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Toronto’s Top Curl Specialist: “Water Is Our Hydrator, Conditioner Is Our Softener”

by CurlStylist on Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Krista Leavitt is a Curl Specialist is a professional stylist who dedicates 100% of her booking calendar to wavy, curly, and coily clientele. She is also a mother of 3 young children–two of which are curly. Krista has been a professional stylist since 2003, focusing solely on curls for over two years and currently owns Barrie, Ontario’s first curly hair salon. Krista is Red Seal Certified and currently travels within Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to provide services for curly girls. One of her passions is teaching clients how to love their curls and she’s created a unique service experience for women of texture.  It empowers wavy, curly and coily girls to work confidently with their hair at home and is a required first step to becoming her client. Krista believes that each service is: 1/3 about the haircut, 1/3 about the products that are chosen for use, and 1/3 about how you actually use those products in the hair. Her focus is creating a custom curly haircut for each client, teaching them curly hair techniques, daily maintenance, love, and acceptance for their natural texture.

1. When did becoming a curly hair specialist become a passion of yours?

I read ‘Curly Girl, The Handbook’ by Lorraine Massey in 2006 and it has intrigued me over the years… After I had my 3rd child, I figured out how to work my own natural waves and I decided it was time to open my own private studio.

[quote align="aligncenter"]I also felt the pull to show others what I had discovered about curls, and it’s around that time when Scott Musgrave invited me to join a group he created called Curly Hair Artistry. I opened in March of 2013 and began offering all hairstyling services, with a curly hair service as an added feature.  After only a few months and to my pleasant surprise; the people calling in droves were women with curly hair! In August of 2013, I made the decision to dedicate all my available appointments and specialize in wavy, curly, and coily hair. [/quote]

The need for someone with my skill set was obvious; curly girls were hungry for knowledge and I had a passion to share it. Since then, I have focused all my time and resources on learning everything I can about wavy, curly and coily hair. I want my curly girls to rock their hair everyday, and with my help most of them achieve that goal and then some!

2. You have been named one of Canada’s top curly hair specialists. What or who inspires you everyday to be great at what you do?

Thank you, what an honour!  I have to thank my loyal curly girl clients for helping me be who I am today, because they inspire me to be better than I was yesterday.  When I read, ‘Curly Girl, The Handbook’ back in 2006, it opened my eyes to something new that I had never even heard of before; Lorraine Massey’s book really got me started and she has always been a steady inspiration for me. Shari Harbinger and Jennessa Couture were two of the instructors at my first DevaCurl training class and I look up to them for their years of curly work experience and the passion they have for educating others.  Since I started on this journey, there have been many people who have inspired me. The stylists that participate in Curly Hair Artistry inspire me on a daily basis and I gain knowledge and confidence in what I do from my them. There are so many #CURLbosses in my Curly Hair Artistry group; including Scott Musgrave the founder. I look up to them for so many reasons, and they all have their strengths that they bring to the table. I would literally have to name almost 100 stylists who inspire me!

3. You have also completed the Curly Hair Artistry advanced training. What was the biggest thing you learned from these courses?

The biggest thing I learned from the two Advanced Curly Hair Artistry Training Symposiums that I have attended is to keep my mind open to new techniques and new product lines; because we all know that with curly hair, one size does NOT fit all! Each approach may need to be slightly tweaked to work for each person, and that is usually the case.  That is why my clients seek me out; I can give them individualized routines that will actually work for them because I tailor the new routine I’ve created, to fit into their current lifestyle. And in the case when something is not working that I’ve recommend, I LOVE troubleshooting until the client and I can get it right together. Curly Hair Artistry has allowed me to experience and learn many different ways to solve curly hair issues for clients. I can work with confidence on each client because I know more techniques than just one for how to help them love their hair.

4. Which women’s trends (fashion, hair, beauty) do you notice in your area?

Hair trends here seems to be similar to the US; where Beach waves, ‘Bed head’, curly hair with volume,  and LONG hair are in style. What I find most in style though, is women are embracing what they were given naturally, whatever texture that may be, and of course healthy hair.  Overall, I find that in my area women are just starting to discover that they DO have waves and curls hiding under their flat ironed, dry, and brushed out hair.  They are just learning that frizz is just a curl waiting to happen!  By teaching my clients about their natural hair texture, it empowers them.  How they feel about themselves wearing their natural texture radiates, and is so infectious!  I may have just hit the tip of the iceberg for wavy, curly & coily girls up here in Canada.  I know my curly clients are spreading their love for their own natural texture, and that’s creating a positive ripple effect.  They are touching lives everyday of curly girls they run into and I couldn’t be more proud of them for sharing the curLove and the message of self acceptance; because we all know it’s about more than just hair.

