Award-winning hairstylist Shirley Gordon (pictured here) knows a thing or two about hair. After all, this trend creator is an 11-time nominee and 2008 winner of the prestigious North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). So when it comes to considering a new hairstyle she’s all about making sure stylist and client are on the same style page. “Consultations are really important, especially when you get into hair color,” she states. That’s why new clients at her salon, Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, MD, never skip the getting-to-know-you consultation. For more about Gordon and her trendsetting salon, check out our “Beauty Hot Spot” story in the February 2017 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair…on sale now!