Last summer I had my third natural hair big cop. My mate Chelsea did the restyle, then in autumn I went to a barber. It was my first time ever at a barber shop.  I felt a bit intimidated. It was like walking into a man cave, but my cut was wicked! I loved it! Several months down the line, I still feel a bit on anxious when I visit my barber. The shop has a cool bunch of guys, West Indian men’s men. When i visit my barber I tell the him what I want and before I’ve had time to check my Instagram he’s done.  I’m stunned, with my head stinging from the antibacterial spray and a cloud of talcum power around me. I sit usually sit for a few seconds with my hands over my closed eyes. He always chuckles at my response. Slick cut, not fuss, out the chair, NEXT. Why do I go to a barber instead of a hairdresser? The cut and the price and time-saving is the big pull for going to a barber.

When my hair was chemically straightened I looked forward to and dreaded my salon visit in equal measure. While I loved my refreshed style, what I didn’t like was the waiting. A 10 0’clock appointment didn’t mean I’d be seen at that time, even if I arrived early. The time under the hair dryer the final torture. Several hours later, I’d leave the salon with a head that felt shrunken from the dryer. On the upside, I liked the salon banter, the hair wash and ooh the glorious head massage not to mention the range of magazines to catch-up on the celebrity gossip. After going natural instead of quarterly salon visits, I had an annual hair treatment and trim. I probably could have visited more but the cost was too much.

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I’ve been to my barber three times so fair at roughly two month intervals. I’m growing my hair again, as it grows I have my edges trimmed and marked to keep the cut looking fresh. Every time I visit my barber I ask myself ‘why do you continue to come here when you don’t feel comfortable?’ Honestly, the cut and the price is tempting. It would be great if there was a female barber. This naturlistas enjoys the cut-life but can’t afford the heavy price tag and day away from home. I want it all: ambience, girl talk, a slick cut, an affordable price without losing a day. Too m uch to ask?

Naturalistas, where do you have your TWA’s trimmed or restyled? Care to recommend somewhere south the River Thames? Where can I find a plush purple palace to cater for my hair needs?

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