(Closed) Odd Comment from Make-Up Artist about African American Hair?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Coral99:  I can definitely see it. African American hair (as well as, for instance, Dominican, etc) is very different in how it is treated and maintained, and it also acts differently to styling. Personally, I am quite jealous of some of the styles that can be done with that hair type. I think it was wrong of her to assume your ethnicity based on your name, but it isn’t wrong of her to confess that she does not have the experience/skill set needed to work on a certain hair type. I have also known stylists who do not seem to know how to work on curly hair, so it is not just an ethnicity thing.

Post # 4
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom is a hairstylist and from being around her and her business I think its just that some people have different strengths and weaknesses. I know a bunch of hairstylists that just won’t do up-dos – they are great at color, cuts, etc  but really aren’t good at doing formal hairstyles so they opt not to do them at all. Personally I’m not really familiar with African American hair, but maybe it is treated differently in the styling process? Maybe more difficult if you’re not familiar with it? Hopefully someone more knowledgeable posts, but I feel like that is probably what is going on… I feel like if it were just that the person was discriminating against African Americans then she wouldn’t be okay with still doing someone’s makeup.

Post # 5
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No, it’s true…my friend is specifically trained to do ethnic hair.

It’s weird that she would go out of her way to tell you this before you asked, but what she said does make sense.

Post # 7
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

It sounds like she was just being honest. AA/Black hair has a much different texture and has different heat and styling product requirements than caucasian hair. Maybe her beauty school just didn’t train them on ethnic hair. I’d find a hairstylist who can work with your hair.

Post # 8
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Coral99:  I dont see anything offensive. Aside from your name, you said that she tells all of her clients that. Probably a good thing to know from the start that a certain stylist wouldn’t feel confident working on your hair type.

Post # 9
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m half black and half white and I’ve had stylists refuse to do my hair because they just can’t. They don’t know how and they’re afraid of messing it up. I have a relaxer and I do my hair at home with a regular straightener (though, it is professional grade), but they’re still terrified. Doesn’t bother me, I just make sure that wherever I go there is someone who is trained to take care of my hair type.

Post # 10
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it is really smart for her to tell you. And you don’t know she assumed – as she said herself, she may tell all clients. It is definitely not unusual for stylists not to be trained in working well with AA hair. I’d be more concerned if someone just said, “Oh, it’s all the same, I can do it no matter what.” AA hair is often very different, needs different products, methods, time, etc.

WAY better for someone to know her strengths and only work within them to do a so-so job on some sort of assignment they aren’t good at.

I’d consider it a sign of a good stylist.

Are you sensitive because you think people assume because of your name that you’re black? If so, I think you need to look at what assumptions YOU have that would make you unhappy people assume you’re black.

Post # 13
1430 posts
Bumble bee

I think most African American’s would respect her honesty because it does take special training to do it well. 

Post # 14
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Coral99:  I am AA and that would NOT offend me at all. I honestly wouldnt want someone who doesnt know about my hair texture to style it. I would appreciate her honesty. Some of the styling products for other types of hair are not good in AA texture hair but it depends. 

Post # 15
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Coral99:  I wouldn’t be offended, and I am of the olive skinned variety, lol. AA hair IS different and usually isn’t treated the same way as non -AA hair. I’m mixed so I get a bit of a break on this, but sometimes my hair needs to be relaxed or treated. I don’t trust many stylists with my hair, and the last time I got my hair done, I asked for someone who deals with ethnic hair.

I don’t think she was trying to be insulting. She was just being upfront and didn’t want bad word of mouth.

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