Suzette Boozer is a Brooklyn-bred hairstylist and salon owner who regularly works with an amazing roster of celebrity clients. In high school, Boozer’s classmates would ask about her gorgeous hair. So she started styling their hair at home. Eventually the talented stylist took her skills to a local salon when the number of her at-home clientele increased and overwhelmed her mother. The New York native was so talented she skipped beauty school and took her cosmetology test directly. Boozer’s reputation escalated when her party-going clients were asked who did their hair when they hit New York’s buzzing nightlife scene. By word of mouth her career grew to include styling stars, such as Queen Latifah, Eve, Missy Elliott, Solange, Nia Long, Mariah Carey, Ciara and Kerry Washington, among others. Boozer has designed hair for the fashion runway, awards shows, television, commercials, music videos and music tours. The mane expert is most famous for being rap artist Eve’s go-to hairstylist and most recently was part of the glam squad for Gwen Stefani’s “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour. For more answers from Suzette Boozer about your mane concerns, pick up a copy of the March/April ’17 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair!
I wear my hair Natural, but I’m suffering from a severely dry scalp. What can I do to care for my scalp? —Aaliyah
It’s great to have your Natural texture, but it can also be high maintenance for a healthy scalp—since the hair is now thicker. You definitely want to check with a physician to make sure that you don’t have psoriasis or any other scalp condition. There has been a lot of promotion for castor oil, shea butter and coconut oil. They can all be beneficial and natural, but please understand that these oils are ingredients so they will have to be used with an existing product to complete its effectiveness.
I’m wearing hair color, but I want my hair to really shine without making it look greasy. What kind of product should I use to get my hair shiny? —Dennita
To maintain your shiny hair color, without using heavy oils or moisturizers, opt for shampoos and conditioners designed to keep color lasting a longer. Following your hair color service with a clear gloss application over your color. This step will help boost the existing color that you have.
The transition from relaxed hair to Natural curls can be done without cutting all of the relaxed hair off. Instead, try trimming off the relaxed ends as necessary. Here are some styles that can be worn while growing out you processed lengths:: ponytails, rod sets, braids, weaves and also wigs can help make the style transition easier. And, make sure you keep your hair moisturized and conditioned throughout your transition to Natural.