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Finding the right hair Stylist for you

How to find a good afro hair stylist?

While you may be currently scrolling through the internet looking for a hair stylist that is right for you here are some key things you need to look out for whilst looking for a good afro hair specialist. Remember, not all hair stylists can deal with your hair but not necessarily are you looking for a hair stylist with the same or similar hair texture as you. Trying to find the right person can be a daunting task and low and behold like anything in life you may have to have a couple of bad experiences before you find “the one”.

1. Get a consultation

Most hair salons offer free consultations to all new clients. Consultation is the number one step in finding the right hair stylist as it allows you to understand what look you would like to achieve with your hair and most importantly if you can even achieve the desired look you are after. This is your time to interview your future stylist, it is important that you book a consultation with the stylist you would like to see at your next appointment. There is no use having a 15-20 minute consultation with the senior stylist at a salon then booking with another member of staff who has to re-consult you on a look they may or may not know how to achieve. The truth is… different hair stylists sell different looks so do your research on your hairstylist before you sit in his or her chair.

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Things to bring to your consultation:

  1. Pictures – Bring any pictures of hairstyles you like, it is important to at people with similar shaped faces to yours so that the look can be easily recreated.
  2. Your hair- you may think this is self-explanatory, however, coming to a consultation with extensions in your hair can deter the stylist from giving you a thorough and in-depth consultation.
  3. Questions and concerns- this is key during your consultation. you need to make sure that you bring a list of questions about your hair that you need professional advice about.
  4. Tell them what you love about your hair, this is an important point as it tells your stylist what you, in fact, like and want to keep about your hair.
  5. Tell them what you don’t like about your hair so that they are more inclined to make changes geared towards a style that you would like.

Ask to see a portfolio

We are living in a world full of social media and images all around us. If you go to see a hair stylist you should have spent time looking through their social media page to see their work. A good hair stylist should have a social media page which is up to date, showing versatile looks that you may be looking for. So, if you would like a Bob or a shortcut you should be looking on their page and looking for these styles. There is no use going to a hair stylist for a curly diva cut when they specialize in short relaxed pixie cut hairstyles when the reality of it is they may not be experienced in working with your texture. Sometimes you may find a hairstylist who is an all-rounder however, this stylist is usually hard to find and remember not all hair stylists are bad but not all hair stylists are for you.

What does your hair stylists hair look like?

This factor can be key in finding a good hair stylists, now honestly not every hard working hairstylist has the time to make sure their hair looks glamorous and perfect every day, on the other hand, you should not ever sit in a stylists chair who has damaged hair with split, fried hair hanging from their head that they refuse to cut off because in reality their hair and advice will reflect onto your hair. A lot of hair stylists styling and beliefs are reflected in their natural hair. So keep your eyes peeled for the signs.



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