How do I find a good stylist?

TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
I live in a college town, and I've noticed that most people that have curly hair don't really take care of their hair (dry, frizzy, etc) or they're stuck back in the 80s and 90s. The stylist I've been going to for hair trims (as I'm growing mine out) gave me some advice that, since I've decided to go CG, I've learned are very, very bad. For instance, that I don't need conditioner because it'll weigh my hair down too much (I know now that it's the silicone that weighs it down).

After my wedding, I'd like to get layers in my hair, but I'd like to go to someone that really knows curly hair. There are no Deva specialists within a reasonable distance (the nearest one is 2 1/2 hours away), otherwise I'd go to one. So what should I look for in a stylist? Alternatively, if I get my hair cut by a Deva specialist if or when I go to a town that has one, can I get a stylist in my area to work with the cut the specialist has done when I need a trim?

TIA!
CG: 9/4/09

3a and 3b/F/ii


Condish: CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner
Shampoo (Sulfate-free): Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (use 1-2x/week)
Styling Product: HETT mousse

TRYING to grow it out- maybe softer water and going almost strictly CG will help!

Comments

  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    a deva stylist is not necessarily a good stylist, just one who has gone to a class in their methods. i've once had a terrible haircut by a local deva stylist. and, she had a few good recommendations on this site. so, a deva stylist can be great, or terrible. it just means he/she knows how to cut a curl the deva way. but can they blend it???
    there are two things you can do: look on this site at the curlsalons and read the recommendations carefully, the dates..... you can even pm the people who gave recommendations. also look at citysearch website for recommendations.
    the other, and in my opinion the best, is to stop and ask every curlyhead you see whose haircut you like.
    good luck!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
    I called one of the salons that I've heard a lot of good things about and asked them a bunch of questions. Specifically, who do many people with curly hair see, do they cut hair dry, how many years of experience do they have, and if they're willing to "deal with" a person that's really protective of their hair, after having a few horrible haircuts (I didn't say what kind of haircut, but as an example- asking someone to cut my hair 1/4-1/2" when it was chin length, and it being misinterpreted and cutting 2" instead, making it lip length!)

    So the stylist I've made an appointment with has all the answers I was looking for! The receptionist doesn't know if he knows the CG regimen, but I figure that if he doesn't, I'll just explain what I've been doing with my hair lately.
    CG: 9/4/09

    3a and 3b/F/ii


    Condish: CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner
    Shampoo (Sulfate-free): Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (use 1-2x/week)
    Styling Product: HETT mousse

    TRYING to grow it out- maybe softer water and going almost strictly CG will help!
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    sounds like you did all you could do, and it sounds like a good gamble. good luck!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    teachdeafies -- one more thing you can do:
    after you meet her, make SURE she looks at your hair DRY, even if you and she decide she will cut it wet. she needs to see it dry first. if she doesn't...... i now would walk out of a place that shampooed me before the stylist i never met looked at my hair dry. (now i get it cut dried, so.....)
    okay, so she looks at your dry hair, you tell her what you want, she tells you want she recommends, then you say:
    WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE WHEN IT IS DONE?
    hopefully, that will clarify any miscommunication.

    there is a thread on here by struttswife (tiffany anderson who is a stylist in fl) about what to say/ask when getting your hair cut.
    i cannot find it. maybe another member can locate it? it had some extremely helpful tips for when you are there at your appointment.
    good luck!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
    I like the stylist I went to! He knows curly hair (and didn't know that CG had a name, but knew of it and the concept and reasoning behind it!) and told me some interesting things about my hair that I didn't know.

    For instance, because my hair is so fine and curly, I'll need more than one product to tame it, and I should never use any heat to style it (no hair dryer with diffuser, even!) because it'll make my hair go "poof". He looked at my hair, felt it, and looked at the ends, and said that I don't need to have much done to it because my hair is extremely healthy for being curly- the ends only need to be "dusted". That is, they only need to be trimmed to be evened up, and I probably only need to get my hair cut every 12 weeks at most.

    All in all, he's a great stylist and I can't wait to go back to get layers cut into my hair after my wedding.
    CG: 9/4/09

    3a and 3b/F/ii


    Condish: CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner
    Shampoo (Sulfate-free): Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (use 1-2x/week)
    Styling Product: HETT mousse

    TRYING to grow it out- maybe softer water and going almost strictly CG will help!
  • VerityVerity Registered Users Posts: 616 Curl Neophyte
    Do not blindly follow recommendations from this site. I had one of the worst haircuts of my life based on a recommendation here! PM the person who recommended the stylist you're interested in, and make sure you really want the same things from a haircut. Just because a stylist is recommended on this site doesn't mean she might not break out the thinning shears!
  • TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
    Verity wrote: »
    Do not blindly follow recommendations from this site. I had one of the worst haircuts of my life based on a recommendation here! PM the person who recommended the stylist you're interested in, and make sure you really want the same things from a haircut. Just because a stylist is recommended on this site doesn't mean she might not break out the thinning shears!
    I don't think there's a single person on the site that lives near me. I had to go searching for a stylist myself. And I LOVE this guy. Like I said, I can't wait to go back to get layers cut in.
    CG: 9/4/09

    3a and 3b/F/ii


    Condish: CJ Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner
    Shampoo (Sulfate-free): Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (use 1-2x/week)
    Styling Product: HETT mousse

    TRYING to grow it out- maybe softer water and going almost strictly CG will help!

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