5. What is the biggest mistake you often find yourself correcting with your curly clients’ hair?

Do I really have to pick just one?!  A lot of people think that for daily conditioning, it’s about ‘how long the conditioner sits on the hair’ that’s going moisturize it.  But the truth is, it’s actually about how well you work it in, how much water you can pump into those strands, and how much you’re able to pry that cuticle open with warmth; as water is our hydrator, conditioner is our softener.  If you ‘squish to condish‘ as my Curly Hair Artistry friend Melissa Stites wrote about, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Once you’ve detangled your hair, rake your fingers through with conditioner on. Then add warm water, scrunch pumping your hair from ends up to scalp and repeating. That will guarantee more moisturized hair. The more time you spend working in your conditioner and pumping water into it, the better your curls will turn out when you’re done and the less frizz you’ll have when you’re dry. It will add about 3-4 minutes onto your routine but the results will be well worth it. If you love clumped, defined curls, this technique will help you achieve that.

6. What’s the biggest piece of advice you wish you could tell every curly out there?

You have been given a gift- a beautiful head of wavy. curly, or coily hair. Wear it proudly and inspire others around you to live authentically.  This message goes out especially to (curly haired) mothers with curly haired children. You are their example of beauty, and if you don’t wear your natural texture with pride and/or show them how to care for theirs, they will be less likely to accept themselves for who they really are and know how to wear their hair healthily.

[quote align="aligncenter"]If you are a curly haired Mom, set that example and show them at a young age how to care for their hair and you’ll save them years of self consciousness and low self esteem due to their  hair texture. YOU are their example of beauty. [/quote]

If you don’t know how to work with their texture (or your own), go to a stylist who knows how to work with natural textures and have them teach you.  I founded #Campaignforcurls as a way to get the word out to young curly girls that our curls are unique and beautiful, just like them! My goal is to guest speak to groups of young curly girls grades 6, 7, 8, 9, and curly girls of ANY age who want to listen to my message of curLove. I want to spread the message of self acceptance so curly girls can rock what they’ve been given and not feel the need to look like everyone else.  They will unconsciously and consciously help other young girls love their natural texture too. “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles.

7. How can we keep up with you online?

I have created a Curly Hair Magazine on Pinterest, with boards for short, medium and long curly hair since curly girls NEVER pick up one of those magazines and find anything that remotely looks like their hair.  If you’re looking for a new haircut, that’s a great place to start!  I am also on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and my website where I blog. I am the founder of #campaignforcurls where I hope to reach out to younger curly girls and parents of kids with texture. Just call me a Fairy CurlMother! I love helping curly girls of all ages, and I hope that something in my social media speaks to them and helps them along in their curly journey. What they learn will have a ripple effect and positively impact other curly girls in their lives.

Good Luck Getting An Appointment With This #CurlBoss…

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

He is one of Hollywood’s favorite curl stylists, Shai Amiel of Capella Salon in Los Angeles. We live for his before and after curly hair transformations, and for this reason we consider him to be a true #CURLboss.

1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Shai Amiel and I am the proud co owner (with my wife Nicole) of Capella Salon in Studio City. I got my cosmetology license in 1994 and have been doing hair since.

2. How did you get started in the curly hair salon industry?

Curly hair was never on my radar. Since day 1 of doing hair I really wanted to specialize in color. But there was always a special place in my heart for curly hair. Both my sisters have curly hair. One of them always wore her hair straight and had me blow dry it straight for her during beauty school. One day she came in to the salon to have her hair trimmed and I was running behind so I just left her with conditioner in her hair. By the time I came around to rinse it out and style it, her hair has dried and looked really pretty. She had great curls.

I was not in the mood for another crazy blowout at the end of my day so I talked her into wearing her hair natural. She wasn’t so pleased with my “lazy idea” but said she would give it a try. Ever since that evening in late January of 1996, she has been wearing it curly. She never even tried to see how it would look straight. I’ve always enjoyed natural curls and was loved watching curls dry with the diffuser.

3. Everyone calls you the Curl Doctor. How did this nickname come about?

My client Nathalie Emmanuel found me a few years back on instagram and eventually made it to my salon for a little trim. After it was cut and styled she had a whole new appreciation for her natural curls. She posted a picture and said hair by the Curl Doctor. We all thought it was cute and didn’t realize the name would stick. Her followers started asking questions about this so called “Curl Doctor” and before I knew it, the name kinda made sense and stuck with me. It started as a little joke and became really popular on social media.

