RED FLAGS In Natural Hair or Hair Braiding Salons
With contamination exposure, disregard for sanitation practices, potential for and obvious hair loss, and a plethora of other unknown dangers at an all-time high, consumers of natural hair care and hair-braiding services must be aware of the many blatant “red flags”.
- Red Flag 1: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not have natural hair.
- Red Flag 2: Natural hair stylist or loctician who works on chemically treated hair.
- Red Flag 3: Natural hair stylist or loctician who is not informed about product usage and refers you to Beauty World or a similar supply store for products.
- Red Flag 4: Natural hair stylist or loctician who insists that, “Your hair will hold better if I use the latch hook”.
- Red Flag 5: Hair braider who poses as a Natural hair stylist or loctician. There is a major difference between these services. Refer to #’s 1-3.
- Red Flag 6: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not know or care that Jamaican Mango Lime, Loc Butter, Beeswax, Loc Gel, and all the others will surely build up in your locs. Ladies and gentlemen, YOU DO NOT NEED PRODUCTS TO TWIST IN YOUR LOCS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO LOC.
- Red Flag 7: Natural hair stylist or loctician who does not recognize the damaging effects of using the latch hook on traditional locs. Hear me clearly, THE LATCH HOOK AND HAND INTERLOCKING METHODS OF RETIGHTENING LOCS THINS OUT YOUR ROOT BEDS AND CREATES WEAK SPOT WITHIN YOUR LOCS!
- Red Flag 8: Natural hair stylist or loctician who uses products that are definitely OFF LIMITS for natural hair wearers: oil sheen, thick grease, alcohol-based gels and other products, baby shampoo, products geared toward relaxed hair (yes, even the salon-grade products), and texturizers.
- Red Flag 9: (A) Natural hair stylist or loctician who claims they can loosen up your hair texture by giving you a texturizer. Ladies listen, a texturizer is about the same as getting a relaxer, it is just not left on as long. Once it grows out, you will need a big chop again because of your straight ends. (B) Natural hair stylist who insists that your hair will return to a natural state if you get it pressed. More than likely, when you wash your hair you will be left with some straight ends. Natural hair styles do not hold well or look the same with straight ends.
- Red Flag 10: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider whose technique places too much tension on your head, roots, and hair. Tension-stressed roots break.
- Red Flag 11: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not wash your hair before starting the service. Some will allow you to wash it at home. Question: how can they ensure your hair has been properly cleaned or that the right products have been used for your particular hair and scalp needs?
- Red Flag 12: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not use gloves when shampooing. Gloves are necessary to prevent germs being passed from the fingernails to your scalp and vice versa.
- Red Flag 13: (A) Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who does not properly clean the shampoo bowl between clients. Look at the bowl and especially at the neck area, ughhh. (B) A stylist who does not use a neck strip first before placing the cape around your neck. A fresh neck strip should be used on each client before draping the client.
- Red Flag 14: Hair and other debris on the floor at or around the styling area. Excess hair should be swept up between clients.
- Red Flag 15: Dirty combs, brushes, and other tools. These tools must only be used once per client before disinfecting and sanitizing.
- Red Flag 16: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who uses the same hair clips on each client without ever or hardly ever disinfecting and sanitizing them. Clips should be used once per client then placed to the side to be disinfected and sanitized before their next use.
- Red Flag 17: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who believes that one shampoo brand is a dominate solution for all hair and scalp issues. Some scalp issues require an anti-dandruff shampoo, while others require prescription strength.
- Red Flag 18: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who has not had any formal natural hair care training. If they had #’s 1-17 may not be dominate issues.
- Red Flag 19: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who is unwilling or lacks desire to learn new skills and techniques. Continuing education is imperative.
- Red Flag 20: Natural hair stylist, loctician, or hair braider who overbooks clients. This is a guarantee that the service (mediocre or worse) is only for the dollar bill.
Would you like to add to this comprehensive list? Please leave your comment below. I am certain that others have experienced similar or worse red flags.