A lady from Georgia whose hair is “natural” (no chemicals in her hair) claims a Dominican Hair Salon in Marietta, GA washed her with shampoo that contains relaxer.
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When a Georgia woman recently scheduled an appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon in Marietta, she assumed that the blow out she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying.
Though she left the salon satisfied, three days later, she noticed something amiss when she washed her hair at home in preparation to style it into twists. For some reason, her hair refused to curl as it naturally would and large chunks appeared to have been unusually straight. When she called the salon about just what they had done to her hair, they informed her that chemical relaxer had been added to the shampoo without her knowledge.
Do y'all wanna know what I would do if someone put a relaxer in my-y'all listen just beware pic.twitter.com/C7b72LFOVz
— Queen of ho twittuh (@holy_emm) May 20, 2016
As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair will explain to you, usingany amount of relaxer isn’t something that you do casually. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfite that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The caustic properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure, resulting looser, straighter curls. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and irritated skin.
According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern.
I reached out to the woman who originally posted the screenshot to Twitter, but she was not immediately available to confirm the identity of the original poster. When I spoke with someone from Lucy’s salon this afternoon asking about whether it was their policy to mix relaxer in with their shampoo, I was informed that the business was not currently commenting on the story.
Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in his original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.
After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.
I've been natural my whole life, and if someone told me they used a relaxer in my hair without my consent, I'd be looking to start a war.
— brittany searz (@thebrit_era) May 20, 2016