If you watched the above video, you got a glimpse into my terrible hair salon experience back in the spring. I think back to that time and I remember people asking me why I dyed my hair dark and why I cut it even shorter. The reality is that I was going to cut it regardless because my hair was growing too fast. I was also already considering going dark. HOWEVER, I was not prepared for that awful salon experience. I always embrace change, but this was brutal. I will not name the hair dresser nor the salon, but I will share a little about my experience.
I found the salon online and I figured that I'd give them a try. From the moment that I walked into the salon, the hair dresser was boasting about how great she was, to the point that it became annoying. I was there to touch up my roots or rather get some highlights. I was just about the only person there on a Saturday morning. That was the first red flag. The other red flag was how she highlighted my hair. It's difficult for me to explain the technique that she used because no one had ever highlighted my hair the way that she did. All I can say is that, I should have left before she even touched my hair.
In the midst of all of this, she was on her phone about 98.99% of the time. She repeatedly apologized to me for being on the phone and would say, "I'm sorry, but I'm helping my friend. She ruined her hair and I'm helping her fix it." Hmm. "She" ruined her hair or did "YOU" ruin her hair? That was red flag #6987376.
Anyway, as soon as she finished destroying my hair, I paid (yes, I paid) and I ran out of there. Someone else in my shoes would have probably disputed that catastrophe and gotten away with not paying, and rightfully so! I felt that it was my fault and that I got what I deserved for simply trusting a stranger and not paying attention to all the red flags. .
I then had to do what I say I will never do again: dye my own hair with box hair dye, not once but TWICE *insert horror movie scream*.
The first color didn't really take and I had to do it a second time the following day with a darker color.
So here's the painful breakdown:
- I went to the salon on a Saturday. Hair was ruined.
- Went home and dyed it again. Roots were still orange.
- The following day (Sunday) I dyed it a darker color.
- I, then, got my hair trimmed on April Fool's day (go figure) by a very good hair stylist and I began on the road to hair recovery.
My video includes some of the products that I used that played MAJOR roles in nursing my hair back to its healthy state. I can honestly say that I initially panicked, but I had so much faith in those products & people. I knew that my hair would be fine again and it was; even sooner than I expected.
So, in the order listed in my video, here are the products & people who stood by me during this crazy time in my natural hair journey:
- Ion Clarifying Shampoo - This was the first thing that I ran to in an attempt to normalize my hair color. Although the damage was too much even for this amazing shampoo, it helped revitalize my lifeless curls.
- "Repair Me" by Curl Junkie - This brand doesn't even have an Instagram account. They don't need it! They are THAT good! This particular product helped strengthen and moisturize my hair all at once. It's just amazing and smells DEELISH. It needs more representation because it is the bomb.
- @thecurlspecialist - Love this woman! After the catastrophe, and after my trim with another stylist (who is GREAT, but I do not have her permission to share where she works just yet), I visited Jana (aka The Curl Specialist). Jana and I met about a month or so after that hot-mess at the other salon. She highlighted my hair without causing any damage to it. She sealed the deal for me. No one else in the local New Tampa area is allowed to touch my hair color but Jana, because I said so! Thank you, Jana! Click on this to make an appointment with her.
- Thermal Hair Care (Hot Head) - Besides loving their product, I respect this company so much. Their values and what they stand for are incredible. They support EVERYONE in the hair community and not just some folks. Their Hot Head allowed my hair to "marinate" and receive the nourishment from the "restoration squad" (Curl Junkie & Righteous Roots) that it so desperately needed. Thank you, Thermal Hair Care!!!
- Righteous Roots Hair RX - Oh man, okay, tears...breathe. Phew, okay, this company and product has changed my life. It truly has. I know that may sound extreme to some but it is the truth. This company has a strong set of ethical and moral values put in place and they strongly stand by them. Their product consists of 11 essential oils that, as you can see in my photos, played (and still play) a very important role in maintaining my hair's health. Oils get a bad rap and people will argue for days about why you should or shouldn't use oil. I don't have time for arguments, but I have time to put things to test and this is the real deal. My photos speak for themselves! I Pre-poo with this oil, I use it to massage my scalp about 2-3 times a week, and I do monthly hot oil treatments with it.
- Jade N Jazz - Another phenomenal company. Love them. Their Frotastic shirt made an appearance in my video. Their attire & accessories give me life. Just a great company overall.
I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to share any of this. It is easy for others to think that they can go about damaging their hair like I did without any serious consequences as long as they have the proper products to help them. The reality is that I was already using these products. Therefore, my hair was ready for war! Someone else would have probably lost all their hair. That is why I am sharing this now. I wanted to Practice What I Preach. I tested these products when my hair was in a very vulnerable state and they passed with flaying colors.
My advice to you is as follows:
- Do not trust any ole body to even touch your hair
- Do your homework when researching a stylist
- If the salon is empty most of the time, especially on the weekend, it's probably not the best place to have your hair done (keyword: probably. I'm sure there are exceptions).
- If your hairstylist is always on the phone, get a new one. Unless it is an emergency, hairstylists should not be on their phone while working on a client.
- Having a hair care routine is crucial, especially if you dye your hair. Consider doing weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioning treatments and incorporate Pre-poo into your routine
- Speak up if you think that your stylist is causing damage to your hair. They deal with chemicals and they can really hurt you, especially if they do not know what they are doing and if they are not paying attention.
This is not a sponsored or paid post. These are my honest opinions about these products & people.