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Are Some Naturals Mistaken for Not Going to Stylists?

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By Samara of Darker then Brown

Did it ever occur to any of you, that this natural hair revolution or whatever you prefer to call it, didn’t just start with us? There was always a handful of women who wore their hair natural and made a living by caring for the natural hair of others. These women did this way before natural hair was semi acceptable. Then out we come with blogs, YouTube channels, and social networks. Unintentionally, we walked on the backs of those who paved the way. Then to make matters worse, turned around and excluded them from this natural hair community.

Today, with every allergy symptom known to man, I dragged my drugged up body into Brooklyn for brunch. This event was hosted by Diane Bailey, and sponsored by Shea Moisture. The room was filled with an equal mix of natural hair stylists, instructors, bloggers, vloggers and enthusiasts. Many of the hair stylists had been doing natural hair for 25+ years. They loved and welcomed the fact that more women have recently transitioned to natural hair. What they never expected was that the movement wouldn’t include them. I guess they are right, most of the natural hair community promotes D.I.Y.

The thing is whether we know it or not, I believe we do need these women. Just this week another famed blogger had to cut her long damaged hair off and start again. I keep saying it, but most refuse to listen. We all need to find a way to include a real hair stylist in our regimen. You don’t want to grow your hair, and then find out it’s unhealthy just to start again. This outcome can be prevented, but the choice is up to you. Likewise we bloggers need to be sure that the information we put out there is correct. The best resource we could use are those who have been doing this for 25+ years.

Ladies, what do you think? Would you ever go back to a stylist? Why or why not? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts and experiences in the comment box!

When it comes to natural hair, are you DIY (do‐it‐yourself) or do you depend on natural stylists?

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Samara is the author of Darker Than Brown.

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lv

assuming there is a plethera of natural hair stylist who are competent in handling and styling natural hair, I think the problem that arises with any hair professional is that there may not be the time necessary to properly handle natural hair–the detangling, the proper moisturizing, the proper cutting, etc. For good reason they are in the biz of making money. The charges that would be most necessary to properly handle natural hair could be prohibitive to most because of the time needed. I would love to go to a stylist every month or so, but i cannot spend at… Read more »

cacey
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cacey

that’s how i feel, Iv. i don’t trust my hair in anyone’s hands but my own because i know the way i detangle my hair a stylist would probably charge out the wazoo to give my hair that same time and due diligence. plus too, there really aren’t nearly as many competent stylists out there as there are incompetent ones, from what i can tell judging by the messed up heads i see around me that give their business to so‐and‐so. i just won’t take that chance with my money or my hair. plus, i’m a broke college kid, so… Read more »

LuvChicago
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LuvChicago

I agree. Also, most beauty/cosmetology schools only teach how to care for hair that is straightened. Hence, #team hair damage

bri
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bri

Are Some Naturals Mistaken for Not Going to Stylists?” Make it less expensive, then I think we can chat about someone going to a stylist. For me, just looking at the prices make me think I’m being punished for being natural. Hence the reason why going to a stylist for naturals is few and far in‐between.

KnottyNatural
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In my experience and from what I’ve heard other women say, many stylist want nothing to do with natural hair! I have had success with stylists who only do natural hair but stylist who have traditionally done relaxed hair have actually scowled at my natural hair. Additionally, I take care of and style my hair better than she did! The only time I get a professional to do anything to my hair is if I’m having it blown out and trimmed. Also, because of my location (FL), even when relaxed it was difficult to find someone who had skills doing… Read more »

Wendy
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Wendy

Honresly, I have to a hair salon who claims she does natural hair she couldn’t style my hair. I would go every 2 weeks the shampoo and conditioner she usesd its unheardof. My would left dry and hard like a brillo pad, then I couldn’t ask her any questions. I never went back. Ever since I just do it myself. I would love to have a stylist to do my hair.
If anyone knows any professional or expertise in Florida, Melbourne area please! Please! Let me know.

KnottyNatural
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I have heard this story from lots of women here in Orlando! If you are willing to drive, there is a place on Michigan ave called the hair art tech something or other, google it but request Daphne!

xyzebra
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xyzebra

With locs, Sisterlocs or box braids w/extensions a natural hair stylist is a great resource. Other than that, DIY is best. You get to learn your hair, save money and do it in the privacy of your own home, and have fun with products and techniques. Natural hair stylists need to “make the case” as to why they are a better choice than DIY, and please do so without the “shingling,” texturizing and $200 visits!

julebell
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julebell

Well, personally it’s just more cost effective and more convenient to do my own hair. It’s not that I’m trying to leave the natural hair stylists out. I can save money and do my hair whenever I need to and wearing whatever I want to. I’m not depending on anybody else’s time or schedule. It’s rewarding to also be able to care for your own hair and learn new things about what works and what doesn’t; Nobody knows your hair better than you so what better person to care for it.

Anon
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Anon

Yeah…I’m going to stick to DIY. Having been to a self proclaimed natural stylist, I found that what I did at home worked better for me. They didn’t use much DC despite my dense hair, they charged me more half way through the service again because I have dense hair, the stylist asked if I was wearing pieces and treated me as though I was a liar, again because I have dense natural hair. I understand that they are losing money but the guilt trip in the first paragraph didn’t move me. Stylists need to diversify and give the client… Read more »

Leslie Mac
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Those stylists are out there. I think we all need to look for them. First make sure they actually HAVE natural hair (big red flag if they are wearing a weave but claim to do natural hair). Second — go in for a consultation before your appointment, ask questions, put them on the spot and be sure you are comfortable well before going in to the salon for services. Third — you can also always bring your own products if you are more comfortable with them. Finally — they are performing a SERVICE for you — meaning you dictate what… Read more »

Iva
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Iva

@Leslie Mac. No offense, but for all that effort and energy, I could just do it myself at my own pace, in my own time, until I am pleased with the results. It’s not vetting a doctor, it’s a hairdresser.

I’d probably go to a stylist for a major cut or color (definitely) but the weekly/biweekly basics, I am more than happy to do it myself (and so is my office!)

Iva
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Iva

office = wallet! THat was a weird word swap.

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

I LOVE THE COMMENT ABOUT THE PITY PARAGRAPH LOL I FEEL THE SAME WAY

Noush
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Noush

I dont think I will ever go to get my hair done by anybody. I can do my hair and I feel more comfortable because of detangling. I went to a lady who braided my hair before I went natural i went to her after I went natural to get braided up and the lady combed my hair like no tomorrow. She racked and racked I told her I was growing my hair out and she kind of calmed down but that is why I dont want to go to any stylist to do my hair.

Jesse
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Jesse

It’s not that I don’t want to see a stylist. They usually don’t want to work with a client with kinky hair texture. I understand the phenomenon. In order to be proficient with natural hair, a stylist must work with natural hair. If not many women wear their hair natural, a stylist will never have enough practice to be good at styling natural hair. However, hopefully with more women embracing natural hair, more stylists will get the experience they need. It’s just that I don’t want to be a learning opportunity for a stylist. I don’t want my hair to… Read more »

Aree
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Aree

I have never had good experiences with stylist. Everytime I have been to a salon I experienced a setback. This is even when I was relaxed. They would leave the relaxer in my head to long and complain when I said it was burning. When I would come in months without having a touch‐up they would play in my hair and make fun of my multiple textures. They would say…“What is going on with your head?” or “You got some strange hair”. When I went natural I tried a natural hair salon. It was 260 dollars to get my hair… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

*reads the title*

No”.

…moving on…

Sorry, this article didn’t ring true for me. Maybe it was the generalisations or the trying to guilt me into the business.

Anon
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Anon

Yes it feeds into that idea that we should support our own while accepting less than usually with the sentiment that other races succeed because they support their own. However, with black businesses I always find that natural services/products = ridiculous price points and many of these businesses do not have it together/don’t run a tight ship therefore cannot offer the best possible, efficient and effective service that many modern naturals are looking for. Other races do not support businesses that don’t give them what they want even if the owners are from that same race, they just demand more… Read more »

gapch
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gapch

unfortunately so. being natural and being DIY are not one in the same. stylist exists as a profession for a reason but at the same token if someone prefers to exclusively do their own hair whether relaxed, natural or other then thats fine too.…

Kurly Klips
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White/Asian/Arab/Indian girls don’t rely on stylists. They pretty much go to them for cuts/trims and chemical treatments. Yet, their hair industry still survives. Why should we be any different? They’ve learned their hair and now we’re learning ours. And it’s about time. I would love to see a natural stylist for a trim, but to be quite honest, I’m really scared. I’ve just had so many bad experiences. Especially once I become a regular client. That’s why I created Kurly Klips clip‐in extensions. You can even DIY your own extensions now and I love it!

