It’s rare to meet someone with years of expertise in their field that is flying under the radar in their community. Often these people are the first to boast about what they know and what they can do, many times before the question is asked. That’s not the case with local hairstylist, Phyllis Blair. We’d heard her name from several people around town, including other hairstylists, and the consensus was that she was very knowledgeable and had many years of hair care experience. We suspected that she would be a great professional to feature. Needless to say, once we found Phyllis and had after several chats with her, it is abundantly clear why she comes highly recommended, the woman knows her stuff!
Check out our interview with her below:
Do you wear your hair in its natural texture? If so, how long has it been since you stopped using chemicals? How did you “cross over”?
I cut off my relaxed ends about a year ago. I like the versatility of being curly one day and straight the next.
How long have you been a hair stylist?
I’ve been a hair stylist for 26 years.
What percentage of your clients have textured hair?
About 30% of my clients wear their hair in a non-chemically altered state.
Do you have a specialty? What is it?
I am a certified Color Specialist and I’m also certified as a CHI Texture Specialist. I was an educator for Design Essentials, a Mizani certified stylist and platform artist assistant. I specialize in multicultural hair care, in my years of doing hair I have worked with clients of all ethnicities and hair types.
What’s your hair philosophy?
Acceptance of your unique texture and being patient with your hair is key. In order to have beautiful, healthy hair the scalp has to be clean and avoid using heavy products that cause buildup.
What are your favorite products to use on client’s hair?
I like the CHI product line because it is very adaptable; it works on all hair types.
If you could change anything about local the hair care industry what would it be?
I would encourage stylists to continue their education. The hair care industry as a whole changes all the time; there are always new techniques and products. Continuing education is essential to giving clients the best hair care experience.
What advice would you give to someone looking for a stylist to care for their textured hair?
Schedule a consultation with the prospective stylist, ask for at least 15 minutes to address your concerns. You should come away with a sense of comfort that the stylist can give you the best service for your hair. If a prospective client doesn’t request a consultation with me, I offer them the opportunity to come by and chat before scheduling their appointment.
How can textured hair wearers contact you for services?
I am located in Sizzors Salon, 1670 E. Fry Blvd. My number is 520-979-9022.