N.B: This may be a long post
Ever since I returned natural, my hair has been itching to have two-strand twists installed. Like those juicy twists with very beautifully crafted cornrows on the side I see on IG.
Now, I stay in Festac and I’ve searched everywhere for a natural hair salon or a salon that is has knowledge of natural hair in Festac and I haven’t found any. The only natural hair salons I know of aren’t close to me and I cannot be travelling just because I want to twist my hair. I’ve been to a couple of normal(not specialized in natural hair) salons and asked about two-strand twists. The last time I asked, this conversation usually ensued:
Me: Good day, please I’d like to twist my hair
Salon Attendant: Welcome, sit down, which length do you want? Bra length or Waist length? Do you want to mix colour? Which colour?
Me: No, I’m twisting my hair alone, no attachment(extensions)
S.A: Let me see the hair you want to twist (removes scarf and looks at chunky braids in disgust) Okay, relaxing is 500naira,did you bring your relaxer? ..
Me: Wait, I’m coming, let me go and bring it. (disappears)
I didn’t even have the strength to explain why I don’t want a relaxer in my hair so I spared myself the stress. Today, I couldn’t take it anymore, I decided to go to this lady hairdresser I see down the street. She does cornrows and some other simple styles I see on some kids in the neighborhood and some of these kids have natural hair. I got there and she was threading a little girl’s natural hair and I showed her the style I wanted and asked her if she could do it, she said yes. I asked if she had done it for other people and she said yes. This is the style I showed her.
About 15mins into the hair, I felt the part she had twisted and thought it felt very strange. As she did not have mirrors that I could see the back of my head with, I gave her my phone and asked her to help me take a picture. I saw this.
I asked her why they were so tiny and why they looked really scanty on my head. I showed her pictures of those IG twists and she said my hair was too scanty(is low density) and that they must have ‘added something’ to theirs. I wanted to weep. I asked her to let me twist just once and she agreed. I twisted and it felt better than the rest. I then asked her to make the twists loose and I got this
She even said they looked so much better, loosened the twists on the scanty side and retwisted them. At the end of the day, this is what my hair looked like
And the cornrows,
There will be free airtime for the first person who guesses correctly, how much the lady asked for at the end of the day.
I don’t think I will be doing this again though, I didn’t get any comfort while she made my hair, she doesn’t have a shop or enclosed space and I had to sit on a stool under a tree. I guess I’ll have to go on that journey afterall. Also, my twists don’t look as juicy and neat as the one in the picture of the style I asked for.
Do you know any salon in Festac that styles natural hair? Please comment below if yes. I’m sorry the post is too long, thanks for reading.