Minneapolis-based Denny Kemp Salon and spa is the newest salon to be in the news for in some form or another, attacking natural hair. Bianca Dawkins, a black woman with natural hair went in to get her hair straightened after making an appointment and explaining that she had naturally textured or curly hair. Once she arrived she was told by a salon stylist that her hair was “an animal that can’t be tamed." Say what?
Although the salon is not touted as a natural hair specific establishment, Dawkins thought a simple style would not be that hard to do and got a whole bunch of negativity instead of service.
The stylist not only insulted her but brought over other stylists to look at her hair. When she asked if they do black hair the same male stylist replied with, “Well, it isn’t the 1950s or ’60s, where we can just put up a sign in the window.” Dawkins felt the sting of outdated notion of beauty. "In that moment, I was having my identity attacked," Dawkins tells citypages and recounted the whole incident on her Facebook page. "I couldn't believe what was happening. I just put my head down and walked out."
The salon has since issued two statements now that the story has gone viral. The latest reads:
We think this apology is too little, too late -- and treating black women disrespectfully is too often the norm.