Healthy Hair Care Tips From A Professional Hairstylist

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hairstylist Spotlight: Kia Sterling On Hair Care

Kia Sterling
Kia Sterling is an amazing session AND salon hair stylist based in New York City as well as Philadelphia, PA.  Kia specializes in multi-textural and multi-cultural hairstyling.  She is super talented, and her excellent work allowed her to be chosen as the lead hairstylist for Philly Fashion Week in Philadelphia, PA!  She has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has done extensive traveling over the country to continue her training.  Kia works as senior stylist at AnBrea's Beauty Salon in Philadelphia, where she puts the health of her clients' hair first.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Sterling and getting her take on hair care.

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Kia Working
LJ: What do you love most about being a hair artist?
KS: I love my job! I feel honored when women choose me to be their hairstylist, because hair is so personal and intimate. I love bringing out the best in women and making her the most beautiful version of herself. I enjoy creating new images for my clients and giving them a new boost of self esteem. Hair is the first thing people see and if its powerful enough it will leave a great lasting memory. Hair is EVERYTHING!

LJ:  What is your personal hair care regimen? 
KS: Because I'm a fan of extensions (I love the infinite styling options it gives) as well as SUPER HEALTHY HAIR, I  opt for lots of deep cleansing for my natural hair and scalp as well as deep moisturizing and protein treatments to keep my hair well balanced. My favorite is Platinum by J Beverly Hills, it really brings back dull lifeless hair creating lots of shine and body. I receive regular trims about every eights weeks.

LJ: Is your hair natural or relaxed?
KS: My hair is natural and has been for about seven years now. I must admit I love the feel of my hair in its natural state....the natural curls I was born with lol.

LJ:  What are your top must have products? 
KS: On set I love Aquage transforming spray and New York Streets dry shampoo, and behind my chair in the salon I reach for J Beverly Hills shine mist and New York Streets Hair Culture hairspray.

LJ:  To a person who has relaxed hair AND has permanent hair color, what advice would you give them to keep their hair healthy and avoid damage and breakage? 
KS: At home maintenance is very important in maintaining healthy hair and consistency is key. Because chemically treated hair has been robbed of moisture, keeping your hair hydrated regularly through deep penetrating moisturizing treatments will replenish thirsty locks. Wrapping hair every night with a satin scarf or bonnet. Using minimal or low heat settings, and only apply heat on freshly cleansed and conditioned hair. Using the proper maintenance products designed for your hair type and texture as well. 

Kia's Work

LJ: I have experienced recommending a product for a client and the client has asked, "Isn't that just for Caucasian women's hair?" Being a multi-cultural and multi-textural hair artist, what advice would you give to people who think that some products are only intended for certain races? 
KS: I like to look at hair from a texture point of view as opposed to race, because textures vary in different races. During my consultation with my clients I help them understand their hair texture and why certain products will work best for their hair regardless of their race.

LJ: What is your top beauty tip?
KS: I believe women and men should always consult with a professional hairstylist on understanding and learning their hair type and texture, understanding what looks work best for them (according to height, weight, facial shape, etc.) Also understanding what products work best and why.  This will lead to great hair days.

LJ:  What are your biggest hair care dont's? 
KS: Never apply chemicals to your own hair, always visit a professional hairstylist, and never leave a weave in too long, it will cause matting and severe breakage.  Always visit your stylist for weave maintenance.  

LJ: What is the worst thing a woman can do to her hair? 
KS: Not visiting a professional stylist for regular trims and treatments

LJ: What are some the major differences between styling editorial/runway hair vs. styling hair for the everyday woman in the salon? 
KS: Hairstyling in the editorial world can take you to another place and time. Editorial hair gives you more creative control and artistic freedom. Whereas in the salon, I enjoy maintaining a real world connection to my fabulous clients and creating beautiful and amazing lifestyle hair to fit their needs and desires.

LJ: What is it like to work in two major cities such as New York and Philadelphia?
KS: AMAZING!!! Fun, hectic, busy, rewarding, tiring, (LOL) and I love every minute of it. I plan on someday very,very soon taking my talents abroad and style on an international level. It's definitely at the top of my to-do/to-be list. My goals are one of the many things that continuously inspired me.

LJ: What advice would you give other hair stylists that are interested in crossing over to the editorial/runway side of hair? 
KS: Start building your portfolio. Photo shoots are your first step in branding your identity. Become familiar with telling stories through hairstyling and creating camera ready hair. Plan a marketing strategy for getting more exposure and recognized for your creative work. Build a strong network of artist to create with. Be patient, work extremely hard, study hard, stay focused, be open to new ideas, and last but not least think big and dream bigger.

LJ: What projects are you currently working on?
KS: I'm so excited I have some amazing projects coming up. I will be styling at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City (September 6-13) on the team of international hairstylist Matthew Curtis from the United Kingdom. Falguni and Shane Peacock, Osklen, Saunder, and Lindsey Degen are a few of the shows I'll be styling for. Yuliana Candra's BlacMera Lookbook shoot for is another amazing project I'm styling for,lead by the brilliant photography of Stephanie Matthews. Philadelphia Fashion Week is rapidly approaching (September 18 -22) I'm the lead hair artist for this amazing runway show that gets bigger and bigger every year. And a several industry editorial shoots in between.
LJ: Where can we find you on the web?  
KS: My portfolio can be viewed at
      Follow me on Twitter @KiaSterlingHair
      Follow my visual journey on Instagram @KiaSterlingHair
      Questions for me? email me at
      and if you're in the Philadelphia area I'm located at:
                           AnBrea's Beauty Salon
                           4141 Ridge Ave Phila, Pa 19129
                           (215) 991-9181

Kia Sterling's work! 

And there you have it. Can you say amazing?!? I love that my job allows me to meet so many great and talented people. Keep up the good work Kia. You rock!



  1. Thanks for all the Great info..I wish you the best in all you do..-Crystal


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