Ask The Experts: How To Find The Best Hairstylist

All hairstylists are not created equal. You know the story: Your favorite girl is great with styling, but she never recommends great products to use at home. Or, your other go-to lady is great with trimming, but isn’t creative and hardly offers new and interesting styles to try. To help us navigate the crazy world of natural hair stylists, we chatted with Melody McCloskey who is the CEO of StyleSeat, a new site that helps women pinpoint hairstylists around the country. Not only is she offering the best tips on selecting a great stylist, but she also researched stylists who cater to natural and transitioning ladies.

Click here to for natural stylists, and here for stylists who are great with transitioners. And, of course, read on to discover which beautician is best for you.

Deena Campbell May, 12, 2014

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When a stylist posts pictures of their work, pay attention. “Photos are great because you can exactly see what you like and don’t like,” says McCloskey. Take a screenshot of the styles you like and imagine yourself in them. Like what you see? Bring them with you to the salon to show the look your going for.

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Generally speaking, hairstylists are easy to chat with. Call them to answer your questions. “It’s always important to explain your hair texture,” says McCloskey. “And honestly, most natural stylists are so passionate about natural hair—they are always ready to give advice.”

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Are they knowledgeable? Does the advice sound reasonable? “The mark of a good stylist is someone who is willing to listen and give solid advice,” says McCloskey. If it doesn’t sound good, it’s probably not.

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Do your research. Read through recommendations from various sources and listen to what they’re saying. “Comments and recommendations are a great way to learn who is lukewarm and who is a hair enthusiast,” says McCloskey.


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