Over the summer, I did a little bit of experimenting. I got my first frontal! Being that this was a momentous occasion that deserved and required nothing but the best I had to get a stylist. Hair is very important to me. In my opinion it makes or breaks vision on any given day. Also, I never let other people touch my hair, except for my sister (i.e. the person responsible for my custom colors) and the lovely Ms. Tina. With that being said, the hunt was on to find a stylist.
I believe the secret to successful hair is the right stylist (or at least a guiding hand). Don’t flake on me and stop reading cause I said you need a stylist. In all actuality you don’t need a stylist but sometimes an expert opinion can be helpful even for the best do-it-yourselfers.
Trust me! I speak from experience. Your stylist is the person that’ll hit you with that reality check (ex. “cut them ends”). A stylist isn’t there to scam money out of you or to hurt you in any way. You have to think of a stylist like your annual check up at the dentist. It’s your job to take care of your teeth but the dentists job to tell you you’re on the right track. The same goes for a stylist. They lay the ground work and you keep it going for the next three months.
Anyway, back to me so thanks to the lovely StyleSeat I was able to find my stylist with no hassle at all. When I tell you that Tea is heaven sent, I mean it! Y’all know all the black hair salon clichés, late, talking, ninety-nine kids running around, your hair is never dry, you don’t leave till forty-eight hours later etc. There is absolutely none of that with Tea. You have the salon and the chair all to yourself. But that’s just icing on the cake, I found a stylist wth knowledge and skill. The experience was cenetered around healthy, growing hair from the products used to how she layed the braids and the frontal. Appointments every two weeks are insisted upon espeacially with a frontal not only to ensure that your hair slays but also for the care of your real hair, mainly those edges.
The tricky part about a stylist is finding one that has your best interest at heart. When I tell you quality over quantity you better believe it. You have to become the FBI when looking for a stylist. You dig up all their hair dirt. You can’t just take pictures you need testimonials and a trial run. Don’t just stick with anybody because there cheap. Cheap isn’t always better! Don’t stick around because of loyalty either. “She’s been doing my hair for years,” well that’s why it looks awful. Maybe you need to find somebody to put some redirection in your life. Your stylist should be just the right amount of wonderful in all aspects of hair, whether it’s natural or permed, braided or in locs, sew in, wig or lace. And you know you’ve found the right person when they hit you with “we’ve got to think about your edges”. Truth is the most important factor in a stylist.
I’ve seen dozens of women with no edges and balding hair due to lack of hair care and a terribly indecent stylist. Moral of the story, if you don’t have a stylist get you one.