4. What is the biggest mistake you notice your clients making?

We are in such a DIY society. It’s ironic that if we have a toothache, we call the dentist. If our car breaks down, we call the mechanic. If we have issues with plumbing we call the plumber. BUT, it’s 2015 and if we have hair issues, we turn to YouTube. This is such a bad move for so many new naturals. Most of these bloggers are not educated hairdressers. They did not study cosmetology and only practice on their own hair. What works for them might not work for others. I always tell my clients that bloggers are great for styling tips and/or trying new looks. When we are sick and go to the doctor, he/she will give us a prescription. We do not go to the pharmacist for a prescription. Bloggers are usually not experienced enough to tell women what to do with their hair.

Also, many product companies will use these bloggers to market their brand. So women watch the videos and assume that they can get the same results if they bought those products not taking in consideration their curl pattern, density, porosity, spring factor, dryness level, etc and they get annoyed because their hair doesn’t look like the girl in the video.

Many naturals are also afraid of frizz. They do not like it and avoid it all costs. Oils are really popular but unfortunately most curly girls don’t know how to use them properly and end up looking like a greasy mess. I always explain to them how oil and water don’t mix. Applying oils to wet hair will only make hair feel heavier and slimy. Wet hair can’t absorb the oil so it just coats the hair weighing it down and suffocating it. I teach my clients that oils can be applied to dry hair as a pre wash. Let the oils soak in and penetrate the dry hair. The next step is really important because I explain to them how oils are not supposed to be styling products so they need to be removed by a proper cleanse. The dry hair will absorb whatever nutrients are in the oil and the rest will be washed off.

It’s also challenging for women to spend money on quality products. I tell them that one good car is better than 20 bad cars. Those 20 bad cars will cost more in the long run and still won’t be as reliable as a really good car. You don’t need to have your shower look like a beauty supply. Every person needs 1 or 2 shampoos and same with conditioners and it’s best to keep it simple.

5. What is the one pivotal moment in your career?

When my sister came in to have her hair trimmed and I didn’t have time to style it so I left the conditioner in her hair. This opened my eyes to a whole new world. Hydrated hair meant pretty hair. What a concept. Ever since that day I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure my clients have really healthy hair. No matter how pretty you try to make the hair, but if it is not healthy it will never look right.

Healthy hair = pretty hair! this is my mantra that I preach all day long.

6. How did you meet Lorraine Massey, and how has she influenced you in this industry?

We were experimenting with a variety of curly products. I saw something on about DevaCurl so I decided to order it and play with it. At first I hated it. I thought their shampoo called No Poo was not good. I didn’t like how it didn’t lather. I bought the product directly from Devachan so it didn’t come with instructions. I tried the shampoo a couple of times and eventually was fed up so I stashed it away. One of my clients came in and asked me if I know of a good brand that isn’t pricey. At the time we were a Kerastase salon so it was the only line of curly products i used. I told her how I bought this product for curly hair but it didn’t work for me. She came back 2 months later and I asked her how the product worked for her hair. She said she tried it once and realized that it didn’t lather so she decided to call Devachan salon and ask them why it’s not lathering. They explained to her about the product. She learned how to use it properly and ended up loving it.

We were the first salon that retailed and used DevaCurl besides their salons. We would call the front desk and place orders. This went on for a while until the Long Beach hair show. I went to the event with my assistant who has curly hair. We were walking thru the isles until this “crazy” lady walked up to us and started touching her hair. She was telling us how much she loved her hair and wanted to know what the product she uses. I am very passionate about hair, curls, products, etc so I started giving Lorraine the sales pitch about Deva not knowing who she was. As soon as I finished explaining the product to her, she looks at me and says “you must be Shai”  I asked her how she knew, and she said she was hoping to run into me at the show. I still did not know who she was but quickly realized she was the Lorraine Massey. She invited me over to the Deva booth and we spent the rest of the show together. She had me talk about my Deva story and I helped out spreading the good word about Deva. The rest is history.

7. What are some useful resources for those trying to newly embrace their textured hair?

Patience is the best resource. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Athletes don’t achieve the results they want in one workout session. It takes time to heal hair and perfect healthy lifestyle. My blog has great advice and inspirational stories that will help those who feel lost. is another resource that has been really helpful for both clients and stylists. It is such a great community.

8. You help a lot of transitioners with embracing their curls. What is your biggest piece of advice on caring for their curls?

