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Ask A Stylist

For the special 35th Anniversary issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair—our big April/May 2019 issue—we gathered some of our “Hair Advice” guest columnists from the past year for another round of Q&A with SBH readers’ questions. Check out the April/May 2019 issue and get more insightful info about some of the most-often-asked questions about hair care. Here, celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen tackles some coif-quandary questions…

I want to try chopping off all my hair and getting almost a barber cut. What should I do to prep my hair for such a short style? —Maya  

The most important thing here is to be mentally ready for the style. The Big Chop cut can be traumatic if you are not ready—especially if you’ve had long hair for most of your life. It is very shocking to look in the mirror and see something so different. After that, find the right stylist to execute what you desire. Schedule a consultation, bring references pictures to make sure that you and the stylist are on the same page and ask every question you have until you feel secure that this person can give you the look you want.

I recently invested in a very expensive lace front wig. What are the best tip and tricks to maintain it properly? —Layla

Treat this hair as you would your own! This lace-front wig should be looked at as an investment. Shampoo and condition when necessary based on how often you’re styling the wig and if you’re applying product to it. But, don’t over style with heat tools. So, air dry the wig whenever possible to avoid using the hair dryer. Excessive pulling and tugging may cause damage to the lace so be gentle when brushing. If your wig is colored, go ahead and do a deep conditioning treatment once every couple weeks to keep hair moisturized and soft.


Why is it important to look for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners? —Kia

The use of sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners is a matter of preference based on your hair type and desired style. Sulfates are ingredients that have grease cutting power. If you’re a person that has product build-up, and your style of choice is a free-flowing blowout, then you may need to use shampoos that have sulfate. However, if your hair is color-treated, you would want to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner because this will help to preserve your color—as opposed to sulfates that can strip the hair and cause your color to fade faster.

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