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For years I’ve kept my hair incredibly short to avoid having to do any major upkeep, always inclined to cut it all off at the first sign of damage. Having my daughter, Madison, changed all of that. When it came time to care for my child’s hair, and mine, we chose The Shop in Conway, Arkansas.
I wasn’t willing to compromise when it came to natural, healthy hair. Before settling on stylists at this central Arkansas hair shop, I tried my best to take care of her hair on my own. As for Maddie, the book “I Love My Hair” by Natasha Tarpley, depicts accurately what the first few years looked like. “When mama gets to especially tangled places, I try my hardest not to cry…” My dear child ended up with a mama who had no clue how to maintain strong natural hair.
Despite that, I continued to encourage my daughter to love her beautiful hair and made a commitment to avoid harsh chemicals. Such commitment means a deal of effort to keep it healthy and manageable.
I first managed by asking lots of questions and watching YouTube tutorials to learn the basics. I researched what products to put in my daughter’s hair and how to do two-strand twists (which are way easier than you might think! Click here to learn more).
Once her hair bypassed shoulder-length, though, it was time to consult the professionals.
We weren’t willing to compromise when it came to healthy hair. We considered whether the stylist:
The stylists at The Shop in Conway do an incredible job of caring for my daughter’s hair. Madison and her stylist, Yolonda “Yogi,” have formed such a sweet bond. I watch in awe as she detangles her long hair with hardly any fuss and blow dries it in what feels like half the time it takes me.
During the summer, we opt for more protective styles that require minimal upkeep and help keep hair moisturized. These kinds of styles are important when it comes to maintaining natural hair, especially for children on the go.
Latrice Flakes, from The Shop, and SeSe Wilson, of SeSe’s Protective Styling in Maumelle, are experienced braiders and stylists who help keep us non-braiding mamas moving with little to no maintenance styles for the kiddos. Many of their clients travel from locations throughout Arkansas for twists, cornrows and braids.
Madison wears her natural hair with pride. Having a patient and experienced stylist results in fewer tears and way more smiles.
We’ve asked around a bit to collect a short list of Arkansas stylists who specialize in natural healthy hair for children. You’ll see a few of those listed below.
Adrienne’s Ultimate U
2455 Washington Ave., Suite 103
Conway, AR 72032
Mazique Hair Styles
865 Walnut St., Suite B
Conway, Arkansas 72032
Real Natural Hair Salon
12111 W Markham, Suite 420
Little Rock, AR 72211
SeSe’s Royal Palace
9203 Maumelle Blvd.
North Little Rock, Arkansas
1050 Bob Courtway Drive
Conway, Arkansas (501) 327-7712
Who are your favorite Arkansas stylists and why? Are they incredible with children?
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