Afro hair salons are a hot commodity, but somewhat unicorns in the Western hair industry. Afro haired girlies have suffered. Finding a trusty spot that will be able to cater to the needs of our naturally deep curls and coils is no easy task. The search for the right hair salon can be as stressful as having to learn how to do hair ourselves, but when you have Afro hair, those stress levels sky-rocket.
A study by Habia revealed that there are over 35,000 beauty salons in the UK, but only 1% are Afro-Caribbean hair specialist registered salons. If we take into consideration the two million Black people living in the UK, it means that only one per cent of all hair salons are able to serve ten per cent of the population. In fact, many women living outside the big cities will opt to travel miles to get their hair done in London.
However, even London being the multicultural melting pot that it is, (hosting 44% of Black and ethnic minorities), can still fail all the Afro-haired babes out there and it’s still considerably hard to find your ideal hair salon.
If you knock on the wrong door two things can happen. One: you can be turned down, and two: you come out worse than how you went in. Due to the complexity of textured hair, finding the right hands to handle your coils is a task that must be taken seriously. Do not be lured in simply based on the fact that you see a the lady with curly hair on their marketing posters. Doing your research is essential.
So, to save you a few heart palpitations and dud haircuts, we rounded up the best hair salons in London that specialise in Afro hair.
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