Skip to main content

Salon horror: Another head of natural hair goes down in a hail of flat iron smoke…

Avatar • Mar 12, 2010

So Brittany was featured on BGLH back in February because of her great style and awesome hair.

But that hair is gone after a visit to the salon.

The press…
That lead to the damage…

That lead to the second big chop…

Check it out:

I just wanted to write to you guys to let you know that I had to restart my journey and do another big chop due to HEAT DAMAMGE. I went to get my hair pressed last week at a salon called Styles by Lisa in Charlotte, NC, which completely ruined my hair. I trusted the lady, since she supposedly specializes in natural hair and has natural hair herself, but by the end of the week and by the time I had washed my hair, it was so damaged and smelled like heat the entire time I wore my hair straight. Even after washing my hair about two or three times it still smelled burnt and gave off an eggy/relaxer smell.

I’d like to share this experience with you guys in hopes of saving another head of natural hair. The amount of heat (blow dryer, plus she sat me under the dryer, plus she used a hot comb, and a flat iron) the stylist used was way too much, especially since my hair had also been color treated a couple of months before. The funny thing is, while she was doing my hair she could tell by the vibes I was giving off that I didn’t trust her and that I felt she was using too much heat, but she told me not to worry because she was using a heat protectant. Even so, there’s not enough product in the world that can protect from extreme temperatures.

My hair would not curl up right after I had washed it and I had random straight ends, my hair also still smelled burned when I went to get my second big chop, during which the barber even said my hair was very brittle and would need to be deep conditioned and babied back to health. 🙁 Please, help me spread the word about the seriousness of heat damage and the stylists who THINK they know what they are doing when it comes to natural hair. To all my natural heads everywhere, if you feel uncomfortable sitting in that chair, go with your first instinct and RUN! lol

Damn! On the plus side Brittany your big chop is gorgeous. So you’re trading one great look for another. But still…

I think stylists are so used to the idea that black women want to exorcise the kinks out of their hair that they aren’t able to grasp that some women actually LOVE the kinks, the curls, the fuzz and all that goes along with it. *Le sigh.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
50 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Sharon
10 years ago

Wow, that’s really unfortunate. I’m still nursing my hair back from heat damage I did to it a few months ago. I didn’t want to BC again and have just been gradually trimming the ends. I would feel a lot worse about it if I had gone to the salon and had a “professional” jack up my texture though. I learned that it is so very important to be careful with heat styling. But really, the stylist should have know not to use all that heat, especially since your hair had been previously colored. *sigh* One thing is that I… Read more »

vonnie
10 years ago

that’s utterly terrifying! I’m so scared of that happening 🙁 I want to straighten my hair at some point, just to have diff looks, but I’m a a YEAR and 3 months in, don’t even plan to straighten for another year, so I’ll be damned if they make me big chop after 2 years.…oye!

http://socialitedreams.wordpress.com

Tawani
Tawani
10 years ago

Brittany, I’m sorry to hear what happened to you. Recently a family member was taking care of my daughter for the weekend & he decided it would be a wonderful idea to have my daughter’s hair pressed and curled at the beauty salon. My daughter returned home smelling of smoke and burnt hair. Oh, but her hair was indeed straight with big curls. Her hair was so weak, it broke off easily in my hands when I tried to style it in any way (she’s transitioning from a relaxer). I felt it was too weak to wash it right away so… Read more »

naomi
naomi
10 years ago

i’m very sorry to hear about your experience. funny thing is, i was going to make an appointment at that same salon last week but decided not to. instead, i decided to start my locs and went to another natural salon. at least something good came out of a bad situation, the short cut does fit you like a glove.

Rosalyn
Rosalyn
8 years ago
Reply to  naomi

What other salons in Charlotte have you found to be good to get your hair straightened. I only straighten my hair once or twice a year but it is hard to find some on good. I did a consult at that salon but the prices seemed high and the information she gave did not seem good for my hair so I went elsewhere but now I am trying to find some one good in the area.