Moisture! It’s difficult styling hair that has healthy curls at the roots and very damaged ends. It’s best to cut off all the dead hair, but not ideal for some people.

9. What makes the DevaCurl cut worth the investment for curlies?

The reason I love the DevaCut because I still use the original method that is cut curl by curl. The new method is taking large sections so it’s very similar to cutting traditional wet hair. I like the curl by curl method because it allows me to snip each curl where it needs it and gives the ends a happier finished look. it takes me longer to do but the results last a lot longer.

Unlike traditional cuts that are recommended every 6-8 weeks, my curly girls can go 3-4 months without needing a trim. Some can even go 6-7 months. The price per cut is a bit higher because it’s time consuming but if you average it out over 1 year, you will be saving money from the traditional haircuts.

It’s also the only real method that has no gimmick. many other stylists have tried to create similar cuts and renaming them but they are essentially based on the DevaCut method. Deva created this method so i am giving them credit for inventing such an amazing look. I learned it from Lorraine Massey about 15 years ago. we flew her out to L.A. and we spent almost a week in our salon training and practicing this method. So many other curly cuts are done wet and when the hair dries you never know what to expect. this haircut looks amazing as soon as it is completed and sometimes even better before hair is washed and styled. It creates a really fun volume that many of my regulars enjoy and skip the washing process.

It also requires you to use a really blunt shear. I use my BMAC sword blade that cost about $1200. I don’t mess around when it comes to quality. This gives each ringlet a really defined end that prevents split ends from returning for a while. So many stylists prefer to cut curly hair after it is blown out straight. we don’t wear our curly hair straight, then why are we cutting it straight? It also doesn’t make sense to damage hair before you trim dead ends. The blowout just creates more split ends.

Other methods call for carving and slicing creating shorter pieces throughout the hair leaving hair lifeless and limp. When you remove bulk from a ringlet you create frizz and weak hair. the Devacut keeps each ringlet as healthy as possible by trimming just the dead ends.

10. You are seemingly all over the place! Is there any event or panel coming up that you plan on participating in?

I will be on a panel with other hairdressers this Saturday April 25th in downtown L.A. at the Naturals In Hollywood event at the LA Convention Center.

11. You are also a family man. How do you juggle business with family life (and make it look so easy)?

Yes. I’ve been happily married for over 13 years to a wonderful woman. We have a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. Nicole and I work very well together. Every morning she gets the kids ready for school while I get ready and I am in charge of the drop off. I volunteer at my daughter’s school at the drop off lane. I open car doors to help those who don’t have time or their kids don’t want them to walk in to school. I love being a part of my kids’ school whenever I can. I served as the PTA president for 2 years. Luckily our type of work doesn’t have homework. Once our work day is complete we can go home and enjoy our quality family time. I try to be home everyday before the kids go to bed. I have Saturdays off and it’s a complete family day. We spend the entire day together and we don’t deal with work related stuff. I try to stay off social media that day and give my wife and kids my undivided attention. It’s the day that I recharge my battery and get as much family time as I can. Monday is my day off with Nicole so we have the entire morning together until kids get off school. It’s a great day to have for just the 2 of us.

I don’t take my family for granted. If my kids call me at the salon, I never ignore their calls no matter what their call is about. I always said I won’t be “that dad” that is too busy to listen to his family.

We are in Los Angeles so we are surrounded by celebrities and musicians. It’s pretty cool when you ask your client to record a personal message for my daughter and she does. I asked Zendaya last week if she could send my daughter Maya a message and she did. I posted it on my personal Facebook page (it’s a public post so everyone can see it). I also receive tickets to events and TV shows so my kids love when that happens.

12. How can we follow you online (social media links)?

Instagram @ShaiAmielYouTube- ShaiAmielDR, Facebook - Capella Salon, Tumblr-

Who would you like to see do our #CURLboss tag next?


by CurlStylist on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Educating salon clients in the chair is an important role for any professional hairdresser.  People are hungry to learn.  Many clients are very interested in learning ways to work with their hair on their own at home. We too often hear clients complaining they can never achieve the same look at home as when they leave their salon, which is certainly not ideal.  I like to joke about this, saying it’s a good thing for me because otherwise I would be out of a job! Seriously, I believe it is our responsibility as stylists to teach our clients how to achieve beautiful, salon quality curls at home by walking them through the necessary steps of cleansing and styling, as well as selling them the necessary products/tools to assist them in duplicating their salon look.

