When Priscilla went in for her free blowout, she got a lot less than she expected.

Would you like to go get a free blow-out?

I don't know about you, but I'd have to think about that for about millisecond before I'd say..."um, yes!"

That was my first reaction, anyway, but those of us with the very coily-est of coils know what its like to start getting nervous about a trip to any salon you haven't visited before. The questions come as an afterthought, rolling up like credits at the end of good romantic comedy. Getting a professional blow-out sounded like a wonderfully exciting idea, but does the salon specialize in or at least have some knowledge of what to do with naturally coily hair? Will they be like the majority of the black hair salons, where stylists attempt to rip through my coils with a much too fine toothed comb, see me wince and concluding that I'm tender-headed, offer no solution except to tell me to brace myself? Will I regret the damage they might do for a few days or for several months?

Bow your head and close your eyes

Unfortunately, the majority of the time, I am completely justified in my concerns. The reason I usually decide to say a few prayers (seriously) and just give it a go anyway is because, at the end of the day, its just hair, and even if I have to shave it all off and start over, it will eventually grow back...I hope. So, this past Friday, I mustered up some courage and went to an event with two co-workers as press for NaturallyCurly.com. It all started out fairly well, with a trip to check out the blow-out salon, which shall remain nameless for now. We witnessed ladies at the blow-out bar getting complimentary dry styling, while enjoying complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres in the minimalistic, but elegantly designed salon. Then, we walked over to get outlandishly fabulous false eyelashes applied (also complimentary) while we waited for our names to come up on the waiting list to get our hair styled.

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Priscilla Sodeke

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Honestly, I've had the same thing happen when I had a relaxer. I would reassure my stylist that my hair wasn't a whole lot different from the person that she had just styled and walk her through how I wanted mine styled. I didn't use a lot of heat back then so I preferred sitting under the dryer to get some of the water out and then the stylist could use her round brush to blow dry me straight and flat iron. With my natural hair, if I run into the same situation, I would do the same as far as walking the stylist through and reassuring him/her that it isn't that hard and that they are equipped to do what I need. The only thing that I'm concerned about is cutting curly/coily hair. Also to the commenter above, I've gotten some of my best cuts and blow outs from stylist who were not accustomed to styling our hair.

I think the author set up herself and the salon for a bad experience. All women with kinky or very thick curly hair know that these salons have no clue how to do our hair. Once I gave in to the young woman desperate to try blowing my hair. I looked like a cross between shirley temple and bob marley. hurried home to wash it out. I have on a few rare occasions gotten a nice blow-out from stylists not specializing in our hair. Each time they asked me not to come back, nicely, but clearly not joking. Blowing my hair out is hard work, and it takes an experienced hand. Other than Dominican salons, no one really knows how to blow out our hair. The author knew this. We all know this. Sure, we could cry foul; but really do we expect that any salon unfamiliar with our hair will be able to blow it out. No.