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Published on Monday October 9th, 2017 by Afrocks

What to Look for in a Natural Hair Stylist?

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Looking for a natural hair stylist in or around London can be overwhelming because there are so many to choose from. You want the best stylist for your money, but you’re wary that they might do a shoddy job. And it’s not just about the money.

Knowing you’ll be forced to wear the hairstyle for six weeks or longer can make you serious and determined to find a great one.
Are you looking for a stylist? In this article, we’ll share the best ways to find a natural hair stylist. If you want to discover an amazing stylist you can rely on for many years to come, keep reading.

Do They Know What Natural Hair Is?

The Natural Hair Movement may be old news to you and me, but some stylists don’t know or care about natural hair.
It’s more than just hair. It’s a new evolution of self-empowered women from Africa and the diaspora, and it’s an emotional subject. If a stylist suggests you put a relaxer on it, or handles your mane roughly because they believe it’s bad hair, then they have no business touching your precious curls. Look for a stylist that knows natural hair and who comes up with great solutions within the guidelines. That means they should be encouraging toward your natural tresses, and they should know which harsh chemicals to avoid.
The struggle is real, and our self-esteem is very tied in with the way we feel about our hair, so we don’t need anyone who leads us into feeling bad or inferior.
Stylists should be well-informed of basic needs for natural hair: moisture, gentle detangling, protein, and protective styling. They should live by these standards for their own hair too.

 

“A stylist who has grown up doing their sisters’ and friends’ hair can often be every bit as knowledgeable as someone professionally trained.”

Do They Have a Lifetime of Experience with Afro Hair?

The number of years of experience tells all. You want someone who has a passion for hair, and not just someone who learned about it at beauty school for a chosen career. A stylist who has grown up doing their sisters’ and friends’ hair can often be every bit as knowledgeable as someone professionally trained.
Seek a stylist with experience and passion from the heart. Anyone who’s passionate has probably invested a lifetime into haircare before they ever thought about making money from it.
The interest and excitement should be evident when you discuss hair, and they should be able to advise and educate you on the subject. Having someone to give you customised tips about how to care for your hair between salon visits is invaluable.

Do They Listen?

The only caveat about finding someone with an intense passion for hair is that it can sometimes be hard to convince them to do what you want.
Be wary of the stylist who doesn’t listen to your needs. It can be frustrating to come with a plan for your hair that the hairdresser promptly ignores. Don’t have a plan? You need one before going to the stylist. Be assertive with what you want. If you leave everything up to the stylist, you run the risk of him or her not giving you a style you love.
If a stylist still refuses to do things your way on an important issue, pick up your handbag and leave.

 

“Finding a natural hair stylist can be tricky, but very worthwhile. Are you concerned about being
overcharged for a service? Some naturals feel that natural hair stylists are expensive.
Maybe it’s because natural hair takes longer to style than relaxed hair.”

Were They Recommended?

Getting a referral is one of the best ways to find a natural hair stylist. It can be a lifesaver to see that they’ve worked on a friend’s hair and that they’re qualified. Get a recommendation from a relative, friend, or a reliable vetting service like Afrocks.
Don’t have a friend that has the particular hair you want? Stop a stranger with great hair, and ask who does her hair. She’d probably be happy to share information, and this is often a good way to find out about a good stylist.

Final Thoughts

Finding a natural hair stylist can be tricky, but very worthwhile. Are you concerned about being
overcharged for a service? Some naturals feel that natural hair stylists are expensive.
Maybe it’s because natural hair takes longer to style than relaxed hair. Wearing your given hair is more complicated than applying a batch of quick and efficient chemicals to lay down the curls.
So, while it’s true that natural hair may cost more, it’s understandable. There’s more work involved, it takes much longer, and stylists need to be paid for their time and effort.

Natural hair is challenging, and it takes a while to build a routine that nourishes it. Getting someone on your team that you trust and love will give you the strength and hope that it takes to maintain beautiful natural curls.
If you look for knowledge and experience with natural hair, and someone who listens, and who’s been recommended, you’ll have better luck in finding a great stylist you can keep for many years to come.

Now it’s your turn. What has been your experience with finding an excellent natural hair stylist in or around London?

 

Patrina is the founder of Naturalhairqueen.net; a blog to educate and inspire women with
natural hair. Patrina just celebrated her 10-year natural hair anniversary,and achieved her goal
of waist length hair. With the knowledge she has learned over the years she is dedicated to
share her knowledge,and experience to educate women who wish to have moisturized, healthy
natural long hair.

Website: www.Naturalhairqueen.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/naturalhairqueensite/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatHairQueen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathairqueen/

 

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