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.
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.”
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.
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.