05 June, 2012

The Apprentice

Sometimes, an apprentice becomes the first point of call upon entering a salon.

What happens when the madam is absent?

Back in my undergraduate level, I lived in one of the new settlements on campus. The only salon available was about 20 minutes walk from my hostel.  I went there one day to have my hair done. Unfortunately for me, the madam was not available. Since it was the only available salon, I decided to give the apprentice a try. At least washing hair shouldn't be difficult.

I was wrong! I ended up with a wet dress and tangled hair during the wash.It seemed she had no experience with  this routine. I asked her how long she had been there and she said six months. My goodness! I again asked her if she had done someone's hair before and she answered in the affirmative. So why was I the unfortunate one?

She then had to roller set which took about an hour. When it was time for styling, she asked me what I wanted. I told her to create any pretty style. What a mistake! For close to thirty minutes, she kept combing the hair back and forth. Eventually, I asked her to do what most stylists in Ghana know best; turn up.

I 've since then, learnt not to allow any apprentice to touch my hair except for braids. I'd rather postpone my hair appointment.


Have you had an experience with an apprentice? 

2 comments:

  1. Oh yeah! Just last weekend I went to a salon for proximity's sake ... hmmm. The sink was way too high for my neck. I mean, I had to practically sit on my hands and try to push up. The madam wasn't there, and senior apprentice was fixing a weave-on, so I got stuck with apprentice junior. She, was scrubbing my scalp way too hard and usiong her nails and was pressing my head/neck into the basin. I know I'm short but come on, I have been to other salons with no problem. I eventually told 'junior' to lay off of the nails and pressing. I got some looks from some of the others there... and when I said I didnt want any setting lotion in my hair, one girl actually made a rude noise. The back of my neck just stopped aching. Ahhhh but I love Ghana.

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  2. This is so unfortunate. I have learnt to wash my own hair and air dry or rollerset.
    Give it a try and you'll be amazed at what you can do.
    I'll only visit a salon for a touch up; I'll keep my eyes wide open for any mishap.

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