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9 Ways Traditional Hair Salons Messed Up My ‘Fro

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Having kinky hair is the bomb, but not everyone knows how to handle it. Before I fully embraced mis rizos, I was guilty of mistreating my hair on a regular basis, and the salons (and hair dressers) I visited weren’t helping!

So learn from my past missteps. Here are 9 things you need to watch out for:


1. “You should relax your hair, se vería tan lindo.”

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Chemically removing the greatness out of my hair? No gracias.

2. “Let’s comb those knots out.”

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As if mi pelo crespo needed any extra help breaking off into split ends.

3. “Let’s shampoo your hair. Twice.”

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Noooo! Bye-bye natural oils, hello extra dry curls. Skipping the shampoo can actually help your hair, and your salon should know that!

4. “A good flat iron will get rid of all that mess.”

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That “mess” is my precious pajón and it hates heat. I’ll pass. (Also, never go to a salon that thinks straight hair = good hair. You don’t need that in your life.)

5. “You don’t need ALL of that conditioner.”

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Yes. I. Do. My hair survives and thrives on conditioner.

6. “Let’s go ahead and give you unos bucles.”

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Not everyone needs to have long, loose ringlets in order to look her best. For the health of your hair, find someone who’ll work with your natural texture, not against it.

7. “Vamos a ponerle silicone.”

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Let me see, a product that causes build-up, weighs curls down and kills definition? Yeah, I’ll pass.

8. “Forget the diffuser.”

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Forget you!

9. “Déjame towel dry your hair.”

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Unless that towel is microfiber, I’ll stick to using an old t-shirt (special tip from me to you), thank you very much.


READ: 10 Awkward Questions Black Latinos Are Asked Way Too Often

Do you have a salon nightmare story? Let it out, bb. We’re here for you.

A Beautician Told AOC She Had To Do Something About Her Facial Hair And We Can Totally Relate

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A Beautician Told AOC She Had To Do Something About Her Facial Hair And We Can Totally Relate

There are only two places in the entire world where a woman is entitled to get constructive criticism (insults) by her elders — her mama’s house and the beauty salon. Women of a particular age feel free to tell younger women who it is, whether they want to hear it or not. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t a stranger to receiving judgment based on her looks (from men and women), but she’s totally okay (sort of) with accepting it now and again if it’s coming from a good place. Do you remember when that abuelita told her she looked chubby on TV?

Well, something like that happened again.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said a beautician at the salon told her she had to do something about her eyebrows and her mustache. Gahhh!

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In her Insta-story, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers that she went to get her nails done, not in a fancy way but just to “feel human.” While she was there, the lady working at the salon told her straight up that her “eyebrows were too big for her face” and then pointed out that she had a mustache. Damn, she has some nerve!

“First of all, I thought I came here to feel good about myself. Second of all, what if I like my mustache? Ever think about that?” she responded.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said salon workers usually point out people’s insecurities so they can rectify it while they are there. We always thought they pointed things out to get more money out of you. Whatever the reason, it’s just not right! Though we get it too because we have all been there.

People on social media understood her salon drama 100%.

Those ladies at the salon know how to get us where it hurts.

Some people (men) thought AOC was making up this story.

These things happen and that’s a fact.

Why can’t more politicians keep it real?

Do men even experience this sort of treatments when they go get groomed?

Just another reason why we love AOC!

This woman always puts it all out on the table, which is why she’s so awesome.

We especially love that AOC is all about her true beauty, regardless of what anyone says.

Haters are gonna hate anyway. That is what they do best.

Watch the full clip below!

This Afro-Latina Has Gone Viral After Dedicating This Over-The-Top Graduation Photoshoot To Her Culture

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This Afro-Latina Has Gone Viral After Dedicating This Over-The-Top Graduation Photoshoot To Her Culture

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We love graduation season. It gives us a chance to applaud the next generation of high school and college graduates, and also be amazed at how they honor their family and Latino heritage. There is nothing better than giving your own culture a chance to shine on such a special day. That’s exactly what Samantha Sheppard did with a beautiful and culturally relevant graduation photo shoot.

Samantha Sheppard, 21, is the first to graduate from college in her family and celebrated by having a gorgeous photoshoot.

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“First one in my family with a degree,” she tweeted on April 20. “Finally telling my parents that everything they did is paying off…had to show out for the first gens for my grad shoot. 100% Panameña, living the American dream.”

Her tweet went viral and has been liked almost 40,000 times.

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“I love the fact that my culture is being spread everywhere because we deserve it!! as a biracial female at a PWI, it means sooooo much,” she tweeted.

PWI is an acronym for predominately white institution.

Sheppard said she was happy her tweet went viral so people could learn more about Panamanian culture.

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“Holy sh*t this sh*t really went f*cking viral… like whatttttt. not too many people know about Panamanian culture or how hard we really work so out of all the things that could’ve gotten this big, I’m glad it’s this.”

Here’s more about Sheppard, her family, and how she helps them any way she can.

Sheppard graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy. She said that she is also currently working at a center for autism and related disorders.

“I have a very knowledgeable background in behavioral therapy and ABA and I’ve done extensive cognitive and neuropsych and neuroscience research with two profs at LSU,” Samantha tweeted.

People on social media were so moved by her incredible photoshoot.

Her dress was definitely a showstopper. Her headdress is worth another photoshoot on its own.

Panama is getting so much love, thanks to Sheppard’s tweet.

We wonder if her family back home found out about her viral tweet. It must be a really nice feeling to know that you are helping people learn about your culture and your people.

Her parents must be beyond proud of their daughter.

We can’t wait to see what is next for this inspiring young woman.

Congrats, Samantha!

READ: Here’s What This Undocumented College Grad Has To Say About The Haters Threatening Her With ICE For Celebrating Her Graduation

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