Back in September 2009, was my last visit to a Dominican hair salon. I only let them relax my hair, and roller set it. I didn't even let them blow it out or even wrap it, in fear of them damaging my hair. After taking out the rollers, I just paid them their $43 dollars, and walked out with curls in my hair. Once I got home, I wrapped my hair myself. Two days later, I called my cousin and asked her to trim my ends for me. I don't trust the Dominicans when it comes to trimming, which is why I have to make my cousin do it. After she trimmed my ends for me, I was impressed. It was a nice clean cut, and I didn't even lose that much length.
My next relaxer was due in November. When November came, I called my cousin up a week before my relaxer and asked her if she could trim my ends for me after I get my hair relaxed at the Dominicans. She agreed, but on top of that, she asked me if she could relax my hair for me. I was caught off guard by her question because she hasn't done my hair in years. The last time she did my hair was years ago when she braided the front of my hair for my 15th birthday. Then I remembered that she currently graduated from a good Hair school from Manhattan, and also she posts pics of her hair models on her Facebook page. I agreed, and let her do my hair.
The day I went to the salon where she worked at, I was her only client. She took her time and relaxed my hair for me. Then she treated it with treatment, blow dried, trimmed and then flat ironed for the finished look. OMG! My hair was beautiful! It felt so soft, it was swinging from left to right, and after the trim, I virtually had NO splits in my hair. My fingers glided through effortlessly. I paid her and on top of that gave her a tip! I was a VERY satisfied customer! She was also very gentle, and is also on her own healthy hair journey, so she knows how to handle Black hair.
From that day, I decided that the Dominicans are not all they're hyped up to be. First of all, they cant speak English right (no offense), but if I want something right done on my hair, the least you can do is understand what I'm saying. They're too rough when they're combing your hair, especially when it's wet. They don't give good trims (they dont catch all the splits). What's the point of sticking around? The worst reality is that most of them don't even have a Cosmetology license! They're just helping their fellow Dominicans by giving them a job. Why risk years of progress at the hands of an inexperienced, non English speaking lady who just wants to get paid, and doesn't really care about your hair and how hard you worked at growing and maintaining it? Till this day, I'll never forget last year April 2009 when I visited the Dominicans for a touch-up with 6 months worth of new growth. That was like the worst thing I could do! The lady used a wide tooth comb and yanked away at my hair! She was fighting with it so much, the comb broke in 2 pieces. Everybody at the salon was staring at me. Then she started cursing in Spanish. Till this day, I still dont like that lady, whenever I see her I feel disgusted. And on top of that, her dry brittle hair was ear length...ugh! Make sure the person doing your hair has great hair too, because at least you know they know about healthy hair.
My cousin doing my hair for me in my kitchen lol..She was off that day so she came to my house.