Thank you for the tips and comments that were left with regard to relaxing my hair. I went to the lady as planned and I told her that I would like her to leave the relaxer in longer than she normally would and she agreed to five minutes longer and no more. She set the timer and the moment it went off she took me to rinse it off. I was concerned that five minutes wouldn’t make enough of a difference but thank God it did! My hair was straight and even a week later when I washed it and let it air dry, it looked the way I expect well-relaxed, air-dried hair to look. I took a picture of the freshly relaxed and styled hair but it didn’t look so great.
I normally pay $70 before taxes to get my hair relaxed at this place, $79.10 with our 13% tax. This time she charged me $65 + tax and I added my usual tip. I have to admit when reading comments from people who are getting a good relaxer job for in some cases less than $20 I felt cheated. BUT…I love the salon experience, well really what I like is someone else rinsing off the relaxer and washing my hair. The rinsing process that is hard when you’re at home: in the salon you’re in a chair that tilts backwards; at home I’d be kneeling in front of the bathtub with my head in the tub and someone would be hunched over me, rinsing off the relaxer. It’s just not the same experience. Right now, carless and living in a two-bedroom place, this expense does’t seem too ridiculous but maybe when I’m paying for insurance and gas and car payments, or a bigger house, I’ll look at my hair budget as an area where I can be more economical.
I feel like this hair dresser and I have an understanding now so I’d go back to her. Better than her skills at relaxing are her hair cutting skills. She really knows how to give you a style. Right now because I lost a lot of the length at the back of my hair, she gave me an old Rhianna haircut: short in the back and longer in the front. I can’t wait until the back of my hair grows out.
The poll I put up in the last entry shows that we’re almost split with regard to giving a tip. I don’t know what percentage we’re “supposed” to tip hair stylists but I definitely don’t tip up to 15 or 20%; my tip is usually around 10%. Sometimes I have a bad experience and I decide not to tip, but when it’s time to pay I always end up feeling bad if I don’t tip something, so I end up tipping 5% or $5 and then I get mad that I’m tipping for a service I’m dissatisfied with. Nonsense! Men don’t do this kind of thing I’m sure.
All this talk about hair reminds me of how jealous I am of my Nigerian sisters who rock different hairstyles from month to month. You know how our oyinbo counterparts are always dyeing their hair or doing dramatic cuts? Nigerian ladies switch up their style effortlessly too. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was 17. I have never “gone natural”. I have worn a weave once, for about a week, in Nigeria. How do you get a weave to last longer that that in such sweaty conditions anyway? I’m tempted to try a weave here but I’m afraid the problem with weaves for me isn’t the heat and I can’t afford to pay for a weave in Canada that I’ll remove in a week’s time…abeg I’m not made of money. When I go to Nigeria I usually do Ghana weaving and I do love my hair braided into some neat style that I don’t have to worry about. In fact it’s about time I did my research for someone in my city who can do a great job for a decent amount (not as good as Nigerian prices, alas!).
So because I’m curious, please indulge me: what hair style are you rocking now? Twists? Afro? Relaxed hair? Weave? Gorimapa? Share!