Posts Tagged ‘curly’

Top 12 Snacks for Super Hair

by CurlStylist on Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hungry? Why not improve the health of your hair in the process? Below are some quick and healthy munchies that will give you and your clients great hair also!


1. Almonds

2. Walnuts

3. Sunflower seeds

4. Figs

5. Apricots

6. Bananas

7. Raspberries or strawberries

8. Oranges

9. Raisins

10. Prunes

11. Skim milk, soy latte decaf, or 4oz frozen or regular low fat yogurt

12. Small box whole grain cereal or whole grain snack bar

Get Your Clients’ Locks Fall Fashion Ready!

by Alicia Ward on Monday, September 20th, 2010

Fall Curly

Time to transition to fall. Follow these tips to get your clients’ locks ready for the fall fashion season!

As the heat starts to fad and cool nights begin to increase we all start to think about how to prepare for fall. With the changing of the seasons often comes the changing of our clients’ hair colors. Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Roots Salon & Spa, has six tips to help your clients transition to the perfect fall look. Craig, Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist, has more nine years of experience, and is extremely passionate about colors. She ensures if you follow her steps, your clients will be fall-ready in no time!

3 steps to getting your client’s hair ready for fall color change

1. Deep Condition: Tell your clients to use a great deep conditioner a week prior to their dye appointment. You want to make sure their hair is strong and healthy. Make sure to tell them to do this around a week out—too close to their appointment will prohibit the color from fully penetrating.

2. Clarify: Talk to clients about clarifying. Ask them to clarify their hair to remove build up at least three days prior to their appointment. This will remove any access build up before their hair gets its new fall look.

3. Hydrate: Inform them to use a hydrating conditioner for one week prior to their appointment including after their clarifying treatment. Hydrating conditioners are a great wavy to lock in your clients moisture without coating the hair too thick to prevent color penetration.

3 Steps Color Change for Fall

Transitioning your clients’ summer locks to fall is a slow and steady process that allows you to have control and create a gradual transformation that is completed correctly.

1. Add depth! Slowly start to add depth back into the client’s hair via lowlights. Just an initial shading. You don’t want to go too dark at first.

2. 5 weeks later add more depth by weaving in more dark pieces

3. 7 weeks later add additional depth. Majority of the time this will be the final step of the fall color transformation however, it may take additional time if you want you change to be even more gradual.

Keratin Education Event in Austin

by CurlStylist on Monday, June 7th, 2010

Braziliante by Cadiveu is to proud announce that they are teaming up with, and Avenue Five to host an education seminar on the Braziliante Treatment in Austin on Sunday, June 27, 2010! Head Educator, Zac Watson of Dolce & Co. in Arizona, will be educating on the Braziliante by Cadiveu Treatment from beginning to end, showing you tips and tricks along the way to ensure the perfect results. After the class you will be certified to perform this amazing treatment on your own clients. Your clients who once struggled to blow-dry and flat iron their hair for hours each morning will now be able to blow out their hair in a third of the time for a beautiful, shiny and smooth finish; they can go out on the most humid day of summer and their hair will not frizz!

The Braziliante by Cadiveu Treatment is a 90-minute salon treatment that offers results lasting up to 16 weeks! It leaves hair shiny smooth and frizz-free without formaldehyde or harsh chemicals.

The class is complimentary, but seats are filling up quickly. You may call or e-mail your salon’s reservation to guarantee your spot. We look forward to seeing you at the class and helping you launch this amazing service in your salon!

Space is limited; call to reserve your seat at this event today as it will fill up quickly: 323-512-3299

Scientists Get to the Root of Curly Hair

by Staff on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

curly hair

What makes curly hair curly? Scientists in Australia have identified a single gene that strongly influences whether you have curly or straight hair, according to

The study looked for genetic variations in people of European descent to identify any genes associated with curly and straight hair. People of European descent have 45% straight hair, 40% wavy, and 15% naturally curly hair. Professor Martin and colleague Dr. Sarah Medland have previously found there is up to a 90% chance of inheriting the curly hair trait.

