17 November 2009

being natural is expensive.

if you plan to be in the salon, that is. even more reason to become a DIYer (which i plan to do). i've been natural four months now and i finally got the urge to finally do something with this baby 'fro of mine. i realized that i'd been out of the salon for months now, and i realized just how much money and free time i was saving. still, i figured that now, when i went to the salon, it would be for my enjoyment, not because i was a slave to my stylist. i figured i could use a visit.

so, i've mentioned that my boyfriend's sister is natural. i remembered her gel twists and how good they looked and thought, "cool, i'll make myself an appointment." until i found out they cost sixty dollars. uhm. what?

it's okay, like i do for everything, price shop. i emailed a salon that got a lot of good reviews, only to find out that gel twists there were $75! obviously, these people have lost their minds, right?

i don't know why, but i thought for sure being natural would be cheap, and i was right... outside of the salon. natural hair is often thicker, requires more care and attention, and can be very time consuming. once i realized that, the price didn't seem any less steep, but i could understand it, but it just reinforced that i would be the one taking care of my hair. the salon would just have to be a rare luxury when i had the money, no problem.

but seriously... gel twists, though? seventy-five dollars, though? those take two hours TOPS (no more than any other hair style, if not quicker), and don't require nothing but some gel. and hell, if you want me to, i'll show up to the salon freshly washed, deep conditioned, and bring my own gel.

i could do gel twists myself, and even if i don't feel like it, i'll have one of my girlfriend's come over and do it for free while we have fun babbling. that's what i did this weekend. take that, unreasonable salon prices!

oh, and i bought the conair quick braid off of ebay. it's a little purple, handheld device you can use to twist your hair. i had one years ago and hated it because my twists would never stay, but now that i'm natural and my ends have new self-sealing action, i figured i would try it again. and i found one nice and cheap, then if it's a piece of crap, i can just give it away.


prettydarkthing! said...

Yeah natural salons are expensive for what they do, I passed by one in downtown BK and the prices made me think "hey I could do that style myself...somehow".

Izzy said...

most definitely. and with all the videos and tutorials out there, you could definitely learn how to style your own head for free.

Pennerad said...

yeah...but it HURTS. i had to cut my hair last night. CUT. tangles and lint and knots. i could not get them out. and the longer it gets, the more complicated it gets. sucks, man...but i paid $80 for a twist style that lasted TWO WEEKS. this was on a recommendation from someone who had locks. but NO MORE. oy. :-(

Izzy said...

i'm sorry, pannerad! :( how'd your hair get so tangled in the first place? one thing i've learned is when detangling, you want something smooth or creamy on your hair, like a really good conditioner or some olive oil. using water will only make the tangle worse.

how are you detangling? i've heard a lot of good about the denman brush. :)

Amina said...

oh yes, prices are outrageous!!!
I'd rather buy products than pay for a style that I can do myself