It is going to take some trial and error for you to locate the right hairdresser for your needs. You are going to have to see a lot of different hair stylist before you stumble across one that can work with your hair type, keeps shop hours that are convenient for you, and that you get along well with. Personality plays a key role in the way you feel about the person doing your hair care.
Ask your friends and coworkers who they go to for their hair care. This is especially useful coming from friends and family that have hair with the same characteristics that your hair has. In other words, a recommendation from someone that is of the same race, and has the same type of hair will more likely be helpful than if your friend that is of a different race recommends a hair care professional.
People of different races have different hair needs. Black individuals need their scalps to be oiled, where white people need the oil removed from their scalps. Get a recommendation from someone that has the same basic needs in their hair care.
You need to drop by the salon the hair stylist works out of and see if you like the atmosphere. You have undoubtedly been in some establishments that make you uncomfortable the minute you walk in them. See if you feel comfortable when you go to the salon. If you do feel comfortable speak to the stylist that has been recommended to you and see how well you like them.
Make an appointment with the hair care professional, but make the appointment to have something relatively simple done. Do not make your first appointment a time when you are making drastic changes. Keep the first appointment to a trim, or to a wash and style so you can see how the person does with your hair, if you like their technique, and if you feel comfortable while they are working on your hair. If you are comfortable, and you like the results from the first visit, then make an appointment to have other things done.
Once you locate a professional hair care salon that you are happy with their work, then you need to stick with them. It is important that you like your hair care professional, and that you build up a trust between the two of you. If you do this then you will have someone that knows how your hair reacts to certain things, and is able to predict what things you will like and what things you will not. You want to have an intimate relationship with the person that cares for your hair.