As a black woman, I have become accustomed to the fact that when I need to get anything done to my hair I cannot simply "pop down" to my local hair salon down the street. I have learnt to accept that the stylist in the chain hairdressers on the high street is unlikely to know how to do crochet braids, install a weave or cut my once afro hair (RIP). I have to go to a salon owned by a fellow black woman because only she would be able to understand how to achieve the multitude of styles and processes we put our hair through. And as a result, I have grown to tolerate the hours of waiting for my turn, at the shop owned by the "insert african/Caribbean country" hairdresser, as they do not really do appointment times. Thinking of it, I do not think i have ever spent more than a few minutes in a non black hair salon.
So you can understand my shock when I received an invite to the opening of Rush Hair in Manchester, a brand which already has over 70 salons nationwide. So my first response on receiving the invite was to ask "does the company cater for Afro Caribbean hair?" and the reply i got was "they do in fact cater to Afro hair". On that note, i had to check it out and speak to a few of the stylists.
On thursday after a day at work, I headed down to the event, dragging along a pal and rocking crochet braids and faux dreads respectively! The salon which is located on a prime spot, close to House of Fraser on Deansgate in Manchester looked great - very bright and airy. We were greeted by super smily stylists who offered us a drink and booked us an opportunity to speak to a stylist with experience in afro hair.
One thing I can admit to is that whilst the salon looked great and the stylists were clearly very skilled and approachable, I don't think they do in fact cater for afro hair. For the type 4 ladies out there who like me have tight coily hair, it may be worth sticking to your black hair salon for your complex looks and maybe coming down to a salon like this to get a great cut on your weave. Whilst the stylist with experience in afro hair was very enthusiastic and welcoming, even giving us a 50% off voucher to try their services, my friend and i were still weary and doubted she fully understood how different afro Caribbean hair is. I could potentially be proved wrong. Maybe next time I take out my extensions, i should pop down to Rush hair for a treatment....
If your have straight to curly hair, it looks like a fantastic salon. The stylist created some gorgeous styles for the other bloggers who were at the event. They seemed to know a lot about treatments to strengthen the hair and the best techniques to colour hair. My friend went home with some great tips on how to safely lighten the colour of her hair.
The canapés, especially the desserts, were delicious and the salon looked fab. Whilst Rush Hair may not be for ladies like me, if the hospitality during the event is anything to go by, I can imagine the service they provide is of a great standard if your hair is straight to curly and not coily (hope that makes sense!). The brand wouldn't have won 14 hairdressing awards otherwise.
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