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A stylist's skin color doesn't matter

Does the color of your stylist's skin matter to your curls?

Julius Wilkerson, a student at Aveda Beauty School, can attest to that. “[Natural Hair] is more of Aveda’s main focus,” Wilkerson said. “They do teach us how to do perms and weaves because it’s in high demand, but they focus more on all natural products and encourage natural hair.”

As a receptionist at natural hair salon Strand Theory Salon and Spa in Dearborn, Michigan, Wilkerson sees firsthand that the race of the stylist has no impact on whether they can do a particular style on any client. “There are two stylists here that are white and they style black and white clients' hair,” he said. “One of the white stylists has a majority of black clients,” he adds.

Another factor that may add in creation of this myth is that newly natural women are used to going to hair salons specifically for relaxers and hair straightening techniques. Since practices at natural hair salons may be foreign to them, they may not feel comfortable with the idea that the salon's techniques may work for their newly natural hair, which is still somewhat foreign to them.

Natural hair salons are for the benefit of women and men of who choose to wear their hair naturally, regardless of curl type and race. After all, their expertise will benefit your curls and the health of your hair. What could be the problem with that?

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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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