I've seen this topic many times by transitioners and naturals all over, and many are wondering how should hair be handled. Once going natural, some prefer to continue going to a salon or some prefer to do it on their own.
For the first 6 months I did continue going to the salon but then I realized how unnecessary that was. Around Feb 2011, I got a mini chop where my hair just touched my shoulders. From then on, I went to my stylist once more to get a sew in, and haven't been back since.
Obviously now I do my own hair just because I want to learn the game. I love styling and playing in my hair. I do want to visit a natural hair salon, at least once, to gain the experience.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of both.
- Most likely the stylist will know how natural hair should be handled and will give you great results every time.
- The stylist might use products that are new to you, and they may work well with your hair.
- You will now have ANOTHER person to chat with about natural hair (the more, the better).
- If you are a transitioner, you have someone to guide and support you through the process.
- You may end up with a stylist that "says" that they are a natural hair stylist, but you can tell they aren't the right fit for you.
- Styles, washes and treatments can be costly.
- Stylist could use products that do not work well with your hair.
- You can have a vision of a specific hair style and create it exactly how you want.
- You can play around with products to find out what works best.
- Some people have just become protective over their hair, and only trust themselves.
- It may take a while to get the hang of your hair, even if you are fully natural or a transitioner. CAUTION: This may cause a tiny bit of frustration.
- You could be applying too much stress to the hair which can cause breakage.