OK, so using “Birdman ” (A.K.A. Baby) sentence structure…. We gonna fight or we finna scrap?
Honey, when I say OUT…OF…LINE. I mean the “me about to snatch off my gold hoop earrings and puttin’ vaseline on my face” kind of OUT OF LINE!!!! (Sike, I aint fightin’nobody…) But anyway…
Here’s what happened.
When a natural-haired woman from Marietta, Georgia made her appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon, she assumed that the “blow out” hairstyle that she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying. When she first left the salon she was happy, but 3 days later, she noticed something weird when she washed her hair so that she could put into twists.
But for some strange reason, her luscious hair refused to curl as it ALWAYS DID and she noticed that large sections of her hair appeared to be unusually straight. When she called the hair salon to ask what IN THE WORLD they had done to her hair, they told her that they’d put chemical perm relaxer in her shampoo without her knowing about it!
As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair black woman will tell to you, using any amount of chemical relaxer isn’t something that you do casually as if trying a new hair spritz or something. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfate that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The hair damaging properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and burning of the scalp.
Do y’all wanna know what I would do if someone put a relaxer in my-y’all listen just beware pic.twitter.com/C7b72LFOVz
— Queen of ho twittuh (@holy_emm) May 20, 2016
I’ve been natural my whole life, and if someone told me they used a relaxer in my hair without my consent, I’d be looking to start a war. — Britttt (@thebrit_era) May 20, 2016
I’m not surprised. I’ve read Yelp reviews complaining that a lot of Dominican salons in DC also put relaxer in shampoos to “manage” hair
— hellatrix lestrange (@sky0nce) May 20, 2016
According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern.Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in the original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.
After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.
“This is one of the NO-GO’s for my naturalistas,” Yelp user Tosha W. wrote in a critical review of the salon prompted by the screenshot. “Mixing a perm in with the shampoo without consent is just as tacky as a hair salon can get.”
And we’d have to agree, for any salon to slip a major hair killer into a clients shampoo without getting permission is almost a low-level crime in my opinion. How is that any different that punching a hole in someone’s tire on purpose?
How would you have handled this situation OMGers? Would you have sued?