Why Women Love Male Hair Stylists

It’s no secret. Women love male hair dressers…and gynecologists. But that’s a story for another day. In my experience, male hair dressers are really good, for more reasons than respectfully calling you “madam” and pulling chairs for you. 🙂

I would probably never have had a male hair dresser had I not decided to have dread locks. That was 7 months ago. Since then I have had 4 different male hair dressers. Apparently, most dread locks stylists are male. I haven’t met any female dreads stylist by the way.

So, women love male hair stylists. Not necessarily for Mpango Wa Kando arrangements. (Forget about what you saw on TV). Male hair dressers are a favorite because for one, they are passionate about their job. Hair dressing is seen as a ladies’ job, therefore men who go for it do it because they are passionate about it and as a result do a good job on your hair.

Secondly they mind their own business. Male hair dressers will not ask you personal questions like “Huyo mmekujanisha na yeye ndie mzee”?(That guy you came with, is your husband, right?) No. Instead, they’ll nicely suggest to him that when they are not roasting female hair, they also do hair-cuts.

They do not gossip – At least not in a client’s presence. Instead they like to go on and on about their prowess…at styling hair that is, in case your mind was starting to wander. Which brings me to my last reason…

It’s about his Ego – When a man makes a ladies’ hair, he is subconsciously showing off how good he is…for his own ego. A man wants a woman to think of him as being good..at whatever. The result? Gorgeous looking hair and a happy lady client who in turn will be sure to let her ‘girlfriends’ in on the hair stylist’s prowess.


Its not all rosy. There are a few that give the sought-after male hair dresser a bad name.

Mpango wa Kando(side dish) material – They are giggling and smiling and want to talk to you…about touchy issues like what’s your stand on men having mistresses or such. He has dreadlocks and pierced ears.

The Braggart – He’ll tell you how he’s really good, how you are even lucky coz a certain celebrity had just canceled their appointment when you called. On and on and on..yawn.

Mr Plan B –He is standing in for his friend whom you had booked the appointment with, but has had an emergency. Would you like to come tomorrow? No. You have a presentation the very tomorrow morning and you can’t afford to go with your hair in the state it is in. So you half halfheartedly settle for plan B. This guy is probably a barber and doesn’t know anything about tonging (or whatever it is that you want) apart from what he learnt at Ashley’s Beauty College. He will question how his friend does your hair and make a mess of your hair all the while explaining how his method is better. After he is done, his “Madam unaoionaje?”(How do you see it madam?) will seem like mockery.

Mr Busy Bee – It’s the third time he is doing this. You had called him and booked an appointment for 3:00PM. Only to show up at 3 minutes past three and you find him halfway through another head. WTH do you mean I wait? I had an appointment at this time! 🙁 This one will keep you waiting for an hour or more even after you had booked an appointment. He is good so everyone likes him. So you either wait for him or try plan B. In that case, good bye Mr Busy Bee. Am off to look for greener pastures!

19 comments for “Why Women Love Male Hair Stylists

  1. August 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    MrsMwiti, that’s a hilarious piece… worth reading for all the moment.
    I’m off to a new career; hair dresser or a gynaecologist.
    Either, I’ll meet all sorts of women to discover, explore and make landmarks.

    Mind doing a piece on gyno?

    • August 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks. We’ll see about the gynae 🙂

  2. August 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I like your style of writing.

    • mrsmwiti
      August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

      And i am honored that you read. Thank You!

  3. August 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I have the best male hair dresser ever…when I’m out of the salon, my hair looks just to fresh even confidence is on top.
    But he’s the busy-bee kind. though once you become he’s loyal client he sometimes does the honors of making you first in line especially when you are in a hurry.
    Thank God for cool male hair dressers. I like how they are totally out of your business…if anything you talk general stuff.

    Lovely Post 🙂

    • August 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Yeah, i find it soo cool that they just shut up and let you read whatever you are reading. Mine brags a little. Likes to praise himself lol. But he’s good. Courteous and does his job well.