The scientists, from the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in Brisbane, identified the TCHH gene (trichohyalin) on chromosome one as the major gene controlling the curliness of hair. TCHH has been known for over 20 years to play a role in the development of hair follicles. It is expressed in the inner root sheath of developing hair follicles.

Curlies have long been told that it is follicle shape that determines curliness, so presumably this gene affects the follicle shape.

Leader of the team Professor Nick Martin said that variations in the gene determine how straight or curly the hair is, but more work is needed to determine the exact variant that influences curliness. Professor Martin said a variation that causes a change in an amino acid is the most likely contender.

Hair morphology has been studied extensively in Asian populations, and research carried out in Japan last year determined the genetic basis for the straight, thick hair common in East Asian populations. The differences in the FGFR2 and EDAR genes found in Asia are thought to have originated after East Asian and European populations diverged. Much less is known about the genetic basis of straight and curly hair in Europeans.

The study analyzed data collected from a 30-year study of 5000 twins of European ancestry. The twins were asked whether their hair was curly, wavy or straight, and the researchers then tried to match the hair type against the data on the genomes of the twins.

The paper was published on November 5 in the online edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. The research is likely to have applications in the cosmetics industry and in forensics, where the knowledge may help in identifications.

Organic and Performance Not Mutually Exclusive

by Advertorial on Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Julie Ebner

Julie Ebner began carrying Max Green Alchemy hair products at her Philadelphia salon four years ago.

While having natural and organic products is important to her, having products that work is essential to her salon’s success. With Max Green Alchemy, she says she gets both.

“Everything works amazingly well,” says Ebner of Juju Salon and Organics, which provides all natural, non-toxic and organic products. “It works for every member of the family, every texture, hair that’s been colored, etc. It’s a top seller.”

Demand for organic personal-care products has exploded, with sales of expected to top $1 billion this year, according to the Organic Trade Association. The cosmetics, hair and skin care industries use more than 7,000 ingredients derived from natural or synthetic sources. As many as one in seven of these have harmful or toxic effects on the skin or body, ranging from minor skin irritation or contact dermatitis to carcinogenic implications.

Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. It includes a system of production, processing, distribution and sales that assures consumers that the products maintain the organic integrity that begins on the farm.

Juju Salon

But natural and organic products had a reputation for not necessarily performing as well as mainstream products.

Max Green Alchemy set out to prove that consumers need not compromise performance when they buy natural and organic styling products. Scalp Rescue Texture Paste, Scalp Rescue Sculpting Gel, Scalp Rescue Styling Gel and Scalp Rescue Pomade are designed to provide the latest looks without parabens, PVP, silicones, wax or other synthetic additives. Instead, they combine plant-derived ingredients with traditional botanical extracts, vitamins and essential oils.

The styling products were developed because of the gap that existed for effective natural styling products that perform like their chemical-laden cousins. Many “natural” products rely on petrochemicals to provide hold. Texture Paste is designed to add define and detail to chunky styles; Styling Gel is a soft hold gel; Pomade adds shine and moisture and Sculpting Gel is a strong-hold, humidity-resistant gel.

“There aren’t many good natural styling products out there,” says Wil Baker, co-founder of San Francisco-based Max Green Alchemy. “We thought we could do better. We’ve taken natural styling products to the next level.”

Whole Foods helped the fledgling company set up a distribution network, and it was “like a rolling snowball,” Baker says. Today, Max Green Alchemy products are sold at 250 resellers in the United States.

Because of this emphasis on performance, the company’s products have developed quite a following among stylists who work with texture.

“We love Max Green Alchemy for curly hair because it doesn’t feel like there’s anything in the hair, but it gives good curl definition,” says Nicole Lengerich, a stylist at Dio Salon & Spa in Colorado Springs who specializes in curly hair. “My curlies love Styling Gel. I think it’s so good that they’d use it even if it wasn’t natural.”

Many stylists also are turning to lines like Max Green Alchemy out of their own desire to use products with fewer chemicals.

