But My Stylist Said . . . ?

African american woman smilingBut my stylist said . . . co-washing is absolutely ridiculous there is no way you can ‘wash’ your hair using conditioner.

But my stylist said . . . leaving the relaxer in for forty five minutes will allow it to ‘take’ properly and that is standard for women of color anyway.

We hear many versions of this statement from the questions we receive in the BHI inbox.

Our stylists play a variety of roles in our lives. Some may have cared for our hair for years to the point that if we were not invited to her little girls graduation it would be an insult.

Most stylists are professionals, they studied hard and are proud of what they do, so this is by no means a post to slander their good name or to discredit the knowledge that they hold.

This is an attempt at giving you the client, insight into the fact that not everything your stylist says is the final word in your own hair care.

There are a few things you should think about when picking a stylist or assessing your own stylist for the purposes of having a person to help you in your long term goal of having long hair.


By no means is it easy to break up with someone who has been caring for your hair for years but if you are not seeing any progress then something has to give and it may be time to start interviewing for a replacement.

With very few (or very expensive) natural salons to pick from, most naturalistas tend to be DIYers these days. It tends to be the relaxed ladies who are left wondering how to find a good stylist so this article will be aimed mostly at the relaxed ladies but you naturals can still use a lot of the same tips to finding a good stylist too!

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Toy Washington

I have never heard of leaving a relaxer in for 40 mins.

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Goldie Munnings

I don’t know we’re your stylist was schooled at ,But leaving a relaxer on for 45mins no wonder every body have short hair.Google that.Anyway a professional would never leave that on that long the WORD is relaxer not Straightening that’s your skill part

Jennifer Adams

As a stylist we are taught to follow manufacturing instructions and to understand your clients hair. I myself tell my clients if it work for you then go for it co-wash your hair but if it don’t it don’t. I myself relax my hair but I work more with natural hair.