How to choose a stylist?

While contemplating new videos to do, someone suggested I do a video on how to select a natural hair stylist. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Research online and look at some reviews. Please remember to take reviews with a grain of salt. One bad experience can spoil it for the rest. A reviewer can also under or over-exagerate about a stylist or salon—It’s so tricky with reviews because you just never know.
  • If you see someone in the streets and love their hair, don’t be afraid to walk up to them and ask where they get their hair done. The good thing about this is you can see it in person AND most salons offer a referral system where the old client and the new client get $$$ off.
  • Go in to check out the stylist. If you see them:
    • Comb hair from root to bottom on kinky hair
    • Say they want you to be “heat trained”
    • scissor happy
    • If they use stove irons still….This is 2011—no more stove irons that burn your hair. Its time for all salons to upgrade to ceramic irons stat!!
    • hmmmm..that is all I can think of….

STAY AWAY!!!!

  • They should be able to:
    • Know how to get and maintain healthy hair
    • Work with your hair type ( I don’t mean number typing) Some stylist know how to deal with looser textures but don’t know how to deal with kinkier hair. I’ve been in some chairs practically crying because of the pain
    • have the ability to Steam your hair. Not sure how it is in the rest of the states, but in Georgia…if a salon doesn’t have a steamer–thats not good. If you have to explain them what a steamer or a steam treatment is….you know the rest. Every modern salon should have steamers
    • be gentile. Natural hair is fragile. Watch for that when you go visit. You will see it all over the customers face.

These are just some things I thought about. Please share your list of what to look out for when selecting a great natural hair stylist.

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  • http://www.findinghopewithin.com Alexis

    Thanks for the tips. I will definitely keep this in mind. I was wondering, can you give me advice on salons that specialize in dreds and twists? I am asking because I live in DC and I have searched online for “Natural Hair Salons” in DC and the ONLY ones that come up are salons that specialize in dreds or twists. I am looking for salons that are familiar with naturally curly hair, not just dreds and twists. I feel apprehensive going to a salon that specializes in dreds and twists because I am not into either of those, but I am looking for a salon that will have stylists that will be familiar with my thick, curly hair and know the right products that will keep my hair healthy and give me the curl definition I want. I also want someone to be able to look at the different textures in my hair and teach me how to properly and evenly care for them. But will I get all of that in a “dreds and twists” salon? I also don’t just want salons that do “great curly cuts” because I’m not into getting a cut right now, I’m trying to grow my hair out. So do you have any advice for me?