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

Priscilla with flat twist-out and flat twists on the side
We can do it better! (flat-twist out)

Independence Day

I would not go back there to get anything done to my hair unless they actually paid me a large enough quantity of money and expected to get nothing, especially not any endorsement, in return. Why? Why would I not go back for a free full service blow-out? I think the simplest answer is not even about the treatment I received while I was there. No, it is simply this: The fact that the full service blow-out would be free does not change the fact that there was not a soul in that salon who would know what to do with my hair.

The average blow-out bar may seem like something short of a miracle to those with much looser textures. For their sake, I can appreciate the blow-out bar from afar. However, if you haven't at least been entertained by my bitter tail of a blow-out that (pardon my French) blows, at least be warned, my curlier and coiler friends: blow-out bars are not for everyone. When your stylist finishes up by asking, "Since you don't have a relaxer, how do you get your hair straight?" (because, why would a person with curly hair actually want to wear their hair curly?) you know that we still have a long way to go to get through to professional stylists that it is worth it to learn how to cater to us curly, coily people. If that market doesn't seem to exist, it's because of experiences like what I have just related to you that have created a culture of curlies who are not so enthusiastic about taking a trip to the salon.

Have you had any success with getting your coily, curly hair taken care of properly at a salon? What stories do you have of professional styling disasters? 

Read More: Straight-Haired Stylist Finds Curly Hair Passion


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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.