Websites and online reviews do not provide or specify this type of information, so more often than not the process defaults to trial and error. Clients, often times, find stylists through word of mouth and through personal experience. Nicole Hardmon has been DeRosa’s client for about 15 years. “When I was younger, my mom would bring me to family members’ houses and they would do my hair. But she started to ask around, and we found Teda. We have been going to her ever since,” said Hardmon.
Experienced and practicing stylists do not believe that they were given the necessary tools and training to learn how to cater to all of these differing hair types.
“Beauty schools do not always give you all of the tools necessary to be able to serve each and every type of hair,” said Ngnintoundem. The majority of beauty schools allow for stylists to experiment and observe on traditionally straight hair.
“There are so many mixed cultures, that the hair textures are constantly crossing over, and stylists should be able to do everybody’s hair,” said DeRosa. “But we have to go out of our way to learn to work with different hair types. In school, they touch on it, but it is very minimal.”
Without diversity and range of textures during experiential learning and training, stylists are apprehensive about working on different clientele.
Not only does this make it difficult for clients to find a suitable stylist, but it negatively impacts the stylists’ business and versatility. “It’s important to learn to do all textures, because as a stylist, you’ll be more versatile and make a lot more money,” said DeRosa.