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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

Honestly I learned to cut curly hair by trial and error. It seems like every cutting class I went to all they did was cut straight hair so I started trying different methods on myself and my girls. Before I knew it I was on to something.

What's your technique?

My technique depends on the curl pattern. For softer looser curls I use a twist method. I still section the hair according to the style I want to achieve, but when i take my subsections I coil the hair and slide cut or knotch. Again it depends on what I want the finish to look like.

What products do you like best?

I am overly in a deep obsession over Mixed Chicks. Mixed Chicks is the bases for all of my curly styles. Depending on how tight the individuals curl pattern or if they have what I will refer to as a "z" pattern, I will add Chic Afrique. All of Chic Afrique's products have a shea butter base and they really soften coarser texture curls. But again it still all starts with Mixed Chicks.

Any advice for other stylists?

Please stop using Mineral Oil and Petroleum based products. I have found especially with coarser curls these two ingredients give you instant shine but by the end of the day or sometimes even mid day the hair is dry and ashy looking. If you are using these ingredients for scalp treatments they tend to block the pores and the dry scalp never alleviates. Try natural oils like jojoba, lavender, and tea tree.

What's the hottest curly trend?

The latest trend depends on your curl pattern. Soft, loose curls should be just that soft and loose. Let the hair have a natural shine not a hard gel finish. For tighter coarser curls still I say a soft finish. Just set the curls so the definition in your curl pattern is there. Color is always so hot don't be scared to try different colors as accents. I am seeing so much purple as I look through magazines. I myself am rocking it and what a difference it makes. Whatever you do just rock it with confidence.

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