different types of hairstylists and the tools they use for success

Different Types of Hairstylists and The Tools They Use for Success!

Why You Should Have More Than One Stylist

How many hairstylists do you have? Be honest, and I promise I won’t tell your “main” stylist you’re cheating on her or him! I have three, and I know neither of them will be upset because they all specialize in different areas of hair styling. My first stylist is great at keeping relaxed hair on point. She knows all about relaxed hair and can keep my hair ends trimmed, colored, and looking healthy as it grows out. She can keep my hair healthy for me, and that's important when you have a relaxer. My other stylist specializes in braiding. She can create any style I want, and I can always go to her for bomb foundation braids for a quick style. It's one of the easiest ways to give my natural hair versatility. I'm natural now, and my new stylist specializes in natural hair. She helps me understand my hair and get to know my hair's "personality." I mention all of this because I think a lot of people with cosmetology licenses get bored or lose inspiration with styling hair. In this article, I'm going to talk about the different types of hairstylists and the tools they use. I may add a few tips in throughout the article so make sure you keep reading to the end to get inspired. So I'm excited to give you the behind-the-scenes to the cosmetology industry and help you to kind of think outside of the box. Some stylists feel as if they are stuck. Hopefully, this article will help you to get inspired again. You may see the need to pivot or shift if you need to go in a new direction.

1. Natural Hair Stylist

If you're someone who is interested in becoming a natural hair stylist, then your journey may be a little bit different from your peers. A natural hair stylist is an individual who cares for African-American or ethnic hair without using chemicals to treat the hair. He or she uses processes that result in tension on the strands of hair by twisting, wrapping, or weaving it. The challenge of being a natural stylist is that you must understand the various types of hair textures and what products you should be using. The different style options such as braids, twists, and blowouts provide versatility a lot of clients desire. Natural hair stylists receive education on which products (especially shampoos and conditioners) work best for your client's natural hair. Shampoos should be shampoos should be special should be used to this angle as well as curl the hair leave-in conditioners you also want to enroll in continuing education you will need to make sure that you are keeping yourself up-to-date on industry trends as well as continuing education requirements. Popular styles include braids, cornrows, and flat twists, twist outs, and updos. If you can work with extensions, you can also install Senegalese twists, box braids, Havana twists, feed-in braids, as well as locs. SUPPLIES USED
  • Rattail comb
  • Ecostyle gel
  • Diffuser
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Bobby pins
  • Crochet needle
  • Braid hair
Your job is a natural hair stylist is to nurture textured hair and provide excellent natural hair care services. The key to becoming a successful natural hair stylist is to know techniques, as described above, to earn significant money in the industry. It will expose you to a lot of people and help you to establish a diverse clientele. Below are styling choices which are perfect niches for a hairstylist.

Loc Specialist

A cosmetologist (Check out this article: pros and cons of being a cosmetologist) can specialize in loc installation and repair. Providing this service is excellent but make sure you have gotten the training and education required. The great thing is that even if a stylist begins his/her career working with all types of hair, he/she can transition into caring for natural hair only. There is a demand for natural hairstylists. A natural hairstylist educates clients on how to care for of their unique hair texture, how to style it, how to maintain a style. During a client consultation, you will want to understand the texture of a client's hair and well as the how to manage hair once it begins to loc. A natural transition for natural hair cosmetologists is to become an educator who shares information with the public to further educate everyone on natural hair. Locs are created by combining medium amounts of hair with the palms or a product. Once the stylist installs the locs they are permanent. As they grow, they will get heavier. Specialists redo locs about every three weeks. SUPPLIES USED
  • Clarifying shampoo (should be as organic as possible and should help retain moisture)
  • Moisturizing conditioner (hydrogenized protein or wheat germ protein)
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Shower caps
  • Hooded dryer
  • Small-toothed comb or a rattail comb
  • Duckbill clips
  • Spray bottle filled with water and leave-in conditioner
  • DIY leave-in conditioner (distilled water, aloe gel, jojoba oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary essential oil
  • Leave-in conditioner (your favorite brand)
  • Jamaican castor oil (for scalp)
  • Hair dryer
  • Wrapping papers (to keep edges down)
  • Finishing oil spray


Braiding is a lucrative business, and the more diverse a hairstylist is, the better! Whether she specializes in basic box braids or more elaborate styles, there is money to be made and clients seeking her expertise. Some states do require braiders to get a license to offer this service. Licensed cosmetologists don't need to apply for this license. A great braider will have your braided style looking amazing while keeping your edges intact and you are headache free. SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR FEED-IN BRAIDS
  • One pack of braid hair
  • Jamaican castor oil
  • Rattail comb
  • Lighter
  • Hot water
  • Hair accessories
  • Six packs of braid hair
  • Rattail comb
  • Hair accessories
  • Finishing oil spray
  • Hot water
  • Edge control
  • Rattail comb
  • Three packs of crochet hair
  • Nylon thread
  • Crochet needle
  • Hicks edge control
  • Scissors
  • Duckbill clips

