Meet the Experts: An Interview with Juanita Smith

Meet the Expert: Juanita Smith

I recently caught up with my new friend and soon-to-be cosmetology graduate Juanita Smith to discover how she maintains a healthy hair lifestyle.

Here’s what Juanita had to say


Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about styling hair?

A: Having a solid foundation is important. Things are so much easier when you have a haircut that suits your daily life. Also, using the appropriate products according to your hair needs. If you’re color treated, look for products that are made for that.

Q: What is still your biggest challenge when it comes to caring for (your) hair?

A: I still struggle with adjusting to my hair needs as they change with the seasons. I wish there was one magical product that suited my hair year round.

Another challenge I have is finding products that suit “in-between” hair. Not all hair types and needs fit into one perfect category. Finding products and styles that cater to these needs can be difficult.

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Q: What’s your best advice for someone struggling to see hair growth or improve the condition of their hair?

A: Start from the inside. Drink water and eat healthy and your choices will reflect through your hair.

Also, pay attention to your hair. If you are not seeing the desired results, work to diagnose the problem. In other words, do your research – look online or consult with a stylist to figure out what steps you need to take.

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to wash your hair every day.

Q: What surprising lessons have you learned along the way when it comes to all things hair?

A: The less styling the better. Less manipulation allows for the hair to recover from being styled and suffering environmental stress.

And as simple as it sounds, less is more.

Q: How do you recommend balancing a busy schedule and maintaining hair?

A: It’s may sound straightforward, but the best advice I can give anyone is to have a routine or regimen that will help keep them on track.


Juanita hopes to eventually manage a natural hair care salon in the Chicago area where she can encourage more young women to embrace their natural texture.

I wish Juanita the best of luck on her new journey!

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