Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
I decided to get my hair box braided at one of the most popular salons in Albuquerque - Kamaria Creations. The black population is small in Albuquerque, and places that specialize in styling natural hair is even smaller, so after researching the Internet I was happy to find Kamaria Creations and excited about them braiding my hair.
I did everything they wanted me to do. I had a consultation and purchased 8 packs (but used 6) of 100% Kanekalon synthtic hair that the stylist recommended. I showed up on time, no, matter of fact, early. I knew box braids would take a long time - especially the style I wanted. I had my laptop to keep me entertained and I was ready to spend an entire day and night at Kamaria Creations.
The stylists braided my hair for 8 hours before she asked if we could continue the next day. She wanted to attend a going-away party for another braider – the owner’s sister. I agreed. I understood her desire to attend the event. Her colleague was moving to another state and leaving after the party. Even though I had a lot going on with organizing last minute everything regarding my wedding, we set a time for the next day in the afternoon. That morning she called to cancel. Basically her social calendar was more important. She suggested I come in on Memorial day. I was pissed. I had stuff to do that was piled to the ceiling and her social calendar started to interfere with mine. It was her idea to stop braiding and start again the next day. I would have sat there until midnight if it meant my hair would be finished. I told her I couldn’t wait until Monday and she said she couldn’t finish my hair on Sunday. I told my mom and she offered to finish the job. I knew I was going to talk to the salon’s owner, but at that time, my focus was on getting my hair done.
So my 72- (soon to be 73 on June 10) year-old mom stood on her feet for hours to finish my hair. She’s a trooper. I am so thankful!
I wanted the ends curly so I rolled them using hair rods.
Boiled water to a rapid bubble.
Then transferred the hot liquid into a measuring cup.
Each hair rod was dipped in the water for about 20 seconds.
I left the rods in for 2 to 5 minutes. Once they were removed my hair looked like this.
I received a discount from Kamaria Creations. They charge $25 an hour. The stylist braided my hair for 9 1/2 hours and my mom finished it in 4 to 5 hours. I sent them a check for $190. At times I feel I should have received more of a discount but I forgave the situation and moved on.
All I can say is my mom is the best!