Friday, November 21

Salon Review: Huetiful Salon - Atlanta

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Huetiful Salon here in Atlanta and I HAD to come to you guys and share my experience!

As you all know, I have officially decided to transition to natural and I am currently 10.5 months post relaxer(!!) and I have been noticing an increase in tangling. Since I haven't had a trim since my last relaxer, I decided that it was time to get my hair straightened and trimmed. Internet research brought me to the Huetiful Salon here in Atlanta! On to the review!!

Date of Service: November 15th, 2014

Staff (who I interacted with): Audree

According to them: The Huetiful Salon is exclusively focused on providing healthy hair treatments for women with natural or processed hair, wavy, curly, or kinky-curly type and textures. Our treatments are borne from the products that have made Huetiful a globally recognized hair care brand in less than three years. Using research and client insights that have come from the input of thousands of customers, Huetiful's techniques, products and services are both innovative and effective.

My Expectations: I must say, my expectations were pretty high! After stalking their website and Facebook page for an entire day, I was hyped! However, I knew I wanted my hair straightened, so I was a bit hesitant because there weren't many photos of their work with 4C hair on their Facebook page!

Initial Impressions: The location of the salon was not that far from where I live (and most often "play"). Very convenient, especially if you live in-town. The salon-space itself was a little bit hard to find (it was kind of tucked away in a little strip-mall-ish area... [real descriptive, I know...]) but there was plenty of parking once I found it. What I liked most was the fact that it was not located in a traditional salon (think chairs lined up, shampoo room, styling area, etc.). There was a private suite where my stylist, Audree, was all set up with everything that we'd need (including her shampoo bowl!).

The first thing she did was take a look at my hair. I had pre-detangled (a MUST in my opinion when visiting hair salons!!) so my hair was full of coconut oil. I'd also worn a twist-out the week before so my new growth was pretty stretched out. She shampooed my hair and shared a lot of (accurate!) information that I think would be helpful to a hair-newbie (you know, the usual... 'detangle from tips to roots' and 'find a consistent regimen that works for you'). After shampooing twice (once with a clarifying 'poo, once with a sulfate-free poo) she applied Huetiful's Strengthening Hair Masque and sat me under the steamer for 20 minutes. She rinsed my hair and followed that up with their signature hair conditioner. After rinsing again, she applied their liquid leave-in and heat protectant and then blew my hair out. And OH MY GOODNESS did she get it straight with MINIMAL heat! I was floored at how straight my hair got with just a blow dry! Then she flat ironed (1 pass on NG-only and then another pass on the full length) and trimmed 1-2 inches from my ends. I asked her to put some curls in it, which she did with one more pass from the flat iron and I was good to go. I was in and out in under 2 hours! And, boy, was I loving my hair!

Outcome: The final outcome EXCEEDED all of my expectations, guys!
My hair right before going to Huetiful and the final product
Still holding up 5 days later!
My hair was straight, it had body, I did NOT think my natural hair could look like that (and to be fully honest, I was super sad about it and have been really missing my relaxed hair, but more on that later!). Let me just say that this experience COMPLETELY cemented my decision to continue on with my transition. I just LOVE the versatility (so far!) of my 1/3-natural hair!


Overall: I would recommend the Huetiful Salon to any and everyone who will listen; specifically the stylist that serviced me, Audree. She is new to Huetiful but was extremely nice and very knowledgeable! She specializes in natural hair (locs too!). If I wasn't so cheap such a DIYer I would even consider making this like a "regular" (standing 2 week appt)! I definitely give this experience two thumbs up and am planning to go again in January to straighten (again...!) for my 1-year-post-relaxer milestone!

Have any of you been to the Huetiful Salon in Atlanta (or Chicago)? Thinking about going? Let's talk about it!


Shika
Questions? Additional comments? Email me at shika@hairiamworld.com


4 comments:

  1. Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous!!!!
    My mom keeps trying to get me in her salon but I refuse. I still don't trust anyone else, but maybe I will after seeing this (like maybe 5 years from now... lol)!

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  2. Thanks Britt! I feel you on that - NOBODY (should) knows your hair better than you do!! It was a great experience overall, though. So happy I took that risk!

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