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More curlies are going to natural hair salons

As more women continue to board the ever-so-popular express train to natural hair bliss, its route has been forced to change. Due to the high amount of misinformation available, people are taking matters into their own hands to obtain accurate information. The first stop is taking place at a natural hair salon to debunk the myth that the skin color of the stylist reflects the stylist's expertise with different textures.

New passenger on the train Karina James, a student studying accounting at Detroit's Wayne State University, has also heard the theory that a stylist without the same hair texture as her own wouldn’t be able to do her newfound curls any justice. “Prior to going to a natural hair salon, I always thought a white stylist wouldn’t even know where to begin when looking at my 4a-textured tresses,” James said, “but after discussing what I wanted for my hair when visiting the salon, my now-new stylist, Lisa, reassured me she could work with hair of any curl type.”

So where did this myth come from? “I think it goes back to lack of education,” said Aziza Henderson, owner of Sangaris Natural Hair Salon in Detroit. Henderson, who received her education in natural hairstyles by an accomplished stylist of natural hair music artists such as Jill Scott, Bilal and Floetry, teaches her stylists how to do natural hairstyles if they were not taught how to do so at beauty schools. “She can cut, blow dry, curl and color, do locks on white people and do locks on black people, because I trained her,” Henderson said in reference to a stylist of Italian descent that she trained. She also believes that it’s due to the education of the stylist, as customers are now aware that some stylists are not taught how to properly take care of natural hair when attending some beauty schools.

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When I was relaxed, I went to get a touch up. I went to hair cuttery. An Asian lady did my hair. She burnt out the front part of my hair, because she left it in too long, even though I told her to wash it out now. I don't just trust anyone with my hair. Not even black people, unless they work specifically in a natural hair salon, and they have natural hair, and it looks healthy, and i've seen their work on their other clients. I haven't been to a salon to get my hair done in more than a year. NOPE. I'm not having someone butcher my hard work.
Color doesn't matter. I never really thought it did because I would go to places like Hair Cuttery for a trim, even when I was relaxed. A recent experience REALLY drove it home to me that the color of my stylist does not matter as much as skill and experience. I went to a natural hair salon in November to get a trim and hoping for some styling tips/techniques. The black stylist there basically refused to do my hair saying she didn't know what to do with it. She said that although I'm technically natural, my hair is not kinky and "behaves" like relaxed hair. So she sent me "down the street". Cut to 2 weeks ago, and I went for a consultation at a salon to get a Devacut. I was kind of surprised that the stylist was white (because of her name and when I described my hair & stated I was black w/natural hair the receptionist was quick to schedule me with her) but it didn't bother me. I immediately felt at ease with her. She took her time, dropped some knowledge and fiddled in my hair to the point that it looked so good I almost said "forget the cut!". But I went back and got it and I love it. 5yrs ago when I toyed with transitioning, I went to a white stylist suggested on this site. She introduced me to co-washing and no-poos and changed my life. No black stylist before or since has ever discussed co-washing with me. They all use shampoos.
My stylist is a white woman and I'm african american 3b and she has curly hair as well and she is a 3a and she does really good on my hair. So no I don't think color matters.
adthomas makes a great point...it really bothers me that licensed stylist doesnt have to learn the needs of tightly curled hair and how to work with those curls. it makes me nervous to go to any stylist... regardless of skin color
I have several relatives that went to cosmotology school and they said they were taught nothing about caring for natural hair.

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