Do chain salons cut black hair? When I was thinking about the women who read my blog and follow my YouTube channel, I realized that a large part of why they seek out DIY short hair care is because it saves them money. I knew that, but I really wanted to get deeper into costs and how you can cut them in ways that may not be super obvious.
That led me to think about hair cuts. The hair cut itself is integral to your short styling, but it’s also one of the more expensive parts of wearing your hair short. Do you want a great cut, but you’re either too scared to cut it yourself or you don’t have a lot of money to go out and pay for a short cut?
Today, I’m going to show you how to get a good pixie cut at a low cost. I mean, a really low cost. I cut my own hair, but I understand that not everyone is comfortable doing that. If you aren’t comfortable cutting your own hair, but you don’t want to spend $100 at a high-end salon, keep reading because this post is for you.
I’ll show you which chain salons cut black hair, how you can find and choose the right chain salon to cut your short relaxed hair and what to do when you get in the chair to ensure you walk away with what you want for under $30.00.
HOW TO FIND A CHAIN SALON NEAR YOU?
Chain salons are everywhere. They’re like Target or WalMart. If you live in any are other than the boonies, you will be able to find a chain salon. Now finding a chain salon that cuts black hair is a different story.
You want to tackle this thing in steps. The first step is to locate the nearest 3 chain salons. You can do this by googling “chain salons near me” or you can simply look up the names of the most common ones and search their locations using your address.
The most popular ones are Fantastic Sams, Hair Cutter, Great Clips, Super Cuts and so on. You can also search any one of those names and then type in “vs” and its competitor’s name will come up as a suggestion. This will give you more options if you can only think of one.
Now that you’ve found a few near you, you can move on to the next steps.
Subheading (keyword) What prices to expect from chain salons
Step 2 is understanding and narrowing your budget. The price points of these salons are intentionally low. Their structure is based on the profits they make from upselling or stacking services. In order to get in and get out without overspending, you want to break down the services you are interested in and be sure to stick to just that.
For instance, a haircut only is $20.00. If that’s all they charged, they wouldn’t make much money. To counter that, the stylist will offer you a wash, cut and blowdry. That quickly turns their session with you into something more profitable.
When you call or go in, be sure to ask for and review a price list which shows each service as an individual item on the price list. This way you can see what you do and do not want to pay for.
With that in the back of your mind, you should see prices that range from $17.00 to $40.00. For this bracket you can get either a straight forward haircut; a haircut and blow dry; a wash, cut and dry; or a cut and style.
At this stage, you have located a chain salon near you, you’ve reviewed their pricing and developed your budget. Now, it’s time to go get your hair cut.
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM A CHAIN SALON THAT CUTS BLACK HAIR?
The final step. Step 3 is you going to the salon and getting your cut. For this step you will want to do a little prep work. I like going in for this, because you get a more accurate idea of what the particular salon offers by physically being there.
Take a day where you know you have time. Go visit the 3 salons nearest you. When you go in tell the receptionist what you’re looking for. Review the price list in person if you were quoted prices over the phone or if you looked up the price list on line. Make sure you are still going to be within budget.
Then ask if there are any black stylists working that day. Be discreet when you ask this. You don’t want to come across as crass, but you don’t want a bad haircut, either. Black stylists are more familiar with our hair, so this type of question is not something that is out of the realm of what’s expected by salons.
If there aren’t any black stylists, ask if there are any stylists who are particularly familiar with cutting black hair. They will usually recommend a stylist to you at this point.
Ask to speak to the stylist. Explain what you want and try to get a feel for whether you think they can deliver or not.
Then, make an appointment. This helps with time management. You can go early in the morning and schedule an appointment for that same afternoon. This gives you time to visit multiple salons and cancel any prior appointments if you need to.
You also want to make sure your hair is flat ironed when you go in, so that the stylist can see your hair and understand the shape you want without having to worry about texture too much. Even seasoned stylists can be thrown off by textured hair, so make it as easy as possible. This increases your chances of getting what you want. You can download the FREE RESOURCE below for more specific tips on what to do when going to chain salons that cut black hair.
Watch what’s happening as you’re in the chair. Make sure your haircut is turning out the way you’d like. If you have questions, don’t be shy. Ask! If you have concerns, voice them in a considerate and professional way.
The stylists at chain salons are professionals and they are trained, so they will know what you’re asking and they should be able to make you feel comfortable.
Once your hair cut is complete, be sure to run your fingers through your hair. Take the hand mirror, stand up and use the big mirror to check the back of your cut close up. If you’re satisfied, pay for your service and TIP your stylist. Keep their information for next time.
You also want to avoid the upsell. They will try to sell you either products or additional services. Stick to your guns and politely decline. Stay within your budget.
3 things should happen when chain salons cut black hair:
- You Should Get A Good Cut
- You Should Be Able To Stay Within Budget
- You Should Spend No More Than An Hour In The Salon
This should help you find a chain salon that cuts black hair and get in and out with a good cut at a very reasonable price. I’ve gone to Hair Cuttery many times and 9 times out of 10, I have had a great experience. I’ve gone there after I jacked up my own hair too and they’ve been able to help me fix a bad cut.
Chain salons are a great alternative if you can’t go the traditional routes, but you still want your hair to look good. I’ve tried just about everything with my short hair and I have learned so much. Chain salons have their place, but you do need to know how to maneuver in and out of them.
I wouldn’t get a full on service at a chain salon. Something like wrapping and styling short relaxed hair is best left to DIY hair care or a salon. You can see over 100 of my videos where I show you different short hairstyles and how to achieve them.
If you want to learn the basics, you can start with something like my FREE webinar How To Wrap Short Hair Like A Pro. You can register below or click WSHW to learn more about what the webinar will cover.
I hope this helps you save some coins and until next time…I’ll holla.