How to tell your hairdresser not to shampoo etc

su3926su3926 Registered Users Posts: 50
Hi curlies,

Whenever I got to my stylist, I would really prefer they not shampoo / condish etc my hair, as my hair really doesn't like cones / proteins / sulfates. As you know, most salon products contains these ingredients. I really just want a cut, and not all the products they have to offer.

When I say "you don't need to wash my hair" - she says "oh I like to work with clean and product free hair."

How to you say "don't put your products in my hair" without ...um....sounding....well, like a weirdo?

Any advice?
2c

My HG products: BSRG, HE Totally Twisted Mousse, Burts Bee's green tea condish, Burts Bee's Super Shiney grapefruit condish

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    I don't -- don't have the nerve. I just let her use whatever. Luckily she is a gentle and fast shampooer and if I had to use an sls shampoo it would be the one she uses.
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  • mysteryflavoredmysteryflavored Registered Users Posts: 1,271 Curl Novice
    I also don't have the nerve. I just let them do their thing, then clarify and start over once I'm home.
    Location: North NJ or NYC
  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Registered Users Posts: 2,369
    I quit going to the salon.
    3b-3c CG
  • miralalunamiralaluna Registered Users Posts: 168
    ^ haha me too.

    You could ask them to cut your hair dry. But who knows, they might have a fit about it because they don't usually know what to do with curly hair.
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  • eweniqueewenique Registered Users Posts: 1,502 Curl Neophyte
    One advantage of finding a hairdresser that you like is that she may work with you. I've been to the same one for 5 years because she gives a good cut. Mine has been great at what I call "humoring me". I told her how I've been trying a new routine of being really gentle with my hair which included no sulphate shampoos and no silicones in conditioner or styling products. I brought my own CO for her to use and even my own gel. She has been amazed at how my curls have popped out since going CG, so she doesn't seem to mind. One other thought - you could go to your hair appointment with wet hair so it wouldn't need to be shampooed, and then just get the cut with no styling.
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  • shellynotshellynot Registered Users Posts: 1,140
    ask them up front if they will cut your hair dry, and tell them you don't need it to be styles, thanks anyway! (not in a mean way, just in a matter-of-fact way)
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  • su3926su3926 Registered Users Posts: 50
    Thanks for all the tips girls. I usually chicken out too ... next time, I might just say "I just washed it, can you just wet it?"
    2c

    My HG products: BSRG, HE Totally Twisted Mousse, Burts Bee's green tea condish, Burts Bee's Super Shiney grapefruit condish
  • memesmemes Registered Users Posts: 785
    I figure the occasional sulfate shampoo and cone laden conditioner won't hurt me but I do ask them to try and avoid silicones in styling products or skip the styling products altogether. I generally shampoo the next day anyway so I just don't worry about it much.

    Michelle
    3A, fine but thick, low porosity, low to medium resilience, protein sensitive but not to silk

    Favorites: Anything from Curly Kinks...their system is my new holy grail. Still liking Juice Organics Orange and TJ Refresh Conditioners as all purpose co-wash and rinse outs.
  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Registered Users Posts: 447
    I go to a deva trained stylist, who used to work in NY. She uses no-poo on my hair and OneC and ArcAngell and that's it, so I have no shampooing issues.

    I have found, however, that it's good to be vocal with stylists. I would either a.) bring in what I wanted them to use or b.) say that the shampoo has been making your scalp itchy and you think you're allergic to something in it. A little fib, but at least you don't have to feel bad.

    I think that sometimes stylist aren't familiar with every product out there (and with so many how could they be?) so they just use what they're used to, what the salon carries, or whatever.

    (BTW, my salon sells Deva and some other lines, but the stylist actually suggested Miss Jessie's [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Miss-Jessies-Curly-Pudding-p-578.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=miss-jessies-curly-pudding]Curly Pudding[/buylink] and mentioned Jessicurl.)

    If it bothers you a lot, speak up.
    3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Registered Users Posts: 17,898 Curl Virtuoso
    I bring my own products and say, "I'd like you to use these products because I'm very particular about what I put in my hair."

    If he/she seems interested, I'll briefly explain CG, etc.

    If there's no interest shown, I'll just leave it at that.

    No one has refused. I can't imagine...

  • KurlyKarenLeeKurlyKarenLee Registered Users Posts: 1,048
    I bring my own products and say, "I'd like you to use these products because I'm very particular about what I put in my hair."

    If he/she seems interested, I'll briefly explain CG, etc.

    If there's no interest shown, I'll just leave it at that.

    No one has refused. I can't imagine...

    That's a really good way to put it.
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  • Nikki323Nikki323 Registered Users Posts: 3
    What I used to do (I haven't been to a salon in over a year) is wash my hair at home and put it in a bun. When I get to the salon I tell them that my hair has already been washed and it is still a bit damp (in case they prefer it wet when cutting it).

    This also eliminates them charging you for washing your hair. Why pay for something I can do myself with my own products?
  • jillipoojillipoo Registered Users Posts: 3,795 Curl Neophyte
    ewenique wrote: »
    One advantage of finding a hairdresser that you like is that she may work with you. I've been to the same one for 5 years because she gives a good cut. Mine has been great at what I call "humoring me". I told her how I've been trying a new routine of being really gentle with my hair which included no sulphate shampoos and no silicones in conditioner or styling products. I brought my own CO for her to use and even my own gel. She has been amazed at how my curls have popped out since going CG, so she doesn't seem to mind. One other thought - you could go to your hair appointment with wet hair so it wouldn't need to be shampooed, and then just get the cut with no styling.

    I have done the same thing. I have a good relationship with my hair person and at first she was indulgent of my CG routine but now that she sees how good my hair looks, she is actually considering selling Jessicurl products in her salon! Yeah, I knew she was humoring me at first -- I would bring OneCondition to my appointments and ask that she use it in place of shampoo, and she obliged me -- but after a few visits, she started to realize I was on to something!

    Not all salons will be this open-minded, though. I got really lucky, I think. Most of the places I've been to in the past would have made me either feel like a freak or just flat out refused my request...
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Registered Users Posts: 819 Curl Neophyte
    I bring my own products and say, "I'd like you to use these products because I'm very particular about what I put in my hair."

    If he/she seems interested, I'll briefly explain CG, etc.

    If there's no interest shown, I'll just leave it at that.

    No one has refused. I can't imagine...
    Perfect approach.
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

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  • CurlyJoshuaCurlyJoshua Registered Users Posts: 49
    Well it's simple you just need to straight up tell them dont be shy and trust me im very shy but if i went to a hair stylist or salon i would tell em straight up dont put junkie in my hair XD or ill hurt you lol..But be straight up dont let them do something you dont want done usually no shampooing and conditioning is a much faster process and you can leave the salon or what ever gorgeous beauitful dry hair XD
  • bbbeccabbbecca Banned Banned Users Posts: 232
    I tell them I'm allergic to shampoo and conditioner. It works everytime.
  • CurlyJoshuaCurlyJoshua Registered Users Posts: 49
    thats great i always say that to people when they offer me food i dont like
  • CarolinaCurlCarolinaCurl Registered Users Posts: 12
    bbbecca wrote: »
    I tell them I'm allergic to shampoo and conditioner. It works everytime.



    I love that! I'm going to have my first haircut since going CG in July, so that is exactly what I'm going to use. Thanks for the tip!
    Loving the beautiful world of CG! I think I have 2C/3A hair which is desperately aspiring to be a springy 3A. Maybe I'll get there some day!

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