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From the Kitchen to the ParlorLanguage and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care$
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Lanita Jacobs-Huey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304169.001.0001

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Negotiating Expert and Novice Identities through Client-stylist Interactions

Negotiating Expert and Novice Identities through Client-stylist Interactions

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(p.17) 1 Negotiating Expert and Novice Identities through Client-stylist Interactions
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From the Kitchen to the Parlor
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Lanita Jacobs-Huey (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304169.003.01

This chapter focuses on a routine type of interaction between clients and stylists in hair salons: client-stylist negotiation. In particular, it draws from observations of client-stylist interactions in salons in the California cities of Oakland, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills, as well as Charleston in South Carolina, to explore the verbal and nonverbal strategies used by African American women clients and stylists to mediate their respective identities as hair-care novices and experts while negotiating hair care. For both the client and stylist, the challenge is how to establish which of them would act as the hair-care authority at any given point. To negotiate their expertise, clients and stylists employed indirect and direct discourse styles that are characteristic of African American speech communities.

Keywords:   clients, hair salons, stylists, client-stylist negotiation, Oakland, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills

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