Nappy4C Rocks
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Nappy4C Rocks

Just this week another famed blogger had to cut her long damaged hair off and start again”…who are they? should they have gone to a stylist? do you go to a stylist?

Vonnie
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Vonnie

I wonder if she is referring to She’kia Renea. She said her hair wasn’t damaged, just wanted a change & to inspire others afraid to chop. But eh, who knows.…

Back to the subject at hand.…I go to a Attila occasionally for adults I cannot do, but for the most part, I don’t think they do anything extraordinary with techniques that I can’t do on my own. And hundreds of natural s have done just fine without them.…

Vonnie
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Vonnie

Jesus, the typos.…

I occasionally go to STYLISTS for STYLES I cannot do…

Noush
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Noush

The author was referring to Jenell (Blakizbeautyful) on youtube

Nicole
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Naw, Jenell said she went to a stylist. Or maybe she said a friend…But I think she was talking about Shekia Renea.

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

BUNCH OF CROCK LOL.

cacey
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cacey

i don’t agree with this article at all. i’ve never relied on stylists for my hair ever in my life. why should i start now? i doubt they’d be able to do anything for my hair that i can’t do better myself. they might be feeling left out but until they come down on their prices that’s the way they’re going to continue feeling. natural hair is largely DIY because there’s no reason for women to be dependent on stylists. for what? it’s not necessary

pw
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pw

We were just talking about this at work today! I mean no harm in this… but most black stylists brought this one on themselves. Most were to busy getting educated whether formally or by trial and error to the weave many forgot the natural hair that is growing underneath. And totally ignored the natural hair wave coming and that has definetly arrived. I must admit I predicted this as soon as all these domincan shops started opening up. Many women flocked to them. I don’t patronize them cuz they snatch you bald but a lot of people including naturals have… Read more »

JENNID
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JENNID

I say no cause of the cost issue. Its like the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. Getting your hair “did” a few times a month means adding on a another bill. And for what? Basic hair care that we all should know how to do on our own. For someone like myself living on a budget and saving to further myself it just isn’t practical. Besides everyone doesn’t live in C. hicago, D.C, or Atlanta. Many of us midwesterners don’t have access to actual natural hair care professionals. Most in my area only really specialize… Read more »

Dananana
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Dananana

Besides, everyone doesn’t live in Chicago, DC, or Atlanta.…”

That thought was running through my mind as soon as I read the title of this article. I live in Mid-MO–natural hair stylists that know their craft are unicorns here. And even if I did track one down.…this is a Recession. I’m not trying to spend any more on my hair than I need to.

pw
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pw

I just want a stylist in the DC area who can do my wash and go and it come out like mine or similar to when I do it at home. That’s all I ask…because sometime I don’t have the time or energy!

Lauren
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Lauren

I wholeheartedly agree with this post. Last month I had to get my hair straighten for my cousin wedding because I was a bridesmaid. The hairstyle that straighten my hair is a family friend and grows all my cousins’ hair long and strong. But of course I went natural in the D.I.Y. era so I never used her as a resource. Anyway the stylist straighten my hair and was incredibly disappointed of how many split ends I had. I was clipping my own end and I guess I wasn’t doing a great job at it. She ended up cutting 3inches… Read more »

Sophie
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Sophie

This article is a little accusatory, although I do get the gist. I think it’s a matter of cost and availability, not “turning our backs” on stylists. I live in a city that doesn’t have many black people, and I’ve gone a few times to a great curly hair stylist who is not experienced with my kind of hair per se but is open and experienced with curls in general, but she is not cheap! If DIY works for people we don’t really owe stylists anything because it’s our choice to purchase a service or not. I’ve also been to… Read more »

Nechel
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Nechel

Sorry not sorry but there’s nothing wrong with not going to a hair salon. Why have people do something you could do well yourself? I’m all about saving money and doing things myself. If I could do car maintance I’d never go to an auto shop again, but sadly that’s not the case. It’s not even so much as a matter of money. More of a matter of taking care of myself, literally. If I can do it, I’ll do it.

LBell
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LBell

GREAT analogy. I remember when I first starting driving (mid 80s) I told my dad I wanted to learn as much as I could about cars so I wouldn’t have to rely on auto shops. He gave me the side‐eye because he knew that computers were about to take over even then and he was right. 🙂 Sadly, I knew about as much about how my car worked (which is to say, next to nothing) as I did about the hair growing out of my head. I daresay that’s still the case with many black women and that’s a damn… Read more »

Pat
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I only need a barber/hairstylist for a cut/shape up about every 4 months, other than that I take care of my hair and it looks good!!

Eboni
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Eboni

I’m a 21‐year‐old broke college student: Gas money is an issue. Time is an issue. Stylists’ education & patience with my dense 4c hair is, you guessed it, an issue! I’ve learned SO MUCH about maintaining my own hair in the past 3 years. However last year I decided I wanted to have locs started by loctician.…I’d like for everyone to understand how challenging it was to FIND a loctician in the DMV area, in an actual salon; not some set up shop in a house or in back of a barber shop either! Ha! I mean really? Anyhoo, my… Read more »

folamix
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folamix

My apprehension is going to a stylist who claims to understand how to deal with natural hair but really doesn’t. I have heard many horror stories of how naturalistas have had their hair damaged by so‐called natural hair stylists. I guess I will keep searching until I find someone who has good references.

Leslie Mac
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Where are you located? This has a good list of natural hair salons: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlsalons

I would suggest going in for a consult (free) 1st to talk to the stylist & ask them questions before booking your appointment. All stylists that specialize in natural hair should be doing that anyway.

Naomi
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Naomi

I have yet to meet a stylist who can handle my hair with the care and love that I do. I would LOVE to go to a stylist, but unfortunately, have had terrible experiences in the past. My hair comes out more damaged, and my scalp hurts alot. They get frustrated with my hair, and are quite rough. If you can recommend good stylists for 4C hair, I would like to try them out.

Leslie Mac
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Where are you located? I have found a wonderful natural hair stylist (that is all she does). She wouldn’t make an appointment with me until we had a short 15 min (free) consultation to discuss my hair & what I wanted to have done. I had no idea, so she had a phone full of photos of twists, coils, up‐dos etc for me to use for inspiration. I found the salon here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlsalons Ask a lot of questions before going in — make sure you are comfortable BEFORE sitting in anyone’s chair. Ask for a consultation and ask what types… Read more »

merry
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merry

of course i am writing this just as i’m finishing giving myself a trim… i want to point out something i don’t think was mentioned. part of the big increase in interest in natural hair is tied to social media. this has been the primary way naturals have shared information — through youtube, blogs, etc. — with one another. years ago, a lot of naturals had fokti portfolios. if they were really on their game, they would have recognized what was going on and created a natural hair platform. they would have organized the meetups. they should have been all… Read more »

Nicole
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YES, YES, YES! Social Media runs the word right now! Get on it!
And support Natural Hair Stylist (I am one for my family! LOCS, BRAIDS, TWIST) but if I can do my hair and save my money for shopping or my children, then I will DIY for the rest of my life. For the people who can AFFORD to go to the stylist and the people who NEED to go to the stylist because they cant manage their hair, then go right ahead. Nothing wrong with it!!

mlank64
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mlank64

merry you are so right. It is up to them to put themselves out there. How can anyone tell who has been in the game if they don’t let them selves be know. I find youtube and that was all I needed to jump on the natural hair bandwagon. It wasn’t my stylist and I certainly didn’t have access to a natural hair stylist in my area. So social media was my answer.

LBell
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LBell

As an original member of Nappturality, and a participant on hair boards that existed prior to Nappturality (including NaturallyCurly), I can confirm this. Just to use our pal Andre Walker as an example: His book came out in 1998 and when I joined the online natural hair community in 1999 they were starting to use his hair typing system. I find it ironic that it took him (and mainstream hair companies) all this time to recognize that natural hair was a real thing and not just some fluke. If he’d been paying attention instead of looking down on us pitiful… Read more »

Lily Madu
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Lily Madu

If I knew an affordable, reputable stylist who specialises in natural hair I would pay him/her a visit once in a while. I think those people should try harder to put themselves out there. When you Google ‘natural hair’ you’re bombarded with vlogs, blogs and the like. Not with lists of stylists.

