Don’t Let Her Touch Your Hair! 9 Salon Red Flags

November 9, 2012  |  
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We all know that shortly after finding a place to live, the nearest grocery store and maybe a place to worship, the next item on your checklist has to be finding someone, somewhere to take care of your mane. Even if you can take pretty good care of your own hair, every once in a while, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let someone else play in your scalp. But just like finding shelter, food and all the other necessities, finding a stylist is no easy task. In your search, be sure to stay away from stylists with one or more of these qualities.

She’s eating when you walk in

We all have to eat, it’s a fact. But if your appointment is scheduled for 2:00 pm, you walk in at 1:58 and she’s just sitting down with a plate of fried fish, French fries and white bread, then you know that it’s pretty much a wrap for you getting in the chair at a decent hour. A stylist should know her appointments for the day. If she can’t eat in between clients or while you’re under the dryer (because they tend to keep us under there for way too long), then she…or he, really doesn’t respect your time.

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There are more kids than customers

I love little ones but when you go to the salon, you go for the experience. Kids aren’t known to be quiet or still. So if you feel someone kicking you in the shin while you’re getting your deep condition, then you can’t appreciate the experience. When the kids are cutting up, there will no doubt be a mother who’s hollering after them. All of that will mess up your relaxation vibe. If your salon looks more like a daycare center than a beauty shop, then you should probably look for another spot.

You spend more time waiting than being serviced

Maybe it’s just me, but does it seem like beauticians are the queens and kings of overbooking. I know I said I’d like to come in at 10:00 am; but if you have three other clients at that time, then just go ahead and be honest so I don’t have to wait til 1 before you start on my hair.

She leaves for an unnecessary [often] ratchet reason

I wish I could tell you that this was a fabricated story. But I have a friend who was going to this weavologist who was awesome. But she was ratchet as all hell. So ratchet in fact, that she left my friend in the chair, hair half done, because she wanted to run to the club that evening. If you have a stylist who won’t even make up a legit, reasonable excuse for leaving is someone you don’t want to put their hoodrat hands in your hair.

She tries to charge you more than you agreed upon

Everybody’s trying to get over these days, so it’s no surprise that beauticians would try to plot and scheme as well. If you’ve spoken on the phone and agreed on a price but once she’s finished with your hair she’s saying something totally different then that’s a shady broad. Argue with her and try to get the price you initially discussed. If she’s unmovable, leave it alone for the minute and be sure never to go to her again…tell a friend even.

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She force styles on you

I’m sure we’ve all stumbled a beautician or two like this one. You tell her you want the Halle Berry pixie cut and she’ll swear on a stack of Bibles that a) she doesn’t have the skill to do it, b) that won’t look good on you or c) she doesn’t have the supplies to make it look good. That’s all fine and good but if you can’t do what I’m paying you for, then it’s time for me to find somebody else.


You have redo your hair when you get home

Have you ever left the shop only to pull out your supplies and fix the mess that’s been made in the chair? What exactly are you paying for?

Her hair looks crazy

This one is a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who let women who look like “who done it and why” do their hair. Chances are, if she looks crazy, your hair will look crazy once she’s done with it.


The health of your hair is compromised

This is the ultimate no-no. Everything else you can deal with if your hair is fly and most importantly healthy. But if the beautician you’re seeing isn’t even able to keep your hair looking luscious, then it’s truly time to be out.

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  • York

    I took someone to get her hair done in the hood and the stylist got distracted by the bootleg man…homegirl was oohing and awwing over fake BabyPhat jackets and CARESS SOAP. Not even Bath and Body works….muhfriggin CARESS. We got there at 2, stumbled out famished and dehydrated at 9. Heffa could have told us to bring a boxed lunch or something.

  • RelationshipDNA

    Lol! Too funny, but so true. I’ve always hated the salon. That wait will shave off years of your life and that creamy crack and I were not friends. So I grew locs. I cultivate them and take care of them myself. They’re now at a point where I get tons of compliments. It’s been 5 years since I’ve had to rely on those overbooking crazy ladies. Some of them are talented. If only they’d get their act together.

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  • teiland

    I had an issue once with a stylist that had no regards for the health of my hair. I’m currently transitioning from relaxed to natural (6 months down, 18 to go lol) but when I was still relaxed I went to the salon just for a wash and rollerset. My beautician swore up and down that I needed a last relaxer was only 4 weeks ago (I relaxed every eight weeks at the time). When I told her it had only been for weeks she was shocked and couldn’t believe I “waited” so long. She tried and tried to convince me to get a relaxer but I stood my ground and told her I’m not relaxing hair that has 2cm of new growth. Finally she agreed but what she did was just as bad, if not worse. She used every form of heat on my hair. After the wash, I was put under the hooded dryer, had my hair blown out (on high heat, of course), had my “nappy” roots and edges pressed, then she flat ironed my hair, and the she curled it with a curling iron. I could practically hear my hair screaming “WHHYYY!!!??” Of course my hair was pin straight and moved in the wind, but for the sake of my hair I never went back to her. It also taught me that not every beautician is a master and not to be afraid to speak up if you know your hair is being mistreated.

