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Make Curly Hair Men Your Clients

by Ivan Zoot/The Clipper Guy on Friday, October 14th, 2011

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Guys make up roughly half the population of the world. On top of that, approximately half of them have textured or curly hair. Curly hair men face the same styling challenges as women, and there are plenty of opportunities for the hair cutters out there who are willing to help them.

Here are my top five tips for positioning yourself as an asset to curly haired guys. Help them manage their curls and they will help you to become a highly successful curly hair cutter.

1. Consult with pictures

If a picture is worth 1,000 words with any client, it can be worth a few more with the guys. Different looks and lengths may be tough for guys to imagine. Using a style book and updated men images will help to paint clear images of the end result you have in mind.

2. Use simple language

To a guy, volume is a knob on a radio, not hair fullness. Texture is the feel of the fabric on their jacket, not the way their hair feels. Hair business lingo is a foreign language to guys. Use simple terms and “guy talk.” Talk texture using the word “curliness.” Body and volume can be described as “fullness.” Styling glaze, no matter how fancy and New-Agey it is, is just hair gel to a guy. Don’t dumb it down, but keep it simple.

3. Take them shorter

Less hair is easier to manage than more hair. Short hair cuts are fast to style and easy to work with. The added bonus for you is that curly hair men are a quick cut in your chair and then back again before you know it. Wavy to curly hair that is cut down below the wave will fall in beautifully. Kinky curly hair can be a monster for many guys to manage at longer lengths.

4. Get hands on with take-home hair care product

You must do more than recommend take home hair care product at the front of the shop. Get product out of the bottle, into their hands and onto their hair at the chair. Show them how much to use and how to use it. Do their hair for them so they can see how you do it. Have them do it for you so you can confirm that they are on the same page. Send them home trained and stocked.

5. Rebook commandingly

Tell them. Do not ask them. If it is a four week hair cut, explain the need to be back in four weeks and assist them at the desk in booking their next appointment before they leave. Where you lead, they will follow. The responsibility is on you to take the lead.

The common theme in all of these is all about taking control of the salon visit and experience. Curly hair men will appreciate the direction and clear guidance. You will enjoy their loyal patronage.

Special Tips for Men’s Curly Hair Styles

by Chair to Chair/Shannon McCarthy on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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Shannon McCarthy is a senior stylist and educator for James Joseph Studio and James Joseph Salon. James Joseph Salon and Studios are the most award-winning salons in Boston with more than 30 local and national awards. James Joseph Salon has been named one of the Top 100 Salons in America by “Elle” magazine, and James Joseph Studio has been named the Best Affordable Salon in Boston. James Joseph has also been one of the Salon Today 200 three times.

Finding the right length when working with men’s curly hair styles can be quite a task. There are many guys out there with great curls who simply don’t know how to manage them. I have encountered many male clients who are always going back and forth trying to find a way to work with their curls. It is our job as stylist to tell them their options.

Always have a thorough consultation to help the client decide if having a longer style is realistic for him. Make sure he is ready to commit to changing his routine in the morning and that he is ready to commit to using good products. Knowing how much time he has to spend in the morning will help you to decide the direction in which to go.

Try a Short Style

If you have a very low-maintenance kind of guy, working on the shorter side is most recommendable. For him, you will most likely be cutting the curl out. If you can stay somewhere in the middle of a “boys regular” and medium length hair, be careful to check the hairline and see how much you can actually taper.

Going too short on the sides can sometimes result in being unable to properly taper the curls he may have around his hairline. Keep this is mind during the consultation, and suggest men’s curly hair styles in a realistic length the client is comfortable with.

Show them a creamy, workable pomade to help keep the curls on the top of the head in place. I like to show them every step from taking a finger tip full of product to emulsifying it in my palm and finger tips to applying it to the sides then forward then working it back to the crown.

Products for Longer Curls

For curly men wanting to keep their hair on the longer side, the right product is a must. Longer styles on men will require a bit more work. Make sure when consulting that you tell them exactly what they will have to do to maintain a longer style. This includes more frequent cuts and the generous use of product.

It is also important for us as stylist to be honest and tell them if their texture will look good with a longer style and how bad it could look without the right product. If your client has never tried to work with a longer style, find a happy medium to help them achieve a longer look and still be able to manage it at home. Start with a medium length to ease them into it.

Curly Care at Home

There are many great curly products out there to help achieve salon perfect curls at home. Men are no exception to this. Most men don’t realize what is available to them to give them the flexibility on short to long styles. If you’re working with a guy who has the longer styles, recommend a crème or soft gel to relax and hold the curls in place.

