair health. Good Luck !
Rather than Dominican vs African American, Black or anything else, I'd try to find a salon that does both relaxed and natural hair. Moreover, a hair stylist that does both relaxed and natural hair- even better if they've had both relaxed and natural hair! You get what I'm saying? People screw up chemicals period. It doesn't matter if its a relaxer, a "softener," BKT etc. I would get word of mouth recs or try a salon that has a lot of positive recs on a site like citysearch and obviously get a consult to feel them out. A lot of times, stylists will be honest if you ask them if they have experience doing "virgin hair," and they don't. Another idea might be to go on a site like LCHF and pose the question. There are lots of members who have gone back and fouth between relaxed and natural on there so it might be a good place to start. Good luck. I hope this helps!

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