  4. jacinta
    January 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Hi these is a very interesting topic
    I have a question i got dreadlock i put them in 2005 but it seems they dont grow long
    is there somwhere u can advice i can go n put some extensions just to make them slightly long to fall on my back?
    Now i got kind of a bob style
    I have seen we have extensions that one wouldnt know they are extensions
    Pliz help
    Thanks alot

    • January 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Jacinta. Interesting as i was reading ur comment while at the salon. 🙂

      If you are in Nairobi I can hook you up with my dreads stylist who can advise you. While at the salon today, a lady client of his was being braided. I think it’s the exact thing you want.

      He’s called Moha. I told him that a friend of mine would like to know about extensions on dreadlocks. You can reach him on 0723-717663

  5. Lallesh
    January 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Wow ,this has reminded of a very nice hairdresser I used to have.I would book appointments 3 days in advance and even call him that morning just to remind him that we had a date..,and each time I reached there,he had someone,not even finishing but starting,then he would go like, elax,haraka ni ya nini?.I would get so pissed off especially considering am a very impatient person,I don’t like waiting,am the kind of person who expects YOU to be waiting for me.(Dont get me wrong but if you’re going to a place like the salon,it makes you feel special to know that you were waiting for me.) -your client!!!!—-since n-way I do keep time. Nway my hairdressers behaviour became a habit and painfully I had to look for another one.I just hope one day he can understand the defination of the word APPOINTMENT!! 

    • January 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

      It’s true , many of them lack professionalism when it comes to keeping appointments. But I think its coz many people don’t keep time so even the service providers relax their rules….
      “…..am the kind of person who expects YOU to be waiting for me.” I like that! Hopefully, very hopefully 🙂 , your habit can rub off on me. I have high respect for people who keep time.

  6. Lisa
    May 16, 2011 at 3:01 am

    This couldn’t be more far from the truth. After doing hair for 20 yrs with male stylist, they care the least…in the break room.  So go ahead and LOVE you male stylist, just know when you leave….he is bitching about you in the back room….sry!

  7. December 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm

     . . . Now I understand why my girlfriend frequents the salon, even after insinuating – by innuendo – that I don’t like how her male hair-dresser handles and smiles at her! 
    Think I’ll change my career altogether! Nice piece Mrs. Mwiti

  8. December 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I have grown dreadlocs for five years now and I have had 3 DUDES  who keep them all neat. My present hair stylist has been my dreads whisperer for two years now hehe. He equally has an occasional reliable Plan B when he is unwell or something urgent came up prior an appointment.
    But the thing that has made me keep him this long is that he keeps time. If he is late for five minutes we reschedule the entire appointment. It happened once and never again :D..
    And i insist on a guy to wash my hair. The ladies who have attempted to wash my hair always leave my scalp traumatized (who taught them that you should SCATCH a customer’s scalp as ultimate cleaning??)

    • December 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

      @Padre, now you know. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

      Thanksfor your contribution @Lisa.

      @Warhia Haha. Tell me about it. Like me, I have my dreads washed every week so I’m like arrrrrgh! What are you scratching so hard?! At times I tell the lady who washes me. “Haya. Wacha ikae hivyo sasa. Iko sawa.” SMH

  9. May 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

    mrs. mwiti thanks for appreciating my job.well i still got alot for your dreadlocks….

  10. carole
    August 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    hello mrs.mwiti i love your article ,n i would like to dredlock my hair where can i find moha n where is he located

  11. Hannah
    March 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hi,Mrs Mwiti
    I was googling male hairdressers when I came across your article. I live in Nyeri and i’m yet to see a male hairdresser.Could you advise me where to get their contacts?Thanks

    • April 3, 2013 at 5:02 am

      Hi Hannah , I have since stopped going to Moha simply because I don’t like the salon he operates from . However he is still the best stylist I know and whenever I want a killer hairstyle for an event I see him.

      His contact details are as above.

      As for a hair dresser in Nyeri , see if you can find that info here http://www.facebook.com/nyerionline

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