We also have to remember that most men do not and will never dry their hair at home. This is an important question to ask for men trying to achieve a longer style in the colder months. It may not be a realistic goal to have long hair if he is going to have to leave the house with his hair wet every day.

Clueless Curlies

Most men are completely clueless on what to do to manage their curls. It is important to know your clients expectations and lifestyle. Share your knowledge. Inform them of what they have available to them. Help them make an educated decision on the best men’s curly hair styles for their lifestyle. Train them how to use products properly. Then you may have a loyal client for life.

Curl Up with a Guy

by Ivan Zoot/The Clipper Guy on Monday, March 28th, 2011

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Ivan Zoot is the director of education and customer engagement for the Andis Company and the founder of Zoot! Hair professional hair care products. Ivan identifies, recruits, trains and manages Andis’s team of professional beauty industry educators. Ivan continues to be a featured presenter at industry shows and events, sharing his unique blend of information, education and enthusiasm for clipper cutting and the entire professional beauty industry. Ivan’s background includes experiences ranging from salon ownership to achieving 3 Guinness World Haircutting records. Here, he shares his cutting and business-building expertise.

Curly hair is not just for curly girls. There is a lot of attention right now on the salon industry focused on curly and textured hair for guys. Here are a few things to keep in mind when supporting curly-haired guys.

Go short. A lot of guys just do not want to deal with all that texture and volume. Be comfortable taking these guys quite short.

Grow long. A lot of these guys have been quite short for quite a while. When they come around looking for an update, growing out all that great curl can be a fun project and direction. Embrace the opportunity and support their decision.

Products are the key. Managing curl for guys must be kept simple. Gels, pomades and styling crèmes should be used, explained and recommended. Remember the products chosen and the quantities used will need to change as their hair gets longer. Most guys will not equate, “my hair is longer so I need a bigger glop of styling stuff.”

Use pictures. Trade journals and pop culture magazines are great sources of images to help steer client decisions and support consultations. Try to cut up a few to create a collage of current curly guy looks to help you communicate.

Remember rebooking. Growing out requires haircuts. Develop the habit of rebooking so as to prevent these curly guys from staying away too long or straying. Their hair will appreciate it.

Guys are big business and more than half the guy clients out there have some form of curl or texture. Be sure to get your share of their patronage and profits.

ABS Texture! Panel with Top Curl Experts was a Huge Success

by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

America’s Beauty Show was underway and thousands of stylist and salon owners gather to expand their knowledge, see top stylist and enjoy the entire “show” experience. Sunday March 13th was a huge day at ABS as it was the second annual “Texture” programming.

Texture! returned to ABS this year! This one-of-a kind free event showcased leading texture experts and educators in an intimate, interactive forum which included live hair demos. Texture! was hosted by founder Michelle Breyer and Modern Salon’s Editor-in-Chief Laurel Nelson, highlights of the event included:

Texture Trends: Fashion, Entertainment and Pop Culture Influences
Texture Cut, Color and Style: How-To Demos and Advice
Texture Opportunities: Make More Money Serving Curly Clients
Texture for Men: What’s New for Curly Guys?
Texture Q&A: Our experts, your questions!

Attendees were able to meet and greet the leading texture educators and brand leaders. The panel included the following:

John Benedetto, Director of Education for GK Hair: John has over 25 years of experience in the salon industry. In his prior role as Aveda’s Director of Global Hair Color Education, John was instrumental in creating Aveda’s Brands of Full Spectrum Hair Color and creating techniques for Aveda Collections at Video and Photo Shoots.

Shari Harbinger, “The Go To Curl Girl”: In her double-duty role as Director of Education for DevaConcepts and Color Director for Devachan Salon and Departure Lounge, Shari has both a loyal group of clients that rely on her for shiny, vibrant shades that are as modern as they are beautiful, and an enormous following in the salon industry for her eponymous training sessions.

Ouidad, the “Queen of Curl”: She is an internationally recognized stylist, salon owner mother, author and global educator. In 1984, as the pioneer of the curly hair industry, she opened the first salon in the country to cater exclusively to curly hair. Since then her trademarked cutting and styling techniques and specialized line of award winning products, have instilled confidence in curly and wavy haired people everywhere.

Anthony Dickey: He has spent the better part of his styling career—both on set and in the salon—trying to dispel the myth among women with kinky, curly and wavy hair that their texture is problematic or unruly. Touted as a “Style Svengali” by the New York Times, Dickey has mastered the mystery of textured hair to create iconic hair styles for designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities alike.

