Can anyone recommend a hairdressers that's good with mixed-race (Afro/European) hair in South London?

(47 Posts)
franch Sun 24-Oct-10 12:42:22

Easy to find, you'd think, but I haven't had much luck. I've taken my 2 girls, who have fairly classic mixed-race hair, to all the local hairdressers, both Afro and European (including several on Acre Lane), and they trim it ok but always leave the poor things looking awful so it's not a great experience for them.

I'm not interested in paying loads extra for braids etc. One Afro hairdresser tried to blowdry DD1's long, corkscrew hair straight and she looked like the 'before' picture in the Frizz Ease ads; another fluffed DD2's shoulder-length, tightly-curled hair into an Afro which she hated, but didn't seem to know how to define the curls. The European hairdressers, unsurprisingly, are no better.

I used to have a lovely lady recommended by MarsLady who came to our flat in North London, so I've been spoilt; I know realise it's more of a specialist skill than I thought.

Any top recommendations?

memory505 Sun 06-Nov-11 21:42:42

I'm also looking for somewhere in Surrey, JayneIsabella. My DS is 5 and I've been lucky because his short hair cuts have been done by his uncle. My DS is only 9 months so I don't need to worry just yet but I will need to find somewhere to take her and there doesn't seem to be anywhere locally.

With regards to brushing and knots, when DS's hair is long, I comb it in the shower when it's got loads of conditioner on it. I then either use a tangle-teaser (best invention ever) or an Afro comb (I've heard Denman brushes are also good) and find the comb glides through (no tears). HTH

Sarahmarie2505 Wed 23-Nov-11 09:49:21

ive got a large soft bristle brush a round one and its fantastic getting the knots out they dnt even flinch. only prob is it goes frizy and afro

franch Mon 28-Nov-11 09:28:09

JayneIsabella and Sarahmarie: have a look at the mixed-race hair thread and also the tightlycurly website.

My advice: spray hair with water/olive oil mix. Get it really wet then add a big gloop of conditioner so you can see it in the hair. Finger comb, and/or use a wide-tooth comb. Tackle knots from the ends first then move up towards the root.

Then you can either form curls as per the tightlycurly site (twist them round your finger or just pull small sections), or use a natural bristle brush to smooth the hair into bunches/ponytail/plaits etc.

If that doesn't work you're probably not using enough water and/or conditioner. Use loads - more than you think you need.

Wash about once a week, and put a Stay-On Satin headscarf on them at night.

HTH.

Now all I need is a hairdresser!

Delilah123 Mon 02-Jan-12 20:34:15

i'm def going to this:
http://www.gidore.com/mixed-race-haircare/index.php/events/multi-textures-hair-workshop/

Delilah123 Mon 02-Jan-12 20:34:42
franch Mon 02-Jan-12 21:46:50

Ooh I might join you Delilah!

SimoneGreen Fri 24-Feb-12 18:26:53

This is an excellent salon. There are 2 senior stylists a Man and a woman and they are both very good with mixed raced hair. Its a nice place in Covent Garden. I was saved.

www.pacifichairartists.com/

1st floor 186 Drury Lane Covent Garden London WC2B 5RU

franch Tue 20-Mar-12 08:46:32

Thanks SG. Was hoping for something more local but will go central if I have to!

WhatAboutMeSalon Sun 25-Mar-12 04:30:31

What About Me? Is a hairsalon just for children that specialises in mixed race & curly hair based in Wimbledon. If you need any advice on whats the best way to treat mixed race hair or for products feel free to give us a call. www.whataboutme.eu

YvettFr Mon 11-Jun-12 12:10:30

Hi,
I've just found a new place on Black Prince Road that maybe able to help you. I do know that Fabian, the head stylist, was giving a mixed-raced woman's hair a blow-dry when I arrived for my appointment. Not completely sure exactly what services they offer but maybe you can give them a call to find out?... 020 7091 9801. Best of luck!

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 13:54:19

Sorry, hadn't checked this thread for ages. Thanks WhatAboutMe and YvetteFr.

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 14:01:12

WhatAboutMe - your salon looks interesting. I've tweeted you a question.

crazynanna Mon 25-Jun-12 14:06:00

Another vote for Junior Green.

Pricey but so so worth it.

franch Mon 25-Jun-12 14:08:22

I did try Junior Green but would prefer a stylist who doesn't straighten hair. Also the girls aren't keen to go back because it really hurt!

franch Mon 09-Jul-12 15:07:46

Well on Friday we took the plunge and went to Jodie at Headmasters in Clapham South. Jodie doesn't specialise in mixed-race hair but has lovely naturally curly hair herself. DD1 (8) had her hair cut from bum-length to shoulder-length and Jodie made a fantastic job of it. She also trimmed DD2 (6)'s hair.

Highly recommended for anyone with corkscrew curls; DD2's hair is a bit more afro and looked a teeny bit frizzy after the trim but both cuts were perfect and DD2's slightly more loosely-curled hair looked amazing.

Plussizemummy Sun 19-May-13 03:04:03

My daughter is mixed race and has never had her hair cut until today (she's 5!). On the recommendation of a friend, I took her to What About Me in Wimbledon. It was amazing. Not only was DD's hair cut to perfection, but the lovely Vanessa talked me through how to take care of it properly. DD thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She got to sit in a pink airplane chair while her hair was being cut, could watch a DVD of her choice or read a book and was offered biscuits and juice. When finished DD was given a goody bag to take home. DD declared that Vanessa is the best hairdresser in the world and that she wants her to be her hairdresser forever and ever! We live in Blackheath, so Wimbledon is quite a trek, but it's worth it. The haircut cost £27.95 and the salon is for children only.

HappyHair Wed 29-Jan-14 15:31:13

We are a group of hairdressers, braiders & barbers who would like to offer a hair care service (tips/advice) to children (using natural products) who are of black/mixed heritage and do not have access to this service where they live. We are targeting children in foster/adoptive care or children of mixed parentage. If this applies to you or someone who you know please could you to fill out this survey. Thanking you in advance. P.S Please LIKE our page.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GQQXXB2

Beautybymums Sat 26-Apr-14 14:50:42

Jay she mobile and has a facebook page called JiJi Curlsbefree .
I have cut my hair with her for 2 years and can never change hairdressers. I really hope she opens a salon soon as shes mobile so hard to get hold of but she trained in NY at Devachon Salon and cuts mine and my daughters hair like no other hairdresser ever has. Shes not afriad of ANY texture lol! its refreshing to say the least as I've been turned away from Salons numerous times sad unless i wanted the slick to my for head look of course.

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:14:07

Hello if your still looking Adornment 365, Brixton is great me and my DD go there

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:15:54

Sneak a peek at Adornment365's fresh, new Natural Hair & Loc Bar. 81 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5TN. Open Weds 23rd April. See you soon. X

Serendipity30 Sun 27-Apr-14 01:16:33
blendkids Tue 29-Apr-14 18:49:49

I have started a page dedicated to the care of mixed race hair.
I am after peoples view on different shampoos that they have used and which work.. please visit the blog. I would really appreciate your views.
www.aidanandellie.com/?p=83

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