If you are a black woman, at some point in your hair’s life you have been a slave to the hair salon. The every 2 week ritual, the all day appointments, the painful weaves and straightening, the gossip. Whatever hair style you wear, it seems regular visits to black hair salons are a necessary evil in our lives.

But what happens when your schedule and bank account are fed up with the the constant cycle and time commitment to looking good. About 2 years ago I was in this exact situation. I was a die-hard salon girl, press and curl every 2 weeks. After long the all day appointments and $50 hair do’s were too much sustain. I went cold turkey and stopped going to the salon all together.

Before you stop your weekly visits, here are a few ways to manage the love/hate relationship with your hair salon.

Go Natural.

Natural hair has an entire set of needs that often don’t require a hair salon, or not a traditional one at least. Many natural sisters learn how to manage their hair on their own with organic and more holistic care. Salons that cater to natural hair tend to be more relaxing and inviting. However, natural hair isn’t an escape from doing your hair, often times it takes more time and patience to care for your natural locks.

Become a DIYer.

When I stopped going to the salon, I was at a loss for how I would do my hair. Thank goodness for for Black Hair Media and their hair care forum. I religiously stalked the forums on hair tips, advice on going natural and installing my own weave. There is a wealth of information and for those brave ladies, you can be a pro at doing your own hair.

Find a more Holistic Salon.

Sometimes its them, not you. All salons are not created equal and if your salon is causing a hair-raising situation then you should take your tresses elsewhere. Your girlfriend with the great hair probably goes to a great salon. Seek out advice from other stylist and even look online for reviews. Black Salon Finder is a great resource to find a local shop.

What is your relationship like with your salon? Hair-raising or Holistic?

-Fajr Muhammad

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  • JerseyBred323

    I’m a natural DIYer. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made :-)

    I only visit my salon every 2 months for a trim and I’m only there for 2 hours at most.

    I can’t imagine going back to those days of sitting in some old Make-You-Wait Hair Salon for hours just to get a touch-up and a wash-and-set.

  • http://Fattiesoslim.tumblr.com FattieSoSlim

    If you’re natural and you want a good salon, go to naturallycurly.com!

  • Ambrose

    I’m a natural head, and the only time I go to a salon now is when I WANT to go. I no longer NEED to go. And I only go now when I want my hair done in a style that I can’t do myself.

  • hehe

    Since becoming natural I’ve been doing my own hair and it has become so long and healthy. I find that women who have healthy and/or long hair are the diy-type no matter if their natural or relax.

  • dvine

    I’m a DIYer also.. My hair is natural. This summer will be the 1st time i wear my own hair out.. however, i love weaves.. i like to change texture, hair color and style.. they have weaves now in the pack that’s thinned out already, cut, curled and all.. so i’ve been experimenting w/those and curly fros.. i don’t go to the salon because salon prices for our hair if your getting a weave is ridiculous. i go to the folks who do hair out of their homes and there are some ups and downs to doing that.. upside is that they are cheaper.. downside is that they have no help, talk 2 much (so do), and have no sense of time.. meaning you’ll be there all night.. lol.

    but i’m definitely saving money being a DIYer

  • leochick93

    From 14 years old to three years ago( i went natural) i can only remember leaving a salon twice satisfied. One was a hair cut after basic training . the other was an end clipping when I didn’t feel like doing it myself. All I remember is the overpriced relaxers, cutting too much, screwing up the cut by chopping, the ridiculous childlike styles they did to hurry through and get done. Hours of my life gone, empty pocket, and being confused about what is happening on my head.
    Not all salons are crap, but I don’t trust them now because of what happened before.

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