How did you learn to cut curly hair?
Having curly hair myself growing up and ALWAYS being frustrated after every haircut. The very typical, I just need a 1/4 inch trim... Turns into a 2 inch cut. I then knew as a teenager that I could help others who were as frustrated as me, and found myself a carrer. That was 24 years ago. So having curls myself I really felt I already had some knowledge of how to cut curly hair before I even touched a shears in school. I've not stopped learning since, there's always MORE to learn!
What's your technique?
I use several. 100% depending on the type of hair, curl and/or texture. Dry cutting allows me and the client to see progress as we go, assuring her it will not get too short. Because curls are very different when wet to dry and throw in the stretch factor when wet, I see the best results when you annalize each head of curls and determine which would be the best cut for that client. I like dry cutting, styling the hair and pinch cutting and twist the fly away ends and trim. Also wet cut on looser curls.
What products do you like best?
Intellegent Neutrients! A certified organic line created by the curator of Aveda. This line IS fantastic for curlies. It changed my hair for the better and my clients. Harmonic conditioner for co-washing and a light rinse. Pure Luxe (new) Shampoo and Conditioner. I wash once a week with Pure Luxe. Leave-in Conditioner, hair and scalp oil and the Styling Gel. Keeps my curls together and allows my hair to feel like hair, not hard crunchy plastics.
Any advice for other stylists?
Put down the Razor!! Frightens me when I see Stylists cutting curly hair with a Razor! EEKS!
What's the hottest curly trend?
All-natural. For me, make best use of your curls and embrace them, not curse them.
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