I was bored today and when I get bored I do random stuff. Last time it was a neck tattoo and a nose ring. This time it was a dominican blowout.
I’ve always said that I would not straighten my hair until I was two years natural or bra strap length (bsl). I told myself I would do my own blowouts, but that would be the only heat I would use. So let’s get right to my salon experience….
I went to a place called Martha’s Palace, off of Goodman Road in Horn Lake. There is another one off of Kirby Parkway in Memphis. The first thing I noticed before I walked in was the smoke coming out of the door. You would think they were super busy and were doing 6 heads, but they were only doing two. My wait was a little longer than I would have liked, but there were only two people working.
When it was my turn, I went to the shampoo bowl and the stylist COMBED OUT my dry natural hair. If I would have known they were going to do that, I could have detangled my hair before going, but I walked in there with hair that was a half twistout, half braidout, put in a puff and stayed that way while I slept, mess. After detangling, she washed and deep conditioned my hair (deep conditions are free on Tuesday). The conditioner sat in my hair for around 30-45 mins. and was then washed out.
Next, my hair was roller set. Yep roller set. I really couldn’t believe it either. I was then placed under the dryer again for over an hour. Finally, the blowout began.
For the blowout, an extremely hot blow dryer and a round brush was used. Before getting this done, I always heard people complaining about how hot everything is, but I wasn’t burned at all. The dryer was nowhere near as hot as a regular salon and the blow dryer was moved so quickly through my hair that I didn’t feel the heat or burned at all.
Before I looked in the mirror I was a little nervous because I saw a few people walk out of there looking all crazy. When the stylist turned me around in the mirror I was so shocked! My hair looked like I just received a fresh relaxer!
I really don’t know how long this will last, especially since it might rain later this week, but I hope to get a good two weeks out of it. I like having this as an option because I get the same results as a relaxer, but it is not permanent like one (I hope!). I am praying that all my kinks and curls come back in their previous state. Shrinkage and all.
I paid $25 for the blowout and I will definitely get it done again. Not right away, but maybe in like another 6 months or year. I am missing my curls already and I realize that straight hair is not for me to wear daily.
I made a super quick video below because all the pictures I tried to take came out looking a mess. I may be speaking a little low because I did not want my roommates to think I was talking to myself.