Leslie Mac
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This is a pretty good listing of natural salons: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlsalons

K
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K

“Did it ever occur to any of you, that this natural hair revolution or whatever you prefer to call it, didn’t just start with us?” 1) Yes. Many of us were born pre‐selfie, pre‐Andre Walker’s system, pre‐Google and don’t rely on the internet for oxygen. 2) I’ve been pressed since childhood, been going to natural stylists for 10+ years in the tri‐state and the South. 3) DIY has taken over people’s lives, not just their hair. We’re making our own clothes, growing our own food, it’s a phenomenon. 4} Like another poster noted, MANY failed to galvanize the energy behind… Read more »

Markquisha
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Markquisha

Not throwing no shade to hair stylist but I think one should get to know their own hair and not depend on someone else to do it for them! I think this is why most black women have not a clue about their own hair! Just my opinion. I’ve been doing my own hair since I can remember and I can count on both my hands how many times I’ve been to a stylist.

Leslie Mac
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I have a great stylist in Cherry Hill, NJ (Kelly at Beyond Hair -(856) 428‑5000). I has been only going to a stylist to get my hair trimmed, but once I found Kelly (who specializes in natural hair) that all changed. I go to her for special occasions, before trips for longer lasting styles. For coloring, for twists, braids, flat‐twists, coil‐outs you name it. I still do my hair myself as I want to, but it’s great to have a professional treat my hair & to relax while having my hair done like I used to before my big chop.… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Just because we are natural doesn’t mean we are professional hair care specialists.”

I don’t think anyone is claiming to be a professional hair care specialist just from going natural. At least, I am not selling my services. Everyone is different. If you find it beneficial to have a personal stylist, that’s cool. I don’t find it beneficial, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Love JAH
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Love JAH

Thank you! I work in Cherry Hill and wil visit Miss Kelly for sure!

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

wow i live in runnemede still not going to her though lol

Janel
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Janel

I wouldn’t have a problem with going to a “professional” natural hair stylist; however, it’s very difficult to find one who a) truly knows how to handle your hair b) are not pushing some product or c) wanting to flat iron to trim your ends. Last year, I thought I found a “professional” who was going to be it, but she combed, brushed, blow dried on high heat and with a roller brush, and then cut it in layers when I specifically said I just wanted to trim my ends. I was afraid my hair wouldn’t revert but it did,… Read more »

ida voyder
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ida voyder

As far as I’M concerned, I’m not mistaken for not going to a stylist. I have everything that’s necessary — the hair, the hands, and knowledge as to what my hair likes and dislikes. If i want to pamper myself and go to a natural stylist, fine! But it’s not necessary as far as I’m concerned. Not that I’m judging every stylist out there, but no one can know your hair like you. The more you handle it and use the knowledge you have about your hair the better off you’ll be. Too many times some people that deal with… Read more »

Mocha Dier
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I have always been tender headed. My mom used to send me to get my hair braided and it was just horrible. In fact I hated my hair so bad cuz it was always damaged. But since last year when I did my big chop, and been taking care of my hair, I have seen much improvement and minimal breakage. If there was a trusted stylist in my area in Jamaica, I would go. One that is gentle and knows when and how to use heat. I would go, occasionally, cuz using 4 days to do rope twists is no… Read more »

mlank64
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mlank64

I don’t need a stylist. I’ve gone from total neglect of my hair to total obsession. It is growing and thriving like never before without any assistance from a stylist. In fact, my feeling is that a stylist is only going to use products she/he wants to use and charge an ungodly amount of money for something I know I can do much better myself with better products and better handling. I use unconvential products like mud washes, and ayurvedic products etc. Most stylist can’t be bother with that type of expense and time. Not to mention I don’t use… Read more »

Amber
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Amber

I wouldn’t mind going to a natural hair stylist, but there isn’t one close to me for at least 2.5 hours. So it’s just not a viable option for me. I have to be a DIYer. I would love to have a stylist (that knows natural hair) to trim up and style my hair.

Tyesha
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Tyesha

I would love to go to a stylist if I could find one in the kalamazoo area.

ambi
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ambi

Not buying into it UNTIL these hairdresser really LEARN natural hair loose and dreaded, and stop treating it like permed hair, and take TIME with it, don’t schedule us the ever two hours like you can perm heads, also stop charging a arm and a leg, a plus to being natural for me is that once you learn your hair you really need very little product hence saving money

JCE
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JCE

Where can I find natural hair stylists in my area?! I’ve been meet with perpetrators claiming to be able to do natural hair, and then I leave with more damage than I can with. When I try to tell them they are damaging my hair, they try to argue with me. For instance “ohh me blow‐drying you hair with this super hot blow‐dryer and comb attachment isn’t breaking your NON‐DETANGLED hair fresh from the bowl. The heat helps to detangle it…” Are you freaking kidding me?!!?! She argues this as she rips the hair from my head. That just turned… Read more »

Beautiful Mic
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Beautiful Mic

1) Salon culture sucks.
2) There is still a general mis‐ and under‐ education out there of afro‐textured hair.
3) The service rates are too damn high!

mlank64
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mlank64

“These women did this way before natural hair was semi acceptable. Then out we come with blogs, YouTube channels, and social networks. Unintentionally, we walked on the backs of those who paved the way. Then to make matters worse, turned around and excluded them from this natural hair community.” I don’t think any of these “natural hair stylist” paved the way. It was a grassroots effort from the bottom up consisting of ordinary women who got a camera and started sharing and documenting their hair journey. In doing so, educated many of us and opening our eyes to the beauty… Read more »

mlank64
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mlank64

If I owe anything about going natural to anyone it would be Naptural85, Kimmaytube, nina pruitt, alicia james. These are just a few of the ladies that I owe a great deal in converting me from someone who totally negelected her hair to totally falling in love with it. No stylist natural or otherwise had nothing to do with it.

Fii
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Fii

Many women have gone natural for the very reason of leaving their (straight hair) stylist behind. Unfortunately, that does put a sigma on stylists as a whole. A lot of women are trying to get away from that whole time exhausting routine of spending all day in the salon. I mean if you’re going to spend all day on your hair, why not do it in the comfort of your own home if you can. A lot of natural hair stylists/salons also charge a RIDICULOUS among of money for natural hair care and styles. Where you can find salons to… Read more »

JENNID
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JENNID

Thank you for your comment. A stylist is a luxury. Going to one on a regular basis is not good money sense. Its in the same catagory as manicures and pedicures. Great when you afford to get them professionally done but not impossible to do yourself.

reflecting
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reflecting

I am one of the few who voted in the poll that they go to a natural hair stylist. Now, to give some background, I avoided stylists at all costs the first 4 years of my natural journey. I think in that time I went to one salon, that charged me $150 for an updo that took 40 minutes (SMH!) and another stylist who used a coal‐black old‐school hot comb on my hair, burning it mercilessly. I was so turned off to these experiences, that I avoided stylists at all costs. Unfortunately, I didn’t do much better. I don’t know… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Now this was a nice experience to read. I’m glad you found someone to help you out!

cacey
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cacey

i actually enjoyed reading this. your experience shed much light, and i can see why you might have gone to a stylist at that point. glad it worked out!

Toni
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Toni

I think the poll is missing an option for those of us who would go to a stylist if there was one to go to. I live in Princeton, NJ and I have not been able to find one around here. My life does not allow for the time and money to drive to New York or Philadelphia to get my hair done. I have not been to a hair salon since I had my last relaxer in October 2011. I know I need a trim, but the one salon around here that claims they do natural hair wouldn’t even… Read more »

Vee
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Vee

EXACTLY!!! I would go to a stylist, if they weren’t all located in either Toronto or Montreal (Canada girl here, based in Ottawa) one is 5 hours+, the other 2.5+ so it’s not worth it. Also the rare (and I do mean rare!) times i have gone to a natural stylist, they were charging 200+ for kinky twists(and that’s to just my shoulder, or longer add from $50-$150!)!!! I can figure out that style for myself! Don’t even talk to me about braided styles. Yarn braids, to just past bra strap, looking at $400, for one colour, add a colour… Read more »

karen
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karen

There is a salon in Plainfield, NJ. Not sure what technique they use to cut hair. http://naturalhairsalonfinder.com/?ls=&location=princeton&radius=25

KonceitedStyle
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I love doing my own hair. Simple as that.