Veronique Morrison: As Director of Education for MIZANI, a division of L’Oreal, USA, Veronique creates and manages the production of all technical curriculum, training programs, and creative trend presentations for a national salon audience.

Erica Grabczyk: American Crew’s International All-Star Erica Grabczyk certainly knows how to talk and cut men’s hair at the same time. She swiftly became the Director of Education at Groom Salon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in male-specific design. Erica is top-rated in the City of Milwaukee for men’s hair (Milwaukee Magazine), having worked at Groom since 1999 as both a Lead and now Master Stylist. She trains nationally and internationally as an American Crew International All-Star Educator.

Ana Daniel, Artistic Director & Educator for Ouidad: This Dominican Republic native has spent several years working with Ouidad and loves ensuring that her clients not only have a style they love but also have the information they need to care for their curls at home. Ana’s work has appeared on the pages of many magazines and on the heads of numerous celebrities.

Michelle Breyer and Shari Harbinger

Michelle Breyer and Dickey

Megan at Ouidad Demo

Megan at Ouidad Demo

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American Crew Answers Our Curly Man Product Wishes

by Megan Dorcey on Monday, February 21st, 2011

We admit that here at, we get a little psyched when we hear about some of our favorite salon brands coming out with more diverse curl-specific lines.  Needless to say, when we caught wind that American Crew has produced a curly man line, we went nuts.  Maybe it has something to do with spring in the air around our offices, or the gorgeous curly guy on the cover of this season’s “Texture!”, but we are a little curly-boy-crazy these days.

American Crew has designed a 3-part line for their curly men including Boost Powder, Boosting Cream, and Curl Construct, specially designed to help our curly men celebrate their natural texture.  We (much to our disappointment) don’t have any curly men working here, so we had to branch out to two of our favorite curl-loving male stylists.  Who better to give us a little perspective on this new line, than the most important men in our lives: our stylists!M

We know that men gravitate towards any cheap gel that they can get their hands on, so we asked Ron Valdez, Redken educator and owner of Estilo Valdez in Austin why he would recommend these products to his clients. “The one thing I love about all three is that because they are all low to no shine, they will have a great appeal to men.  Our male clients prefer that their hair not look ’styled’, as you know most styles for men, especially young men, look more relaxed.”  We couldn’t agree more, with the Boosting Powder adding a little to damp hair brings out a full, loose appearance on curls.

Michael Victor, co-owner of Delineation Hair & Skin Essentials in Toronto, offered his own spin on the Boost Cream, “I know it says to use on wet or dry hair but for me I liked to apply it on damp hair.  I found I was able to control the distribution of the product better. The curls formed well, and the second day it was also easy to re-work. I found it too strong when I applied it to dry hair, but it was good for spotting on the sides and front to create a different look. I would say use with care and not too much, as it goes a long way.”

Ron King of the new Ron King Salon in The Four Seasons Austin has also been experimenting with the three products, stating that the Curl Construct was his favorite for curly clients with finer hair who wanted more of a boost.  He also cautioned us that a curly man who didn’t want too much volume should use the Boosting Powder with caution.

We’re so excited to find this line on our local professionals’ shelves, to share with the curly men in our lives!

Texture: Men’s Hairstyles for Spring

by Victoria Wurdinger on Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Wispy hair is on its way for men

The new, wispy Beatles cut allows versatile styling options

Hair by Xena Parsons for Xena’s Beauty Company, NYC
Photo by Tom Carson
Production: Global Hair & Fashion Group

Regardless of the their age or attitude, most men will want texture for spring, because it’s versatile, and it suits the new longer lengths. While businessmen will favor refined old Hollywood—think tapered Mad Men cuts and the serious styles of Cary Grant types—younger guys will still only pretend not to have Bieber fever by calling their style “Beatlesque.” Urban ethnic guys will grow it a tad beyond skin-fades, while others will continue to give props to the Mohawk, Low Hawk and Faux Hawk.

According to Redken for Men consultant, Jenny Balding, who gets top props for men’s cuts at NYC’s Cutler Salon, a trend we’ll all be seeing for spring/summer is a longer top with a disheveled look all around.

“Bradley Cooper’s hair is a perfect example of this,” says Balding. “The look is longer through the top and slightly shorter at the back and sides. It’s heavily texturized to create an unkempt finish, which keeps the look very versatile.”

Paul Wilson, American Crew’s artistic director, says curl and volume will make the strongest texture statements. “The combination of these two are the underlying trend in men’s texture right now,” notes Wilson. “It’s curl that defies gravity—something existing that has been loosely manipulated.”

