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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

We had weekly training sessions at the salon where I worked as an apprentice. Every model they showcased had straight hair. I was the pesky student in the back asking what it would look like on curly hair. To shut me up, they told me I was in charge of finding curly hair models. Since all my family is curly, I had no problem finding models.That’s how it all started.

What's your technique?

I cut wet. I believe in putting a solid foundation into the hair so it can basically be worn both curly and straight and have harmonious lines for the curls to fall with a bounce.

What products do you like best?

I like Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion mixed with Kevin Murphy Hair Resort. It's great for curls. It’s that great been-at-the-beach look. I’m also a big fan of Mason Pearson brushes for straightening curly hair. They’re expensive, but very worth it. You don’t need a flat iron.

Any advice for other stylists?

I believe in a thorough consultation and feeling out the person before you start cutting. Usually when they meet with me, they’re at the end of their rope. Be a good, patient listener. Ask them what they do like about their hair, and build from there. They can go on and on about what they dislike, but I always like to start on a positive note.

What's the hottest curly trend?

Long, beachy waves.

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