thanks to this beautiful movement, I've been thinking a lot about how the beauty/fashion industry can improve, and how I can help improve it.
within the past five years I believe tremendous growth has been made, for example shade ranges have expanded, multiple product launches designed for curly hair went mainstream, and women are being told to embrace their natural beauty...but even with our progress, I still see a lot of improvements that need to be made. one thing in particular is education for upcoming stylists.
I wish there wasn't a division between “white” hairstylists and “black” hairstylists, but unfortunately not many stylists were educated in all hair textures in beauty school. In cosmetology school students learn hundreds of tasks, but they do not typically practice each of those tasks on different ethnicities, leaving stylists trying to find education and practice clients on their own after graduation. I was fortunate to be able educate myself on many different hair textures and learned different styling techniques, by reading and attending conferences...
as I grow in my career I am trying my best to learn all textures, curl patterns, and thermal tolerances, but it will take time for me to perfect my craft. Until then, I am referring my hairstyling clients to specialized natural hair artists to give business to other business owners who deserve prosperity for their dedication to learning and mastering their craft.
from the bottom of my heart I wish the specialties could merge together overnight. I truly believe, all women deserve an equal opportunity to sit in any stylist's chair that they choose, but like any service, I understand that some providers may be more specialized than others.
if anyone would like to offer styling advice, product recommendations, or thoughts on how can I help the cause for more equality in the beauty industry, please reach out, I would love to hear!
thanks for reading,