Mama, I’ve been looking forward to my haircut for a long time. I was fretting about where I could get it done, though. Oddly enough, the city where I live in New York is a LOT like Frankfort. I mean…..it’s A LOT like Frankfort. So my choice was between the multitude of barbers working locally, in the Hudson Valley and the multitude of Natural Hair salons in New York City.
Yelp Chose My Natural Hair Stylist
Since I don’t know many people up here in the first place, it’s easy to imagine I didn’t have a lot of good advice coming my way about reputable natural hair stylists. My most urgent thought: “Who’s going to respect my hair in its natural state?” A salon that caters purely to styling NATURAL hair is my priority starting point.
Leaning on the tools I have at hand, having embarked on a career in online marketing, I thought to myself: “even if they don’t build their own listing on review sites, OTHER people have, and have shared their thoughts.” So with that, I looked at Yelp – the review site where the most irate customers air out their grievances.
Surprisingly, Yelp proved helpful. I narrowed the field down to 3 shops, and knocked out one immediately. Then the next had a shaky reputation and broken online communication. I chose option 3, in Brooklyn: Khamit Kinks.
Short Appointment + Expectations Fulfilled = Pricey But Worth It
The whole appointment took right at 2 hours, which is MUCH more than I can say for the Kingston-based salons I’ve visited. The worst appointment I had in Kingston was around 7 hours that included about 5 hours of waiting:
- Waiting for the wash – 15 minutes.
- Waiting for the rollerset – 20 minutes.
- Waiting for the dryer – 10 minutes.
- Waiting to get OFF the dryer & rollers out – 45 minutes.
- Waiting for the blowout, sitting in various chairs – 4 hours.
This time, I asked how much it would cost and got a prompt answer. I asked how long the appointment would take and got a prompt answer. I waited a total of 20 minutes during the whole visit. I call that a win, all around. I had a consult, and calmed the stylist’s fears that I wasn’t ready to have short hair. Then he made with the clipping cutting and shaping.
After the washing and the product and the finger styling, he seemed surprised my hair came out so sexayyyy. Mama, I can’t help that your DNA made such a lovely skull.
Introducing My New Hair: Big Chop #4 – January, 2013
I’ve written enough – time for the big reveal, mama! Watch the video to see the new ‘do.