Brittany
Brittany
6 years ago
Reply to  Rosalyn

Hey, sorry I’m just now reading this. I completely forgot about this post! I haven’t been to any salons to have my hair straightened ever since. I just stick to maintaining my curls.

curly+kinky+fierce
curly+kinky+fierce
10 years ago

Im sorry you went through that but thanks for the info! I too am in Charlotte NC and one day wanted to straighten my hair..but rock that hair girl..summer is coming and short is in !

caramelgirl
caramelgirl
10 years ago

Girl, I was 2 minutes from that happening to me. So I wanted flat twists, and I could tell that the girl at the salon didnt really know what to do. 3 women all had their hands in my hair at the same time, staring at it like my god what are you gonna do with that thick hair. So they brought out this blowdryer and flat iron, and tried to straigten my hair with that. They pulled my hair with the blowdryer, and everything in me was screaming, “they are going to damage my hair with all that heat!… Read more »

ms_micia
ms_micia
10 years ago

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL MY BEAUTIFUL KINKY COILY SISTERS OUT THERE: DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT STRAIGHTEN UR NATURAL HAIR. FOR ANY REASON. IF UR FEELING A “STRAIGHT” LOOK IS IN ORDER BITE THE BULLET AND GET A WEAVE (QUICK OR FULL CAP BRAIDED SEW IN). IT IS NOT WORTH HAVING TO START OVER TO BE A STRAIGHT HAIR HAVING WHITE GIRL FLOW HAVING SISTA. IM NOT BASHING THE FEELING OF WANTING STRAIGHT HAIR BUT FOR HEAVEN SAKES DONT DAMAGE YOUR REAL HAIR IN THE PROCESS. I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY AND IT PAINS ME TO SEE… Read more »

cassadie
10 years ago

Awwww MAN, Brittany! So sad to hear about yet another heat-happy stylist ruining a beautiful head of hair.

The good news is that you did it once and you can do it again! The new chop looks great!

bourgie
10 years ago

That happen to me too but not at a salon. I just trimmed my hair the other day but I too am contemplating chopping it off again and starting over.

Ambrosia
Ambrosia
10 years ago

Everytime I think about straightening my hair for a length check, I hear another horror story. I think I will just stick with my curls for now!!!

Hair I Am
Hair I Am
10 years ago

This story really touched my heart as I’m also a natural lady residing in Charlotte and I’ve been to Natural Styles by Lisa a few times. I’ve only allowed Lisa to do trims, comb coils, and rod sets on my hair because I’ve seen how much heat she uses to straighten other clients’ hair. She’s asked me if I would like her to press my hair and I told her no because I’m afraid of heat damage. As a matter of fact, the last time I went there was another young lady there waiting to get her hair pressed and… Read more »

Beatstopper
Beatstopper
10 years ago

I just don’t think it’s worth it. I love that natural hair has a unique style to it, and to me straight hair might look nice, but it can also be kinda boring after a while. I’ve also been natural for a year and 3 months, and I’ve never done it. I do plan on trying a stretching style with magnetic rollers to achieve a straight look (see Mahoganycurls on youtube for a tutorial), but I don’t plan on ever using a flat iron to my hair otherwise.

Aisha
Aisha
10 years ago

Blowdryer, hooded dryer, flat iron AND pressing comb?! Why the HECK was she using so much heat???!!! That lady did not know what she was doing. Goes to show you, just because a stylist is natural doesn’t mean they know how to deal with natural hair. A good stylist is a good stylist, regardless of what their hair looks like. I’m sorry that happened to you Brittany, but you look great with that cut.

Naturally Dulce
Naturally Dulce
10 years ago

If you want to straighten your hair without heat damage, roller set and silk wrap. If you want to refine the look, flat iron on a low setting and don’t go over the hair more than twice. I’ve done this (rarely though) and have never suffered any heat damage. I would never trust anyone to straighten my hair for me.

