Let’s get right to the ‘nitty gritty’ of the matter. Your regular hairstylist may not be the right person to install your weave. Just because your stylist does miracles with your hair does not guarantee the same proficiency installing weaves. I know it took you forever to find that perfect stylist for you and the thought of going through that whole process again seems like a daunting task. Don’t fear, there are really two simple keys to follow when looking for someone to install your hair extensions.
First and foremost, the stylist should be more than willing to provide a free consultation about what to expect. This can be done on the phone or in person. If you choose to do it in person, I recommend going on a separate day from your appointment. This way, you can hopefully observe their work or get a gist of the overall operation. Also, visiting on a separate day from your appointment gives you the opportunity to back out gracefully if the place or stylist isn’t a good fit. You should have a list of questions prepared. But before you ask those, make sure you allow the stylist to tell you about the whole process. If you ask your questions first, you can’t guarantee the stylist isn’t jumping through the necessary hoops to get you in the chair. Make sure the consultant is concerned about the health of your natural hair. You should consider the time you wear your weave as a healthy retreat for your natural hair. It’s just as important your stylist feels the same. Ask questions about the braiding and moisturizing process before the weave is installed. Please don’t forget to ask how long the entire process should take. The time it takes can vary greatly from one stylist to another.
Always conclude your consultation with the viewing of their work. Be wary of the stylist who doesn’t have sample work for you to view. Surely, in this day of digital cameras and camera phones every stylist should have a portfolio for you to view. Try to find a style similar to what you’re looking for. In fact, you should ask the stylist to show you someone who reminds them of what you’re looking to do. Obviously, you’re looking for good quality work that looks natural.
If the stylist passes your test, then you’ve found a winner. You have taken huge steps toward your personal satisfaction. Just look at it this way. Would you take $300 dollars and give to retail clerk and tell them to bring you back something nice to wear? Of course, you wouldn’t. So use the same common sense when picking your sew-in hairstylist and you won’t have any regrets. Until next time, have a Great Hair Day!
CaMia Hopson is the owner of Dreamweavers Studio in Albany, Ga. Dreamweavers specializes in making hair fantasies come true everyday at an affordable price. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.