December 15, 2014


Should #BlackHairCare By A White Stylist Be An Issue?

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I'm Natalie!

Not in my world!

It’s bad enough there’s so much drama about the fact that I relax my hair vs keeping it natural, I don’t need additional scrutiny because my stylist is white. Yet, it happens more often than you think! #BlackHairCare is truly a hot topic.

Ilona Reece has been my hairstylist for many years, she happens to be white and is worth every penny! Each time I sit in her chair I become a little more educated on the process of how my hair is being treated and styled. She does this for everyone actually, it’s like taking a mini hair care course!

What’s been important to me is that with her knowledge, I understand why at times relaxers would be damaging to my hair or why my scalp would burn or even why after a relaxer my hair became limp. Now I know the reasons in a more technical sense and that will assist me in making decisions about my hair in the future.

My head of hair is my crown and at the end of the day when it comes to my hair only 3 things matter to me:

  1. My stylist is knowledgable about my hair, what it needs and knows how to style, cut and colour accordingly.
  2. My hair is healthy!
  3. My hair is strong and increasing in length!

Ilona is moving back to Toronto and will be working out of the Anthony Passero Salon in Yorkville. I was fortunate enough to not only interview her but also record the process she uses to relax my hair, it’s quite informative if I do say so myself! Check it out!

I’m super curious folks, and this topic makes for some interesting discussion, so I have a few questions for you:

Do you or have you had your hair styled by someone of a different race than you? If so, how was your experience and would you do it again? If not, why?

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Here’s to healthy hair!


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  1. Cheryl says:

    So hard to find a great stylist!! Looks like you found a perfect one cause your hair looks great 🙂

  2. Great transformation! I really liked your new hairstyle! It really suits your style. Very impressive! You have a great hairdresser!

  3. MrDisco says:

    Yorkville is quite the hot spot in Toronto

  4. Tasha says:

    The race of the person doing my hair in a salon or wherever, doesn’t matter to me at all. In fact it doesn’t even cross my mind. I actually went to a salon a few times that seemed to be more geared towards black hair but it was the closest hair salon to where I lived at the time, so I went on in.

    The lady working welcomed me with a smile and was very helpful in helping me choose the right colour for the chunky streaks that I wanted. She gave me the most amazing scalp massage I have ever had while washing and conditioning my hair. It felt like it lasted about 20 minutes!

    I was super impressed. I walked out of her salon very happy and my hair felt and looked fabulous! I’ve honestly never had a more amazing experience in my life. Still can’t get that scalp massage out of my mind! LOL! 🙂 It’s too bad I live on the opposite side of the city now or I would definitely go back.

  5. Sharlene C. says:

    I am black with curly hair that I like to wear natural or heat styled. Race has never been an issue for me when it comes to a hair stylist. Both White and Asian hair stylists have given me the best cuts and styles so far! They adore my hair texture, and have encouraged me to work with it. We have shared and learned from each other. I think it’s been a great experience for both; all in the name of achieving fabulous hair.

  6. LaQuita says:

    I don’t think it matters at all what race your hair stylist is, although there are people out there that make it an even bigger issue than it is. As long as they’re making sure your hair is healthy, looking good when you walk out the door and makes you happy, that’s all that matters. I’ve actually been to both a black and white woman. Both know what they’re doing and not only treat my hair with care, but also make sure I walk out the door happy and that’s what counts.

  7. Ilona Reece says:

    These comments make me happy 🙂

  8. loriag says:

    Yes I have had my hair cut and styled by others of differing races. I have no issues with it.

  9. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    sad the world we live in sometimes, err most of the time. with so many issues that actually need addressing it boggles my mind how petty people can be. bravo you for keeping it real.. and relaxed 🙂

  10. Judy Cowan says:

    Love your hair after! It doesn’t matter to me who does my hair as long as it looks good in the end!

  11. Darlene Schuller says:

    Colour shouldn’t play a factor for anything today, but it still does sadly.

    My fav hair stylist was my cousin, He and his wife owned their own salon. I didn’t like the way she did my hair but he was fantastic!

  12. DARLENE W says:

    It would not matter to me if some one from a different race did my hair. As long as my hair was done and I liked it

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