African American hair
For women with natural or uniquely textured hair, the key is to find an educated stylist whose top priority is healthy hair.
“You want to find someone who specializes in African American hair; that person can work at a Caucasian salon or an African American one,” says Turner. “You want someone who does scalp analysis, someone who can prescribe a specific treatment for you. They should touch your hair, look at your scalp.” Turner gives rave reviews to Avlon’s KeraCare Natural Textures line, noting that the products are ideal for women who twist their hair or want to restore a curl pattern.
Grante notes that a stylist should ask specific questions about how you wear your hair currently and how you plan to style it in the future, since this information will determine the stylist’s approach and the tools and products used. For straightened styles, Grante suggests Kérastase’s OléoRelax line; for natural styles, try the Oléo-Curl options.