Stylists Adding Relaxers to Conditioners on Natural Hair Clients??

I was totally shocked by this story on about a readers’ experience getting a wash, blow-dry and flat iron at a salon. Here’s an excerpt;

Once washed, the shampoo girl and my stylist for the day went away from me and started whispering. I suppose I should’ve worried but I’m not the paranoid type. After the whisper session, the stylist came over and asked what I wanted done… just a wash and blow dry is what I told her. This should involve them washing my hair, conditioning it, blow drying it and then flat ironing it. I had it done hundred of times before without an issue. She said okay and offered to do a deep condition treatment for me as it would help protect my hair.. her words.

I agreed as long as it didn’t take too long and she promised it wouldn’t. To the back of the salon she goes to mix up a deep condition treatment. I didn’t find this abnormal. I often mix things together to use as a DT myself. She started to apply to my hair and it smelled weird, I asked her about it and she said it’s one of the ingredients for Ph balance.

Ummm.. okay.

About ten minutes in it started to burn which I found weird but she assured me it was just “tingling” and it was good for my scalp… another 3 minutes and I told her to rinse me because I was having some sort of allergic reaction or something (I have pretty sensitive skin so this was possible). She rinsed me out and moved me to the chair. My hair was noticeably straighter as my hair wet without product is very curly and big and poofy, lol. This time my curls hung straight-ish which wasn’t normal. She assured me that it was temporary from the heavy conditioner.

“Okay…” I said

She did my hair as normal and 2 days later the breakage started. Panicked, I went to wash my hair and again the curls just weren’t there… I had major heat damage. After several deep treatments, co-washes, etc. my hair never returned to its normal state and continued to break off. I returned to Michigan (where I was staying) and had my hair braided, hoping that would help.

When I finally moved to Illinois (about 3 weeks later) I was ready to take my braids out, upon doing so my hair was just coming out in huge chunks even though I was being gentle. I went back to the salon and pitched a fit demanding to talk to someone in charge. (Yeah, it may seem a bit crazy for hair.. but we know how important hair is to us, right?) When I finally spoke to the manager, she also feigned ignorance. I threatened police action, threatened to sue and eventually someone gave up the information I needed.

She told me that with “nappy” hair, they sometimes add a bit of relaxer to a deep conditioner and apply it. It’s the “kiddie perm” she tells me and most people don’t experience negative results. She said it works well because people are happy that their hair is straighter so they continue to come back.

Click here for the rest of the story. This is so ridiculous!! What are your thoughts ladies? Has this ever happened to you?!

Black Girl With Long Hair

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast. bell hooks' hair twin...


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216 thoughts on “Stylists Adding Relaxers to Conditioners on Natural Hair Clients??

  1. This happened to me at a Dominican Salon in Lancaster PA. BEWARE. I spent 6 months growing out my natural hair and it was beautiful. The first time I went to the salon my hair was blown out and flat ironed. Looked beautiful but the owner said I needed a Keratin treatment. I refused.

    The next time that I came back, they washed, conditioned, blew out and then flat ironed. I smelled something funny when she was blowing out my hair and asked about it. The stylist said that she didn’t smell anything.

    I went home and the breakage began in a few days. About 60 percent of my hair broke off I knew she put a relaxer in it because when I wash my 4B hair it is limp. I have very thick hair, even when washing it’s a heavy afro.

    I was so upset that I went back to the salon, ready to confront the owner and she put on a very good act. So good in fact, that I believed her and thought no one but an evil person would ever put a chemical in someone’s hair without their permission. But I still had that nagging feeling.

    I haven’t gone back to that salon since and I am now VERY wary of any Dominican salons . If I had a way to prove it, I would have brought in the police and sued her.


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  3. Any hair stylist put relaxer in shampoo or conditioner without letting the clients know is a PURE EVIL!!!!!!! No excuse!!!! SHAME ON YOU LAZY STYLISTS!!!! If you can’t do natural hair then simply tell the clients that you couldn’t do it. If I ever find out that happens to me, I will SUE!!!!!!!! You will pay for all the products I paid to grow my hair for years and I will get you fired and close down your business. I will make sure everyone will know how dirty your business is. I will not be silenced! I dont play! My mother works with lawyers! This is the reason why I don’t go to salons! My hair is natural. Ladies, if any stylists suggest you to get relaxer or complain how thick your hair is after you come in the salon for the first time…RUN!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t ask…just RUN!!!! Your hair is in danger! And look at stylists hair and you will definitely know… their hair look healthy or damage because their hair represent their business. And look at clients hair too. If their hair is short, relaxed, or installed with weaves or braids and nobody has a natural hair…RUN!!!!! Your eyes see the message.

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