I have to admit, I’ve done this several times. However, I’ve done this in cases where I had an event already planned and it just happened to be in that location and so I would simply wait to get my done hair there. This has happened mostly in the case of Jamaica – where hairdressers are amazing and they know all the latest tricks and styles.
I appeared in this article in Glamour, written by Deana Pai that explores the “new long distance relationship”:
Meet the Women Willing to Travel Thousands of Miles for Perfect Hair
It’s a universal truth: Flying is the worst. Between hauling your luggage to the airport and sitting next to someone who hogs the armrest, there’s nothing enjoyable about it. (It helps a little when your favorite beauty brands have travel-size options, but not so much that it makes up for the total lack of legroom.) That’s why it’s shocking some people are willing to go through all that and pay for a plane ticket—plus the cost of the actual cut or color—to get the hair of their dreams. It sounds extravagant, but, as it turns out, it’s happening more often than you’d think. Forget air travel. This is hair travel.
First, the process of finding a new stylist or colorist can be hit-or-miss when you move cities. Writer Marcia Noyes, 57, encountered this when she moved from Golden, Colorado, to Texas in 2012—along with some sticker shock. “I tried four different hairstylists in Texas, but none could cut or color my hair the way my original stylist, Omar, could,” she says. “A haircut in a small Texas town could be upwards of $90—and don’t even start with the color, which would break your bank.” Because Noyes has found that the price differences between the two states is so drastic, she figures those savings are actually better spent on the flight back and forth. She goes every three to four months for her cut and color.
The process is even more difficult when you have curls. That’s what 30-year-old Diane Elizabeth, founder of lifestyle site Skincare Ox, realized. “I’m Caribbean by heritage, and my thick, curly hair can be a bit of a puzzle for stylists,” says Elizabeth, who grew up in Miami. “I moved to Boston for college, and after months of searching and dozens of frizzy blowouts later, I still couldn’t find a stylist who could come close to my old salon in Miami.” So the weekend before an important career event at school, she flew back to Miami for a cut and color—a habit she kept up throughout the remainder of college. (To pay for the flights, a very entrepreneurial Elizabeth shuttled students to and from the airport during holidays for half the price of Boston cabs.) Keisha Blair, cofounder of Aspire Canada, travels even farther for her natural hair: roughly 1,500 miles, the distance between Ottawa, Ontario, and Jamaica, where she’s from. “My friends would actually say, ‘Wait till you get to Jamaica to get your hair styled,'” she recalls.
A good hairstylist who specializes in curly hair can be hard to find, says stylist Shai Amiel, a.k.a. the Curl Doctor, of L.A.’s Capella Salon. Not only does learning how to work with the texture take experience, but “most curly girls will go months or years without getting trims and the actual cut takes two to three times longer than traditional cuts,” explains Amiel. So financially, it doesn’t always add up for many stylists—which is why those who are well-versed in curls can be like hairstyling unicorns. “I started following Shai on Instagram and watched his amazing cutting technique for curls,” says Shizen Wong, a 23-year-old singer who’s based in Amsterdam, where no one could figure out how to cut her natural hair. “I knew I could trust him because of everything I saw on his Instagram feed.” It paid off. Wong’s curls are now healthier than ever, she loves the shape of her cut, and she won’t let anyone besides him touch her hair again.
The same struggle is often felt for natural hair, says Anu Prestonia, founder of Khamit Kinks salon in Brooklyn. Part of the reason is that stylists try to learn it themselves—and without formal training. “There’s a tendency to look to YouTube for styling tips, but many people giving advice on YouTube have only styled their own hair,” she explains. “They only know how to address their own texture and length.” So even if you do try to seek an expert out, they still might not be able to work with your natural hair. Prestonia recommends doing research online, like reading reviews, and then scheduling an in-person consultation before the scissors even come out—which is, of course, a gamble if you’ve already booked a flight. Otherwise, you can see if a stylist will FaceTime.
Continue reading here: https://www.glamour.com/story/travel-for-best-hairstylist