As a naturalista your used to taking care of your own hair, but maybe you feel like switching up your style. With summer upon us you could be considering getting a tapered cut or dying your curls a fun color. Sometimes with styles like these, it is best to consult a professional instead of attempting them yourself. With natural hair you have to be much more careful when choosing your stylist/ barber, making sure you find one that knows how to handle natural hair so that you have the best experience possible. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your appointment runs smoothly.
Do your research
When looking for a stylist or barber always do your research on them. Look up the shop and check out the reviews. Did anyone have any serious concerns or bad experiences? Check out popular hair forums for any disaster stories. If the reviews are overall pretty good, then you have found a good option and at least have some idea of what to expect on your visit.
Not all shops have reviews to look up so calling them up to ask a few questions or set up a consultation is a good idea. Just because a shop provides the service your looking for doesn’t mean it’s the right place for you or your curls. For a stylist be sure they have experience working with your hair type, especially if the salon isn’t one that specializes in natural hair. For a barber make sure they have experience with cutting women’s hair. If you don’t you might walk away with hard lines and sharp angles.
Take a picture with you
This seems a little self-explanatory. You might think your description of the style makes sense to you but it’s much safer if you bring a reference photo with you. This will make things much easier for you and the stylist/barber.
Bring your own products
If you want to be sure about what gets used in your hair bring your own hair products with you. This is the best option if you prefer to use all natural hair products or sulfate free shampoos.
Wash and moisturize beforehand
If you for some reason can’t bring your own products to the appointment, opt for prepping your hair beforehand. This is standard practice for barbershops but salons usually offer a package deal of a wash, blow dry and style. Some salons try to push for the full service because that is how they make the most money, but if they remain persistent then you know this is not the place for you and you are probably dodging a bullet.