Recently I came across this article and clicked on it hoping to learn some hair tips and tricks. I had legit hope for this article only to find that 70% of the “tips” from professional hairstylists were actually pretty… unhelpful. So much so that I feel like I have to “respond” in my own post.
Here are a few things that I want professional hairstylists to know.
1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The article states to “stop with the coconut oil and shea butter”. Okay. Sure, sometimes I switch up my hair care products as my hair grows and I learn more about it but I’ve been using coconut oil and Shea butter since the beginning of my journey and my hair has prospered. Yes, prospered. Until I find that it’s no longer giving me the results I seek, I’ll forever use it. So, thanks but no thanks.
2. Learn how to do natural hair.
By natural, please include that kinky, coily, beautiful, dense, shrunken natural hair. Not just mixed chicks with loose curls or naturally straight hair. I have black hair stylist friends who can’t do natural hair and aren’t even trained to in cosmetology school. Why would I trust that?
3. You don’t know my hair.
You have expertise in hair, but so does the Internet. My hair has been on my head since birth and I have concocted the perfect regimen and products that benefit my hair all by doing a little research and talking to other naturals. For more on this, see #1.
4. Stop trying to convince me to straighten or blow out my natural hair.
I had straight hair for 8 years, I know what it looks like. I’ll straighten it on my own time.
5. I’ll detangle how I please.
If you’re saying combing my hair with a wide tooth comb won’t break my hair and I believe neither will my fingers, what’s your point? Let me do what works for me.
6. YouTube works for me.
Telling me to not turn to YouTube for advice and tips is like telling me to not go to the library to do research. YouTube is a platform where people share their experience and educate, professionals and nonprofessionals alike. I turn to (free) YouTube to find a stylist sharing knowledge instead of paying an arm and a leg for a stylist that I don’t know from Adam.
7. “Please stop loading products in your hair before coming to get it done.”
Um, what? If I’m coming to get my hair done, chances are I’m not going to do it before coming to the salon. That’s why I made the appointment, remember? The products that are there would have been there if you were doing my hair or not.
The one thing I do agree with is not DIYing your hair color. That can get messy, but I’ve seen people successfully pull it off. Especially because, in my opinion, the biggest task with having colored hair is the upkeep. Regardless, this article was a waste.
Finding a hairstylist that you trust and will treat your hair equally or better than you treat your own is no easy task. So, what is one thing you wish you can tell all professional hairstylist?