Aptlife
Aptlife
10 years ago

@ Ambrosia, same thing. Every time I get the itch, I see a story like this and start rocking back and forth. Heat damage is too serious.

Brittany, your hair still looks cute that short. 🙂

Joy
Joy
8 years ago
Reply to  Aptlife

LOLOLOL@ start rocking back and forth.

Christina_keys
10 years ago

Brittany, first off, you’re gorgeous. Your style is off the chain 😀 Second, I wish I could slap that stylist for you. Sidenote: I grew up in a press ‘n curl world in L.A. I’d go there like 3 times in 3 months, perhaps? It was always to get my hair “straightened” but once I washed my hair my curls would always come back. That wasn’t even a worry to me. I’m wondering if salons in the south are just using too much heat in general? I’ve been told this: “Oh, black girls in California don’t NEED relaxer because the weather is… Read more »

Kimberly
Kimberly
10 years ago

Wow what a story…definitely taking this to heart and will inform my newly natural sisters (real blood sister…hehe).

afroburbs
10 years ago

Dang it! Your hair is still gorgeous. Please know you are not alone. Last year out of curiosity I went and had my hair pressed at a salon in Charlotte, NC. This stylist also claimed to be a natural hair specialist. She murdered my coils. I had to cut an inch of hair off of my already struggling TWA. And the smell…like pure sulfur! The rest of my story is below:

http://afroburbs.blogspot.com/2009/07/been-there-done-that-moving-on.html

Ashley
10 years ago

I am sorry that this happened to you. I have gotten my hair pressed 2x at tried to press it once in the 9 months that I’ve been natural. But, I really don’t think the risk is worth it. I’m just trying everyday to learn more about the curls growing and constantly changing and go from there. The good thing about the situation is that you have a wonderful support system right here to get you through it 🙂

Lo
Lo
10 years ago

I am so glad that you posted this story. I’ve been transitioning since July with kinky twists and cornrows. I live in the South (TX) and I wanted to do a length check. I first had my hair pressed by a natural hairstylist and he used minimal heat. He was very pricey but then I was convinced to try another lady who charged a fraction of the price. She (in my opinion) used too much heat from the Marcels to partial blowdrying my hair (cringed when I could smell the hair) and I hope and pray my hair isn’t damaged.I… Read more »

natural_lov7
natural_lov7
10 years ago

Hi Ladies, Thanks Brittany for sharing your story. I’m sorry that happened to you. Great BC, you look great girl ! I was thinking of straightening at my 2 yr mark in July. After your story, I will do it myself or just blow dry. Ladies, I’m wondering, I’ve been seeing quite a few beauticians advertising that they do Natural Hair.…wondering what type of training or what qualifies you as a Natural Hair Sytlist ? I’m sure there are some out there, but do you think some people may just put this on their business cards for marketing purposes—more business… Read more »

Brittany
Brittany
10 years ago

Hey guys, Thanks for all of the support. What I failed to mention in the post to BGLH is that I decided to get my hair straightened for a length check and to trim off many dead ends that I had. I also was getting bored with my hair :-/ But my main decision to get it straightened was for a trim since I have no idea how to trim my hair when it’s curly since my curls are so tight. I must say that I’m happy to start my journey over and I really don’t feel any regret about having… Read more »

Brittany
Brittany
10 years ago

@Christina_keys 1. Thank you! 2. It’s funny you mentioned Cali…the stylist actually prides her services in being based in Cali, hence her name is Styles by Lisa of Beverly Hills. The press that she gave me is actually called (by her and on her business cards and flyers) The California Press. I wanted a silk wrap (which is one of her services) and I told her that, yet she didn’t even honor my request and did what she wanted to do and is used to doing. Funny thing is, there were two other women ahead of me, IDK if they requested… Read more »