My protocol for the first appointment with a client is to allow extra time to teach them everything they need to know about taking care of, and working with, their curly hair.  We go over all the do’s and don’ts of curly hair. That includes:

1) The proper way to cleanse, condition, hydrate

2) How to best apply styling products like gel, mousse or other product

3) To comb or not to comb…that is the question!

4) Scrunching – should you or shouldn’t you?

5) Ways to create height or ways to control curls

6) Drying tips

7) …finally, finishing tips and tools.

In follow-up appointments, we discuss any struggles they are having; we then re-visit how to address and best handle one’s hair.  I always suggest that people take what I am teaching them and adapt it to their lifestyle and find the balance of what works best for them.  Sometimes it takes a couple of visits to get the perfect system of products and styling instructions for an individual to achieve the look they truly want.

I have a client who was transitioning her look from constant ponytails to wearing her amazing curls naturally. After her salon appointment with me, she would go home and experiment on her hair, then come back and describe the results and struggles she had on her own. We would walk through some steps, making adjustments. After a few visits and test runs at home, she showed up for an appointment and her curls looked absolutely fabulous!  We were both very excited that she had finally accomplished the desired look!  She actually sent me a text message telling me how strangers were coming up to her, commenting on her beautiful hair! I love knowing that taking time to patiently work with a client paid off for them!

I do want to share some tips for clients as well:

  1. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns or challenges – your stylist will help!

  2. Be open to suggestions. A professional will understand your curl/wave pattern and may suggest something that you would not have considered.

  3. Texture is absolutely on trend in 2015!  Embrace or enhance your natural texture!  It’s time to celebrate because curls are back in a big way.

  4. Condition is key–beautiful hair needs to be in great condition.

Personally, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a hairdresser is seeing how, with care and artistry, we can change people’s lives by enhancing what is already beautiful about them.  Making someone else feel good about his or her appearance makes me feel good in return.  Educating a client in our chair is a key to our success! They are a walking advertisement for our business.

This article was written by Melanie Nickels of Raw Hair Organics.

Drink Up!

by Modern Salon on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The answer to curly hair woes probably won’t come from one magic product. Luckily there’s cocktailing, where you can play mixologist to achieve the exact results your client wants. Check out these texture experts’ custom hair brews.

EXPERT: Dianne Nola, Curly Hair Specialist, Nola Studio, San Francisco

CHALLENGE: Reviving distressed curly hair

INGREDIENTS: DevaCurl Heaven in Hair, Styling Cream, Mirror Curls and DevaCurl Light, Ultra or Arc Gel

“When working with extremely dry, gray or colored hair, I like to use Heaven In Hair as a leave-in, then cocktail Styling Cream and Mirror Curls to add to it,” Nola says. “This leaves the hair in an extremely hydrated state. Unlike most serums in the industry, Mirror Curls contains no silicones and truly does add shine to the fi nished locks. Then I add one of the gels (Light, Ultra, or Arc) to the mix or apply next. Not only is the actual weight of the cocktail crucial in creating length, but the various techniques to hold those coils down.”

EXPERT: Robert Santana, Matrix artist

CHALLENGE: Moisturizing dehydrated coils

INGREDIENTS: Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amla Oil, Amazonian Murumuru and Egyptian Hibiscus Oil

“Select your appropriate oil based on the desired result for your client,” Santana says. “Oils can be used in many ways with di- erent benefi ts. Indian Amla Oil strengthens weakened hair inside and out, Amazonian Murumuru de-volumizes rebellious hair for infi nite smoothness and control, and Egyptian Hibiscus Oil shields color treated hair for restored vibrancy with shine. Utilize oil at every step for the ultimate care experience, shampoo, condition, treat, style and fi nish, blending as you go.”

EXPERT: Sara Smith, Stylist, Barbara Forgione Salon, Tampa, FL

CHALLENGE: Creating soft curls with shine

INGREDIENTS: Amika Leave In Cream, Straight Up Smoothing Balm and Curl Defining Cream

Start with two pumps of Amika Leave In Cream from midshaft to ends says Smith. Then apply one palm-press of oil. Palm pressing is when you press the opening of your oil container into the palm of your hand, she explains. The small amount of oil in the palm of your hand is the perfect amount. Next, mix together two pumps of Straight Up Smooth and two pumps of Curl Cream. Work through the hair and scrunch.

