5 Styles That Naturals Should Have Done Professionally

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By Tabitha Ford of Small Salon Biz

The natural hair community is very DIY, but many of us are styling challenged and occasionally need a little help. This article was originally posted on a blog for stylists.

While many natural clients spend a great deal of time taming their curls at home, you can bet they’ll keep looking to the pros for help with the following services.
Blowout – Natural girls embrace their curls, but occasionally they’re in the mood for a sleek blowout. One particular occasion for getting a blowout is to enjoy longer length. Curly hair can shrink as much as 6 inches in its natural state. Sometimes natural clients just want some hair flipping action.  While many natural clients get infrequent blowouts and are cautious about the use of heat,  the alternative  is the natural client who doesn’t like to wear their hair curly at all.

Textured Up-Do – Sure there are plenty YouTube tutorials, but who wants to take a chance for a special occasion? For special occasions and spunky moods, you can expect your clients to come in for textured updos that make a statement and command attention.

Sets –  Services such as the flexi rod set  are great for natural clients who want to elongate their curls. While this can be done at home,  many folks don’t want to invest in the tools and time that’s required to do this on their own. Your speed and expertise, turn styles such as straw sets and roller sets into more practical options.

Hair Color – Many natural clients are particularly cautious about using harsh chemicals on their hair. Because of this, you can expect them to seek professional services for hair color. Consider highliting techniques that  add dimension to curls and twists for  clients who wear their hair curly most of the time. For naturals who wear their hair straight, bolder hair color patterns become an option.

Hair Cuts – Often times natural clients embark on the chemical free journey to begin realizing considerable length. Because of this, haircuts become less frequent. When natural clients decide to cut they generally want to trim a small amount. The client will look to your precision and professional skills as it may be a good period of time before the hair is cut again.
Do you agree with this list ladies? What styles do you go to the salon for?

Tabitha Ford is a licensed cosmetologist and self-proclaimed hair nerd who believes that hair business is serious business. She gained her industry credentials from the University of North Texas and Aveda Institute. She spends her time blogging about hair styling and practical solutions for freelance hairdressers and small salons. You can find her on Twitter @smallsalonbiz and her blog Small Salon Biz.
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