Anya
10 years ago

I have heat damage too but there’s no way I’m cutting all my hair off because of a few straight strands. I just cut those strands off because they’re not noticeable in my BIG ASS AFRO. I think another Big Chop would be too extreme for me.

little hbic
little hbic
10 years ago

I’ve recently just became natural.. 5 months and counting.. Ive known a couple of natural people who have gotten their hair straight before and have had no heat damage done to their hair.. They all went and got a “silk” wrap done to their hair.Their hair came out bouncy a full and flowed just like silk. Its a solution mix that they put in your hair and then they roll your hair in big rollers and sit u underneath the hooded dryer and then flat iron ur hair. I got one of these done before to my hair in my… Read more »

maria
10 years ago

That’s just awful! I’m so sorry this happened to you!

Ms. Bar B
10 years ago

OMG! Now that is scary. Makes me think back to when I took my, then 5 year old, to the salon to get her ends clipped. The stylist said she had to straighten her hair before she could trip the ends. I allowed it and THANK GOD there was no damage, but now I clip them myself. She’s never set foot back in a salon or had her hair straightened again. Dang, and for that to happen with someone who “specializes” in natural hair. Really? Why is it that we have a wealth of stylist who have NO idea how… Read more »

Raquel
Raquel
10 years ago

aww.…i’m sorry this happened.
however, heat can definitely be used safely with proper technique and lots of deep conditioning. just wanted to throw that out there.

beadgyrl
beadgyrl
10 years ago

I couldn’t have said it better than ms_micia above. This is the result of us naturals going through all the trouble of going natural, using natural hair products, and all the time and money spent investing in having healthy hair. Only to make the mistake of going to a hairdresser who knows nothing/ or cares about natural hair and the dynamics of it. These type of hairdressers are brainwashed into thinking that “nappy” or “kinky” hair should be straightened beyond death! They are confused how women like us (naturals) enjoy and love our natural hair. We send the wrong signals… Read more »

Barbara
Barbara
10 years ago

That’s horrible. I am transitioning again but the last time I was natural I would get my hair my hair pressed and after a few months I noticed that my hair would stay straight after it gets wet. This time around I am scared to even think about using heat.

angelarose
angelarose
10 years ago

Despite what many say, there is a RIGHT way to straighten hair with heat that won’t permanently alter your natural hair texture. It takes experience and an easy hand. It takes me literally 30 minutes to flat iron my natural hair, and believe me when I tell you that it looks better than any relaxer I have ever had! If you have to pass the flat iron over a section of hair more than once, you aren’t doing it right, if steam or smoke rises from the flat iron as you smooth your hair, it is too hot! I learned… Read more »

Alison C
Alison C
9 years ago
Reply to  angelarose

I have to agree there def is a RIGHT way to straighten your hair.

1. Apply a good moisturising leave in conditioner and let air dry.
2. Spritz on heat protectant.
3. Blow dry lightly on the COOLEST setting to smooth the hair shaft.
4. Flat iron in very small sections on around 190 degrees celcius using only
ONE heat pass.

Once in a blue moon is ok as long as you DC every week and make sure you handle your hair carefully and lightly 🙂

Mrs. R
Mrs. R
10 years ago

Girl, you never lied. I wished I read this in Jan 2010. I went to get my hair pressed and the 2nd time I got it pressed, it smelled like plastic burning. I have a patch of hair that pretty much came out, but you cant see it because my hair is really thick. I am just cutting off the damaged strands and will keep moving. No more salon presses for me. Just run away from the heat period.

