Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How Did My Salon Visit Go???

Last Saturday couldn't get here fast enough!! Even though I don't like getting up early on Saturday's because they are my days of rest, I peeled myself out of bed to get to my salon appointment on time! I was excited and anxious at the same time! The salon I went to is called Natural Motion Salon, in Northwest DC. This salon was option 3 and choice #1 in this post. I'll start from the beginning because I know you guys are curious, but I'll try not to make this too long!!

I get to the salon and shortly after I arrive I meet Tammy, my cosmetologist. Off the bat, I got a very nice, friendly, jovial, sweet, and kind-hearted feel from her. She definitely made me feel like I'd been coming to her for years.

I had a short conversation with her about how I'd been looking for a salon since I arrived in DC back in August but had heard some really bad things about salons/stylists here that made me very nervous. I told her I found out about the salon through efikzara's IG page and that efikzara had also made a YouTube video about her salon trip which won me over. She isn't into social media so she was blown away that I found her this way. She was telling everybody in the salon about it and about how she was a celebrity now...lol! After our short introductions, I let her know it was about time for trim anyway but my split ends were the main reason I was there. I also told her I'd been having issues with shedding and dry scalp. Last week, I wore my hair in a ponytail because I purposely skipped wash day. I knew I was going to the salon and I had just about it had it with my hair that week. I was seriously like whatever with it! But, as you have it, here is my before picture.

After I shared all this with her she gave me a run down about what she could do for me today and how she could work with me moving forward. For my trip this day, I got a wash, silicon and steam treatment (acting as the deep conditioner), trim, straighten and curl.

For starters, I'd never had a steam treatment before so it was an interesting experience. I don't really have much to say about it; it was exotic, nor could I feel the moisture seeping into my hair follicles or anything magical like that. It was just like sitting under a dryer (minus the heat) with steam coming out. It was hot or wet and I didn't really feel anything as I was sitting there, it was just steam! She put silicon throughout my hair before I sat under the hood and I was under there for about 15 minutes. This treatment is supposed to add moisture and shine to my hair. It's only been four days and I haven't really been able to tell a difference, but I see my hair everyday. I don't think I'm the best judge.

After my hair was all washed and conditioned, she separated it into about 5 plaits and sat me under the dryer to pre-dry. After my hair was almost dry, she blew my hair out with the blow dryer. She first trimmed the ends (before straightening it), then with the flat iron she straightened and curled my hair at the same time. For the most part, she only did one pass per section...so I have no doubt that my hair will revert. After my hair was straightened, she could tell there were more damaged ends on the hair around my neck so she cut another half an inch off at the bottom. Overall, she cut about half an inch...and an inch around my neck. That's about normal for a trim (minus the extra trim she had to do around my neck). Here are the finished results:

Of course there were differences in the way my hair was done this time versus the way I'm used to having it done at home. I must also be honest, I still wish I could go to my salon back home...and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I have an attachment thing going on...lol. I just want what's best for my hair. I want to see it grow. I feel like my hair has been stuck at this point/length for a while now, so I'm getting anxious about its growth. I'm so ready to move forward (and for my hair to move down my back) but I know that'll all come with time.

The plan for the future is to micro-trim along the way. All the damaged ends aren't gone and she didn't shape my hair with this trim. I'll be going back just about every two weeks so what will happen is, she'll slowly trim away at the damaged ends as we go. Does that mean that I'll have to get a cut every time? I hope not, but if that's what I have to do, then I'm in for the long haul because my goal is length. I can't get length without healthy hair. I'm hoping the trims will be more like every other time, or every three times...LOL...but they have to go!!

Overall I give my salon experience a four out of five. There was another young lady there who I sparked a conversation with who's been going to Tammy for a few years. She had nothing but great things to say about Tammy and the work she does. I know people say try different salons before settling on one but this salon is in a great location; Tammy has great availability; the prices are super reasonable; there's a fun atmosphere; etc. I was comfortable there and until I'm given a reason not to be comfortable anymore, I will remain.

So, can you tell the difference? I'm sure you can see that it's been "trimmed" and maybe you all can see the moisture/shine in it. I don't know, can you? What do you see that's different about my hair, if anything??
Do you like it??

I'm curious to hear your thoughts because I'm so excited to have found someone!! So SHARE your thoughts with me!

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  1. Your hair looks good Mi-Mi!!!!

  2. Well, I think your hair looks amazing! Like you mentioned, it doesn't look like a "hard press" so that's good. Lots of body which also looks great too. I like her approach of spot checking a little more often rather than doing something drastic. It's much better on the mind. You look great! (I'm hoping for good results when I go in April for me trim. *fingers crossed*)

  3. Your hair looks good! Not sure I buy that micro-trim. . . I have never been to a salon and ask for a trim, that the stylist did not get scissors happy! But, I am glad you finally found a salon.

    1. Believe, I'd had the same experiences before my last cosmetologist. She only trimmed when necessary and that seem like what Tammy's doing too. I still split ends that need to be cut off. Once the split ends are gone, we can move forward in a regular (trim only twice a year) fashion! I can see the split ends, I know where they are and it's good that we're working to get rid of them gradually so the trim isn't a cut! Once they're gone though, I'll know that too, so I'll be looking for the the micro-trims to stop too!!

      I'm glad to have found a salon too and I can't wait to see what kind of styles I can get into now!

  4. Your hair turned out nice. I don't bother going to salons, my hair is easy to flat iron but due to the length and thickness it can take forever! I also don't trust people with my hair lol.


  5. Your hair has so much shine and volume! Is it lasting well? Your hair looks healthy and full to me! I hope you continue to enjoy your new salon. I got my hair straightened last summer and it reverted as soon as I got home, lol!

  6. I think she did a fantastic job! Although, I know the feeling of not being able to let go of your hometown salon. Trying new salons is a scary experience!

    Alicia | River City Chic

  7. I so need a hair cut! My hair is growing by leaps and bounds and I try not to use heat on it more than once a month. I'm amazed at how quickly it grows. Your hair looks good and there's no harm in loving your home salon. Thanks for sharing with Turn it Up Tuesday!

  8. Pretty! I love your hair in your profile picture, too!


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