Since I went natural in 2009 and stopped relaxing my hair, I haven’t been visiting a hair salon regularly. I got my “big chop” to cut the relaxer out of my hair when I was pregnant and had maybe two professional trims since then. In March, I noticed a request for a female hair model on the Sweetgrass Salon and Wellness Spa Facebook page and decided to go for it. I’ve never been a hair model. I typically take the approach that “it’s just hair, it’ll grow back,” so I was ready for anything. My usual excuse for skipping the salon is juggling child-care, but since my Mom was here visiting for A.J.’s 4th birthday, I could finally step back into a professional Aveda concept salon. I arrived at the Candler Park Sweetgrass Salon location and was greeted by the staff. Evelyn, the recent Aveda Institute graduate was “auditioning” for a full-time gig, sat me at her station and started asking about my hair. I explained that I’ve been coloring my own hair to cover the grey. Usually I shampoo and condition my hair once a week, twist it, let it air dry overnight and wear it in an afro. I hadn’t flat ironed it or done true length check to see how long it was in a straight condition. I explained to Evelyn that’s what I wanted. After figuring out the logistics, Evelyn added a demi-color to my hair, shampooed, conditioned, blow-dried, flat-ironed, trimmed and styled it. By the end of my appointment, my naturally kinky and curly hair was silky. I could run my fingers through it. It made me feel like I had a relaxer again. I was amazed that my hair didn’t revert to being kinky and curly even after a few days. I got about a week’s worth of a straight look after my hair salon appointment. I’m happy to say Evelyn also got the full-time job at Sweetgrass Salon in Little 5 Points. I hope to go back and see her for my color from now on. Boxed color does not do the trick anymore. The Aveda color Evelyn applied has the most beautiful red undertones. When I’m in the sun, it looks great. My hair color has never looked like this when I sprung for a $10 box of color at the drug store. Talk to me in the comments: What differences do you noticed when you “DIY” your hair vs. going to the salon? Do you consider a visit to the salon a necessity or a splurge? Let me add, I wasn’t obligated to share my review of Sweetgrass Spa. I’ve been a paying client in the past for massages at the Little Five location and I’m a Facebook fan of the salon’s page. I just thought it would be a cool experience to tell you about. Follow Sweetgrass Spa on Facebook, visit http://sweetgrassspa.com/ and follow Sweetgrass_ Spa on Twitter.
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— Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) May 22, 2014
You look gorgeous with the new color and do!!! I recently took a trip to Atlanta and traveling through the airport and in ATL made me realize that I can no longer DIY when it comes to my hair. I really need to get some professional help on a regular basis to keep everything “right and tight” as my teenie bopper calls it.
You look gorgeous with your new color and hairstyle. I recently traveled to Atlanta and my travel through the airport and in ATL made me realize I can no longer rely on DIY. I am at a point in life where I need to get professional help on a regular basis.
Love the new do! I have a standing appointment with my salon stylist – every 7 weeks. She does such a good job with my highlights and lowlights. I can’t imagine what I would look like if I attempted to color my hair. 🙂
Very nice, I love it, it’s so styled! You look beautiful!
Wow, you look so nice! The color and hair style fits just right. It feels so good to have a complete overhaul done, I’m next in line with a cut and new color!
My hairdresser has been trying to put a pressing comb through my head for months, but I always have a flashback to my grannie’s kitchen! You’re so brave!!! LOL
It has been years since I last went to the hair salon since my hair is natural as well. I have been thinking about doing a protective style this summer to give my hair a break.
The salon did a great job on your hair!
I find that even though I shampoo my hair at home, there’s nothing like sitting at the shampoo bowl with a pro scrubbing your scalp!
They did a great job! I think of a trip to the salon as a definite splurge. To be honest, I let my hair get horribly long (and gray) before I eventually go 😉
I’m guilty of the same thing. I’m adjusting to shorter hair. But you don’t beat the benefit of professional color!
I see you got a little sassy for your pics! Get it!
Yes girl, that’s so therapeutic!
I love how they styled your hair! it is so elegant and just stunningly beautiful!
I RT for ya.. I wish I could motivate myself to get a stylist.. I am so lazy and cheap!
What a fun experience! You looked beautiful before, but they made you look absolutely gorgeous after!
Your hair looks amazing!!! I have a different hair type and texture so I don’t really use relaxer. I don’t cut my hair or go to a salon very often either though. I am a more natural person too. I don’t put chemicals on my hair and try to use heat only sparingly.
Love the new hair! I wish i could be a hair model 🙂
For me the salon is a necessity. My colorist is a genius! Love your ‘do!
Your new hair do is very pretty and it sounds like a bit of color makes a world of difference! You are beautiful before and after. I love the natural look of it and it doesnt look over processed. Your smile is what makes you so pretty though!