This is Texture Talk, a weekly column that deep dives into the dynamic world of curly hair. This week, beauty director Natasha Bruno reveals the maddening lack of salon pros trained to work with textured hair and her hope that change is coming.
I can remember the horrible — and illuminating — experience so vividly. I was in my teens living in my hometown in central Alberta, and my mom had booked me into a local hair salon for a trim. Back then, I was addicted to chemical relaxers — something I continued to religiously apply to my fragile strands well into my 20s until I embraced my natural afro-textured hair — to help make my tight coils more manageable for me to style. Weekly poker-straight blowouts were my thing for years.
Having grown up in a mostly white community, I was accustomed to there not being a Black hair salon anywhere in sight, unless we travelled to a bigger city, and therefore having to basically take my entire hair regimen (yes, even my beloved relaxer) into my own hands — minus