EXPERT: Stacy Hill, Owner, DyeVerCity Hair Salon, Martinez, GA CHALLENGE: Long-lasting hold

INGREDIENTS: Urbanbella No. 7 Non Lather Cleanser, Mop Top Conditioner, Mop Top Light Hold Gel and Obia Curl Moisture Cream

“I start with Urbanbella non-lather cleanser,” Hills says. “Urbanbella gently cleans my hair from all residue build up while giving me a cool sensation on my scalp. My conditioner of choice is Mop Top daily conditioner. It doubles as a leave in. When rinsing, you only rinse 80 percent out of the hair. For styling, I use Mop Top light hold gel coupled with Obia moisture cream. The key is don’t over use the products, a quarter/half dollar size goes a long way. The seaweed extracts in Mop Top and moisturizing oils in Obia keep my curls intact for up to 3-4 days.”

Scholarship Honoring Beauty Legend Vidal Sassoon Kicks Off

by CurlStylist on Friday, August 8th, 2014

The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program - Basic provides 50% tuition scholarships ($10,000) to individuals aspiring to work as a hairstylist. The application simply requires a one-to-three-minute video or an online “inspiration board” that shares the applicant’s passion for the beauty industry. Ten winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of the nation’s top hairstylists along with an online “vote” component. The competition is administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, a 501(c3) initiative of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Wella (the Salon Professional Division of P&G) funds the scholarships that celebrate the legacy of hairstylist Vidal Sassoon.

Enter and find out contest rules here.

How to Cope With A Bad Curly Haircut

by CurlStylist on Friday, June 13th, 2014

photo Theresa Harrison

Neel Morley is the owner of the first hair salon in Melbourne, Australia that is completely dedicated to curly hair. These are his tips on how to deal with a bad curly haircut. Visit the Neel Loves Curls blog here, and like his salon on Facebook here. You may also book online here.

This is a question is often talked about when a client comes in with their Christmas tree haircut or a curly haircut thats been attacked by a razor!

It’s devastating and when people have searched for a curly hair specialist to help their curl recover.

If you are walking out of a salon with your hair blow-dried straight then you will have no idea what it looks like afterwards when it returns curly. It’s not uncommon for people with curly to go home and re do their hair after a haircut. What other service do you have where you have to re do it?

Some curlies say to their peers, “Try it yourself!”

“Use strong pins to pin sections back to mix it up and change the shape.”

I’ve also heard “Try changing your part line,” or “Style it a different way!”

“Headbands and hair accessories are useful. Add a beanie if you can.”

“Having to artificially curl your hair as it doesn’t do it naturally anymore!”

“Accept the possibility of going shorter for a stronger curly hair shape, better to have it short and styled than a mid-length nightmare.”

I would normally say to to cut it shorter if its been razored or thinning scissors used, as the hair is then beyond repair.

It’s just not salvageable and the curls have been badly deformed this way.I would use the internet to find a curly hair dresser and search online for 3 possible curly/wavy haircuts that may suit to take them to the hairdressers. Going along with 30 photos on your iPad isn’t very clear as to what you are actually looking for!
The only good part about a bad curly haircut is that it may have given you the option of trying something new with your hair which in the past you may not have been open to. You could go back and ask the stylist to re cut it .Sometimes a few snips is all that it actually needs. The most important question for a curly haired person is to know that they are going to cut your hair dry as curly hair springs ups so much once it dries.You should be leaving the salon with your hair dry so that you know exactly what your curly haircut is going to look like.

Forums on curly hair are a great source of information.

Once you know the correct things to say, that will limit bad curly haircuts after all prevention is better than the cure. Most people with curly hair have suffered a bad curly haircut a few times in their life.More people are learning about their curls/waves and are learning to be more direct with what they want. I sometimes feel that I am doing more than what my job is as I am teaching someone to love what nature gave them. Sometimes the worst curly haircut can make you Google to see if there is someone out there that can actually cut curly hair!!!

How Toxic is Your Hair Salon? 3 Scary Salon Waste Facts

by CurlStylist on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Alarmingly, the majority of salon waste such as hair color and foils, ends up down the drain and into our water supply or in the trash and headed to a landfill. George the salon Chicago is combating the toxic effects of beauty services by starting a new program that recycles & reuses 95% of their total waste. Please see more information on this below along with 3 scary salon waste facts.

George the salon Chicago Now Recycling 95% of Salon Waste with New Program

Once considered garbage, leftover hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals will now be recycled and reused at this Chicago salon

While some industries have access to paid recycling for paper and plastic, the bulk of salon waste – hair, metals, excess chemicals, and much more – has always been destined for the trash bin and sink.

