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    Here is my dilema. I have been going natural since February of 2004 and for the most part I have been doing my hiar myself.
    I went to a so called natural stylist and was not happy with the results. She did not do anything more than I would do.
    So my question to each of you si this: Should I try again? If so, can someone please help me find a stylist in the Chicago area?

    I'M SO CONFUSED.......

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    I haven't been to a stylist the whole time I've been nappy and it's been 3 years and my hair is growing and healthy. My naps don't require much....just water, washing every other week or so and occasionally conditioning and sometimes a lil emollient applied to the ends. I'm not a fan of extension styles and taking down twists and cornrows is just too cumbersome in my life right now....maybe later but right now I need simple and easy.

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    Personally i've always liked the way i do my own hair rather than the salon. even as a permie i'd only go to the salon to get the actual relaxer. only style i liked from the salon was a rollerset. and i prolly could have done that if i had the supplies.

    as a nappy head i only have other folks do my BC. after that, it's all me for the most part. i just don't want to have to pay somebody to do what i feel i can do better. plus i'd have to constantly tell them how to be gentle here, and use certain stuff on my hair and what not. just too much of a hassle for me.

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    Personally i've always liked the way i do my own...

    ITA. I remember my permie days when I'd "fix" my hair after they stylist styled it in my car, in the parking lot! _headshake:

    Save your money and your time. Do it yourself.

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    For everyday maintnance, I do my own hair - I wash/condition with a heating cap, and twist/braid my own hair. I even trim my own ends every so often.

    The only time I go to a salon is when I need to get my color retouched, or if I want braids.

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    nobody will love and take care of your hair like you.

    besides, your services are free

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    I have been doing my own hair for the past year. The only time I intend to get it done professionally is for trims and MAYBE color. For regular stuff, I can do it on my own for free. *LOL*

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    nobody will love and take care of your hair like...

    Yep Yep, feeling u on this one!

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    You can do your hair just fine. I've surprised myself with how well I do. I have to admit that I miss going to the shop. I like the activity and the gossip!

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    For everyday maintnance, I do my own hair - I...

    ditto

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    I do my own hair, unless my big sis hooks me up or I visit my old stylist in Florida. I can't seem to find a stylist that's willing or able to do anything besides a press n' curl, or some sort of extension style. I don't mind doing my own hair, though. It's nice not to have deal with someone else's opinions and expectations.

    Elleebeme: I feel you! I miss the gossip too. My stylist knew all of the dirt.

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    I see nothing wrong with you going to a natural sylist if that is what you want. For me someone else doing my naps is a pampering session for me. I've only had twist done but I enjoyed the vibe with the loced sista that hook my naps up. It was GOOD energy. I actually have an appt monday and I'm so excited!!!!

    If you enjoy doing your own hair then by all means do just that. A salon once you find a good one is always an option at a later date.

    Check the nappy services forum for good salons in your area!

    Good Luck

    LJ

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    When I first decided to transition, I went to a few natural salons in Chicago for advice, consultation on how to go about it. I was disappointed that for the most part, they all recommended some sort of weave or just kinky twist extensions (all in the $200-$350 range) . When I asked for other options, one place said they would flat-twist my hair, dry it and untwist for $80! This is the style I do myself on my own hair every week! I believe these places were also charging upwards of $120 for two-strand twists, coils, etc. I was shocked and disappointed. I liked the vibe in one of the salons there though. I'll probably just go there when I finally BC and maybe continue to go every 3 or 4 months for the occasional treat. I think it's better to focus on becoming skilled at doing your own.

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    Do it at home. That is one thing about natural hair. All of the styles are so easy to do. Just practice. Don't waste your money.

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    Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper if you do your own hair, I haven't been in a salon in about 5 yrs but I have heard that natural hair isn't cheap. Do what makes you happy.

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    i've been doing my own hair since i was 11... my auntie who is a stylist taught me. the only thing that a permie stylist can do better than me is "silk out" or "bump out" hair. i could get ANYONE's hair straight and sleek back in the day - well actually, i still can, i just don't. but whatever they use/do to make the hair fall all over the place like a white girl's hair, i can't do. i hated when my hair did that anyway... always fell into my face or in my food while i was eating... that's annoying as hell. <_< my rollersets always looked better too, and since i knew how to relax my own hair i rarely ever got my hair done because i was so good at doing it myself.

    i'll prolly be the same way as a natural... i love being able to do my own hair because if you can master it on your hair, you can do it for others and make a little change on the side. i'm trying to learn all i can about doing my own nappy hair because that's what i've always done. it's very rewarding: it saves you money... it can actually MAKE you some money if you play your cards right... and there's no better feeling than people asking where you got it done and you can say, "oh, i do my own hair."