Faith
Faith
10 years ago

I am so glad you shared your experience because the same thing happened to me. I’d been natural for about 3 or 4 years and decided to surprise my mom with a press out for her birthday (she wanted to see it straight for the longest time) my hair smelled like burning chicken the entire time she was straightening it and even once it was done it was like this smoke halo that followed me of days. The lady who pressed my hair had natural hair as well and was refered to me by my mothers beautician (who i always… Read more »

Charity M
Charity M
9 years ago

I’m so glad I read this. I was actually thinking about making an appointment with her but now I’ve decided against it. Thanks for the info 🙂

simply_elle
simply_elle
9 years ago

a hooded dryer…hot comb ANDDDD flat iron…she needs her cosmetology licensed snatched…with haste…there is NO reason for that.…i straighten my hair fairly regularly, both by going to the dominicans and at home…but its either a roller set and blow dry, or if im home i blow dry and flat iron…who still uses hot combs anyway? i thought we retired those…smh…

Ms. Cali
Ms. Cali
9 years ago

3months ago my brother got married n his fiance demanded I get my hair straightened, so I oblidged. It was no big deal because I needed my end clip. I went to a stylist ive been seeing for a while so I trusted her. First off she attempted to comb my hair out dry. I had to assure her to jus wash it, it was not nearly as bad as it looked. This lady was styling my hair as if she hated it, yanking at it and repeating how it was so nappy n she had to get the naps… Read more »

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

She’s sooooo pretty and has a beautiful smile.

Monique
Monique
7 years ago

I have currently had my hair done by that same salon. I referred someone else there who in return forwarded this to me after doing some research on the process. So far my hair is fine. The straightness is still there except for around my edges. Ive had to flat iron and or straighten it about 3 days after getting it done, so i know i have been putting alot of heat on it. Wow, would never think to hear about this at the place were I have started to get my hair done. I was really liking my “California… Read more »

Deej
7 years ago

This was posted in 2010 but I’m just now seeing it and I can say, YOU SAVED MY HAIR…I planned to visit styles by Lisa in Charlotte and discuss the California press.…wanted a new look for my birthday, but it’s not worth my tresses. Thank you my sista.

Tonia
Tonia
7 years ago

Oh my gosh! I just had my hair done here. I have not washed it yet (washing it tonight after work) but the same method was used on me and my hair has been shedding SO much since I had it done. I had an appointment to get it done first thing in the morning but am calling NOW to cancel. Thanks for sharing and I am so sorry about what happened to you. Your hair is super cute though!

jessica
jessica
6 years ago

Hi Everyone. I,too, went and visited Styles by Lisa and was given the run down by Lisa of all of her natural hair experience. After a 3 hour visit, I left the salon with wet hair that was not what I asked for. I have a medium length super curly fro. I asked for a nice shape up..tapered along the back and sides. I wear my hair curly, so I typically get my hair cut dry. I went to the salon, explained the service that I was looking for and was assured that everything would be okay. My hair was… Read more »

Cookie Ninja
Cookie Ninja
6 years ago

Pravana Smooth Out — I avoid going to the salon completely. I’ve been natural for about 15 months and when I want a straightened look — it’s the only product I use that doesn’t stunt my hair growth.

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago

Last year I went to a bad salon who claimed she can do natural hair and I got a blow out and she damaged my hair then she claimed that I damaged my hair not her and asked if I can trim . I said yea but then she cut off to much and gave me a really bad hair cut . Now months later this year my hair still grows at different lengths ! I never went back waste of money ! I now go to a lady I know and trust and all she does is braid my… Read more »

Anna
Anna
5 years ago

I had the exact same thing happen. I couldn’t figure out why my hair smelled burned! Thanks for the info unfortunately for me it’s too late.

Naj
Naj
4 years ago

thank you so much for sharing this… i was just looking at their site today and thinking about going to get my hair done by Lisa.… thanks to your information im not going.… thank you again.

Avery Sade
Avery Sade
5 years ago

This salon is not worth your hair. (or money) They are not very friendly, and put too much heat on natural hair. I messed around and allowed Lisa to give me some sort of thermal strengthening treatment about six months ago and my hair started coming out by the handfuls about two weeks after the treatment. My hair is just starting to look better now. also, she cut my hair when I went even after she confirmed that she would not cut my hair again in an appointment I had previous to her giving me the treatment because she had… Read more »

50
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Shopping Cart