BEWARE OF THE FRENCH SPEAKERS!
no beef to the French as well as my French relatives lol
well..not really but it was a catchy title.
Now, A fellow natural woman (yes one of us girls!) I know ran into a very foreign situation…no pun intended..
She is traveling out of the country and as you know, when you are traveling you want to put your hair in a style that doesn’t take much up keep. Seeing as how she didn’t want to mess with her natural hair, it only made sense to indulge in a protective style.
She’s going to Europe I believe but I’m sure she didn’t want to deal with universal plugs and constantly waking up to do her hair so a sew in is not applicable here…sorry to all my Virgin hair loves.
Anyway..she decided that she wants Senegalese twists, and goes to a Braiding Company.
Now I am African so no beef, but African braiding salons are out to 419 us all. Not all…..but dang near most! 1st, if you’ve ever gone to Nigeria, Ghana, or any country in Africa. You KNOW it does not take long/cost that much to get your hair done there. For some reason…when we get to America, hair suddenly becomes Gold.
There is no reason why you should pay over 150 for braids in my opinion. I may be bias because I do my own hair, but seriously, if you are paying that much for Kanekalon hair that you WILL be throwing away…you might as well get a sew in with some good ash weave!
Here are some reasons why I hate African hair salons!
1. They over charge - why are you paying an arm and a leg for hair that will take about four hours because they have 3 different braiders on your head!
2. Most of them aren’t even licensed - its true, ask them if their store is… not just them
3. They have no regard for your comfort, your edges, or the health of your hair in general - they will braid your edges into tiny little braids knowing it will just fall out, they will perm broken and damaged hair which an otherwise trained beautician would not. These woman don’t go to cosmetology school, they just come from the village and braid o! Plus they are all heavy handed and are rude, and talk to you as if you are their children. sigh.
4. They will 419 you! -another phrase for scam…basically
5. They speak in a different language to con you…like at nail shops (This woman tried to scam my friend while talking to her partner in Yoruba. Assuming we were both Igbo. I understand enough Yoruba so she was in for a surprise when I raised hell)
Ok so she gets there in the morning and she asks them if she can get Senegalese twists. All of a sudden these women decide to talk in French amongst themselves -_____- and decide that since she doesn’t get perms, she can’t get Senegalese twists. That is false btw, myself as well as many of my natural friends have gotten NEAT Senegalese twists…
But whats funny is that they say they can do Kinky Twists for her instead -______- …which are basically bigger Senegalese twists with kinky hair.
She really wants the Senegalese but the way they are bantering on in French she believes them when they say it would look bad. So she says ok to the Kinky twists……
*DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUNNN*
So she’s finished with her hair and the kinky twists are about *snaps* that much longer than her natural hair, and on top of that the women did that curled ends stuff we used to do in 7th grade.
THEN she has to pay 200 freaking dollars for KINKY TWISTS! KINKY TWISTS! you pay 120 for a good head of micros. 200 dollars are Senegalese and then some. And to top it off, if you do hair…you know that u grab more natural hair into kinky twists, therefore if her natural hair was the problem, there would be more of a chance poking out with some kinky twists, than it poking out when u grab a tiny strand of it for Senegalese twists.
Let me tell you what they said to each other in French.
“gitchy gitchy yaya lets charge her the same price but lets not waste our time and lets do some kinky twists instead. wi wi. *fancy french laugh*”
So this poor girl (who at this point realizes she has been straight 419’d) goes home and dips her Kinky twists in hot water to make them straight. Now as I am writing this, she is adding kanekalon hair to the kinky twists to make them look presentable and longer…and they don’t look shabby if I do say so myself. The point is though, she wasted 200 dollars on hair she is now basically doing herself all cause of an African hair shop!
BEWARE OF THE FRENCH SPEAKERS!