I’ve been natural for 5 years and have not straightened my entire head. This was true up until last Saturday. My soror recommended her hair stylist to me a few months back and I decided to book an appointment. I knew I could rest assure because she is newly natural (you know how the newly naturals act lol #noshade), always makes sure her hair is gone with the wind fabulous, and doesn’t let anyone (I repeat), anyone put their hands in her hair. I was confident I would look fly when my hair was done.
I walked into Eddie’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon located in Somerset, NJ. I was greeted immediately and introduced myself to the hair stylists, Ms. Linn and Ashley. They both were very friendly with lovely spirits. I had a 11am appointment with Ms. Linn. Before Ms. Linn started, she give me a quick hair consultation, so she could get a feel for my hair. I initially wanted my hair colored, DC’d, trimmed, and straightened. She wants to learn my hair for the future, and she suggested that I get a DC, trim, and straighten for now.
I kindly asked Ms. Linn to walk me through the process and she was more than helpful! Here’s the cup of tea:
- Design Essentials Sulfate-free Shampoo was used to lift up any hair product build up.
- Mizani Thermal Smooth was used to shampoo and condition.
- Then, I sat under the dryer for about 15-20 mins.
- Ms. Linn detangled my hair very gently with a wide tooth comb.
- Hair was blow dried.
- I shared with Ms. Linn that my hair goal is to grow my hair out from a hair cut I received in May from being a hair model. She kept this in mind and gave me a trim using a fake blending method, so I can achieve my hair goal.
- She applied heat using a flat iron throughout my entire head.
- Lastly, Design Essential Sleek Edge Control was applied to lay my edges down.
Ms. Linn told me I would enjoy my experience and I sure did! Not only was she wonderful, but she provided me with advice in caring for my hair. Due to my naturally dry hair texture, Ms. Linn advised and emphasized I focus on moisturizing my hair. I currently have color, so she told me to be more gentle with the front of my hair to help eliminate split ends. She also suggested that I use pure coconut oil or almond oil in my mid-section to prevent any further breakage. For maintenance, I will be making a hair appointment every 4 months. As I mentioned in my re-transitioning story, I will be smarter this time around with my hair decisions, so I soaked all these valuable tips in.
Many times we visit a hair stylist for the first time, we leave unhappy with the service or the hair stylist went “scissor happy”. I didn’t have to worry about any of that. When she turned me around in the chair to check out my hair, I was in awe. I have never seen MY hair look this good in a very, very, very long time. “You’re dope!” were my exact words to her. In my 5 years of being natural, I have finally found a salon and hair stylists I can trust with confidence. I’m in the process of getting my hair back on track and there’s no need to worry with Ms. Linn on my side
If you are in the area, and want to hit the streets feeling beautified? I suggest you check Eddie’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon out by contacting Ms. Linn via email at Texturez@aol.com.
Rating: 5 Afro Picks