So, ever since going natural, I have heard so many people say that I should not let a white woman, or anyone that isn’t a natural like myself cut my hair. I’ve been told that anyone outside of being an African-American will not understand “black hair”. Well my friends, that is just absurd.
I took a trip to Super Cuts and got a $14.00 trim from a stylist named Hope. Guess what? She’s white. Hope is a cosmetologist, trained to cut, color and style a plethora of textures. Curly hair, straight, fine, thick, kinky, you name it, she is trained to cut it.
When I sat in her chair, we talked for a while about my hair goals, how I wear my hair on a daily basis, my texture and so forth. She even asked to see pictures of my hair in other styles. She listened intently and her goal was to do precisely what I asked for. I explained to her that I chopped my hair off a year ago, using a pair of dull scissors. She replied, so you basically butchered your hair! I really did butcher my hair. When I cut it, I just grabbed chunks of hair, and snip, snip. We shared a good laugh and proceeded with the question and answer portion of my visit. After gathering all the information she needed, Hope grabbed her shears and began carefully cutting my hair. My request was that she even out my hair while maintaining as much length as possible. And honey, she did that!
Cutting hair is not about ethnicity, it is about skill. It’s not about black and white. Hope is a skilled professional, and I walked away with an amazing cut!
Please share any hair stories that you might have. I’d love to hear.