Does any curly know a stylist near the Dayton Ohio area?

UtopianonawaUtopianonawa Registered Users Posts: 75
I have seen several salons in Dayton and Troy (another city very close to where I live), but I'm concerned about a few things.

I have type 3c hair with some type 4 in there. A lot of people think curly hair is curly hair, but there is a HUGE difference between 3a tangles and 4a tangles. I know hair typing doesn't matter, but if need a stylist that is prepared for my hair. Someone used to very thick kinky hair.

I have had stylist that even had kinky hair themselves but had no idea how to handle my hair other than to use a relaxer. I wasn't natural then so it wasn't a big deal, it's just the fact that she wouldn't do my hair without putting a relaxer it first. It was a horrible disaster because I wanted my hair braided for the summer, and I was young and had no idea that you should NEVER braid hair after just having it relaxed. The result was horrible.

Now I know that just because a stylist wants to do something, and swears up and down that it's the best option, doesn't mean it will be good for my hair. I was naive and never realized that hairdresser can actually mess up peoples hair.

Anyway I'm just looking for someone who will cut my hair dry, in its curly state. I guess a deva cut?

I know that Troy has a salon that has a stylist that is trained to do the deva cut but I'm uncomfortable because, (I really hate to put it this way) but Troy has a very small black population. Almost non existent as I can tell. None of the stylists have curly hair. And though I know that it doesn't matter if it's white hair, mixed hair, Asian hair or african American hair (I know race has nothing to do with hair, hair is hair), if a person doesn't have much experience with fragile, super thick, kinky hair, they may think they know how to handle it (most stylist think they can do anyone's hair, just saying from experience) but it's just the honest truth that if you haven't done it, there's no way you can do it right.

I know from experience and everything I was taught when I was younger, that black people do not have white stylists. They just don't. I'm not saying this is true, I'm saying this is what I was taught, and have seen. Even though I'm multiracial my hair doesn't act like it is lol

Anyone I'm not trying to offend anyone, I'm not trying to make anything about race, I just want to be sure that my stylist knows what they are getting themselves into. If anyone has curly hair in the Dayton area, please help me out.


  • UtopianonawaUtopianonawa Registered Users Posts: 75
    Minor correction. I said that I know from experience and what I was taught that black people do not have white stylist.

    I meant to say so not normally. I have not seen it
  • BluebloodBlueblood Registered Users Posts: 1,748 Curl Neophyte
    Have you seen anyone with 3B or higher curls walking around with hair you like?

    If so stop them even if you are on the street or in a shop, and ask them who cut their hair.

    Then go for a consultation with their stylist. If the stylist comes at you with a fine tooth comb, doesn't examine your hair and doesn't ask you questions then don't book an appointment.

    I've had two white stylists. One worked in a salon with Black women and had multiracial kids. This was when I was relaxed. I didn't exclusively go to her but I knew if she touched my hair it wouldn't be a mess.

    The other I used when I was nature and she claimed never to have cut Afro type hair before in a town in a foreign country where there was only one other Black woman.

    The 2nd stylist was 1000 times better than the 6 Black stylists, including a well-known natural hair "specialist" who seriously damaged my hair, I have had since before I found my current salon.
  • UtopianonawaUtopianonawa Registered Users Posts: 75
    Hmmm, I don't think I've actually seen many people with curly hair. I often see young mixed girls when I'm working though. They usually wear their hair curly. I guess if I see one that's a little older I could ask. I just always assumed their mothers would do their hair. Lol

    But I can't think of a single adult I have ever seen in this area with curly hair. But I'm sure there would be some in Dayton, I just don't go there often even though it's not far. I don't get out much lol
  • PuffApothecaryPuffApothecary Registered Users Posts: 1
    Hi! I know this post is old (years old!) but I wanted to let you know that I just opened up a natural hair boutique a couple months ago. While I don't style hair there, I carry products that are natural based and focused for all natural hair types and textures. I carry shampoo bars, deep conditioners, whipped shea butter, hair oil and more. AND I exclusively carry from Black owned businesses across the country that I carefully vet and test personally so I can recommend products based on each customers hair goals. We also offer testers so you can actually feel and use the products. PUFF APOTHECARY is located at 37 S Saint Clair St.. We are open W-F 12-6 pm and Sa & Su 12-4 pm. Puff Apothecary is Black owned and my goal is to have a safe space for us to let our hair out and find hair (and skin) products that make us feel good about ourselves and made from quality natural ingredients. If you are still in the area I hope you'll come visit us!

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