Have you ever wondered where the salons that serve clients with naturally curly hair are? So have we! Finding a salon with a stylist who is trained not just in protective hair styling methods or offers chemical treatments can be really tough. Within the past several years, natural hair care has begun popping up on salon service menus. It's now much more common to enter a salon and find twists, bantu knots and braiding listed amongst offered services.
Despite this uptick in natural hair care being offered, it's important to ensure that the stylist is well trained in curly hair care. Many stylists and salons have jumped on the bandwagon of offering services to their naturally curly clients but aren't well educated in the needs of their clients. Unless they are properly trained, stylists can sometimes damage to their client's sensitive curls.
That's not to say that all stylists are ill informed on how to help their curly haired clients. While it can be difficult to find those stylists and salons that are actually well versed in managing naturally curly hair, they do exist. No matter what your needs are for visiting the salon, whether its weekly, bi weekly or just whenever you need some help, finding a stylist to partner with can ensure you have the best experience.
To get started, search for salons near you. You'll find that the most popular and most often reviewed salons (as well as the best marketing services) will pop up at the top of your search list, so this will be a good place to start. You might also want to ask around as well. Find other women with well-maintained curly hair and ask where they go to get their curls cut and styled. You can also search to see if the salon offers stylists who have been trained in curl care, such as DevaCurl certified salons.
Once you've identified a few salons to visit, pop in to observe the stylists interacting with their clients. Speak with the stylists or salon owner and request a curl care consultation. Having a conversation about your curls and your individual needs will help you learn more about them and their skills. If the stylist seems knowledgable about curl care and isn't just trying to sell services, you might have found a starting point. If you feel like you and the stylist are a good fit, schedule an appointment to work with them on a basic service, like a deep conditioning. This will allow you to get to know the stylist and observe how they work with your hair with minimal risk.
There are a lot of great salons and fabulous stylists. Take your time, educate yourself and you're sure to find a great fit for your curl care needs.