Danielle
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Danielle

I don’t go because of the prices they charge. Its crazy 90 dollars for two strand twist no not having it.

Jack
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Jack

Exactly, and I wouldn’t be able to get my twists to last long enough to warrant spending that kind of money!

Kita
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Kita

Thank you Toni. I was looking for someone to say the same thing. If there were a stylist that specialized in natural hair care, I would be sitting in her chair. I’ve literally been turned away at the door of more than a half‐dozen salons that “don’t work with natural hair” or they want to press or texturize it.

Still looking for a quality stylist in west suburban Chicago.

karen
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karen

There are salons that service natural hair in Chicago. http://naturalhairsalonfinder.com/?ls=&location=chicago. I am not sure what style you are going for but you can narrow down the search by selecting the service at the top of the page.

B
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B

Even when I had relaxed hair I primarily did my own hair, except for trims and sometimes color. I live in WI and the closest natural hair stylist I can find is in Chicago & regular trips to Chicago really aren’t appealing to me. Now I will & do find someone to braid my hair when I want that, but the rest I find it fun to play around and deal with my own hair.

Angela
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Angela

While I often joke that I can grow healthy hair (natural for 5yrs, conscious natural for 2.5), I didn’t get the “black girl gene” for actually doing / styling hair (braids, flat twists, ect). Despite this, I’m making due w/ doing it myself when I don’t have it braided / twisted up by a professional braider (blessed to live in Harlem, NYC where women w/ natural hair & style options are affordable & endless. Photo attached is an example of a style I had done at the braid shop. Love it!!). I will say this, going to any shop, you… Read more »

Senia
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Senia

I was just struggling with this yesterday!! I feel so alone sometimes when my hair is not cooperating with whatever I’m trying to do it from something I’ve seen on YouTube or a blog/Vlog. These resources have been helpful, but I am looking to return to the care of a trained professional ASAP!! My TWA has been a breeze to care for, but with more hair I am not fairing so easily lately. SO if anyone knows of a good natural hair specialist in the Memphis, TN area please let me know!!!

Sjamie
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Sjamie

I, being in my 40’s grew up with my mom doing my hair at home. She was my “stylist”. I always learned to do my own hair even when it was relaxed. Stylist turned me off with the long wait times and then doing what “they” want to do with your hair. I will now only go to a stylist for a cut/trim or if I want to play with hair color or intricate braids that I cant do myself. I think stylist are great for that..but for me I would not need a stylist every two weeks or even… Read more »

coffeeandfingernails
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I think many of us consider learning about our hair part of the experience of reconnecting with a part of ourselves we’ve been alienated from, even if that means mistakes that lead to breakage and re‐chops in order to start over. I didn’t realize how little I knew my hair until one morning a few months after my big chop I woke up, looked in the mirror and panicked because my hair was suddenly so much shorter. I thought it must be breaking until I noticed that it was a bit too even for that. Finally I realized–it was a… Read more »

LBell
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LBell

Thank you for mentioning traveling. Can you imagine how much traveling black women miss out on because they’re worried about their hair? Now imagine a time BEFORE extensions became affordable to the masses. Living abroad? Yeah, right! (insert laugh track here)

Hair independence is a helluva drug…

K
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K

I used to live in another country and would travel back every few months to get my hair done! Thousands of dollars between airfare, styling and extensions, I cringe thinking about it now. Learning to love and do my own hair has meant A LOT!

The Mane Captain
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I style my own hair because I’ve never had a great experience with a stylist in my entire life. And i’ve had my hair done in three countries in three continents. I know there are great stylists out there, but I am currently not in the financial position to sample them. Also, if you like to change up your style every week or two like I do, I don’t think it makes sense to pay someone average of $120/mth for simple styles. May be when I win the lottery, then I wouldn’t mind spending that much money on my hair.… Read more »

Kib
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Kib

I would LOVE to go to a natural hair stylist if I knew where to go. I’m a college student in Columbus OH, the natual salons I’ve seen specialize in safe heat styling but I don’t want straight hair at all! I know there are plenty of salons in Columbus but I’m very picky with who touches my fro. I live in a predominantly white suburb and finding a good natural salon is difficult. God bless my stylist back home, I don’t get to see her often but shes so patient with my hair. She’s not a natual stylist but… Read more »

coffeeandfingernails
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Kib, I did my chop in Columbus and I agree it was extremely difficult to find someone who did natural hair there! I would highly recommend Dairdre Scriven who did my big chop and gave me my first set of naturalista instructions. You can find her here http://salonlofts.com/dairdre_scriven

Good luck!

karen
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karen

There are many salons who have at least one stylist who will do natural hair. You don’t have to limit yourself to “Natural salons” unless you are looking for braids,twists,locs etc…

Here are a few in Columbus http://naturalhairsalonfinder.com/?ls=&location=columbus

Danie
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For me personally I have been to nearly every natural hair stylist in my city and I have experienced both positive and horrible experiences. I have had my hair flat ironed to a crisp by a stylist to the point where the crown area fell completely out and the rest would not revert and I had to cut it off eventually. Another horrible experience I had is where I requested a brown color with blonde highlights and my hair ended up completely blond and blonder. I was so upset when I saw the color I began to cry and instead… Read more »

Danie
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Danie

I swin and do aqua aerobics a 3–4 days/week so it doesn’t make sense to go to a stylist since its gonna get wet no matter what swim cap I have on. But, my hair gets so tangly, that if I don’t go to her at least once every couple months to get it blow dried/flat ironed, my hair would probably be in dreadlocks lol! I’m in Chicago and my hair dresser is awesome!! If u need a referral, let me know! She specializes in natural, healthy hair!

Anita
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Well, first of all. Now a days there are so many scam artists out here, everyone says they do natural hair but many of them have no clue what they are doing and actually harm your hair by pulling and ripping it, over heating and wrong soaps and conditioners. Leaving your hair so damaged it takes months to repair. If there were a stylist who used DIY products and all natural made products, I may consider giving them a try. That way I would know they actually cared enough to take the time to find out what different hair grades… Read more »

Priscilla Paul
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Priscilla Paul

I went natural 4 years ago, partly because a stylist in Albany, NY messed up my perm. Then as a natural I couldn’t find a stylist in the area so I tried trimming my hair myself twice and it wasn’t pretty. One salon opened claiming to know natural hair but when I went, every other client was getting a weave and the stylist tried combing my hair with a fine tooth comb! Finally I moved to San Jose this year and I was excited to go to natural hair salons, I went to one for a press n curl with… Read more »

mlank64
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mlank64

I’m from Albany NY as well. I left there in the mid 90s. I still have family there and visit occasionally. What a huge change from Albany NY to San Jose. Step up I might add 🙂

Michelle
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Michelle

I do my on hair due to the fact that salons overcharge because my hair is “natural” and the long wait times.

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

NOPE MOST OF THEM ARE OVER PRICED AND I WOULD NEVER LET ONE TOUCH MY HAIR. I TAKE PRIDE IN HAVING HEALTHY HAIR AND KNOWING THAT I’M THE ONE RUNNING THE SHOW. NO ONE KNOWS YOUR HAIR LIKE YOU. AND I’M RETAINING LENGTH LIKE A MOFO. WAY MORE THEN WHEN I WAS RELAXED AND SEEING A HAIRDRESSER WHO SAID MY HAIR WAS TOO THICK TO GO NATURAL. OR ANOTHER GIRL WHO PRESSURED ME TO RELAX IT 10 YEARS AGO. I THINK THE ONLY ONES MISTAKEN ARE THE HAIRDRESSERS WITH NO SKILLS AND DESIRE TO LEARN OUR TEXTURE WITHOUT HEATING IT… Read more »

Candice
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Candice

I voted DIY all the way. A lot of the things I do to my hair in terms of protective styling are time intensive (two strand twist, small box braids with my own hair, etc.). Paying someone to do that would be cost prohibitive. Plus, over the two years I have been natural, I know which products work with MY hair. Going to a salon, they will use what they use. Finally, one of the reasons I was relieved about going natural is because I hated going to the salon when I was getting my hair permed. I just don’t… Read more »

Sash
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Sash

I, honestly, would prefer a stylist. I also would prefer a massage therapist, weekly manicures, but my budget says otherwise. I guess going to a stylist is a luxury I just can’t afford right now.