“Stylists are using these products all day long in their salons,” Baker says. “Products like ours allow them to treat their bodies better as well.”

San Francisco-based Max Green Alchemy got its start in 2004 when Baker, whose background is in finance, teamed up with David Karlak, who has a marketing background. Both had an interest in natural products and believed there was a need for products that “respect consumers’ internal and external environments without sacrificing effectiveness.”

The name “Max Green,” says Baker, is a philosophy which reflects the duo’s vision.

“Alchemy is what we do as a company,” Baker says.

“We saw a gap in the market was for natural products that were still sensual,” says Baker, who telecommutes from England. “We wanted people to have an experience when they used them, and be products they would use even if they weren’t into natural ingredients.”

Baker and Karlak spent a year developing Max Alchemy’s first four products: Skin Rescue Cream, Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner and Chap Defense Lip Balm. The line launched in early 2005 at the Natural Products Expo, and was picked up by Whole Foods Market within half an hour.

“It was an indication they liked what they saw,” Baker says. “While customers may initially have jumped on it because it’s organic, we find most customers use it because it works.”

The company has been lauded by natural living publications such as Vegetarian Journal, Herb Companion, Skin Deep and In 2008, the company won the Best Cruelty-Free Personal Product award from PETA for its Scalp Rescue Shampoo. The PETA Proggy (for progress) awards recognize animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture on behalf of their members and supporters.

Max Green Alchemy also has received recognition from mainstream beauty publications such as Elle, which this month named the company’s Scalp Rescue Conditioner as the best “green conditioner.”

And stylists are quickly jumping on the Max Green Alchemy bandwagon. Baker says stylists have been among the company’s strongest advocates.

“It’s the only shampoo and conditioner I sell,” says Yoshi Nishizaki of Y-Shaped God salon in New York City. “They work for everyone.”

Curly Tips from Tearsheet Artistic Team

by Staff on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Giovanni Giuntoli.

Giovanni Giuntoli

Because Tearsheet Artistic Team is constantly working with curly hair on photo shoots and in classes, the company knows that when it comes to curly hair, care needs to be given from the first step to the last. For Tearsheet, since photo shoot images are in high-definition, it’s important to get curls perfect every time — they don’t rely on retouching or other tricks to clean up the beauty they’ve created. And we know that whether you are working editorially or in the salon with your clients, taking your time with the process will pay off with longer-lasting, soft, natural-looking waves and ringlets, both on set and off.

Check out these tips from Tearsheet Artistic Team Artistic Director and Redken Session Stylist Giovanni Giuntoli. on how his team keeps curls looking strong and lasting long on-set:


Naturally curly hair doesn’t like to be touched and scrunched much while being diffused. Try to lift the curls up to the head to continue to activate the curls. If the curls start to break up, lower the speed on the blow dryer.

When applying product to wet hair, make sure to always be activating the curls by scrunching the product in and then leave your hands out while diffusing.


Photo courtesy of James Weber for Tearsheet

Once curly hair is dry, you may notice the product in the hair needs to be softened in spots. This is a great time to control the flyaways and add shine, since curly hair does not reflect light very well. A little help can be provided by a product that gives shine — like Redken glass 01 smoothing serum or vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray. The curls will be left with a soft, natural feel.

Try emulsifying the products in your palms and use a scrunching process from ends to scalp.

Take care to blend in the flyaways with the existing curls.

If the curls still tend to be slightly dry and extra frizzy, a very light mist of water over the top of the curls could help. Try taking a spray bottle and point it up and over the style – mist and allow the water to fall onto the curls. Use fingers to place the curls where you want them and allow hair to dry naturally.


Curly hair stays curly and not frizzy by minimum touching, so when pulling hair up make sure not to rake your fingers, comb or brush through the curls.

If a natural texture is desired, take individual subsections and place the curls atop of a pre-teased section that will act as your anchor point. Using hair pins versus bobby pins allows you to place and re-place pieces around the hairstyle without risking a snag while pulling the pin out.

