- "I heard they use too much heat!"
One of the biggest arguments against Dominican salons is that they use too much heat. Those blow dryers can get HOT! But think about it: in order to get straight hair the average black women (including those of us on hair journeys) tend to blow their hair dry and then flat iron it straight (probably passing the iron over the hair more than once or twice!).
At the Dominican salon, the stylists set your hair on rollers to get it straight. When blow-drying, especially if your hair is relaxed and already straight, the heat is focused on the roots to get them straight. IF they use the flat iron, it is in large sections with only one pass. In my opinion, that works out to be less direct heat than blow-drying and flat ironing the hair.
Hint: To further lessen the heat that is used on your hair, opt to just get a roller-wrap! Still great results, less heat!!
- "My stylist said they will break my hair off!"
The cosmetology business is so competitive! If you, like me, live in a primarily African American suburban area, it's not uncommon for stylists to be posted in shopping squares, malls, etc, handing out flyers to generate traffic in their salons. A lot of the time, this competition for customers leads to a lot of "bad mouthing" among salons. But, to be frank, many women are forgoing the 6 hour hair 'dos, gossip, blow frying, alcohol spritzing salons and moving towards Dominican salons that tend to move customers through their shops a lot quicker. I have never been in the Dominican salon for more than 2-3 hours from beginning to end! I've been at traditional salons for HOURS at a time (like come in for an 8am appt, stylist is late, other appointments start coming in, don't end up leaving until 1 or 2 o'clock!)
Additionally, at $30 for a wash, set, flat iron, and trim you can't beat that price with a stick! If I was the $60 for a wash, blow dry, flat iron, and trim salon, I would bad-mouth the Dominican salons too!
- "I heard they don't like natural hair!"
Since I've been on my HHJ, I've heard some women report that they were turned away from Dominican salons because of their natural hair! Worse, I've heard whispers that some Dominican salon stylists sneak relaxers into their conditioners to make their jobs "easier" when working with natural, afro-textured hair. (To read more about it, click here and here). However, there are some "traditional" black salons that discriminate against natural hair as well (imagine being pressured to relax your hair while at the salon!! It's happened!). The point is, before entrusting anyone with your hair, you should always do your own research to make sure that they won't flub it up!! Search online for reviews of the salon; observe how they are treating other customers' hair before letting them touch yours; ask to see what products they are using before they use it on you. I know there are Dominican salons that do not discriminate against natural hair (the one that I frequent has natural and relaxed patrons).
|My hair and Dominican blowouts.|
What say you? Are Dominican salons the big bad wolf?
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