JENNID
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JENNID

It would be good if a few of these natural hair stylist who’ve been in the game for 25 years plus could weigh in on the concerns mentioned here. Especially pricing and using heat to trim. I think a nice open dialog would help bridge the gap. The issues here are legit. I would like to hear from some of them. I feel bad that they feel left out of the “movement”. I think natural hair became DIY because in the beginning there was no stylist to see out side a major city. Most of us had to make do… Read more »

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

SO WHO HAD TO CHOPPED THEIR HAIR. THAT’S THEIR FAULT?? WHICH BLOGGER WAS IT? ANYWAY, YES BLOGGERS NEED TO PUT OUT CORRECT AND KEEP IT REAL. BUT I DO NOT LIVE BY WHAT THEY DO OR SAY. YOU JUST GOTTA USE SOME COMMON SENSE AND NOT BE SO THRISTY. THINK FOR YOURSELF AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR HAIR NEEDS AND HOW MUCH TIME YOU REALLY ARE WILLING TO PUT INTO IT. ENJOY IT

Aly
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Aly

I am team do it yourself. The only thing I can’t do is cut it in a style. However, I’m not going to pay a stylist to trim my hair, do treatments etc, when I can do it my damn self.

simplezzzzs
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simplezzzzs

LOL. Agreed. I am team DIY as well. I’ve gone to my hair stylist twice in the last 4 years, and that was to do the big chop. Any trimming, coloring, styling‐ I’ll do on my own. I think that’s part of the fun of being a naturalist‐ the whole DIY journey. Thru styling we learn about the type of hair we have, what products are useful, what styles are quickest etc., etc., I don’t know what a naturalista can gain from having a hair stylist now a days.

Lana
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Lana

I think going to a stylist is good for a trim cause they can see the back of your head. Other than that I’ll do it myself because nobody can take care of my hair the way i can. I spend so much time loving my hair and treating it a certain way and i don’t think someone else can love it like I can.

Wednesdae
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Wednesdae

Would love to try going to a stylist but,I’ve been having a hard time finding a natural stylist in my area 🙁

Markita
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Markita

I did the big chop in November of 2012 and have doing my own hair every since. While this has been the most economic option for me, I am not opposed to seeing a natural hair professional and would welcome the chance to have one assess the health of my hair. Any recommendations for the Orange County, California area would be greatly appreciated.

Miz B
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Miz B

I agree that we need to engage in some dialogue between the natural hair community and salon stylists. I believe one of the components of this topic is going natural somehow translated into “no heat”, hence staying away from a salon because stylist are known to use heat. On the west coast, weaves are very popular and you have some stylists that have gotten use to slapping a weave in, and have completely abandoned hair care altogether. I see a stylist approximately 4 or 5 times a year.

TINA SMITH
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TINA SMITH

THEY JUST MAD CAUSE THE YOUTUBERS ARE TAKING THEIR BUSINESS LOL. EVEN THE VLOGGERS INTENT WAS TO SHARE AND CONNECT. WELL MOST OF THEM ANYWAY

kcwebgirl
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i rarely do my own hair but i’m at the salon every two weeks to get my natural locks done. i didn’t go natural so i could be a diy girl. i went natural because it’s healthier for my hair. but i still require someone else to do the heavy lifting. i can’t braid, twist or whatever else she does for me. i’m not a stylist. plain and simple. and i love how she cares for my hair. she has the skill and knowledge to do it. i salute the natural salon business owners and i thank you! i live… Read more »

JENNID
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JENNID

May I ask what would you do if you no longer could afford your salon services? How would you care for and style your hair? I bring this up because your comment was one of the main reasons why I went natural and took the DiY approach. I didn’t want to feel helpless when it came to doing my hair. Your stylist is doing some beautiful work as we can see by the picture but what happens when he/ she is no longer affordable or available?

TWAtl
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TWAtl

That just its for me, I don’t want to feel helpless when it comes to my own hair. i go to a stylist for my protective styles but I still want to be able to style my own hair if and when I have to (I’m still learning). Also, where I live, stylists can be a bit rude and unprofessional (not the one I go to) and I don’t want to feel I must go to a stylist — only when I choose to. Other races can take basic care of their hair even though they visit the salon every… Read more »

Jack
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Jack

I am the laziest person alive and would love to palm my natural hair off onto a natural hairdresser, just as I did my relaxed hair. My arms like to face down as opposed to up, so doing my own hair is tiring for me, and plus I find it boring and time consuming. If I could get a good, healthy hair conscious natural hairdresser I would be there in a damage minute, but unfortunately I haven’t found one in London and don’t believe I will until someone realises that there is a lot of money to be made from… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

Have you tried Adornment in Brixton?

Lita
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Lita

The massive.difference in quality.from stylist to stylist is risky there, in my opinion. Not cheap either.

Shawn
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Shawn

Honestly, doing my own hair has been one of the few things I can actually take pride in because of how it looks and feels when I’m done (doing my own mani/pedi will eventually be my next project). There’s power in learning about who my body works. I don’t want to hand it over to someone else based of sheer laziness. Also, being frugal and being natural don’t go hand‐in‐hand when it comes to paying a professional. Besides, I didn’t go to a salon that often when I wasn’t natural and it won’t change now that I am (15 year… Read more »

Shawn
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Shawn

*how, not who my body works* 🙂

JazzFest
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JazzFest

Another option in the poll could have been” Which natural hair stylist?!? LOL. Where I live there are 3 places that do “black hair” and none of them specialise with natural hair. I know it isn’t really a decision to avoid a stylist but just a consequence of where I live. DIY hair care was necessary if I wanted to have natural hair in the region where I live. If there was a natural stylist I would probably go once or twice a year, I would definitely go to get my hair coloured and maybe as a treat for a… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

I’m a DIY Natural. I have thought about going to a stylist to get their opinion on the health of my hair and styling ideas but I do not want to go to one regularly. I do not like going to stylists. The ones I use to have when I straightened my hair never respected my time. They would schedule an appointment and then have me wait for two hours EVERY time I would go. I use to wish that I liked my natural texture enough not to go to one. Now that I know how to style my hair… Read more »

3rdXstheCharm
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3rdXstheCharm

Ohh, Nancy, I hated that! Waiting in the salon all day like I don’t have other things to do! Then they put you under the dryer for 2 hours while they start on 4 other clients after you waited for 2 hours for her to start your hair…Thanks for reminding me why I don’t ever want to go back!

3rdXstheCharm
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3rdXstheCharm

I stopped going to the salon way back when I still had a relaxer because I couldn’t bear to keep paying extravagant prices to “professionals” when my hair still looked jacked up, was still unhealthy and breaking. I felt like if my hair is going to look a mess, I may as well do it myself. Now that I’m natural, I would love to go to a stylist, but I just can’t afford it! $200 for braids and $150 for cornrows is just not in my budget right now, not to mention $45 trims and $60 styling sessions. If I… Read more »

Djanira
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Djanira

I do my own hair unless there’s a special occasion then I’ll go to the salon. I’m still learning to style and all that jazz. But let me tell you that every time I go to the salon it’s always a fight! My stylist always wants to do something that I don’t want. You’d think it was HER hair!!!

nikki
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nikki

I have not permed my hair in about 20 years, but have been heat free for about 6 months. I would love to go to a stylist every now and then (if finances permits). I live in Los Angeles and I don’t know of any. I practice in the 7 principles of Kwanzaa the whole year and would like to share the fourth one which is Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). It reads, To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Naturals lets support each other. Peace and Love

Knotty Natural
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I don’t have a problem with supporting a business, but I won’t allow someone who clearly has no clue to play in or experiment on my head.

gapch
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gapch

so much hate towards hair stylists. if you prefer to do your own hair thats fine but dont bring down an entire profession at the same time. there are good and bad hair stylist out there.…

cacey
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cacey

does your name stand for georgia peach?

shelby
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shelby

I’m more of a Do It Yourself person when it comes to my hair because of two reasons 1. to save money because most of the products I use are homemade and 2. I don’t trust salon hair care products anymore. I prefer to use organic ingredients in my hair vs. products with silicone’s and other chemicals. It’s helped me better understand my hair and what it needs to remain healthy.

lablooplah
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lablooplah

I can do and style my own hair. I just installed havanna twists, 5 packs, on my head. But i wouldn’t mind some help to be honest. But saloon visits cost waaaay too much over here. I saved 80–100 backs installing twists on my head.