In an effort to change this alarming fact and significantly reduce their environmental impact, George the salon Chicago is proud to begin a new comprehensive recycling / reuse program, ensuring 95% of their waste is reprocessed. This program founded by Green Circle Salons will redirect daily waste like hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals out of our water streams and landfills, creating environmental accountability in the beauty industry. Now with each salon visit, clients of George the salon will contribute to local and international community development, as well as environmental research and innovation for a healthier planet.

Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will mummify, continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas?

George the salon will now be diverting all hair out of landfills and into other more sustainable projects. Green Circle Salons, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways that hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications. It’s exciting to know that hair can be used on our oceans to help in oil spill cleanup and recovery projects.

Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and color tubes are not being recycled and are sent to landfill?

Recycling aluminum uses roughly 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum from bauxite. 95% of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and color tubes that are used in salons across North America. Now properly recycled, this will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.

Did you know that all excess chemicals including color, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink into our water stream?

This is the ugly truth of the industry. Our solution will be to send all excess color waste to a hazardous waste facility where they will be incinerated to produce clean energy!

This was written for George the Salon in Chicago, IL.

Haircuts for Curly Hair: Movement, Dimension, and Layers…Oh My!

by CurlStylist on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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With over 20 years of experience in the professional curly industry, senior stylist Leslie Ellen Abbate has seen trends come and go, especially being located on the popular, upscale 5th Avenue in New York City. Her love of the modern woman’s hair and beauty has taken her far in her career, and clients appreciate it. Leslie Ellen doesn’t only consider herself a stylist, but rather an enhancer of dramatic style and lifestyle changes.

CurlStylist: Introduce yourself.

Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am so passionate about what I do. My focus is to work with the natural beauty of your hair to achieve your desired look. I love and specialize in hair makeovers, which can dramatically change your style. My goal is to make you look stylish and feel beautiful. Every client is so special to me. I would love to show you how hair color and highlights would add dimension to your look.

CurlStylist: How did you enter the curly salon industry?

Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am a curly girl! For years I was saddened by one unfortunate haircut after another. I knew there had to be a better way. I have always been particularly fascinated by the beauty and versatility of curls. Because of these reasons, I have dedicated my styling techniques to fit the individual needs of those with curly hair.

CurlStylist: What inspires you throughout the day?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: I feel blessed and inspired by the love of God everyday. I am humbled and in awe that I can to do what I love and be used as a vessel.
CurlStylist: What are your favorite curly hair cuts or styles?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: My favorite thing to enhance a curly girl is to add some movement and dimension. This is can be achieved buy adding some layers and a bayalage. Curly hair should always have some sort of layering. I love to give some movement and life, back  to the hair. Without layering, it can be flat and triangular. As you elevate and layer the hair, it creates movement and frames the face.

CurlStylist: What are some hair trends you’re seeing in NY?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: Bayalage has been around for a while but has really been taken the spotlight lately. It is a way of highlighting the hair without foils. It is a more natural dimensional look, great to hug the curls and add dimension without it being too light or obvious that you added some lightness.

CurlStylist: What is one thing you wish every curly man or woman knew about their hair?

Leslie Ellen Abbate: Do not disturb the curls. The curls have their families they belong with and once separated they will frizz.

CurlStylist: Where is your shop located and how can we schedule an appointment?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am currently renting a space at Capelli D’Oro, a bright, airy salon overlooking the buzz of 5th Avenue, in the Flatiron district, at 123 5th Avenue, New York City. Call me directly for an appointment at 718-926-4050. You will enjoy the ambiance of the salon, with its great welcoming energy.

Stylist Jason Leo Hurst on West Coast Hair Trends

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Jason Leo Hurst of Dej Salon in Sherman Oaks, CA is a veteran stylist with 16 years experience in the hair industry. Being less than a thirty minute drive from Los Angeles, Jason has seen it all when it comes to hair and beauty. But before being well known on the west coast for his hair artistry, Jason actually kicked off his career in Soho, NYC at the Devachan Salon. The founders of DevaCurl helped Jason mold and perfect his craft, and before he knew it, he was in California practicing his passion. I recently chatted with him to pick his brain about the latest and greatest in the west coast curly community.

CurlStylist: Where do you find daily inspiration?

Jason Leo Hurst: I love helping curly girls that are desperately seeking solutions. I constantly hear things like “I’ve tried every product” and “I cannot find anyone who understands my hair.”

CS: What are your favorite curly hair cuts or styles to perform on clients?

JLH: I love big hair! My favorites are long, layered, and full. I also enjoy cutting angular bobs with an edge.

CS: Which hair products do you love to use?

