From: TONYA NEWMAN (18.104.22.168)
In Reply to: Thermal Reconditioning / African American Hair Texture posted by Gina Rivera on April 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm:
For years AA clients had to go to salons that predominately cater to AA because you could not go into ANY salon and have your hair needs addressed. Now that there are so many issues with bi-racial hair textures and how to deal with it many stylist are wanting and trying to address ALL hair textures NOW. 10 years ago I could not go into a salon that did not accommodate my hair. Now with many techniques to acccommodate, some stylist are "trying it out" now to bring the multi-cultural bug into their salon.
This hair relaxing article is basic beauty college information that all stylist should have gotten in beauty school. Was this post for the stylist or the consumer?
I agree that TR can be done on AA hair, but it depends on the texture because I know for a fact that NOT ALL AA women should/can receive TR. Of course bi-racial textures can receive TR.
Most importantly, finding out and really understanding what the client wants no matter what race they are. Deall with the hair and address the face later.
I went for a simple shampoo and blow dry in a salon that really do not do many AA clients and something as a simple conditioning ended in a tangled mess that I had to comb out myself. They promised me that they did my "type" of hair before. I knew I was screwed the monent the water touched my head.
Finding a stylist who really knows how to do your hair ANYBODY will know and recommend which chemical or not to address your needs.
To the AA consumers: You do not necessarily need a chemical to have healthy, growing and manageable hair. If you do have ANY chemical, or not, conditioning and consistency is the key to healthy hair. And as a matter of fact, this goes for all HAIR. Conditioning + Consistency = Healthy Hair.
Keep up your good work Gina!