Midwestnija
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Midwestnija

I don’t have anything against stylists, but the salon experience is one of the reasons I went natural when I did. I’d hit a point where I didn’t have a whole lot of income coming in, so I was scraping together money to go and get my wave nouveau done. There was only one woman I knew who could do it well, and even then some days I went home with frizz instead of curls. In any case, she was older, so she travelled a lot and I’d have to work around her schedule. Also, she was pretty careless with… Read more »

Ell Deezy
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Ell Deezy

I think that what they are feeling most is the loss of money because a lot of women have went natural and prefer to DIY. I have several cosmetologists in my family and they have voiced their concern regarding losing business. I don’t think I owe it to anybody to give them money for something I can do well on my own. Regarding a blogger cutting her hair, if you are referring to BlackIzBeautuful, her hair was damaged as a result of styles, stylists put in her hair. I know of women who DIY and go to a stylist who… Read more »

PMS
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PMS

Thank You!! I was going to say the exact same thing. The blogger who had to BC again lost her hair due to the install of a weave done by a professional stylists. I feel like I invest so much time and energy into my hair as a DIYer that I am not about to play Russian Roulette and let someone else’s poor experience cause me to BC again. I am recently growing out my hair from a bad blowout experience from a wedding in the fall of 2012 and I think long and hard before I let someone touch… Read more »

Carla
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I always find it fascinating that we’re (primarily) the only group of women who grew up going religiously to the salon. There’s so much more that I believe I can do with my time and money plus I love the feeling being independent and learning how to take care of my God given hair! I went to my hairstylist throughout my transition from relaxed to natural hair, but I quickly noticed that our relationship changed as soon as she stopped religiously putting the white free on my hair. I got tired of her complaining and rough handling my hair (although… Read more »

Genine
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Genine

I wouldn’t mind going to a salon, but don’t understand why a natural style costs $100 or more and my chemically processed hair style costs less. I am not very good at styling my hair and need help with that, but if i have to pay an arm and a leg to get my hair done I will keep trying to do it myself until I get better at it.

Yana
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Yana

I totally agree with Genine’s statement. I would totally become a natural salon regular if it were not cost prohibitive. I cannot afford $85-$100 every two weeks for a wash, condition, blow out and an up‐do that takes five minutes. That makes no sense to me! I will not return to non‐natural salons because I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them since being natural.

Michelle
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Michelle

No kidding. I just checked out a well‐known natural hair salon in NYC and had to laugh. I won’t say the name. Who pays $300 — $600 to get natural hair styled? Sorry. I’ll cut my hair short and wear a teenie fro fore I spend that kind of cash to get my hair done. That’s rent in some cities.

colorfulkinks
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colorfulkinks

well if you don’t I will: Khamit Kinks, Oh and also the hair rules salon. smh, 300+ to put in some extensions.

rOx
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rOx

Genine,
This is my main complaint. I can go to a dominican salon and pay $15–20 to get my hur did, but if i go to a naturalist, I GOTTA PAY AN ARM, LEG, WING AND A THIGH. In addition to that, worry about them putting a chemical in my conditioner to tame it.

I’m sorry that they are suffering, but if they came down on their prices maybe they’d get more customers “supply and demand.” supply good and inexpensive hair solutions and the naturals will come!!!

Danieel
Guest

Yay Sandra you finally wear one of my cpnoamy prints that we produce for Zara! This specific print is made by one of my collegues…Well you shouldn’t know this but I’m so excited, I totally LOVE your styleThis time I’ll not sign but I swear I often comment on your blog!

Kelly
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Kelly

I have attempted many times to try and find a natural stylist and the prices are just too high. When I did my second big chop I thought I would go to a natural stylist in New York (where I currently live) so I could get a funky cool edgy style that I had seen so many natural rocking all over the city. But when it came down to it, the stylist that I google charged 75$ and up for a hair cut or maintenance of a hair cut. While salons all over New York offer the same sort of… Read more »

Sweetie 06
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Sweetie 06

My beloved stylist just moved out of state (and she was the best), but I’m searching for a new one for when I want braids because I’m not very good at those. I think more stylists need to focus on professionalism, time management, courtesy, managing health of hair along with their styling skills (yeah I know you can make it look cute, but can you actually give my hair some TLC, too?). I went to get my hair done last week, and sat for 1 hour and 45 minutes, only to have the stylist tell me she didn’t know I… Read more »

Sweetie 06
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Sweetie 06

I forgot to mention, I walked out of the salon because I wasn’t waiting any longer.

Nancy
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Nancy

EXACTLY my problem!!!!

Tia
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Tia

Um, I can only speak for myself in saying that, my first haircare practicioner was my mom. I grew up getting my hair braided, twisted, cornrowed, deep conditioned, pressed, etc. all at home. I highly respect professional stylists, but the fact of the matter is that culturally, the keepers of our beauty traditions have long been communal and informal. Add to that, most stylists instruction and care of natural hair is very individualized and they want to treat your hair the way they think is best, you will be left with a head full of breakage, tangles and damage if… Read more »

Sjamie
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Sjamie

Just noticed the “stylist” in the photo of this article should have a diffuser at the end of the blow dryer for curly hair…just saying

Danielle
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Danielle

I was thinking the same thing lol

JuceeBoop
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JuceeBoop

I think that a stylist would only be able to do one thing for me…style my hair. As for hair care and maintenance, no one will do a better job than I will. I think that the reason stylists have been excluded is the same reason why there has been a surge in naturalistas here lately…we’re trying to get to know our hair for ourselves. How can I trust that you are doing the right things for me, if I don’t even know what the right things are? Just because someone has been doing natural hair for upteen years, doesn’t… Read more »

Jumoké
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Jumoké

This article is ridiculous. Are they really trying to guilt us into paying for something we don’t need? I call bull on this one lol part of going natural for most women is to learn their OWN hair. How can one as a woman learn her own hair when she keeps handing it over to the next person? We talk so much about taking time to learn, care, and love our natural hair but how are we suppose to do that if we leave the responsibility for someone else? I agree that there are certain things that could and should… Read more »

RukiyatG
Guest

Tell it!

Monika
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Monika

Slow clap.

Ellea
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Ellea

I have searched and looked for a natural stylists but I feel they are way to unrealustic with their practices and prices. For instance 2 of the salons here in Houston require you have a consultation before you make an appointment. Even for a trim!! You also have to pay before your visit and pay online. Then they charge you a min of $50 for a wash and style. No ma’am. There are other salons that can only cut hair while its straight. No ma’am again. I’m a firm believer of just give me what I ask for. If you… Read more »

Knotty Natural
Guest

YES! And your hair looks great!

nappy99
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nappy99

A lot of the salons are going out of business not because black women are beginning to return to their natural hair, but because they took it for granted that we would forever want to perm, color, cut and style. Opportunities come and go, but it pays to be prepared by thinking outside the box.

folamix
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folamix

That is because a lot of shops have not been keeping pace with the times. There are a lot of naturalistas that would continue to go the the black salons if the prices weren’t so hard and the stylists took more care with black hair needs. The salons are a business and their primary concern is the bottomline, so they are not too interested in taking the time to properly care for black hair.

rOx
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rOx

or that we would pay more money for natural hair than for permed! i couldn’t believe my granny paid upwards of $100 for her hair to be done. I was mortified when I learned that they charge you for EVERYTHING they do to your hair. $$ for washing $$ for combing it out $$ for rolling $$ for blowing it out… $$$$$$$$$ it’s like Bills — Destiny Child’s song.… that’s why i didn’t go to a black stylist and only to spanish ones… i permed my own hur lol I had a black stylist get overly familiar with a fony‐pony… Read more »

D.K.
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Yeah no, (snotty eye‐roll), I’m a D.I.Y.‘er. Have been keeping my eye out off and on for a quality natural hair beautician, and most of the time the people just do not know what the heck they’re doing. If they do, then they would have to reach out to me with a bit more advertising and good word‐of‐mouth experiences, because I can do what I want whenever I want to my hair and not deal with a wait, jealous woman or the hefty price tag that comes with it. No offense to the established women who’ve made their mark, but… Read more »

La'Tasha
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La'Tasha

i think the problem is that most hairstylist don’t know how to properly care for natural hair, at least this has been my experience. To be quite honest Im a little afraid to go back.

Pat
Guest

Wow, I only pay $12 for a cut without having to have heat or blow dried hair. I just make sure that my hair is clean and free of products. I only do this about every 4 months. The stylist is good but it’s not a so‐called natural salon, never been to one.

