Does Natural Hair in Los Angeles Exist
Marie Young (GoodLooknOut) | On 20, Nov 2012
A woman’s hair can be likened to a form of protection for most women. Women tend to think the longer their hair the better, forming a real dependency on their tresses. Wouldn’t you agree?
Growing up I lived with my father and he had this weird “thing” with the need to have his daughter’s hair looking good (meaning long and straight) at ALL TIMES. I can’t even tell you how often I was victim to the I’m going to overbook my chair so I can make as much money as humanly possible black hair salon.
This hair methodology, unfortunately, stuck with me for most of my adult life, that is until a few months ago, when I decided to wear my hair “natural” in an effort to save my lifeless perfectly straightened hair!
Los Angeles + Natural Hair = Non Existent
Or so I thought. On the east coast it seems that the want for natural hair is much greater than here in Los Angeles. There seems to be curl bars popping up everywhere in the east, so naturally I figured it would be the same once I moved back to Cali therefore supporting my natural hair transition.
Once in Cali, I noticed the term “curl bar” didn’t even exist, but as time went on I found a few places that offered natural service. After searching for a few weeks I finally decided to go with Mahogany Hair Revolution, mainly because their online presentation was impeccable and the owner, Dr. Kari Williams, sounded very knowledgeable in hair care.
I am into sharing the love so here are a few more natural hair salons that I also found, in the greater Los Angeles area, while researching:
Mahogany Hair Revolution
490 S San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Lok Nest Natural Hair & Skin Care Studio
1410 S. Redondo Bl.
Los Angeles, California 90019
I love Lulu Hair Spa
733 S. LaBrea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
La Sha Salon
13453 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
*Recommended stylist: Kalee
Comb My Hair
21218 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Keepers of The Krown
6519 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Available at Steppes’ Barber Shop
2294 N Lincoln Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
Contact: Lawrence Merritt
I also found a handy little natural hair salon list for the entire United States on Black Girl With Long Hair!
My First Natural Hair Consultation
I was surprised that Mahogany Hair Revolution is a salon that actually still does consultations. Usually salon’s just want that green buck as soon as they see you.
Natural hair is such an explosive field and I like that this salon gets that women who are transitioning are extremely nervous and have tons of questions. I met with the salon’s owner Dr. Kari Williams and she gave me some insight on my hair type, appropriate products for my hair type and natural hair care maintenance.
What I liked most about Dr. Kari Wiliams and her salon was that she offered classes on natural hair care. She teaches students locking, braiding, and a select number of popular natural hair styles. She teaches these workshops once every quarter and she typically offers small class sizes to give every student personalized attention to make sure they completely understand her hair care techniques.
My Mahogany Revolution Results
I enjoyed my stylist, Ursula (pictured below), very much. She was very pleasant, resourceful and she did a wonderful job on my hair. Before I sat in her chair my hair was uneven, two different textures and was a sincere natural mess!
Ursula was able to school me on my hair type, a good daily routine and an even better night time routine. Even thought the owner schooled me on what products may work best for my hair, Ursula even recommended products that would work best for my hair type. I wasn’t even aware that the products I was using on my hair weren’t the best products for my kinky curly hair type until I spoke with Ursula *huge help*.
The best thing about this salon… they didn’t over book me. When I sat in the chair I was her ONLY client from start to finish. This is something I’m sure that most women would kill over. It’s so hard to suppress that natural inner urge to slap your stylist when they ask you to wait while they start on someone else’s head. Mahogany received extra cool points for this.
This weekend I went on a little thrifting excursion and my curls were definitely in full effect. I love each and every coil. I just need to work on styling my natural hair with more versatile styles. With all of the natural hair blogs and sites out there I am sure I won’t have too much trouble!
Overall, I feel great about my curls and I am happy with the services I retrieved from the salon. Natural is still very hard for me because I’m so used to altering my hair in some way, shape or form. However, I am glad that I’m doing this for my curls and I am even happier I have support from my husband who tells me everyday how beautiful I look with my natural curls!
So ladies, tell us, have you visited any of the salons that I referenced above? If so, how did you like it? Also, what are some salon’s I may have missed?
img source: TwiggyPenz