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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I had the good fortune of aligning my good karma with Lorraine Massey and Denis Da Silva, who invited me to partner with them in 1996. By working with them and watching them work it out themselves - the salon was a test lab - I learned. Through the observation, I was able to put the format into a training program based on what I witnessed and practiced. That has now become Curlaboration, our cutting program.

What's your technique?

It's a dry cut, curl for curl in the order that they are naturally received. It's a combination of technical and intuitive approach. We take basic cutting skills and adding to that skill set, our understanding of curly hair, and trusting our eye to capture the curls as we see them on a given curly head. That really creates the Deva Cut. No tension, curl for curl but still following the head shape and basic elevations.

What products do you like best?

I love Heaven in Hair. It has totally changed my curls. It makes them so much ropier.

Any advice for other stylists?

Never be satisfied with where you are as a hair designer. Always strive to break your own boundaries and be open to new approaches and new ideas. Be ever evolving. Be open to sharing your knowledge with those around you. It just makes you stronger.

What's the hottest curly trend?

The disconnected curly cut, visually connected but technically disconnected. The top elevations are shorter and disconnected from the bottom layers. It has an edgier, more modern, rock-and-roll curl look.

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