Black woman are owning their image by championing the natural hair movement that rivals that of the 1960’s and 70’s

Kinky, Super Curly, and Highly Textured hair all have something in common:

  1. It can be intimidating and hard to analyze
  2. It demands more time and attention to detail
  3. It requires more expertise

Add to this the “Natural Hair Movement” and as stylists, we can find ourselves in a maze of confusion.

A beauty professional’s primary goal is to properly determine which styles best complement the wearer’s facial features, hair texture, and lifestyle.

Selecting the proper chemicals, styling products, and tools are essential to achieving this goal. Today it seems stylists who have mastered the art of redesigning these textures have become apprehensive about the use of chemical straighteners altogether, which begs the question, why?

  • Do we as professional hair stylist believe the myth that chemical relaxers are bad?
  • Do we allow the pressure from “Natural Hair Extremist” to override our professional knowledge?
  • Do we overlook the benefits that chemical relaxers have contributed to our portfolios with such styles as; The Pixie, any look with tapered sides and back, Texturized Afros, Finger Waves, (Very hot right now, think “Great Gatsby” and Josephine Baker) and Roller Wraps. The simple answers to these questions are no, no, and hell no.

Remember you are the expert when it comes to understanding what is required to achieve these looks and maintain the health and beauty of your client’s hair.

This also means knowing when to let go of chemical relaxers. If any of the following appear in your chair, it’s time to let go.

  1. Consistent Breakage
  2. Severe Dryness with Continued Shedding
  3. Growth Retardation
  4. Scalp Irritation
  5. Thinning Roots

Lastly, if your client decides that abstaining from relaxer is a choice they’d like to make, then it’s your responsibility to coach them through the process explaining in detail the pros and cons of their decision. This way the client/stylist partnership is maintained and you have just added an extra layer of trust to this relationship for years to come.

  • by Coral Lahiani, Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors

Coral Lahiani

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