Not everyone has the time and patience to take care of their hair at home. Achieving and maintaining hair takes a certain level of care, product knowledge, tools, and of course trail and error to figure out what works best for your hair. Most importantly, are they open to addressing the needs and goals you want to achieve with your hair? These areas should be considered before you sit in their chair. Here are a few tips on what to look for when searching for a stylist who embraces healthy hair practices.
Is health or style more important to them? Does the stylist detangle the hair from the ends to the roots? Do they deep condition after each shampoo? Do they relax only the new growth? Do they apply heat protectants to the hair prior to flat ironing?
A stylists tools, or lack thereof, say a lot about them. Do they use a wide toothcomb to detangle your hair? Do they have steamers or dryers for deep conditioning? Are they clean? These are important questions to consider.
Check out the products they use—are they geared towards achieving healthy relaxed hair? Do they use items that contain petroleum or mineral oil? Are their products outdated? Is your stylist open to you bringing your products from home?