Gabby of Strawberricurls writes:
I am a member of LHCF (longhaircareforum.com), and recently a stylist and fellow LHCFer posted some very disturbing news:
Hello all!She warns that stylists are relaxing our hair and passing it off as conditioner! Please ladies, please be careful of who you let in you hair because you could be waking up the next morning with your hair on your pillow.
Here’s the deal. I’m a junior stylist in a natural salon that doesn’t straighten hair. So a few of our clients just opt to go elsewhere to get their hair straightened. Recently a few of our clients have been telling us stories of salons mixing relaxers with conditioners in order to get their hair straighter. I’ll give two examples.
First example. A client used to get Dominican blowouts. She was short on time and just stuck with a rollerset. She’s a solid 4b. When I saw her she had broken pieces at her scalp and her hair was straightish/curlyish and not quite 4 anymore. She said the minute they rinsed the deep treatment out, her hair was no longer it’s texture. After the rollerset she said her hair just went downhill.
Second example. A client's hair was originally shoulder length. When I met her I assumed she had recently BC’d and still had relaxed ends. She informed me that she’s been natural for years and that she’s only been getting it pressed. But on the last press her hair was sleeker and shinier than usual. She said her stylist mixed something but she wasn’t paying attention and since she didn’t smell anything, she didn’t think anything was up. She did say that she got a 15 minute deep condition with whatever was mixed. After it was all said and done, her hair gradually broke off and she now has only 2 inches of hair. She still has some straight ends left, but I just felt bad cutting it all off.
I could go on but I think you guys get it. If you go to a salon where they complain about the thickness of your hair or things like that, don’t let them touch your hair. Both of these ladies had thick, type 4 hair. My guess is that they are just putting it in and not neutralizing afterward. I can’t think of any places that shampoo after a DC.
I don’t normally start threads but there was enough people to make me see that something is afoot. Why people would do such a nasty thing is beyond me.
Some stylists, not all, tend to get this attitude about themselves that they know everything and you can’t tell them anything and to do so would be offensive to them. It really is disheartening because it gives the stylists that actually give a damn about your hair, a bad name.
Am I saying that all stylists are the devil? No, not by a mile, but what I am saying is that if you plan to take a visit to a salon, find a reputable one that won’t do stuff like slip relaxer into a conditioner treatment. That is just evil…