2. Wigmaker

As a hairstylist, it's a smooth transition to becoming a wigmaker. Creating wigs is a sensible evolution of skills. Most wig makers do this as a way to increase revenue and offer services to those who are in need of wigs. A wig maker handles work a week making or another word for an alternative Hair Solutions without much call and an immediate solution for baldness. The steps to make wigs is pretty straightforward. You must understand creating a wig can be an extensive project. Usually, the individual who creates custom wigs is someone who has passion or purpose to do what they do. Poor customer service and a sub-par product can be another reason wig makers start their businesses. Wig makers know the key to the success of their companies is to understand their product and have great suppliers. Wigmakers can make a significant amount of money creating units although it can be a lengthy process depending on the style and color. Wigs sell well, and most makers cater to a particular market. Hairstylist creates wigs for some reasons which are listed below:
  • People suffering from alopecia (hair loss)
  • Theatrical events
  • Actors for specific roles
  • Women who wear wigs for style
  • Entertainers
  • Private Label Extension's Lace frontal (free part)
  • Nylon sewing thread
  • Scissors
  • Wig cap
  • Curved sewing needle
  • Tape measure (Learn how to measure your frontal here)
  • Duckbill clips
  • Foam head
  • T pins
  • Dome cap
  • Options (wig combs, elastic band,
  • Online website
  • Active social media platforms
  • BW2 bleaching powder
  • Various color
  • Scissors

3. Colorist

Clients, both male, and female take their hair color very seriously. That’s why they pay a right amount of money to get the color they want. Colorists who are competent at what they do, can earn a good salary and have a comfortable lifestyle. Client consultations are critical to creating the right color and look. All colorists take the following steps to provide this service:
  • Attend cosmetology school
  • Obtain your license
  • Gain employment in a salon
  • Train with other colorists
  • Get training and practice a lot
  • Become a certified colorist
  • Get business cards promoting themselves as color specialists
  • Market themselves as a hair color specialist
  • Inform their clients they are certified, colorists
  • They stay up-to-date on continuing education
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator brush
  • Creme colors
  • Liquid colors
  • Handheld mixer
  • Key (to get color out of a tube)
  • 5-40 Developer
  • Measuring cup
  • Color whisk
  • Measuring scale
  • Toner
  • Towel
  • Foils
  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Styling tools

4. Extension expert

Not everyone can install extensions correctly! Some hairstylist don't want to deal with installing a full sew-in or other styles due to the time it takes to complete the style. Therefore, stylists who specialize in extensions create a unique lane for themselves. It goes without saying (but I will say it) that a licensed cosmetologist is the best person to install your extensions. They know to understand your natural hair and scalp as well as they know the proper way to install extensions to prevent alopecia and other adverse reactions to a poorly executed style. Below are a few extension styles our expert stylist focus on:

Micro-Link Extension Expert

A hairstylist who installs micro-link or loop extensions can have a profitable business. Micro-link extensions do not use any glue, clips, or wefts. Stylists attach a small section of hair with rings which are clamped down to hold the extensions in place. Micro-links last between two and three months. SUPPLIES NEEDED
  • Loop tool
  • Metal plier tool
  • Micro ring
  • Micro loop ring human hair extensions
  • Grooved beads

Brazilian Knots

This method of hair extensions is a safe method of installing hair extensions. These extensions require no glue nor heat. Brazilian knots are flexible, and a stylist can install them on any texture of hair. SUPPLIES NEEDED
  • Extensions removed off the weft
  • Nylon elastic thread
  • Rattail comb
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Duckbill clips
  • Paddle brush


Full or partial sew-ins are an excellent way to give your relaxed or natural hair a break! A sew-in which causes pain or discomfort is not the right way to install one. It's essential you find a great cosmetologist who specializes in these types of installs. Sew-ins, when installed correctly, can last for two to three months. SUPPLIES NEEDED
  • Private Label Extensions
  • Curved sewing needle
  • Nylon sewing thread
  • Jamaican castor oil
  • Finishing oil spray
  • Rattail comb
  • Edge control
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Scissors
  • Weaving net
  • Butterfly clips
  • Braiding hair
  • Lace Frontal or closure

Find The Right Hairstylist for You

Some so many talented hair stylists are committed to their craft. They are ready to give you a look you want, and all it takes is a little research. Start by asking your friends who styled their hair and schedule a consultation with him or her. A discussion is an excellent time to express what type of style you want because your hairstylist can let you know if this is a style she or he can accomplish for you. Make sure you have your questions ready during the consultation. Also, if there is a salon you have been thinking about going to thin to go to check out their reviews on social media and their posts as well. Completing research before sitting in someone's chair can save a lot of frustration and dissatisfaction. As always, share your comments or questions below! We love hearing from you! Tag us in your posts on Instagram @privatelabelextensions to possibly get featured on our page!
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