Ouidad, who owns namesake salons in NYC and Santa Monica, CA, says the mohawk also remains popular. “Basically, it’s a strip of hair of varying length, starting at the forehead or further back and running to the back of the head,” notes Ouidad. “It can be long, short, spiky, wavy or any other creative shape. Usually, it’s a couple of inches wide, but that can also vary, depending on the desired look.”

Texture/Length Connection
You need a little extra length for any type of texture play, which is why the trends are intertwined. At Xena’s Beauty Company in New York City, Framesi educator Xena Parsons says that slightly longer tops and softer, wispier edges are the hallmark of the mod-feeling, Beatles-length look, and that it’s created, in part, with slide cutting.

Style Strategies for Curly Men

by Teri Evans on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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It seems more men than ever before are wriggling out of the straight jacket when it comes to their hairstyles. Whether they are athletic (think Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Anderson Varejão or Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu), artistic (such as actors Adrien Grenier and musician John Mayer) or corporate execs (like Kinkos founder Paul Orfalea, whose nickname was “Kinko” because of his curly red hair) — you don’t have to look far to see how men are embracing their natural waves, curls and kinks.

“In the past, you had to tame your curly hair, but there’s no longer that expectation today,” says Rodney Cutler, grooming stylist for “Esquire” magazine.

Gone are the slicked-back, stiff styles that gained notoriety thanks to Gordon Gekko’s character in the popular, late-’80s film “Wall Street.” Today, men still want to fit in with their peers. But they also want to stand out with individual style, and they want to highlight what makes them unique.

“Men are very lifestyle appropriate,” says Cutler, who also owns New York’s Cutler Salon. “They tend to want hairstyles that fit their career choices and social settings.”

Their look makes a social statement.

“It’s about an understated cool,” he says. “They’re saying, ‘I don’t have to shave every day. I don’t have to have contrived, straight-gelled hair; I can just let my cool curly hair come in.’”

Here, Cutler shares grooming tips for curly men, whether they’re living the artistic, athletic or corporate life.

Corporate types need the right cut and the right products.

The Lifestyle: Corporate
The Look: Stylishly Groomed

When you’re working your way up the corporate ladder, you obviously want your curls to be in place when you step into the boardroom. Still, Cyour textured tresses don’t have to be so closely cropped. You can allow at least a half-inch of growth.

“It’s more about leaving the interior of the hair a little longer and not making the shape so square, so it’s a little more to the shape of the head — a little rounder,” Cutler says.

The look you’re going for is groomed and styled, but not crunchy, and a soft putty will be your best styling aid. “It will still add moisture to the curls and allow them to breathe, but it’s still firm enough so you have control and can keep curls in place,” he says.

Try: Bumble and Bumble’s Sumo Tech or Redken for Men’s Outplay Texture Putty

Artists might want to seek a free, deconstructed look.

The Lifestyle: Artistic
The Look: Disheveled and sexy

Artistic types are known as free spirits, often resisting structure. Rules? They don’t make too many. They don’t want to be boxed in or restricted, and that openness is reflected in their hairstyle.

If you’re part of the artistic crowd, along the same vibe as actors such as Orlando Bloom, you want to create an abstract, disheveled texture for your curls in a stylish way.

“This is more about just letting the curls be free and allowing more length, so it doesn’t look so contrived,” Cutler says. “You’ll want to have your hair cut in a free-hand way, not a classic layered haircut. Then, use a styling cream that creates curl separation and definition, so you have that lived-in look.”

Try: Redken Get Groomed Finishing Cream or Cutler Specialist Definition Cream or Kiel’s Silk Groom Serum or Creme with Silk Groom

Anderson Varejao

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao is among the athletes sporting curly locks.

The Lifestyle: Athletic
The Look: Go with the Flow

Even helmets can no longer hide the textured tresses we’re seeing on the playing field in many sports nowadays. Take this year’s Super Bowl, for example. Who knew it would include such a showcase (and standoff) of curls and kinks?

You couldn’t miss Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and his dreadlocks, leading the brash offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers and its tightly coiled safety Troy Polamalu. As the Steelers ultimately won the crown — and the crowd’s cheers — this year, Polamalu’s free-flowing ringlets also stole a sliver of the spotlight.

But Fitzgerald and Polamalu aren’t the only athletes rocking their curls these days. From Cleveland Cavalier Anderson Varejao on the basketball court to Ben Askren on the Olympic wrestling mat, more male athletes are opting for longer, wilder curly styles rather than cropping off their textured locks.

If the curly guy’s style leans more toward athletic, maintaining moisture is especially important for his curly texture. With tighter curls and kinks, says Cutler, “the curls are going to be a little drier so you really want to moisturize.”

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