Hair Care Specialist vs Hair Stylist

Some licensed Cosmetologist are both. A hair care specialist is one who educates you on the health of hair and how to care for it.

  • They will always do a hair consultation before touching your hair.  The consultation should include tests to determine health of hair, inquiry of client hair care habits, recommendation for care, styling and use of professional products for home care use.
  • They won't be cheap but client will be equipped with a lifetime of hair information to achieve and maintain healthy hair.

Natural Hair Info

Hey beautiful Naturals,

Natural hair is beautiful, challenging and time consuming but having a natural hair care specialist on your team to guide you towards the right products, and your patience as you work towards your healthy natural hair goals is worth it all.

If you are thinking about going natural:

  1. Do your research on natural hair care, learn the products and terms.
  2. Find a natural hair care specialist to journey with you.
  3. Love and accept your own natural texture.
10 things Naturals must do.
  1. Pre-poo and detangle your hair before shampooing. (Pre-poo softens  hair, causing slip so you can gently finger detangle. Products for pre-poo  creamy conditioner or water. Makes shampooing easy and less time consuming.
  2. Co-wash with a creamy conditioner in between washing. Great for women who work out.
  3. Trim hair quarterly.
  4. Steam & moisture hair weekly.
  5. If you decide to use heat like flat irons and blow dryers it should be kept to a minimum. Never flat iron hair on 450 degrees of heat.
  6. Refrain from tight, pulling hair styles it causes hair loss.
  7. Choose quality products.
  8. Keep styling to a minimum. Protective styles works best. (flexi rod sets, updo's, two-strand twist, flat twist, bantu knots, braids, weaves etc.) just don't over do it with tension.
  9. Know everything do not work for everyone.
  10. Stay calm.

Relaxed Hair Info

It is vital to the health of your hair to seek a professional to relax your hair. And even though relaxed hair can be healthy and beautiful if taken care of properly. It does have it's challenges. And it requires time, money and effort to achieve and maintain its health. And it's never advisable to relax your own hair or have a non-professional to relax your hair.
Relaxer can take a toll on hair causing hair loss if a person is on medication (high blood pressure, birth control, diabetes, thyroid, etc), hormonal (menopausal), have sudden illness, sudden weight loss, surgeries and anesthesia, and vitamin deficiencies. A professional should be skilled enough to let you know when you are no longer a candidate for relaxed hair. 

How to get and maintain healthy hair while wearing a relaxer.

  • It's best to have relaxed every 6-12 weeks depending on hair texture.
  • It should trimmed after every relaxer.
  • It requires shampooing and conditioning every 1-2 weeks depending on activity and lifestyle.
  • Heating tools like flat irons and curling irons should be used on clean hair only and  limited to 1-2 times a week.
  • A protein/ Deep conditioning is needed once a month.
  • Hair should be wrap gently before bedtime to prevent hair loss.
  • Hair should be moisturized with a light cream or light oil as needed to prevent dryness and breakage.
  • Hair shouldn't be relaxed if shampooed within 24 hours, or if scalp is unhealthy or irritated.
  • Hair shouldn't be relaxed if on menstrual it may cause burning or relaxer may not take as well.
  • Hair vitamins promote growth from within. Great if you don't eat a balanced diet or having hair breakage.
  • Beware of tight, pulling hair styles it causes hair loss. Especially braids, weaves and ponytails.