My hair and I have had an adversarial relationship since my mother decided to let me do my own hair at 16 - to be fair, this was after I lied to my aunt by telling her my mother was okay with me getting a relaxer :). So after several years of going through the battle of the relaxers, braids, texturizers, weaves, and curly perms (yes, I went there, y'all); I decided to rock a short and natural fade (to which I have received plenty of compliments); but I still had a problem with finding hair care professionals that could really care for my hair the way that satisfied. If they were great stylists, they lacked in hair care skills. If they were wonderful hair care specialists, they couldn't style worth a damn. So there in laid the problem -- until Tasha Paul and Evolution Green Room Salon.\r
I saw a woman with fierce haircut that practically shone in the sunshine (I know this sounds corny, but that's EXACTLY what it looked like). I asked her where she got her hair done and she told me about Tasha and her salon. Imagine my surprise when she told me that her hair was natural, but blown out and flat-ironed NOT relaxed! I RAN, not walked, to a consultation. After meeting and discussing with Tasha my haircare goals and experiencing the salon's chill vibe, I decided to give this place a chance. One of the first styles Tasha gave me was a FIERCE blonde mohawk that looked great either straight or natural. I had so many compliments it was actually worth the sticker shock. \r
So to make a long story even longer: I've been a customer of Tasha and Evolution Green Room Salon for 6 to 7 years. I've even left for a while because I thought it was too expensive, but after going to other salons and having them undo ALL of the work that Tasha had put into my hair (not only did Tasha groomed my hair to grow long; it grew thick and STRONG); I realized that no amount of money can replace the value of healthy, beautiful hair. The salon is a peaceful respite from a hectic world and schedule. There's no gossiping, no bickering and none of the bad attitudes that one usually experience in less professional salons. They value your time, so when you walk in the door at your appointed time, someone is usually there giving you a robe, offering you a drink (water or tea) and placing you in seat for a hair wash. \r
Of course, I've experienced some growing pains with the Salon. They have rules that I, as a former customer of less professional salons, was not used to; but I have learned that it is to maximize your complete and overall salon experience. And I have since learned to navigate my way through them: by having a standing appointment MONTHS in advance; by making sure that I call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel my appointments; understanding that if I know I'm going there during a time when parking will be non-existent, take the train (but I do make sure that my standing appointments are during optimal parking time); and by budgeting my money for my haircare (they use all organic products, y'all, so what do you expect?). Let's just say they have me well trained. I love this place and now I'm the chick with the flowing, glossy hair that shines when the sun/light hits it. Take the advice in the spirit it is given: Sister to Sister: ""Go and get your haircare on!""