Post # 1
Im getting married in Austin, TX (which is difficult in itself because I live in Dallas and cant easily just hop in the car and go meet with my vendors) and one of my bridesmaids is African American- when I sent my girls the information on the hair/makeup vendor that I had chosen, she asked me if they knew how to do African American hair. Most places that I have checked with so far have said yes, but I dont know if they’re just saying that to get the business or if they legitimately have experience styling for African Americans. I really want all of us to be able to get our hair and makeup done together and would hate for one bridesmaid to have to go elsewhere just to feel comfortable with what shes getting as the finished product. When Ive asked her, she just says that whatever I pick will be fine, but Im pretty sure she’s uneasy about it and is just trying not to be difficult.
Post # 3
I would tend to trust that if they say they can do the hair, they can. As long as we’re not talking chemicals she should be fine. It shouldn’t be a big deal if her hair is already relaxed as long as they have a hot flat iron and know how to use it. If she has a natural style with a coarse texture and it needs to be straightened, someone not familiar may have a hard time, so as you ask around be sure to tell them that. How about trying Yelp to see if any if these places have reviews by African American customers? Some places have a designated stylist on staff for African American hair.
Another option is to have her go to her own stylist for wash and flat iron first, then she can join you all for styling. This may be a good compromise to run by her.
Post # 4
@DallastoAustin: I agree with PP. I have a natural texture so when this situation arises I just wash and straighten it myself and go wherever the bride asks to style it.