The Salon Story

This post is not mummy or wifey related. It is just a thought I had about hair that spiralled into other "philosophical" blah blah that I thought to share on here… Anyway, let me get right into it.

I was contacted this morning by a hairdresser training at a big London hair academy to come get a haircut specifically because I have natural afro hair. That made me very excited! It is a big deal for me when people notice my natural hair. It also made me think of an incident that happened two years ago in a branch of a massive London hair salon chain. I had been wanting to colour my hair for many weeks and so began to look around for a reputable salon. Normally, I go to Afro-Caribbean salons to get my hair done but as some of you may know, many staff of those salons are not necessarily trained hairstylists especially when it comes to cutting and colouring. If you have had a rat tail comb pulled through your afro or had the life blow dried out of your hair after a tub of dax pomade had been rubbed vigorously into it, you would know exactly what I mean. So usually I only go to those salons to get braids or weaves but I was not going to go to one to have my hair cut or way!

On that day after tutorials, I walked into the London salon with my friend from Dubai. I told the lady in charge that I wanted to have my hair coloured. She looked at me and blurted out, "oh we don't colour afro hair…" in an unnecessarily rude tone. I was too shocked to think of a response so it was my friend who said something like, "you don't have to be so rude…" and something else about the lady being racist. Before I pull out the race card, I always try to exhaust other possible reasons why someone did something to me before concluding that "it's cos I is black innit?".

I went home and continued to ponder what happened. This is how it went in my head: Was it possible that Afro hair required a different process for colouring than other hair types? Was it also possible that they just did not have a colourist that specialised in Afro hair? If so, why did such a big salon not have one? Maybe it was the part of London? Too "posh" to cater to clients of African descent? But did she have to speak to me in that tone? Sounded a lot like "Coloureds not welcome in this salon" to me. It upset me so much that here I am, two years later blogging about it. I eventually walked into a smaller salon in the same part of London and had my hair really nicely cut and coloured.

I guess my reason for posting this is firstly, to get it off my chest and secondly, to ask my readers this question:

Was I wrong to assume that a salon like that would cater to me and my Afro? 

I look forward to reading some responses.