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Thanks again, Vincent and Denise for all of your helpful info.
The INOA stylist was not very respectful to me, but I will say that she did seem to know her stuff and is well-respected in her field.
While doing my hair, I asked her what straighteners she used. She said she was not interested in Japanese or Brazilian b/c of damage and fumes. However, she did say that she was "test-driving" a new "non-damaging" straightener from Japan (I don't believe there's a L'oreal connection, though everything else she uses seems to be L'oreal). It is so "top secret" that she cannot say the name of the company or what is in it, but it does not contain Thio, Lye or Sodium Hydroxide. Apparently, the one that she is testing is for bleached and damaged hair, and she said that it would not be strong enough for my hair type. Other stylists are testing other versions of the same brand for stronger hair. She said it's worked beautifully so far.
After my experience with her, I will not be going back. She's not a horrible stylist, but she did not listen to me or treat me with respect. Still, I think the straightener would be worth looking into. I'd love to know if anybody has heard anything about it.
FYI the name of the salon is: The Perfect Fifth, in Mooresville, NC and the stylist is Suzie Bond. She's a platform artist/educator for L'oreal