We originally started the #30DayHairDetox in January 2016 after an article Aishia wrote called “10 Things Hair Stylists Want You to Stop Doing Right Now” went viral once submitted to Blackdoctor.org. What started as consumers wanting to learn more about theirnatural hair quickly turned into consumers looking for stylists who could cut tight curls. After receiving feedback from the natural hair community, we quickly learned that it was going to be much more difficult to recommend curl artists that were fully equipped to cut tight curls.
What Is the Cut It Kinky Alumni Stylist Directory?
Given the feedback we received from consumers, we decided that we wanted to make it easier for women with tight curls + natural hair to find a curl specialist to partner with in their area. The Cut It Kinky Alumni Stylist Directory is a free online directory compiled of independent stylists across the U.S. (even some abroad) who have taken Cut It Kinky education. Please note that this online directory is here for your convenience. Black Girl Curls does not assume responsibility for a stylist’s terms or conditions and you must do your own due diligence in making sure their work is suitable for your curl needs.
What Should I Do If There Isn’t a Curl Specialist In My Area?
This is a question we get asked often and we’re here to offer three tips for partnering with a stylist. Please note that these are merely suggestions and we highly recommend that you be clear and direct in what you’re looking for to get the hair results that you desire.
Tip #1: Travel Outside of Your Local Area to the Stylist of Your Choice
We recognize that having the means to travel outside of your local area is a privilege, however it’s not uncommon. We have hundreds of women that travel to the curl artist of their choice every few months depending on their hair length and other immediate curl needs. Even many of our Cut It Kinky Alumni Stylists have to travel to get their hair done! To make the task less daunting, we also have many women that like to make it into a fun trip so it doesn’t seem like they’re solely traveling for hair. If you have the means to travel, we would highly recommend doing so to get the results that you desire. We also highly recommend pre-booking your next appointment at the end of your salon appointment so you’re already on that particular stylist’s books.
Tip #2: Do Your Own Research and Due Diligence on Instagram
Instagram can be a very powerful tool in finding a suitable stylist to partner with. In case you didn’t know, you can find stylists by searching through hashtags. For example, if you live in the Los Angeles area, we recommend that you try typing: #curlspecialistla, #curlartistla, #curlyhairla, etc into the search bar to locate stylists. There are stylists that cut hair in their natural state even if they haven’t formally taken Cut It Kinky education with us, you just have to find them! Take your time sifting through their pages and determining if you see cuts on their page that resonate with you and you could see yourself wearing yourself. Please try to use your best judgment in properly vetting out a new stylist before you book your first appointment with them.
Tip #3: Opt for a Haircut on Blown Out Hair
If you’ve exhausted all of your options and there’s nothing else that you can think of that works for you and your lifestyle, you can find a stylist to get a cut on blown out hair. We highly recommend arriving to the salon appointment with inspiration pictures of cuts that you like. Be very direct in what you want or do not want. Also, do not request layers be cut in your hair. Since natural hair is considered 3-Dimensional hair and doesn’t live down, you could find yourself leaving the appointment with a mullet. Instead, we suggest asking that your hair be cut in one length to avoid mullets and hair that doesn’t translate well overall in its curly state.
If you’re looking to partner with a curl specialist in your area, check out our Cut It Kinky Alumni Stylist Directory to find out if there’s a stylist available near you. If you’re interested in learning more about our online consumer education, click here.