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Stylist Keisha McAlister Reflects on the Ever-Evolving Hair Industry


om episode: The Hair Radio Morning Show LIVE #886 Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Hey, hey, hey. Keisha McAlister. Good morning again. Good morning. How are you? I'm good. How are you? Yeah. We are just fantastic. I want to shout out to all of our amazing Hair Radio Morning Show fans. Afrolock Magazine, Afrolock Podcast, our amazing incredible hair radio online community, The Vet Talk Radio Show fans, my own local community here right in New York City. I want to say thank you to everybody for tuning in. It's just great to always, always check in with Miss Keisha McAlister. All the way from California. So, listen, good morning, Ms. Hair Stylist of the day. Good morning. Yes, I'm going to talk a little bit about how the hair industry is coming along. I want to kind of bring folks up to speed on the hair and beauty industry. You know, we've got to talk about hair and beauty here on the broadcast. So, let's lead on in with Keisha McAlister. Now, you are a licensed cosmetologist. You are an entrepreneur, and I say pray -nour, but we all do. So, yeah, let's kind of lead on in with that. Where do you kind of see the hair and beauty industry? I know you've been in it for a while. So, have you noticed any shifts in things? Because I kind of have, here on the East Coast. But what about you? What would you like to say to that this morning? Well, I think there is a shift, but I think it goes coast to coast. California just recently had Governor Newsome sign that bill into place where there's no discrimination for hair. Right, right. Black women and women of color here. Yeah, I think that's correct. So, I see here in California, you see a lot more women wearing their hair more natural and more natural in the wild now, feeling the freedom to do so. But I'm also seeing the younger women who were natural basically for these last 15 years or so walking into relaxed situations. So, everybody's trying something different. And we're starting to see people going back to finger waves and rollers and things like that. Yeah, they're going back to finger waves and things like that. So, I think it's just kind of going full circle. People are trying things. They're also trying to stay safe as they do try things with their hair. But we all know that the at -home stylist will make a mistake or two and have to come sit in our chair eventually. So, that's another thing where the at -home stylists, you know, they weren't all that prevalent. Or maybe they were, but it was not something that we kind of talked about a whole lot. You know, it really wasn't so many years ago now. The DIYers have just thrust everybody right front and center. And so, that's what I think has kind of contributed to this big wave of change from my mouth anyway about the industry. So, I don't know. They've always been there. I think YouTube and COVID really changed the game where they're kind of stepping out of the closet, so to speak, or the kitchen, so to speak. But no, they've always been there. They've always been there.

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