I have never been to one, but always saw the Junior Green salon in Knightsbridge whenever I was window-shopping. My clear memories of it are that it is in this gorgeous slice of London property, grey with gleaming glass. The black women, from the window, always looked so slick and stylish.
Why do they exist? I’d hazard a guess is that because as women of the African diaspora become more financially successful, there is a market to cater to black women who want their hair done in a stylish environment, by people with style as well. I have been to one, so I don’t know what they are like, but I do know I had always wanted to go to one, but the Junior Green salon always looked expensive lol. So that will have to wait until I am relatively successful.
I also think upmarket black hair salons are about an experience. Hair is not just going to a shop and buying kit, it is about experiencing, something which I hope Charcoal Ink can help to create.
Have you ever been to an upmarket black hair salon and if so, what was it like? Recount your experiences and let us know!