Hair pins also blend in better than bobby pins, so this work looks more polished in front of the camera — and can make that little difference for your client walking down the street.

If larger, softer curls are needed for a fuller look, massage individual curl sections between your first finger and thumb before pinning — this will blossom the curls and give a softer feel to the section and the hairstyle. Use an aerosol hairspray, like Redken’s quick dry 18 instant finishing spray, to hold the hairstyle into place (aerosols are not as heavy as pumped sprays and penetrate the style better as well.)


When tired, over-worked curly hair is not giving the camera what it needs, sometimes re-curling the hair helps to revive the curls and yet still gives the image a clean, natural feel:

Gently take horizontal subsections approximately 1 inch thick and rotate between two different iron sizes close to the actual curl size. The different irons will help enhance the natural feel to the curls.

If the hair is more natural-looking with curls close in size, you can go ahead and use one iron for uniform curls.

Always make sure to curl going in both directions, toward the face and away to make sure the curls won’t interlock with each other, which can look unnatural on camera, allowing less re-touching of the curls to keep their natural bounce and reduce frizz.

We know how difficult natural curls can be to style perfectly — whether you’re styling a model on set, advising your regular client within the salon, or even have them yourself. With these easy tips and tricks we’ve learned on set, you can create perfectly luxurious curls, every time.

Mizani Creates
Natural Hair Key

by Staff on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Mizani natural hair key

Naturally curly hair comes in all forms—from tight coils to loose waves and everything in between. Mizani, one of the leading professional authorities for multi-textured hair since 1991, is unlocking the key to naturally curly hair types with the Mizani Natural Curl Key.

This easy-to-use reference guide allows professional stylists the opportunity to identify the hair type of any client and determine its key characteristics and special needs, as well as the most beneficial in-salon services and at-home haircare.

With the support of world-renowned scientists in the U.S. and France, Mizani developed this innovative guide to global hair types based on specific shape criteria and utilizing a scientific approach to measuring features of hair strands. This includes the curve diameter, curl index, number of twists and number of waves. The results that emerged from this extensive research identified eight distinct hair types worldwide.

“Mizani’s approach to education is unsurpassed in the multi-ethnic category by constantly offering advancements like this diagnostic tool to equip the professional with excellence,” says Maria Cerminara, Vice President of Marketing for Mizani USA. “The Mizani Natural Curl Key will enable our stylists to not only properly evaluate and classify their clients hair but also make informed recommendations on the best products and treatments for different hair types.”

With the classification system clearly delineated, stylists can use the hair key to determine hair’s specific needs (i.e. moisture, strengthening, smoothing) and recommend a customized regimen for treatment and haircare.

Mizani’s wide range of professional products are developed specifically to meet the unique needs of multi-textured hair, with treatment combinations appropriate for each hair type that are determined by the Hair Key. Armed with this fundamental information based on advanced technology and research, stylists now have the means to give their clients exactly what they desire: strong, healthy, manageable and beautiful hair.

The Mizani Natural Curl Key will be available to Mizani stylists nationwide this month.

“The Lioness” —
A Look from Sam Villa

by Staff on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Sam Villa

“The Lioness” from Sam Villa.

Hot stylist Sam Villa used his Texture Curl technique to achieve this look — he takes classic curls and adds character to make them modern.

1. Section hair and spray both sides with Redken Spray Starch 15 to protect hair from heat and to add hold.

2. Use TEXTUR iron to create impressions down the hair shaft, either overlapping down the entire shaft or randomly imprinting.

3. Work your way around the entire head, either imprinting all sections or random sections.

4. Take small sections of the textured hair and twist and wrap it around a small Marcel curling iron with the iron pointing down — make sure to tuck the ends in the spoon of the iron.

5. Twist iron to point upward and slip a pin in the curl next to the iron and slip iron out. This will hold the curl in place and prevent fingers from being burned.

6. Once entire head is curled and cooled, remove pins and rub a couple drops of Redken Glass 01 between hands and breakup curls to soften.

