One hair styling trend that has been becoming more and more popular over the last decade or so in the Black community, has been the popularity of going to Dominican hair salons. If you get your hair done at a Dominican salon, have had your hair done at a Dominican salon or are thinking of going to get your hair done at a Dominican salon then you should beware. You may get more than you bargained for while having your hair done at a Dominican beauty salon.
[box_alert]Some unscrupulous salons practice using products that “soften” or “smooth” the hair without the client’s knowledge or consent. These products are actually relaxers or texturizers and will permanently straighten the hair. Hair technicians conceal the application of the straightening products without clients realizing it because it’s applied as if the technician is putting on a conditioner.[/box_alert]
Background on Dominican Culture
The Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking nation and considered a part of Latin America. Even though Dominicans are mostly of West African and European descent , most Dominicans do not identify themselves as Black. Racism in general against blacks is rampant in Dominican society, the result of a race caste system imposed on Santo Domingo by Spain.
The racist idealogy has survived into modern Dominican culture. It is common for Dominicans to be considered “dirty” if they do not relax their kinky or curly hair to be straight. Having kinky hair is unfavorably compared to a ” brillo pad” or having been “electrocuted”. Kinky hair is something that you are openly harassed about even by strangers.
The vast majority of Dominicans that migrate from their country, come mainly to the United States. Eventually Dominican salons began to pop up in Latin American communities in the U.S.. Soon enough the trademark Dominican hair style, called the doobie became a something like a phenomenon with African-American women.
Since the Dominican salons are known for their serious blow out skills, many African-American women have decided to leave their traditional salon in search of the Dominican blow out which promises pin straight hair that flows in the wind, no matter what texture you came in with.
Remember, the general belief in Dominican hair salons is that kinky hair is bad and straight hair is good. This means you have to be pay careful attention to what the technicians use on your hair while you are getting your hair done. There are repeated reports of women who say they got their naturally kinky-curly hair blown out but after shampooing they notice that their curls don’t curl up like before.
[box_info] Scientific fact : A simple blow out cannot make your hair permanently straight. Blow drying and flat ironing are temporary and only cause a physical change to the hair. A physical change means when the hair gets exposed to humidity or becomes wet it will always revert right back to it’s previously naturally curly state.
Heat damage does leave you with permanently straight hair either. Heat damage burns the hair off or makes it so brittle that it crumbles. [/box_info]
If you have gone to a Dominican hair salon, or any other salon for that matter, to get a blow out and now you notice that your hair is no longer curling up then you might have been a victim of an undercover straightening. The only way to rectify the situation and get your natural texture back to is to gradually grow your hair out and cut off the chemically straightened hair.