Eugene Davis
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Wow!! Can’t believe people who care for there own hair and do well, honestly believe they know better than someone who has studied and also threw experience found proper and practical ways to care and nurture natural unprocessed hair. It’s great you’ve found your answer and process that works, however everyone is not so lucky. Don’t exclude the professional embrace them so that they can develop and market a plan for those not so savvy as you; who have mastered it. Many have not and threw my day to day meeting of young women, I speak to them about personal… Read more »

Iva
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Iva

“.… Don’t exclude the professional embrace them so that they can develop and market a plan… ” But if they are professionals “who have studied” shouldn’t they already have developed a plan for caring for natural hair? Shouldn’t they have been employing this plan for years? Shouldn’t there have been tons of beautiful healthy natural heads out there long before now if these stylists have this great plan? Also, if they have developed this plan “[through] experience” and “found proper and practical ways” what is stopping/discouraging the owner of the hair from doing the exact same thing especially as they… Read more »

Danielle
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Danielle

I’m afraid to go to a stylist. I stooped going to the salon yearo while i was still relaxed and to save money, and avoid wasting an entire day under a dryer (lo po) then get inches cut off every time i go.. “trimmed” as its more popularly called. I don’t want to go to any stylist to have them rip thru my hair, cut split ends which was probably created thru the ripping process, then charge me a whole paycheck.. I’ve thought of going to get micro braids put in for the winter, but I’m too nervous. I haven’t… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

I’m lucky cause my stylist actually suggested I go natural & to stop weaving. She was very professional & more concerned with health over style. But in regards to this article, I agree with most of these comments. I have not been in a salon in nearly 2 years. When I think of the money I’ve spent…

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Lynn
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Lynn

I have been natural for about 9 months. I went to the shop to do my big chop and occasionally get my ends trimmed. Although I do miss going to the hair shop to get my hair done like I did when I had a perm. I unfortunately live in a country town (although we operate like a small city) where the knowledge of natural hair care just isn’t there. There have been a couple of instances where I did need professional hair care but I’m not a fan of being anybody’s genie pig; and somebody raking through my kinky… Read more »

DIYer
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DIYer

I don’t know of any (black) salons where I live that style Afro‐textured hair. Even with relaxed hair I had a hard enough time finding a place to give me highlights. Taking care of my hair was by default a DIY (or Get Mom To Do It) project, whether this was box braids, relaxers, flat ironing…So getting a stylist now is kind of unnecessary. And as with any other consumer product/service, if you can do it at home for the fraction of the cost then why would you spend money on it elsewhere??

Balanced Melting Pot
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This article makes sense, but the reason I went natural in the first place was because I moved to a place where finding stylists who know how to handle my hair is basically non‐existent. I knew that one of the advantages of going natural was that I could take care of my hair all by myself (aside from the occasional hair trim). If I had qualified stylists near me I would definitely take advantage — there was such a learning curve for me and as my hair is growing I’m still learning about it. It would be wonderful to have… Read more »

Fito
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That’s too funny! When I saw the photos I was tnnkhiig ‘Wow, does this look like the 20s or what?’ and then I read your write‐up! Haha beautiful photos! Looks like you had fun :)xo

IsaKe
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IsaKe

I have been natural since the late 90’s. I went to a stylist then and continue to visit. I am not a DIY person. I still consult the professionals for trims, color, shampoo/condition & style. I didn’t return to my natural to avoid the salon. Hair still needs caring…by a professional whether relaxed or in it’s natural state.

Anna
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Anna

Why does hair have to be taken care by a professional? Why can’t people learn to take care of their own hair? You can learn how to properly eat, shower, exercise, and take care of your skin by yourself. Why can’t you learn to take care of your hair by yourself? Now, back to the post, the reason natural hair stylists weren’t really included is because most people don’t have one any where nearby and they weren’t doing anything that helped the larger community of naturals (at least not that I have seen, if someone knows otherwise please let me… Read more »

Mary in Md
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Mary in Md

I grew up with old school press and curl and I had a few years of relaxing my hair. While growing out a relaxer with weaves, I met a licensed beautician who specializes in natural hair. She became a good friend and taught me many things. When she had a shop, I used her services regularly. Although my hair looked better when I had regular services, it always retained more length when I was on hiatus. So, in my experience, there is a certain shine and polished quality that it difficult to duplicate at home. But when it comes to… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

I stopped getting a relaxer in 2008. I wanted to stop using chemicals on my hair. I thought (to my dismay) that my hair would revert back to the way it was when I was little. NOT! I have shed much hair by menopause and from the crown back it’s “thicker and kinkier”, but from the crown forward, it’s straighter with more of a spiral curl. Fast forward to now, I know I need a good 2 to 4 inches whacked off due to just not wanting to be doing hair for hours. I plan to go back to the… Read more »

SheLaLa
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SheLaLa

I would love to find a natural salon that worked with natural hair and extensions (for braided styles). I think it is starting grow because more women are going natural. But right now my choices are Afrikans to braid it with extensions, a salon that specializes in dreads that will braid using only your hair, and the natural salon that requires you to use their vitamins and products(ain’t nobody got time for that. I am stuck using the first two and DIYing it.

Tisha
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Tisha

I would like to start off by saying that if a hairstylist wanted to learn how to do natural hair then they would. I currently live in Japan and get my natural hair washed and styled every month by JAPANESE stylist. I love going to their salon because they never overbook and they treat my hair so gentle it’s like getting a massage and they treat my hair like they would treat their own hair ( no pulling or yanking). I first started transitioning 4 years ago when I moved here and I had no clue how to do my… Read more »

Stacey
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Stacey

Do tell! What did they recommend as care and maintenance of your hair? I have fine, cozily hair. I’m struggling with growth and the “I don’t know what to do’s”!
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Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

One of the reasons I went natural is to actually avoid stylists. I was tired of the breakage and then going to a salon only to end up right where I started or to pay money and have the stylist style your hair the way they want instead of they way you want. It was getting too expensive and frustrating. There a quite a few natural salons here in Atlanta, but they are alomst more expensive than salons that chemically treat hair, so I’m not going back to that. Sorry, but I’ll take YT and the natural hair blogs for… Read more »

Cara
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Cara

Went to natural stylists twice. I knew more about natural hair care practices and products than they did. One stylists proceeded to use a cheap, silicone‐laden crappy shampoo on my head. She also conditioned with something far too heavy for my fine hair. On another occasion, a different stylist let my hair dry up, frizz up, and shrink to my eyeballs before she styled it. She didn’t even spritz it with water, no moisturizer, or leave‐in.

Nicole
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Nicole

I stopped relaxing my hair in 2008, wore weaves/braids for two years, and then started wearing my natural hair out in 2010. I had no clue how to take care of my hair, had no family/friends to guide me, purchased the wrong products, and used way too much heat on my hair. I also didn’t discover bloggers/YouTube until 2012. Fast forward to winter 2012, I decided to big chop because my hair was too damaged by that point to be repaired, even though I had started to take proper care of my hair because of the knowledge gained through social… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

I feel exactly the same way. I like the natural “look” of my hair, but it takes a trained professional to properly trim hair.

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You keep it up now, understand? Really good to know.

ICARE
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ICARE

If you can afford regular salon visits, by all means, take advantage of it. Personally, I need to watch my pennies. I feel specialty services such as color, haircuts, flat ironing should be left to the professionals unless you ABSOLUTELY know what you’re doing. Basic hair care can be learned. Once you get the basics down, you can save yourself a lot of time and money.

trekwoman21
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trekwoman21

I haven’t been to a natural hairstylist as per say; however, my hairdresser is natural under her weave as she has been for years. One would think that she would be more gentle and/or provide natural hair care suggestions, but instead, whenever I take out my weave to wear my natural hair she’s asking me what I ‘plan’ on doing with my hair.…annoying.

Tamika
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Tamika

When a hair stylist comments that your hair looks very healthy, there’s no need to visit them for basic hair care. I’m thinking of going to my local stylist for a trim, but I’m wary of stylists as they usually chop off whatever they deem necessary. Other than a trim/cut, I have no need to visit a stylist.

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Jem
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Jem

I would love to have a hair stylist to depend on, but for me it’s just not worth the risk anymore. The one time in 10 years I decided to get my hair flatironed by a professional, my hair in the back broke off all the way down to the scalp. I have a few other examples of salon horror stories. I have to spend almost a year repairing hair that was growing very well.. So no, I don’t see a need for me to visit a stylist. If you have someone who knows what they are doing, I would… Read more »

elsa
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elsa

I don’t have money for that. I’ve never found an hairdresser who truly understand my hair. They’re always commenting : why is your hair so dry ? I don’t know bxxxx YOU are the stylist explain me !!

