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STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

M&M
October 25, 2016 06:54PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 36

We arrived on island three weeks ago. Purchased home in East End three years ago and just moved in. Lots of complications but people here could not have been nicer. OMG, drivers stop to let you turn, the good mornings, the good afternoons, the oceanviews and the great restaurants. Love it all. So, today I stop by a hair studio in Gallows Bay, ask the attendant ( who seems Spanish) if they do Spanish hair. She tells me to wait for the owner. I ask again, thinking that my question is pretty simple. She repeats that I must wait for the owner. Owner comes out and I ask the same question. Owner looks at me with obvious disdain, and says NO. I ask for recommendarions and she asks her attendant, again in a dismissive tone, where do YOU go? After she sees my large wedding ring rock, she then says "thank for stopping by." I will add that after I saw her make up and hair I would have never gone to her Salon, but that is not the isssue. Have lived all over the USA, never been treated this way.

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jasona
October 25, 2016 07:36PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 79

Try John Eland over in Coakley Bay, 340-227-8765 / 340-778-5889.

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East Ender
October 25, 2016 07:38PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,986

What is Spanish hair?

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Alana33
October 25, 2016 07:41PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 12,081

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East Ender
What is Spanish hair?

I'm stumped!
Possibly attitude adjustment required?

Re: STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

M&M
October 25, 2016 07:54PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 36

Thank you so much. Will call in the am. I joke that the hardest thing about moving from DC area is saying good bye to my hair dresser of 10 years.

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AandA2VI
October 25, 2016 08:06PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,295

Don't feel bad... I was told "go back to the states white bi*@h" my first week on STX after moving here from STT. lol.

Ya just gotta laugh at people like that. It's usually a direct reflection on that person and often has zero to do with you.

Good to know about that place, I was going to go in and see what they said about my "white girl-mix" hot mess - insanely curly, completely unmanageable hair. Guess I won't.

All ethnicities have different hair. Like truly different on the way the hair shaft lays, density and direction of follicles. Its pretty interesting. Ive read a lot trying to understand my mess of a mane.. nothing helped so far lol.

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M&M
October 25, 2016 08:07PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 36

Curly, unruly, abundant, and very frizz prone. Takes a very dedicated, skillful and maybe masochistic hairdresser to manage. On the other hand, the charges are so high that a good hair dresser can make a fortune. Mine in DC was netting over 120k per year.

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AandA2VI
October 25, 2016 08:19PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,295

Maybe I am latino!?!?!?! You described my mess to a T.

My hair guy in AZ who I went for 10 years made $150 a month off me.

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M&M
October 25, 2016 08:26PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 36

Hi AandA2VI,
Thanks for your nice response. I do not feel bad at all. I joke w my very Mainland husband that us PR girls are tough. This reaction from the hairdresser was just a shocker. Have lived in the Deep South and never been treated in this manner. Her loss though bc I so value a good hairdresser!! Thanks again.

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AandA2VI
October 25, 2016 08:34PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,295

I hear ya! I am a tough broad too! LMK if you find a good one! Im thinking about permanently straightening but terrified!!!!!

Re: STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

Alana33
October 25, 2016 09:20PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 12,081

Get Hakko to iron your hair in the morning before he goes to work!
Low heat, paper between your hair and iron.
My sister has extremely curly hair and used to do that.
On the other hand, mine is so straight that I could leave it in rollers for 2 weeks and 20 minutes later....it might have some body.



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Re: STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

AandA2VI
October 26, 2016 12:47AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,295

Haha!! Ain't nobody got time for dat! When I flat iron it - it takes 3 hours to straighten and lasts about 5 hours here before the humidity make its start to curl again. Completely pointless.

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Trixie_b
October 26, 2016 01:07AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 37

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AandA2VI
Haha!! Ain't nobody got time for dat! When I flat iron it - it takes 3 hours to straighten and lasts about 5 hours here before the humidity make its start to curl again. Completely pointless.

Get a Brazilian blow-out if they still do them.... they work really well and last for a number of months [skips over the part where they're highly toxic]

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speee1dy
October 26, 2016 07:48AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,648

there is a place by the government parking lot in downtown christiansted, right near the library. they do any type of hair.

kind of surprised at the treatment you received at the place in gallows bay. i have seen all types of hair being done and they are always nice.

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stxsailor
October 26, 2016 08:46AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 530

Brazilian Blow out?!?!?!?! sounds like a dirty movie

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M&M
October 26, 2016 09:09AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 36

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speee1dy
there is a place by the government parking lot in downtown christiansted, right near the library. they do any type of hair.

kind of surprised at the treatment you received at the place in gallows bay. i have seen all types of hair being done and they are always nice.


Thanks. There may be more than one salon there. I went to the one in a corner by a little furniture shop (not Pataladis).

Re: STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

speee1dy
October 26, 2016 10:04AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,648

no, this one is in downtown christiansted kind of across from the government parking lot.

the one you went to used to be progressive vets

did they do a good job?



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M&M
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speee1dy
there is a place by the government parking lot in downtown christiansted, right near the library. they do any type of hair.

kind of surprised at the treatment you received at the place in gallows bay. i have seen all types of hair being done and they are always nice.


Thanks. There may be more than one salon there. I went to the one in a corner by a little furniture shop (not Pataladis).

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AandA2VI
October 26, 2016 10:10AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,295

I was thinking if the one next to the bistro. Anyone use them?

I believe a Brazilian uses formaldehyde right? I'll look into it but I also remember it's being really really bad on your hair lol. I also worry about anything that only lasts a couple months... that might end up being a week for me with diving so much. I need to find a REALLY GOOD haor stylist to look at my hair and talk to me. I have very unique hair.

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Oldie1
October 26, 2016 10:47AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 194

That's the one she is referring to--Under The Palms.

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MistB'Haven
October 26, 2016 11:49AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 140

Try Spencer. He's amazing.

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Alana33
October 26, 2016 12:47PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 12,081

PS Unless you're from a foreign country, you're not an ex pat in the USVI.

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pilatesgal318
October 26, 2016 04:28PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 407

AandA2VI, I have used Under The Palms - first salon I went to when I landed from STT, due to its convenience to my house. I went twice - the owner did my hair both times. The first time, I sat in the chair (for color and cut, have ALOT of hair and stubborn grays so it is not a quick process). She then proceeded to talk smack about several other stylists on island. I ignored it, gave her a second chance...she did the same thing. Incredibly unprofessional! I despise when people in an industry bad-mouth others - there is simply no need for that at all! I happened to dislike a particular yoga teacher/bodyworker on STT, however, she was very well liked. I had many people asking about her classes, what I thought, etc. - I made it a point to say that I heard she was a great teacher, I didn't know from my own experience since I had never taken a class (or had bodywork done by her), however, many people enjoyed her classes/sessions and they should give her a try. It's easy and the PROFESSIONAL thing to do!!! So, no I would not recommend her or her salon. M&M, I'm sorry that you had that experience - I would not say that this is common here or on our sister islands...not from what I hear from my Latina/Latino friends anyway.

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watruw8ing4
October 26, 2016 06:46PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 851

Pilatesgal, I had a similar experience there. It was awkward, and I never went back.

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Oldie1
October 26, 2016 08:07PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 194

Same here-- not only did she talk about others in her profession, she also bad mouthed many of her clients.
3 times was my limit!

Re: STX expats attitude toward Latinos.

speee1dy
October 27, 2016 07:43AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,648

wow, i guess i never heard or saw that type of behavior because i never had her do my hair

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