Whether you want to dye your hair, give it a little cut or manage its curls you should definitely visit a natural hair salon. The hair stylists in a hair salon are skilled, experienced people who have worked in this field for a long time. So, visiting the nearest natural hair salon is probably the best idea since you will get a professional hair stylist to do your hair and you might learn what products are best used with your hair type.
First it really does help if you understand what natural hair actually is. Natural hair refers to the type of hair which has not been altered or changed at all by chemical straighteners including texturisers and / or relaxers. A relaxer is basically a kind a chemical lotion that is applied to extremely curly and / or kinky hair in order to make it lay straight.
This type of chemical product is not as damaging as you might think. It used to be pretty harmful before. With that said, using relaxers is still not completely safe and is not recommended. Basically, the way these products (aka relaxers or other similar straightening products) work is by weakening the hair shaft. In this case, the hair would not be able to hold the natural curl and the kinky shape that it possesses.
Before you go natural ask yourself the question of why you want to do that. This is quite important as it will determine how long you are going to last as a natural. So if you are doing it because you legitimately want to be natural, then it is safe to do it. Though if you only want to do it because you are pressured to do so, then we have to say do not make this mistake. If you do anything out of being under pressure you are most likely to end up going back to using relaxers.
Another very important factor you should consider before attempting to go natural, is knowing and understanding the type of hair you have, its density and porosity. So, keep in mind before any attempt you have to do a lot of research though it might also be necessary to use trial and error. Understanding your hair is key to helping you realise why your hair is currently acting the way it is doing. Along the way you will also figure out what styles are more suitable for you to be wearing often, what hair products you need to be using and so on.
Last but not least, having a simple hair care regimen would see you through. Do note that a good hair routine is going to include schedules for daily, weekly, and even monthly hair care. Of course it does not really have to be ambiguous at all. It also does not have to be what a particular model does. Just consider your lifestyle and the activities you do. Take the example of a person with a 9 to 5 job. Clearly, they would not have enough time for daily hair care routines. So instead, a weekly routine would suffice.
The aim of an actual natural hair stylist is to ensure that you leave the salon with beautiful natural hair and you love the results. Although for the majority of the session, your hair stylist is in control, there are a couple of things you may be able to do in order to prepare for the appointment you have at the salon. This way you will help your stylist immensely and in turn you will achieve the best possible results. If you follow these tips before coming to the natural hair salon and also with the help of our hair stylists you will look the best for sure.
While the following tips and tricks are not necessarily hard, in some particular cases, they may be able to make the difference between you getting a hair style that you love, and you trying to hide your hair under a head wear or hat for a while.
Most of the salons will actually charge some extra fees just because your hair is excessively tangled. Please don’t take this as our fault. This is not because hair stylists are greedy in any shape or form and it is definitely not because they cannot do it themselves, it is basically because getting your hair done with a lot of curl and tangles in it is going to be pretty time consuming.
Imagine how many clients a hair stylist has to go through each day. If the said hair stylist has to service back to back customers who all have tangled hair, she is going to have to detangle their hair as well as actually doing the style they have requested. This will most definitely cost her a lot of time and it for sure will put her off the schedule. As a result, there would be a bottle neck in actually getting the customers in and out of the natural hair salon.
One of the best things you can do to ensure the performance and result will occur, is to detangle your hair and braid it up for your hair stylist. By doing this you are giving a great canvas to them so they can work with it and get your hair beautifully done in record time.
In every hair salon, including Visage which is the best hair salon in London, the natural hair stylist’s aim is to ensure your happiness and make sure you go out of the salon with health hair. It is certainly alright if you want to ask a lot of question regarding topics such as what kind of hair products the natural hair salon uses, whether you need to bring anything before hand (i.e. tools, colour, hair etc) or even questions about the pricing structures.
Make sure you ask these questions if you need whether when you are on the phone talking and booking a session at the natural hair salon or during the consultation session you have before the actual appointment in case you are booking for another day. Hair stylists want to ensure that you are feeling comfortable and confident and also trust their skills. They also love being able to actually talk to their clients (which is you) and enjoy answering any concerns you might have in regards to your natural hair.
There is not enough attention towards this. We cannot stress how important this actually is. Your hair history is extremely important for us and it really helps if we know about it. From information about when the last time you dyed your hair was, to the hair products and medications that you use, it is key that you are transparent and truly honest and truthful with your hair stylist from the get the go.
This information for the most part is important especially if you are doing a chemical medication or treatment. As an example, if you recently have dyed your hair and have forgotten to actually tell your hair stylist about it, in case they try to colour your hair there lies the risk of damaging your hair and harming your scalp. So, no matter how irrelevant and / or embarrassing it might seem, bring completely honest and truthful with your hair stylist is the best way to ensure you get the best possible results at the natural hair salon.
While we may not be able to say that this will apply to every salon, here at Visage, the best natural hair salon in London, we put your hair’s health over the actual hair style. For example. If you have a hair which is severely damaged and is breaking and you ask for colouring when you come to the natural hair salon, we will suggest that you get a treatment and hold off on dying your hair until it is healthier.
In order to prevent this from happening, it is of utmost importance that you keep your hair nourished and deep condition your hair. This is especially necessary if you do not visit a natural hair salon regularly. This way, the next time you go to your hair stylist in the natural hair salon of your preference, they will have a healthy hair canvas to wok with so they will not be limited on the hair styles they can actually choose.
This one is actually a sticky topic for most of the people prefer to know an exact price before they book an appointment at the natural hair salon. Of course, they are right to some extent. It is never fun to think of something with one price and get shocked when you realise it had a different fee. Although hair stylists do all they can to give you a quote, there are a lot of factors involve and to be honest any of them may change when you get to the salon and they get to the work. You never know if more colour, products or even time is needed. In all these cases, the price also needs to be adjusted to account for the usage.
Once again, although for the most part, the hair stylists do what they can to try and stay within the price range they have quoted, it would be a good idea to let know if you are willing to stay updated on all the changes that might happen. This way, if any additional charges are going to be needed, they will be able to let their clients know exactly the price change during your visit to the natural hair salon so that you would not get surprised when the extra fees get applied to the over all cost of the operation.
First of all, you should not be afraid to bring in photos of what style you exactly want. Be sure to provide your hair stylist with any references you have so that she may understand your desired outcomes better. We at Visage, the best natural hair salon in London, love when the customer knows what exactly they want and provide us with something to work with. This way, we will be able to schedule the right style and prepare for it from the beginning.
This helps us immensely to a allocate enough time and preparation to ensure that your hair is exactly the way you wanted it to be. Although we have been known to try out a style or two without much practice, still our best suggestion would be to offer us some kind of reference we can work with to avoid any confusion and disappointing result in the end.
So, by now you have done all your research, asked all the question that you had from your hair stylist and completely trust her abilities. It is time that you take some time and relax. Yes! You have heard it right. Getting your hair done by a hair stylist is for sure a relaxing act (I mean who wouldn’t like to have someone shampoo their hair). Once you have finally gone through all the possible styles and have picked one and communicated it with your hair stylist, you can sit back, grab a magazine and prepare yourself to look amazing.
That is it! We at Visage natural hair salon hope that the tips provided in this article give you a hand before booking your next appointment at the salon. Whether you have chosen to book your desired hair style at Visage, the best natural hair salon in London, or any other preferred hair salon near you, we wish that you embrace your natural hair actually love it during the whole journey.
We look forward to seeing you at Visage!