It's time for my relaxer and I have 2 appointments with 2 different stylists! One is with my usual stylist, who does apply a relaxer well and gets me in and out pretty quickly, but also has said things about my hair that sort of offended me, is a little expensive, doesn't style my hair well, and is in a location where parking is very difficult (I once drove around for 25 minutes trying to find a metered spot only to realize that I didn't have any quarters!).
My cousin recommended the other stylist to me. My cousin doesn't have a relaxer, but she loves to go to her when she get her hair pressed and told me that women with relaxers come out looking good. This stylist also charges $20-30 less than my usual stylist. She uses the same relaxer (Affirm) and doesn't charge extra for deep conditioning treatments. She's also less than 10 minutes from my house and even works on Mondays! There is plenty of free parking too. I'm just not sure how long she'll make me wait, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.
So I made an appointment with my usual stylist for Saturday and the new one for Monday. Yeah, she's working on Labor Day! I'm just so nervous to try someone new. I even went to the shop yesterday to meet her face-to-face. She was very nice and professional, but I'm still worried. I am always afraid of over/under processing, and I will be hot if I'm in there for a long time. Her card says that she specializes in weaves, which worries me a little too. I want someone who specializes in healthy hair care. I could try her this once and if I don't like her, go back to my old stylist. Or, I could go to my old stylist for my relaxer, and ease into the new stylist by going for a wash & set in a couple of weeks.
I'm so torn! I keep hearing a voice in my head that is saying, "Tif, you get what you pay for." I will be so angry with myself if I go to this new salon and am not satisfied with my relaxer or the service.