Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. My advice is to ask relevant questions to your particular needs when looking for a good hair salon and hairstylist. Do not call and just inquire about prices. Cheapest is most often not best. Ask questions like what type of products do they use, what is their specialities and how long have they been in business. You can even ask is it ok to come by and see the salon. If a hairstylist have a problem or seem irritated by any of these questions, that is not a good sign.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish people knew that braids can be very damaging to the hair. Sometimes, if not done properly ( too tight) they can cause permanent damage to the hair and scalp. It will not grow back. I have been a hairstylist for 17 years and I am seeing more balding in my young sisters than I have ever seen in my cosmetology career. So for my ladies that's looking for a quick fix to beautiful, healthy hair sorry there is none. Healthy hair requires maintance but there is good news. Once your hair is healthy, it requires very low maintaince. Healthy hair almost styles itself.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. It depends on what's the client's goal for their hair. In this profession the answer to their hair questions cannot be fully answered over the phone. A professional hairstylist must personally evaluation the hair and scalp. If you sit in a hairstylist's chair for the first time and they do not consult with you about your concerns, need, and goals, then chances are you won't be happy with the long term results. I offer a free consultation.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Buyer should have already determined what service they want or be willing to allow the professional to be creative. If a hairstylist is good no doubt, she will be busy. When you sit in a hairstylist chair, this is not the time to begain to decide what type of service and hairdo you want. If you are on a budget, Please ask that perticular hairstylist's price and dont assume she charges the same price as you former hairstylist. Please ask if there are any salon house rules and policies you should know about before you arrive. For example some salons dont allow children unless being serviced or have cancel fees.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Trendz by Tammy is a hair braiding and hair weave beauty salon in Houston TX. I specialize in soft healthy hair, keratin protein hair straightening treatments, shampoo and style blowout, hair cuts, curls, perms, virgin relaxers and hair coloring. We use professional products such as Mizani, Affirm, Dudley, KeraCare, Salon Choice, and Design Essential. Call for appointment today.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Customers most often ask me how to get their hair healthy. I tell them there is no mircle product. It is a process to get it healthy and then it needs to be maintained.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite story started with a phone call to me all the way from Paris, France. The call was made by a young, inspiring cosmetologist name Amy. She had seen my work on youtube and wanted to know if she could visit my salon and would I mentor her? At first I thought it was a scheme. I quickly realized she was authentic. I agreed to let her come. She was the sweetest, little petit thing who had traveled so far to come to visit and learn from me. In the short time she was here, she said she learned so much. She came back a year later and spent even more time with me and my staff. We keep in touch and now I am planning a trip to France. Wow. Some story huh.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. The wait time in a black hair salon is not always the hairstylist's fault. There are several factors to consider. The very nature of a black woman's hairstyle require time. She often gets precision haircuts, precision curls, dryer time, flat ironing and eyebrow arch. The second thing to consider is clients themself often show up late or don't show up at all. So often I have to pad my appointment book a little to compensate for the loss of lates and no shows. It a balancing act because I don't want my ontime clients to suffer because of what others have done. I try to protect all involved by doing several things. I ask new customer when making appointments, if plans change please call and make me aware. I don't give new customers the first or last apt of the day. I pair new customers with regular client appointments and I have cancellation fees.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. The job I am most proud of is when a gentleman brought in his mother who's hair was very matted. She had been in a coma for several months. She was just out of the hospital. She did not want all of her hair cut off but she was prepared for it. I permed and cut a very small about of her hair. She and her son was very pleased. You can view these pictures at trendzbytammy.com