I am totally inept when it comes to styling my hair. If it’s not in a ponytail or hanging down, I have to consult with my mother. When I was younger, I would frequent hair stylists in order to achieve the look I wanted. Now that I’m almost 4 years into my healthy hair journey, I’ve learned that stylists can be a blessing or a curse.
I’m sure a few of you may be in the same boat, particularly if you are at the beginning of your journey. You are wondering if you should go down the DIY or the stylist route to healthy hair. It’s not easy to give a definitive answer as there many variables. Check out these tips that suggest it may be time to part ways with your stylist:
1. She acts as if heat protectant doesn’t exist. Curls and waves are nice but sometimes you may want to rock a sleek, straight look. While there’s nothing wrong with that, a problem can arise with how you achieve that look. Some stylists don’t use or have ever heard of heat protectant. They will fry your hair to within an inch of its life, send you home with damaged tresses, and then charge you to do “treatments” to fix it.
Heat protectant should be applied before each blow drying, flat ironing or curling iron* session. There are myriad types of heat protectant* ranging from creams to serums to sprays. The type you use is a personal choice but don’t elect to skip it. If your stylist doesn’t use heat protectant*, don’t be shy about bringing your own and advising her how and when to use it.
2. She recommends frequent relaxer touch ups. Let’s do some quick math. If hair grows between ¼ inch and ½ inch each month, the most amount of growth you’re going to see in 8 weeks is 1 inch. Max. If your stylist recommends you make a touch up appointment every 2 months, your hair is going to suffer. Avoiding relaxer overlap is challenging enough when you have at least 3-4 inches of new growth; with 1” overlapping basically a forgone conclusion.