Finding the right relationship is hard. It needs to be easygoing and convenient. There needs to be honesty and trust. And, good communication is an absolute must.
Your relationship with your stylist is an important one.
Entrusting your natural hair to someone else can be a tough task. Choosing the right salon and stylist will not only help your look, but also help your hair stay healthy. Besides your spouse, this is one of the most long lasting relationships you can have. So how do you find The One?
Ask friends to hook you up.
Where do your girls go? If you've got a friend whose braids are the bomb, ask her for her stylist's info. Sometimes the best way to find a good stylist is through word of mouth. Don't be afraid to ask that girl on the train where she got her twists done--but be sure to get her name so you can tell the stylist who recommended you.
Set up a consultation with your potential stylist. You can get a feel for the salon and her style just by visiting. Does she take your appointment on time? Is she knowledgeable about your texture and curl pattern? Talk about the products you currently use and your hair goals. You're going to be spending a lot of time together, so make sure your personalities mesh well.
Consider your options--date around.
See a few stylists--up to 3--before making a decision. Compare and check social media. Does the stylist have an Instagram? Look at examples of styles she's done. Is the salon on Yelp? Check the reviews for complaints about wait times and prices.
Know what you want out of the relationship, and choosing the right stylist will be easy.