  • kb

    My pet peeve, is booking too many clients. There is no reason I need to be in the shop for 4 hrs for a ponytail! I will pay more money to save my time.

  • Allie

    Since I’m in college, I really can’t afford to go to the salon every other week, I only go to get relaxers and that’s it…that’s all I can put up with anyway

  • xxdiscoxxheaven

    I’ve had too many bad experiences in a shop to ever have it done again. Period. If I or my mom can’t do it, its not getting done.

    • Cinnamon71

      I’m with you on that. Stopped going to salons years ago. I love doing my own hair.

  • mochaaa

    i went to a salon because they were offering an $8 wash and set deal.i have curly hair so the woman said ok well ill charge you $10. i said ok no problem. She used horrible products and it was probably the worst wash and set i’d ever had. It was hard and crunchy because she used mousse smh. Anyway she ended up charging me $18 because of my hair. the next week i went and got my hair done for 15 (wash and set and blowdry) and passed by the salon so she could see the beautiful work someone else had done for alot less.

    • Live_in_LDN

      Why did you pay $18? You agreed $10.

  • MoPope88

    If a hair stylist tells you “Girl, I’m going to hook you up”. Run IMMEDIATELY! what she actually means is i have no clue what i want to do with you hair and I’m going to make it up as I go…#epicfail trust me I KNOW!!

  • KJ23

    I was born with long thick hair, and my mother didn’t want me going to salons afraid that someone would cut it out of jealousy. Well, my aunt worked at a salon and talked my mother into taking me to get a touch up when I was 11. I went, and my aunt didn’t even do my hair. Some lady did it, and while she was in the middle of relaxing my hair, about 4 or 5 of the stylists stopped doing their clients’ hair and came to play in mine… while relaxer was still in my head. I was crying and shaking because I was getting burned. Then when the chick finally washed the relaxer out, she left my head in the sink for an hour because “it was her lunch break.” She didn’t put conditioner on my hair, my wet head was just leaning back in the sink while she left, got something to eat, and sat down and ate it.

    • mochaaa

      they always mistreat children

  • Miss Jay

    If a stylist left me in the chair with my hair half done, I would tear a $50 bill in half and give to her for a half of a job, then would use the other half as a bookmark in the phone book in the salon section.

    • sabrina

      Whaaat? Girl, I wouldn’t waste a $50 bill on her. Now if it was a $1 bill, that would be fine.

      That was some messed up stuff though.

  • worknbills

    my brother is a barber/stylist…i was his ginea pig…and i picked up MORE than enuff tips to know what to and not to expect…honey, number 7 ……honey!!!!

  • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

    I once had a stylist at a braid shop tell me that I could get my hair done if I chose a different style…

    What happened was – I set an appointment the day before. When I arrived for my appointment the next day, I saw the woman who was to do my hair doing someone else’s. I judged that it would be at least another hour/hour an a half for her to finish the client’s hair. There was no way I was going to sit and wait to get my hair done when I set an appointment. Apparently, there was no one else in the shop at the time who did cornrows, so the other braider suggested I choose a style that cost more money. It is not even as if the woman (possibly the manager/supervisor/general person in charge) offered to discount the cost of the service. Did she think really that I was going to spend an extra 60-80 dollars to get my hair done because of unprofessionalism and poor planning on their part? I told the woman that my time had been wasted and never returned to get my hair done there ever again. That was five years ago. They are still in business.

    • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

      One of the reasons I stopped getting my hair relaxed five years ago was because I would spend too much time waiting for someone to become available and I would get stuck under a hair dryer for too long even though my hair relaxed is very thin and doesn’t take long to dry.

  • luckystar393

    I once got my hair done at this Dominican shop and the owner had maybe 3 kids aged around 10 working there for chump change im assuming. They werent sweeping up hair which i could understand but actually putting women under the dryer, rolling hair, etc. and this one little girl was given the job of washing the perm out of my hair. She was very cute, very sweet, and very polite but couldnt wash worth a damn. Lets just say i was picking clumps of dried perm out of my hair for days afterwards. Never again.

    • fool of a tooke!

      That’s funny but you’re stupid as hell for letting her do it! LOL

      • luckystar393

        Lol I was only about 12 myself at the time so I didn’t know any better but looking back yea i wish I didn’t. :/

  • dee

    I used to get my hair braided at this braid shop and the young lady that would braid my hair would have to leave at a certain time because she needed to go check in with her probation officer. It was shocking at first but she could braid the heck outta my hair, the price was right and she was nice…had the crazy gene though but still a nice girl so I decided to overlook it.

    • worknbills

      i am NOT mad if sista girl did the job RIGHT and correct! eff a probation officer…everyone does wrong..only SOME get caught!

  • resheart

    I always try to have either a male hairstylist or a older woman hair stylist. Young stylist never do what you ask them too and two you never get a calm relaxed gossip free enviroment around them. I just want my hair done the way i asked and in a timely matter!

    • worknbills

      child, today!!!

  • J A SASSY aka salon22w

    My horror stories are when the w women come to my shop and want black hairstyles knowing their hair wont hold those styles

  • guest510

    My mom had to give her stylist the boot after she came to the shop stumbling drunk with wine on her breath. No flat iron is that serious.