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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

The beauty college that I went to had three African American students who were better at teaching and general hairstyling than the teachers were. These women took a liking to me and spent enormous amounts of time both in school and out teaching me how to work with textured hair. I started my career working on African American hair, and my specialty has evolved from there.

What's your technique?

My technique started in 1982 and continues to expand each time I take a course or see something inspiring--like a great haircut on a beautiful woman. I am especially inspired when I see hair done a creative twist that moves me to study it. I think each stylist has his or her own unique technique. Mine is a collection of years of experience. Each year I spend the bucks to study with a new master, learn at conferences, and I pay attention so I see those visual moments that give me a spark to play on my free time and create something fresh in hairstyling. I do best at low maintenance hair for clients who love a more natural look.

What products do you like best?

Devacurl and Jessicurl are my favorites

Any advice for other stylists?

Spend the time and money on advanced education. Set a goal each year to do self study or study with others in the industry.

What's the hottest curly trend?

The website Naturallycurly.com.

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