The AA salons I went to in my relaxed days were really good, but not cheap. I have been to one of those salons where you spend all day there and I never went back. There are some really good AA salons with great customer service. I really cannot complain.
I had a hair stylist once who used to tell me to call when I was about to leave. I'd do that and if she was busy, she'd tell me what time to call. I really preferred that to sitting at the salon all day. I think at times, our American values are at odds with our African values. Truth be told, many of us still operate on CP time during our spare time.
But what's often looked is Hispanics and Asians oftentimes have similar views of time. We just tend to overlook that when we see it in other groups. I've seen some Middle Eastern, and Indian businesses where they put a tacky sign up saying they'll be right back. There was the time when I took a leather jacket into the cleaners and promised to get it back the next week and the Indian owner didn't have it back in for a month. Or the Korean or Vietnamese owned alterations place where the owner closes at 3 everyday to pick up her son without posting that on her hours. They don't even bother posting their prices.
As far as prices go, in my area two strand twists have costed $75 or $80 and a press $55 or $65. I just started looking around and found out the prices have dropped to $55 for two strand twists and $45 for a press. And some AA salons are giving all inclusive rates that include deep conditioning, the trim, etc. I am not relaxed so the places where I visit may do both or just natural hair.