When To Say ‘STOP’ To Your Stylist!

14 Jun

- 2021 -

When To Say ‘STOP’ To Your Stylist!

We’ve all been there haven’t we? Sitting in a chair to get our hair done and we suffer in silence because we didn’t speak up. We feel uncomfortable speaking out and the result is the cost to us afterwards. The truth is we have every right to speak about things we are not happy with at the time (in a polite way). Here are some signs that should lead you to ask questions or speak about what you’re not happy with.

TOO TIGHT

Everyone’s scalp has different sensitivities. If you happen to wince when your hair is being done, let your stylist know.

If you leave it alone, this can cause breakage, bumps, sores or lost edges. Also, if your protective styles are done too tightly too often, it may cause traction alopecia.

BRAIDING YOUR BABY HAIRS

If your hair is shorter than an inch it is generally considered ‘baby hair’. It normally has a softer, finer texture than the rest of your hair.

Due to this, it needs gentler manipulation – therefore, you should avoid styles that add tension or pulls your hair tightly. NB. This also applies to wigs rubbing on your edges.

BLOW DRY – HOT COMB – FLAT IRON

Using all three of these methods to straighten your natural hair is a triple fast-track way to heat damage.

There really is no need to use this much heat to just straighten your hair. Heat tools should also not be higher than 450° (400° to be safe) and they only need to go through the hair max 3-4 times MAX. Also, make sure a heat protectant is always used FIRST.

DRY COMBING YOUR HAIR

What ever you do please avoid this. Your kinks and curls should always contain a product (eg. water, a water based product or even a mix of water/oil) to ease with detangling. Make sure they’re not ‘combing through’ knots either, otherwise this will lead to breakage.

USING A FINE TOOTH COMB TO DETANGLE

Detangling is effective when using fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Also, start from the ends then continue by working upwards to the roots. By doing this you minimise breakage and it’s a lot less painful this way.

The only exception is if you are styling your hair eg. twists and you re-comb the ends to distribute the product evenly. Or, for straightened hair for example the Chase method.

CUTTING AROUND YOUR BRAIDS

Sometimes, at the end of installing your braids, a stylist will cut off the strays around the braid.

By doing this, they could be cutting off healthy ends of your hair. To avoid this potential mistake, make sure their tuck game is strong and remember the braids can be set with mousse afterwards.

Don’t put yourself in this situation going forward. If you feel/see you stylist do any of these, please speak up and/or ask questions. Be polite about it but remember this is YOUR hair and you have every right to say what you want.

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