For years, Megan Good has dealt with the lack of knowhow of several hairstylists who have never been able to handle and style up her black hair. Megan says that from past three decades or so, she has lived through the ignorance of hairstylist on styling her hair. More than often she has often found that hairstylist do not know what to with her hair.
Megan says that a lot of hairstylists do not even have sufficient hair styling tools to do up her properly and give her a right hair do.
Megan told to US Weekly, that most of the time she would carry her own hair tools to give it to the unprepared hairstylists at the sets. And many times she herself had to style her hair. “For me, being 40-year-old now, it’s something that I have dealt with for the past 25 years.” Megan said. She further said “Always being in a situation where, to some degree, if the stylist doesn’t know how to do my hair, which is more often than not, I’m taking a huge bag with me to set with my pressing comb, particular flat iron, particular products I can’t just use anything.”
Megan says “I have had some great experiences and it’s sad, in a way it’s like before I get to a job and I kid you not, even today I’m holding my breath hoping that the person can do my hair. And when I find out that they can, it’s like I can breathe.” Megan explains “On other occasions, I get there and I realize they can’t do my hair.” Megan emphasizes “I always have a bag with me because I’ve learned that I have to do that. And then I get to my trailer and the unfortunate thing is I’ve already been in hair and makeup for an hour so my time has run out and I’m now in my trailer spending an extra 15, 20 minutes trying to actually do my hair myself.”
A survey carried out by TRESemmé reveals the Megan is not alone. No surprises here, many women face similar issues when they try and get their hair done by professional hairstylists. TRESemmé survey also reveals that 86% women find it difficult to find “consistent quality hair care at salons.” Some women also face “widespread bias and discrimination over their hair.”
Megan is now a part of TRESemmé selection committee selection committee for its Future Stylists Fund that was founded in the year 2020. Each year, the program provides $10,000 to 10 women who aspire to become next generation hair stylist s. The program also provides exposure to the hair industry and mentorship to the winners. The selection committee also includes Celebrity Hairstylist Lacy Redway, TRESemmé stylist Nai Vasha, Unilever North America EVP & COO of Beauty and Personal Care Esi Eggleston Bracy and Black in Fashion Council Co-Founder Sandrine Charles.
On being a part of the TRESemmé program Megan says “I am excited to be a part of the TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund and pour into young women of color and their futures. I wanted to help get the word out and encourage people to apply.” Megan further said, “The cool thing about TRESemmé is that they want to be a part of the solution, not just talk about it I think that it’s really important that we’re having the conversation but it’s unfortunate that it’s taken so long.
But you know, better late than never. I do think we have a long way to go, but I think this is a huge, great big step.”