How did you learn to cut curly hair?
I have been a stylist for the past 20 years (10 in NYC) and my philosophy has always been centered around the individuality of your personal hair texture and the natural movement of hair. Over the years I have taken advanced training classes and have acquired a large curly-hair following. I truly enjoy teaching my clients how to embrace their curls.
What's your technique?
I begin by working with the client to best suit her/his needs and lifestyle. I cut the hair wet, taking into consideration the variation of curl textures within the head. I dry the hair naturally under a heat lamp and then do all the "fine-tune" cutting dry. My techniques vary from person to person, but include shattering the layers to create a soft, diffused, romantic feel. I also like to use very steep angles on fine, thin hair to create the appearance of thickness and volume. I chip into my lines to create softness, and slice out weight to reduce bulkiness. Occasionally I use the razor when appropriate for the hair texture to create a more extreme shattered line.
What products do you like best?
I am working with MOP (modern organic product) and am extremely happy with the results. I find their curl creme to be perfect when mixed with a drop of conditioner or oil.
Any advice for other stylists?
Being inspired in your own life helps you create new looks for your clients. Keep on top of current trends and advanced technical classes. Care about what you do!
What's the hottest curly trend?
Right now I see a lot of extremely-layered curly hair (short, long, or mid-length) which creates a lot o fullness and wild curls. Rock it.
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