Knowing When To Get A New “Natural” Hair Stylist

You’ve seen the horror stories on YouTube and on blogs. Heat damaged hair, botched haircuts, and a stream of tears.  When you sit in a stylist’s chair, you are vulnerable. You sit down, they drape you, you tell them your expectations and hope for the best.  But how do you prevent yourself from becoming one of the fallen?

Here are some tell-tale signs that you need to step out of your natural hair stylist’s chair:

 No Hair Consultation
Not every stylist provides a formal consultation prior to styling your hair, but the great ones do. At the very least, there should be a discussion about the issues you are having with your hair, your long term goals, and your expectations for the appointment.  In a matter of minutes, your hair can be ruined.  And it will take months, even years to grow it back.   So take charge of your appointment.   Ask questions.  Set limits.  Voice your expectations.
Knowing When to Get A New Natural Hair Stylist
Concerns are Dismissed
Things start to go south.  You notice that too many hairs are being snipped.  The color doesn’t look quite right.  If you are not happy, then speak up.  Too often, customers are scared to voice their concerns.  How many times have you seen testimonials where women saw that too much hair was being cut, but they continued to sit there and be a victim?  If you DON”T speak up, you are partly to blame.  If  you speak up and your concerns are dismissed, don’t be afraid to step out of the stylist’s chair.   You CAN request another stylist or simply walk out the shop — if there are no chemicals in your hair, of course.
Hair is NOT Handled With Care
If your hair is being man handled, tugged in every direction, and you are fighting tears, your stylist needs to be FIRED.  Contrary to what many believe, natural hair styling should not hurt and it needs to be handled with care.  If it hurts, your hair is being damaged.  If your hair is not being handled with care, your ends are being shredded.  Mechanical damage can cause setbacks just like chemical damage.  Don’t be fooled.  Irreversible damage can occur even without the use of heat or chemicals.  This also applies to braids that are too tight.  Traction alopecia is real.   Unless you want to lose your hair line, be mindful of braiders who are more concerned with the “look” than the health of your hair.

Have you ever fallen victim to a “natural” hair stylist? What are some other signs of a bad “natural” hair stylist?

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. I meet a lot of ladies who are loyal to their stylists even when things are going south. A lot of people are scared to leave their stylist because they think nobody else will be able to handle their hair. A lot of natural hairstylists are coming up now so don’t be loyal if they are not giving you the best service.

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