JLH: I love DevaCurl’s NoPoo. It’s simplicity and performance transforms dry textured hair while preserving hair color like no other! Elita makes a hair mask that is also great. I use it solely as a leave-in styling aid in the dryer. It truly performs. It has just the right amount of emollients to provide shine and weight to control frizz! Having only one hair product for my clients to use is truly life changing for them!

CS: What are some hair trends you are seeing a lot of nowadays?

JLH: Balayage hair color and beach waves!

CS: Finally, what is one thing you wish every curly man or woman knew about their hair?

JLH: I want them to know that it CAN be easy!

If you are in the Sherman Oaks area, you may book an appointment with Jason at Dej Salon on the website, Or, contact the salon by phone at (818) 981-4440.

Curly Hair Artistry

by CurlStylist on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Since founding NaturallyCurly 15 years ago, I’ve noticed some unique things about the curl market.

  1. It was largely ignored until recently, despite a world where more than 60 percent of the population has curls, coils and waves.

  2. It exists primarily because of the grass-roots efforts of a small but  growing number of passionate entrepreneurs who have worked to fill the voids they see.

The latest example of this ingenuity is Curly Hair Artistry, a 1-year-old group of curl experts who have banded together to provide education and support to other stylists who have made waves, curls and coils their niche.

“We as hairstylists have come to realize that curly hair should not be treated the way we are taught in cosmetology schools across the globe,” said Scott Musgrave, a curl specialist in Cary, N.C. with 3b ringlets himself. “A simple fact emerges – wavy, curly and multi-textural hair is not treated with respect for what I is but is treated as something to fix.”

Musgrave said he was working on some unique business models with his  own  and started receiving questions from other stylists about how he was doing what he was doing.  He began working with a small group of stylists, and decided to pull together a group of the best curl stylists in the industry – a group that could help each other in this specialized niche.

Curly Hair Artistry was born. The original 20 has grown to more than 85, hailing from all over the globe. Their gathering place is their own gathering place.

“We at Curly Hair Artistry make the art, methods, techniques and the business of working with curly hair a priority,” Musgrave says. “We can influence not only the artists working with curly hair, but more importantly the more than 65 percent of the population who has some form of wave, curl or multi-textural hair who sits in our chairs every day.”

“It’s a natural draw – a passion that creates connections. You see, we are a rare breed and require certain attributes that need nurturing and vision to draw out and improve.”

Dianne Nola of Nola Studio in San Francisco is an enthusiastic member of Curly Hair Artistry, and traveled to the first training symposium in October in Atlanta, where 30 stylists gathered to train with Lorraine Massey, one of the founders of Devacurl.

The members provide each other with the unvarnished truth. Common topics include new product discoveries, the most effective cocktails and the nuances of cutting and coloring curls. They have discussed the cheapest place to buy microfiber towels as well as the most comfortable shoes to wear when you’re doing a 2-hour curly dry cut. They often share stories about difficult clients and business challenges. Stylists post before and after photos, showcasing styles they’re especially proud of.

She said it’s a very supportive community, where the goal is to help each other grow their businesses. They often refer clients to each other.

“It’s completely empowering,” Nola says. “My eyes just keep opening.”

The sky’s the limit for Curly Hair Artistry. Training sessions are coming up in Washington D.C. in May as well as Los Angeles in October. There’s even the possibility of creating a Curl Academy one day where stylists from around the globe could come to learn about latest cutting and coloring techniques for curls, coils and waves.

For me personally, it’s shocking that in 2014 beauty schools don’t address texture in their curriculum, and this isn’t likely to change dramatically in the near future. Most discussions about texture focus on how to chemically straighten it.

I was thrilled to hear about Curly Hair Artistry, which is filling a void.

“Beauty schools may teach about it, but antiquated requirements make it difficult to take the necessary time to really understand all the different curl types, porority, chimstry and what makes curly hair do what it does,” he ssays. “I believe it should be pursued after school, because you can’t make someone like working with something they don’t care about. Not every stylist cares about wavy, curly and multi-textural hair.”

Musgrave’s own obsession began with the corkscrews on his own head, and his frustration with an industry that “mistreats and misinforms those with curly hair.”

While working as a stylist, he read “Curly Girl: The Handbook” by Lorraine Massey.

“Ever since then, I started tweaking my cuts, doing things differently than other stylists,” he said. “It was working. I developed a service experience that changed the way a client is treated and gave them the best information to help them embrace their hair even more.”

For more posts like this, check out Michelle Breyer’s personal blog, The Curly Connection

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