Salon Horror Story!

I just felt the need to rant about this & I wanted to hear other people's horror stories if you chose to share them!

So yesterday I went to go get Senegalese twists at this african braiding place that my stepmom goes to. I went to this same place last year & they braided my hair very tight, so this time I knew better and asked them to not braid as tight. These were my exact words "I don't want the braids really tight." & the lady said ok so she heard what I said. The minute she started braiding I knew it was going to be way too tight. And when she was parting my hair she was literally ripping it apart, it wasn't that tangled when I went through it that morning. Also they took a comb to just a random part of my hair (didn't even part it a bit) and started ripping away at my roots, I guess to detangle it some more (they did the same thing last year too). Lastly I don't know if any other places do this method but to keep the twists from unraveling they dip the ends in boiling hot water. Welll my sister didn't have this issue but the lady held my head down too long (I sort of feel like she wasn't paying attention because she was talking to another lady that was behind her doing another person's hair) & the steam came up to my scalp and when I say it felt like there were 2 or 3 hot combs pressed to scalp I'm not kidding. Tbh I didn't even know what she was doing until I started seeing steam so I didn't know if I should pick my head up, what if I burn her because she was behind me. I just felt like there should've been more/better communication between us. I started crying it was so painful. When I called my grandma to tell her about everything she asked my stepmom to check my scalp to see if it was irritated or red she noticed that not only the edges were extremely tight (which my mom noticed too) but basically my entire head was twisted so tight my scalp was red all over. Also when they were snipping away at the loose pieces, they were cutting at places that my hair was at and at times I felt my scalp being pulled like hair was coming out (my sister experienced this too). Im just really scared if those snips will affect the health/look of my hair. I just felt that place didn't care at all about how they were handling my hair, was unnecessarily rough with it, and didn't listen to anything I said.

Sorry if I sound complainy or spoiled but I'm just worried about how my hair will be once I take them down. I've gotten so far with my hair and I felt like I was finally in a place where it's actually healthy and will start growing and then this comes and I don't know what the end results will be:cry:
Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:

Comments

  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Good grief! What a nightmare!
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 7,169Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    You don't sound complainy or spoilt, that sounds like an awful experience. Is it still red and painful today?
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  • NYCgirlNYCgirl Posts: 236Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This gave me chills! I've never had braids like that installed in my hair but have heard and read stories about braids that are too tight and whatnot. I, however, have never heard of this situation with your scalp which sounds like a HUGE deal that could adversely impact the overall health of your scalp and natural hair. I'm sure someone else may be able to relate to a similar experience with initial scalp sensitivity and redness, but you absolutely should not feel compelled, no matter how much you paid for these braids, to keep them in knowing what you already know and risk the future health of your edges, scalp and hair. My immediate thought while reading your story, was "those braids have to go!". Once they got started and you could tell they were braiding too tight, you should have reminded them that you didn't want them too tight, over and over and over again until they complied. This is your hair and your money being spent for a service that should be done they way you've requested; you didn't ask them to do anything that was far-fetched.

    Hoping for the best. Keep us posted.
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  • Zippytatiana9Zippytatiana9 Posts: 134Registered Users
    Starmie wrote: »
    You don't sound complainy or spoilt, that sounds like an awful experience. Is it still red and painful today?
    No my stepmom put some oil on it to calm it down so its much better today!
    Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
    High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
    Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
    Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
    Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
    "Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:
  • Zippytatiana9Zippytatiana9 Posts: 134Registered Users
    NYCgirl wrote: »
    This gave me chills! I've never had braids like that installed in my hair but have heard and read stories about braids that are too tight and whatnot. I, however, have never heard of this situation with your scalp which sounds like a HUGE deal that could adversely impact the overall health of your scalp and natural hair. I'm sure someone else may be able to relate to a similar experience with initial scalp sensitivity and redness, but you absolutely should not feel compelled, no matter how much you paid for these braids, to keep them in knowing what you already know and risk the future health of your edges, scalp and hair. My immediate thought while reading your story, was "those braids have to go!". Once they got started and you could tell they were braiding too tight, you should have reminded them that you didn't want them too tight, over and over and over again until they complied. This is your hair and your money being spent for a service that should be done they way you've requested; you didn't ask them to do anything that was far-fetched.

    Hoping for the best. Keep us posted.
    If I had spent my own money on these I would take them out, but my parents paid for them and I just feel bad for wasting their money :/
    Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
    High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
    Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
    Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
    Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
    "Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:
  • Zippytatiana9Zippytatiana9 Posts: 134Registered Users
    and you're right i should've pressed them harder, I've definitely learnt my lesson and will NOT be going back to that place
    Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
    High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
    Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
    Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
    Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
    "Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:

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