Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

Dominique Christian, owner of Soo Naturally Unique Salon & Boutique in Kansas City, MO

Community First: Dominique Christian’s Mission to the young girls of Kansas City

Dominique Christian, an independent stylist in Kansas City and owner of Soo Naturally Unique Salon & Boutique, sets herself apart with her strong commitment to giving back to her community. She specializes in natural hairstyles and clients often praise her coloring skills and techniques. 

Her biggest penchant for starting her own salon – a desire to implement more community oriented programs – like free styles for girls going to Prom who can’t afford it.

 

 

Check out our chat below, and let us know what you think in the comments! 

 

So how did you begin your journey as a hair care professional? 

I have a couple of family members that are stylists, so I’ve always been in the salon environment. Since I was young—its’ always been a passion of mine. And that’s pretty much it.

 

We been talking to some stylists about the good and bad of cosmetology schools, what’s your take? 

The unique thing about the school I went to is that they taught about all hair types, but it didn’t go into depth of the different textures of natural hair. Luckily, I was in the salon before I started school, so I was experienced with the different textures. But as far as the school – it touched but it didn’t into depth. Should it be changed? Well, I still felt confident coming out, but the whole thing is 10 months.  You aren’t going to learn everything you need to know about the whole field of cosmetology. It was in the salon that I really learned about the different hair types and textures.

 

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Speaking of types & textures, how do you feel about these “typing” systems and what advice do you have for Upswingers’ using them?

I myself do not use these systems, and the reason why is…well, I have never met someone who has 3C or 4B hair on their whole entire head.  The fact is most people have one in the front, one in the back, or really it might just be they have very fine or super coarse hair. I don’t want to put people into a class because it doesn’t work for everyone. It’s a lot easier to say, “You’re fine around the front” and “tightly coiled” in the back. I don’t want my clients to feel boxed into one category.

 

What do you specialize in?  

I really specialize in color treatments, but if there were a category called “Unique” that would be me! I want all my clients to look different and people to express themselves through their hair. Not to be wild and crazy, but unique and still flatter them. My clients always ask me for color, and I enjoy doing it. In terms of relaxed hair, I do not apply it, but I do style it. I style all types.

 

Your thoughts on Relaxed Hair?

I style all hair types, but yes, I feel like not everyone can safely wear a relaxer. I have people in my family that do, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Most people who wear one successfully, go to the shop every other week. To keep the confusion down, I just don’t apply them.

 

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So what Client Experience do you want your Upswingers to have?

Peaceful. At Ease. Comfortable. Assured. I want it to be a super positive atmosphere.

 

And what advice do you have for Upswing to STOP Doing (Sometimes, we’re crazy!)

Co-washing A LOT! A lot of people are co-washing too much, and that is something I would like everyone to stop doing. It causes buildup and it does not cleanse your scalp. It’s not meant for every texture. It is just conditioner, so the only way to cleanse your scalp is to use shampoo. And if you have dry hair (which most people complain of who co-wash frequently) – just use a deep conditioner once a month. If you over-condition with co-washing, it will cause a reverse effect, which is actually… dryness!! You can only pump so much into the hair follicle – it will cause dryness and breaking – refrain from too much co-washing!

 

So what products do you suggest we use?

I’m pretty basic. Products are very expensive. If you can, try it.  Always buy a smaller size! To invest into a product line is very expensive and not every product may work. Find a good shampoo. On the consumer side I love Jane Carter Products [Available at Walgreens] and Uncle Funky’s daughter. In the professional arena, Mizani and Design Essentials. I tell my clients to go for the consumer lines to save on the price! It’s all about saving money and looking good! People think going natural means expensive and it does NOT. I do not want my clients to have a lifestyle that makes them go broke. I don’t want that for anybody. Oils are fine – it just depends on the type. Stay away from petroleum – it causes build up. One moisturizer I love is Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Taliah Waajid’s Protective Mist Bodifier (you can buy online or at Walgreen’s), just once or twice a week.

 

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So what are your future goals in this hair game?

My biggest goal is to be a platform artist, because I want to help people learn how to take care of their hair. I want to educate people. But the real whole reason I am creating my own salon – is I want to do an outreach program to people who are less fortunate and can’t afford hair services. For example, next year I will be doing a “prom drive” for 2-3 girls to get hair done for prom. I want to do things like this to give back to the community. Also, once a month, I’ll have my clients [Read You! A future Upswinger]  put a child’s name in box, and the selected child gets their hair done free. Just small things like that to give back to the less fortunate.

 

To help Dominique impact her community and to help yourself look fabulous, reach her on UpswingMe. And when you’re done, don’t forget to rate her on UpswingMe! Drop a line below to share your thoughts on her interview and join the discussion.

 

 

 

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5 reviews

  1. Dee, Aug 25, 2013 - Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

    Dominique’s interview was very informative. She has an uplifting spirit which will show in the love she puts I
    Into her work..I wish her all the best in her new salon and very much SUCCESS! !..

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  2. schfonia session, Aug 30, 2013 - Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

    Proud of you! God has a blessing and plan and your name is on it!Wished I lived in KC because I would definiley be a customer! :*)

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  3. Debra Paschal, Aug 31, 2013 - Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

    Dominique has been doing my hair for almost 2 years. She is professional, easy to get along with, gentle with the hair, etc., etc.

    Good luck to you and congrats. You go girl.

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  4. google advertising revenue, Jun 10, 2014 - Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

    Howdy! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple
    iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward
    to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

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  5. Michelle, Jun 26, 2014 - Featured SALON: Soo Naturally Unique [Kansas City, Mo]

    Dominique has done my hair for about 3 years since my transition to natural hair. She’s very courteous notpushy and very knowledgeable! I wouldn’t change her for the world!

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