Whether you’re a seasoned natural or a newbie, finding a hair salon that caters to Black hair care is an important part of your journey.
By Writer Jasmine Stein
My hair was not in good condition due to years of wearing relaxers and the damage they caused, so making an appointment with a natural hair salon was quite intimidating. I also felt some shame about the lack of knowledge that I had about my hair, and how poorly I had been caring for it. Luckily there are hair salons across the country that emphasize in educating women on how to care for healthy, natural hair. Today, I’m featuring a salon in Los Angeles called Healthy Hair Bar, which is located at 147 E. Foothill Blvd Monrovia, Ca 91016. Their phone number is 626-386-5120.
Hello Healthy Hair
Recently, I visited the Healthy Hair Bar in Los Angeles and kissed my fears goodbye. I was fortunate to meet the owner, Rochelle, who gave me some amazing tips on caring for my hair as well as finding the right stylist in my area. The Healthy Hair Bar has been open since 2010. It’s fairly far from Los Angeles, but it’s worth the visit.
As soon as I walked into the hair salon, Rochelle greeted me with a warm hug and asked me to tell her about my hair journey up to this point. I realized that it’s important for anyone who is finding a hair stylist to feel comfortable enough with your stylist. She should be interested in your hair background, beauty routine, and your future goals. Rochelle talked about the best ways that I could clean up my damaged scalp and grow a healthy a head of hair moving forward.
Many healthy hair salons will have its recommended products of choice. It’s totally up to you whether you begin to use the products your stylist recommends or to continue using the ones you’ve come to know and love. Rochelle recommenced that I use California Flow, an organic hair system treatment that she created herself. The treatment is available at the Healthy Hair Bar and it’s also easy to use at home once every 3 to 4 weeks. She walked me through the process step by step: detangling, scalp facial, shampoo & conditioner, detangle and twist.
The After Effect
I left the Healthy Hair Bar feeling gorgeous and flawless. I also learned a manageable routine that I felt competent enough to repeat at home. Rochelle recommended seeing a stylist for professional treatment every 4 weeks, if possible. She suggested that I look for stylists who are patient and who use healthy, organic products. She also said that it is extremely important to find a stylist who takes sanitation and health seriously. The cleaner the salon, the more confident you’ll feel your hair is receiving the best treatment.
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The Healthy Hair Bar Routine:
1. Detangle We began by detangling my hair. Rochelle reiterated the importance of taking my time in this step. Do this by holding at the root and combing through your tender strands gently but firmly. Detangling is easiest when you take your time, working with small sections. I have thick hair and so the smaller the section the less likely it is for me to damage my hair in the process.
2. California Flow Treatment Next was treatment time. With damaged hair it’s important to find a healthy treatment system.
3. Wash The shampoo and conditioner that you use is extremely important. Everyone is different and you want to look for product that gives your hair the right nutrients and texture. I was impressed by how soft and shiny my hair was after the conditioning step at the Healthy Hair Bar.
4. Condition I sat under the dryer on low heat for about 25 minutes. but if you don’t use heat, air dry is always a great alternative.
5. Protectant We applied a coconut oil base to my hair that I loved. It didn’t leave an oily residue on my fingers, hair or clothes, and I loved the smell.
6. Style My hair is still figuring out its natural curl pattern after years of relaxers, but Rochelle and I began the training process. She took small strands and hand-twisted each strand one-by-one. She assured me that after a few months my natural hair pattern would be begin to show. If you’re transitioning like me, you can use foam hair rods or bantu knots hair to get a curl pattern going.
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