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    I have not let anyone else do my hair other than a friend who is a natual hair stylist. I'm in Chicago too. One of the members here named Raissa goes to a salon in Evanston that does her hair nicely. You should PM her for info. I'm looking to do hair on the side myself.

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    ITA.* I remember my permie days when I'd "fix" my...

    Amen! This has also been my EXACT experience. I ONLY style I can't do better myself is cornrows or bantu knots

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    ... and there's no better feeling than people asking where...

    Bingo!!! ITA with LadyLibra.

    If anything, maybe go to the salon for a treat. I go once or twice a year if I need a "serious" trim; other than that, I do everything myself. Some places charge even more for natural hair than relaxed, which is pretty funny to me! Trust us, forum will inspire you to keep on keepin' on!!

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    I've gotten good at doing my own hair. I can do it at my convenience in the comfort of my own home. Besides, other people aren't as gentle with my hair as I am.

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    I also think of going to a stylist as a pampering session, but it is not a necessity if you can do your own hair. I have a stylist there for me if I ever need to go into the salon. Even if you can do your own hair...it can't hurt to find a good qualified stylist with experience with natural hair. She/He doesn't have to work in a "natural salon" per se. My stylist works about of the average permie salon, but she has natural hair and I have gone to her since I've been natural. I've gone to her for years, so I trust her with my hair.

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    Wow! Thank you all for the great words of encouragment. I just needed some reassurance that I was doingthe right thing. I haven't lost any hair and it is growing like mad.

    I just research, read, and experiment. It usually comes out great.

    I would love to be pampered and whenI can afford it, I will go and get my "do" done.

    Happily Napptural!

    essentially me

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    I've been natural for almost a year now, I went one time to a stylist, I didn't like what she done to my hair,and on top of that it was expensive. so I think its best that I Just learn how to do my own hair from now on, plus I save a lot of money that way too.

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    I just research, read, and experiment.* It usually comes out...

    Hey all!
    I've been natural since December 2003, and unfortunately thought that I needed to go to the salon to keep my hair intact. Something in me didn't let me get out of the mindset that my hair had to be tamed.... fast forward to now...
    After attending a natural gathering, where I was the only one who did go to a salon religiously-- you should have seen the dos on these women... I've just purchased a slew of products (Oh please, don't let me become a junkie , and I am going to start doing my own hair. Only product I'm looking for is the Denman... can't find it. I'm in DC. Should I just order it online?
    Anyhoo, thanks for the encouragement. Saving some funds for a digital, and after that it's album time!
    nu-curl

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    Here is my dilema.* I have been going natural since...

    If you feel like you really need the help maintaining your hair, then by all means try again, but do your research first. I have tried several times to do my own hair, but have found that my hair stays healthier if I get help from time to time. I do go to someone who specializes in natural hair care, but she is located in Cali.

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    i do all my own styling and color ( i only use a jet black color gloss ) but plan to go for trims in the future so far ive done it myself for years but end up uneven sometimes and would like perfect layers so my fro isnt lopsided as it gets more volumptuous

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    I have not let anyone else do my hair other...

    Thanks for the shout out! I go to a lady named Q at the 609 HAir Studio on Howard Avenue (it's about 2 blocks down from the Howard Red Line Train Stop). Her shop number is 847-328-7009. SHe only works Thurs-Sat.
    PM me if you want her cell number, that's the best way to contact her.

    Anothr one of my friends go to a woman named Bonita in Evanston. Her number is 847-491-9320, and she's on the Dodge near where it intersects with Church in Evanston.

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    I have not let anyone else do my hair other...

    Thanks for the shout out. I go to the hair salon because it takes too long for me to twist my own hair (talking about 8-10 hour sessions hair) and I just don't have that much time right now to do it.

    My stylist name is Q and she works at the 609 Hair Salon on Howard Street. It's about 2 blocks down from the Red Line Howard Stop. I can give you the shop number, but if you want her cell number PM me. The cell is the best way to contact her. Q only works Thurs-Sat. Her shop number is 847-328-7009.

    I have another friend that goes to a woman named Bonita in Evanstion. I've been to her twice and she's also good, but I never got my hair trimmed there. Her number is 847-491-9320, and she's on the Dodge near where it intersects with Church.

    Naturallyme, let me know if you plan to do hair on the side. I might pay you a visit!

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    Sorry for the double post. The computer said there was an error so I didn't think it went through.

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    I'm in Chicago too, but I've never visited a stylist....sorry. I agree w/ Napturallyme that Raissa's hair is nice.....she gave me her stylist's card once....sending you a PM right now.

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