|Me with hair twisted, before twist-out.|
Although most of the salon's clients at the time of my visit didn't have my ethnic hair type, I was pleased to see that the questionnaire I filled out before I met with my stylist included a box for kinky/curly hair texture. And as Mary on "The Real Housewives of D.C." drunkenly eloquently put it, even though we have different hair needs why should we have separate salons?
I sat down with Ana, an African-American stylist who has worked with Ouidad for fifteen years.
"T.L.C. is the most important for natural hair," she says. "Your hair speaks to you and tells you when it's happy or sad."
So it's a good thing I'm giving my hair a break from the twist extensions. While analyzing my hair, Ana noticed shorter pieces mixed in with longer strands and assessed I need a trim at least once every three months and a deep, protein-based conditioner treatment every two weeks. Oil treatments, Ana says, make the hair look shiny but "suffocate the scalp."
|Me with my hair twisted-out.|
The combo of Ouidad's Water Works Clarifying Shampoo and Curl Quencher Mosturizing Conditioner made my hair feel unbelievably soft and the Double Detangler comb is a godsend.
As it turns out, my hair has both an "S" and a "Z" curl pattern. That explains why some of my ends are straight even though I haven't had a perm in more than a decade, while others are more tightly coiled. Since I wasn't ready to go for a completely "au naturale" Afro style, Ana twisted my hair using the Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel. She then sat me under the dryer for about 20 minutes, unraveled the twists, and styled my hair with a diffuser and Ouidad's Clear Control Pomade.
While I'm not accustomed to wearing my own hair untwisted and to so many steps for maintenance, the style was cute. I left better informed about how to care for my hair and with a few products to try at home. Because I'm a get up and go kinda gal, I know I'll eventually go back to my usual "natural" style. But I'm glad I had the Ouidad experience.