Andrea
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Andrea

The stylist cannot explain why you have dry hair because a proper consultation has not been performed. It is most likely because of the products you are using AND not using. You need to replace your shampoo with a non‐sulfate, moisturizing shampoo (sulfates are ingredients in the shampoo that cause it to develop suds but it can be very drying to the hair, especially coarse, kinky‐curly hair). You also may be shampooing too often. Many women in the natural hair community have found it more beneficial to co‐wash as opposed to shampooing. Co‐wash means to cleanse your hair with conditioner… Read more »

LaTisha
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LaTisha

I did the BC 14 months ago, and been growing my hair 12 months. I’ve only been to a salon 3 times. They offer great service, I dont have to wait, and they give me tips how to care for my hair between visits. The last visit (yesterday)..she commented on how my hair had grown tremendously since my last visit and asked what did I use..nothing but grease and water. I was only in for a shampoo/condition/detangle/blow dry ($35) which is a bit pricey considering that would include a style at a traditional salon. But I understand, I’m paying for… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Great for you that your hair is growing! I would suggest you stop using grease and replace it with Moisturizing Lotion (I like Design Essentials Brand). Grease blocks pores and does not moisturize (although it can seal in moisture — so it is good to put directly on the hair AFTER moisturizing but not directly on the scalp). I bet you will see greater growth if you do this. You can put the moisturizer ON your scalp AND on your hair.

Starry
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Starry

I’m new to the natural hair community but I’m finding natural hair stylist aren’t in abundance, especially in less densely populated areas.

Karen Smith
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Karen Smith

I am sorry, but I have been natural for 21 years. In those 21 years, I have gone to a hair stylist. For years, I depended upon someone else to do my hair. All I had was short hair. I was always told that I needed a trim. Since I stopped going, my hair is growing. I have never had waist length hair with a hair stylist. Where are these natural stylists? Are they just as scissor happy as the stylists that I have been to in the past? I am sorry, but if I could find a natural stylist… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

I know many hairstylist that would perform a stellar job caring for your natural hair, especially if you live in or around Austin, Texas — white, black and Mexican!

Mzjewels
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Mzjewels

It’s a little more complicated for me. I technically went natural 5 years ago since that was my last perm but I did my big chop in 2012. I was still braiding and doing damaging things to my hair. It grew like crazy and was fine up till recently. I had to go on generic neurontin for nerve pain and it thinned my hair out drastically plus I flat ironed a lot over the summer. Today I just finally took scissors to my hair after months of only occasionally trimming. I’m happy I did it because my hair looks thicker… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Like I commented above, look on craigslist. Not everyone is expensive. There are stylists in every price range. The prices you are looking at or thinking of are probably for some service that takes a long time like microbraids or something but if you are just looking for a shampoo, condition, protein treatment or something like that, it shouldn’t be more than $35 at the average salon. People working out of their house are willing to work with you. It’s those sew-in’s and that weave that costs a lot, not doing your natural hair. I challenge you to do a… Read more »

Desya_beloved
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Desya_beloved

That’s nice if you can find one, but not all of us live in big cities with access to these kinds of places or the money to fly around the country looking. We need diy in order to be natural.

Andrea
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Andrea

Girl, what the hell are you talking about?!!! Who said that they are ballin’ like that and fly all over the damn place? You’d be surprised who does hair on the side out of their homes. Look on craigslist or something and stop making excuses.

FrannieFlowers
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FrannieFlowers

I’ve always been well‐served going to a good stylist, wither they specialize in “Natural Hair” or not. And yes in the 13 years I’ve been natural I’ve had some bad experiences, but what women hasn’t at some point. Generally, the services I request are simple, basic and routine: a good trim, a deep condition, etc. When I stray from you can tell the difference. But I can get those from most locations. If you don’t have many “Natural Stylists” look for stylists who are solid and skilled they might suit your needs. And just to throw it out there they… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

Thank you for sharing this simple advice.

kia
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kia

I’m a DIYer I’m in Rhode Island and to my knowledge, the closet natural hair salon is in Boston. I’m not driving that far for a cut although I’d like to.

Andrea
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Andrea

Some salons just don’t advertise ALL the things they do. I have been to hair shows and have seen magazines with pictures of braids, cornrolls locs and all kinds of natural styles from all over the east coast — including Rhode Island — so I know there are some there. They don’t have to advertise as “Natural Hair Salon” or “Specializing in Natural Hair.” You need to get more specific when you do a google search or something like type in what you want done, like “senegalese twists, braids in Rhode Island or something.”

naella
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naella

All the time my hair was damaged, it was because of a natural hair stylist!!!. I live in France and guadeloupe( french west indies) and the hair stylist don’t have any knowledge about natural hair. Two years ago, i was tailbone length, she broke my hair, and brought me to bra strap lenght! I took two years to go back my healthy hair, now it waist lenght. So no no no hair stylist never more!

Andrea
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Andrea

All because of one?! That’s like i’ll never get married because of the one boyfriend in highschool that broke up with me. Such an immature outlook on things.

Zaza
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Zaza

I have been natural for all 22 years of my life, i used to go to a stylist regularly from the age of about 10–13 until she closed up shop and my mom and I have never looked back. My mom cuts and colours her own platinum blond short hair and I also cut and colour my blonde highlighted hair and I just straightened my hair last night and this is the LONGEST and HEALTHIEST my hair has ever been BSL, thick and shiny. I trim every 8 months or so and dust whenever I have the time as well… Read more »

Lizzie Beth
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Lizzie Beth

I understand what you are trying to say in your article however black stylists need to address issues on their end. Here is a list; 1. Our time is valuable. We didn’t take the time to make an appt just to sit in your salon all damn day. 2. Take your lunch break on your time not mine! 3. We do not want to be stuck in shoulder length land for the rest of our lives so please don’t sell me the “you need a trim every 4 weeks” crap. Do the math.…If hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch per… Read more »

Lady K
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Lady K

You are so right. In August last year after being natural for about a year and a half I decided to go to a stylist for a trim, style and advice in case I wasn’t doing everything right. My appointment was for 9 a.m. I got there about 30 mins early. After waiting for about an hour, the stylist came over got a consultation and explained that the person who was supposed top do my hair had an emergency but someone else would take care of me shortly. I decided to wait since I had put off other things just… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

You, apparently, have just not found the right stylist. Can you clients accept your responsibility in negative issues at the salon and your own faults, too?! I operated out of a private suite the entire time I worked as a cosmetologist. I NEVER stacked clients. I always texted an appt reminder the day before and called that morning. Yet, I ALWAYS had clients come in late…and I’m not talking 5 or 10 minutes, obviously pushing into other client’s appointment times. Some late night clients would even ask me for a ride home (which I didn’t mind at first, but after… Read more »

Black Hair Guru
Guest

Pointing fingers is not going to get us anywhere any time soon. The truth of the matter is that there are nightmare stylist/salon experiences and there are nightmare customers as well. Right or wrong these experiences, coupled with the new movement towards self‐sufficiency has had a tremendous impact on the salon industry. No one skips the doctor and does their own pap smears, so lets not discount the education required to be a stylist. Additionally, customer’s time is to be respected and quite frankly, when it comes to styling (NOT major services like cut, color and hair/scalp conditions) there is… Read more »

Moel
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Moel

Where I live has a small Black community and even smaller community of ‘diverse’ hair stylists. I went to a few stylists who claimed they tended to all Black hair textures, however I was recommended a weave, relaxer, and silk press when I really just wanted a roller set or flat twist, both of which I learned do on my own after those experiences. I also had to bring my own products because they didn’t offer what I prefer to use. I would love to have the option of hiring a regular hair stylists, but where I live many stylists… Read more »

Mrs Hypertone
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Mrs Hypertone

I’m in london and find it extremely difficult to find a stylist that understands my 4a hair and I would love to go somewhere where they do understand where they have the right products that work for my curl patterns and take the time to treat my hair as it should be treated it’s a hard in london to find that.maybe I should hook up with Someone in the U.S.A and start a salon that only deals with naturally curly hair from 1a through to 4c sorry no locks there are plenty of lock bars in London. I believe its… Read more »

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