May 10, 2011

Salon Talk: Your hair dresser doesn't know everything.

Yesterday I met up with my friend/ hairdresser to go out, she was still getting ready and in the middle of prepping herself she said, "I am never using a flat iron again!" She talked about how her curls aren't the same and some pieces are just plain straight. Now I spotted her heat damage months ago when she wore her afro, but she insisted that she didn't have any. Heat damage isn't always obvious, with split ends that never get straight, or fried looking hair. Sometimes it's just as simple as an un-curlable curl. Of course I didn't just flat out tell her she fried her hair to the point of no return, I asked her standard question about her use of heat protectants etc, etc. We all use heat protectant when we straighten our hair, and that's a great habit but we have to look at the logic: A heat protectant and an iron that's at 450 degrees? Let's be honest, it can only do so much protecting until you down-right sizzled it off. My hair dresser has always encouraged me to wear my hair straight more often, and now I can hold my head high for turning down that offer. The bottom line is hair dressers don't know everything, not that they are inexperienced, or uneducated in the field, but sometimes experience beats previous knowledge. That is why I've always stressed knowing what works for YOU. 
There are no such thing as universal hair laws.
What works for one person may not work for you, what is stressing another person's tresses may not do any harm to your hair. Regardless, this is the perfect time to discover more about what your hair needs, likes and dislikes.


Tia said...

Love it! Great post!

caramelnaps25 said...

Your statement is correct! I am a teacher and a licensed cosmetologist and no two heads of hair are like!I can't flat iron my hair without strands remaining straight so I have not flat ironed in two years since I cut the heat damaged ends out! I tell clients that I consult with that it only takes ONE time to have heat damaged hair that won't revert back!