Tip: To keep hair away from the face, take a small section of curls and divide in two sections — wrap the sections around each other and ruche the ends.

The Benefits of Picking a Niche

by Lilly Rockwell on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

cutting curly hair

Stylists have found picking a niche works well for their business.

Hair stylist Tiffany Anderson-Taylor’s weekends at her St. Petersburg, Fla. salon are booked a month in advance. She has clients fly in from far-flung states such as Arizona just to get their curly hair cut.

Not bad for a stylist who only got her hair-cutting license two years ago.

Anderson-Taylor credits her popularity to her decision to focus exclusively on cutting curly hair.

“There are so few of us that anyone who has a passion and is serious about doing a good job can do really well,” Anderson-Taylor said.

Picking a niche, whether it is cutting curly hair or a focus on hair coloring, helps to build a loyal clientele willing to pay top dollar for an expert.

“Whether you’re a curly hair specialist or not, you have to get your name out there and differentiate yourself,” Anderson-Taylor said.

Hair stylists suggest if curly hair isn’t your thing, try your hand at coloring or perfecting the art of an intricate up-do. Stylists who have chosen a niche say that it has helped grow their business and helped them better weather down financial times.

Specializing in curly haircuts and styles is especially popular because there is a growing demand for this expertise as straightening becomes less popular.

“Curly girls have always found me wherever I work,” said Teresa Callen, owner of the Menlo Park, Calif.-based Image Arts Salon. “It’s so rare for people to be good at it. Up until five years ago, it was terrible to be someone who specialized in curly and wavy hair. Right now curls are becoming the height of style.”

In the 1990s straight hair was popular and “it was hard to get clients,” Callen said. But in 2000, curly hair really began to catch on, she added. The demand has only increased since then, and Callen said her appointments fill up months in advance.

“Loyal doesn’t begin to describe a curly-haired girl when you do her right,” said hair stylist Laura Vendetti, who runs Fairhope, Ala.-based Laura Hair Co. “They are by far the most loyal clients I have.”

Although Vendetti also cuts straight hair, she said her curly-haired clients are more likely to be repeat customers. Because many beauty schools don’t offer training on curly hair, a stylist who can learn to cut curly hair well is in high demand.

A growing number of stylists are seeking out special training in curly hair cutting. Curly hair expert Lorraine Massey, the author of “Curly Girl,” and the creator of the Deva line of hair care products, offers training at her salon in New York.

Others teach themselves. Curly-haired Vendetti remembers the hairdresser who “butchered” her hair as a child, and it inspired her to perfect the curly hair cut. Anderson-Taylor practiced on friends and models and had them post reviews of her skills on Web sites like in order to gain more clients.

“Having a niche is important,” said hair stylist Cristin Armstrong, who works at the New York City-based Takamichi Salon. She specializes in cutting curly hair, but works at a salon that works with all hair types. “The curly hair thing has been a really good niche for me because it has helped me build my clientele.”

When picking a niche, find something you feel comfortable doing, Armstrong said. Often curly hair stylists have curly or wavy hair themselves. Others simply gravitate toward the challenge of a curly hair cut or the accuracy that straight hair demands.

“I feel like I have an understanding of it,” Armstrong said. “I understand texture. I like creating simple styles they can create at home.”

She adds that specializing in curly hair helps her stand out in New York City’s crowded, competitive salon landscape.

Some hair stylists have managed not only to make curly hair their specialty, but also have built entire salons that focus on curly hair. Jonathan Torch founded the Toronto-based Curly Hair Institute in 2005, a salon that only cuts and colors curly hair. He also has developed an extensive line of curly-hair products. He said curly hair has always been his passion, and finds the different sizes, shapes, and textures of curly hair fascinating.

“You can’t just wake up one day and open a curly hair salon,” Torch said. “You really have to love it.”

For Torch, developing an expertise in curly hair isn’t about making money, though his salon is doing very well. He likens it to therapy, helping people who have never had a “solution” to taming their curly manes.

“The minute I discovered it, I gravitated toward it because it’s such a rewarding feeling,” says Torch.

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