This is a question that I’ve thought about for a while now and so I thought I should ask you all to see what you think.
Because the natural hair community is continually growing, it’s now getting easier for Naturals to find a hairstylist that can professionally style their hair in a way that’s satisfying to them. One of the biggest fears of many naturals was having their stylist sneak some relaxer in their deep conditioning treatment or having the stylist rip through their hair angrily, because the client refuses to straighten her hair. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, because hair stylists are now starting to see the profits in having a natural haired client.
In case you’re wondering what my response would be, given the choice to choose between a natural haired stylist and a relaxed haired stylist, I would definitely choose the natural haired stylist. However, if I have no other choice, I will only go with the relaxed haired stylist based on recommendations from other Naturalistas.
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Now, this isn’t to say that someone with natural hair is an expert at styling natural hair, because I’m quite aware of “undercover” naturals who have to hide under a weave because they don’t know how to take care of their own hair. I’ve also heard of horror stories from Naturals who had a bad experience at a Natural hair salon and/or with a natural haired stylist.
However, due to the nature of my hair texture, experience have taught me to choose my hairstylists wisely, even if it includes checking the hair texture of my hairstylist before deciding to do business with her.
Now, if I happen to be living in a city with limited choices, I would have no other choice than to either do my hair myself (which is what I do 99.9% of the time) or, choose any hair textured stylist, based on recommendation from others. I just have to make sure that I stretch out my hair so that it’s easier for the stylist to handle and less pain for myself.
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