I have noticed a lot of products being introduced lately that encourages consumers to care for and style their hair at home. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but as a licensed hair care professional it is my job to highlight the importance of also having regular at home visits. Allow me to paint a picture for you. If a person gets sick with the common cold or has a strong headache, that person can go to a local drug store and purchase an over the counter remedy such as Robitussin or Tylenol. However, if a person becomes severely sick and needs something stronger then that person should see a doctor. It's recommended for us to see a Doctor annually whether we're sick or not. This is the same case when it comes to hair.
If you are having small issues such as dryness, or trying to get your curls to have more definition, then you can go to the local beauty supply store and purchase a product that will help remedy this. However, if you're having bigger concerns such as excessive shedding or breakage from over processed or heat damaged hair, then those are issues that you may want to address with a licensed professional aka cosmetologist.
Again, there is nothing wrong with doing your hair at home, but when it comes to more complex issues or hair situations such as stressed and damaged hair or even when it comes to style goals such as going blonde, relaxing the hair or chemically altering the natural state of your hair, it's highly recommend to see a cosmetologist.
Cosmetologists are licensed for a reason. Being licensed shows that this person has a dedication to the craft and that they took the time to gain comprehensive knowledge on how to properly service the public as well as showing discipline and a true commitment to the craft. 95% of cosmetologist are passionate about what they do and take their work and skills seriously.
I hope this can encourages all my passionate hair artists to continue to show integrity and great craftsmanship within our field as well as dedication to the advancement of our industry so that it can be taken more seriously. I also hope this encourages all of our patrons to take coming to the salon more seriously and visit us more regularly if time and money permits it.