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  • april couse
  • Cornelius, North Carolina
  • Booth Renter
  • South Mane

How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I stumbled upon Devacurl at a hairshow. They were generous enough to send me a copy of the Curly Girl book which I read and found not only entertaining, but very helpful. After that I was lucky enough to have several clients give me the opportunity to learn about their curly hair by experimenting with cutting/styling techniques and listening to what they've had success with in working with their hair. Fortunately for me, there was such a need at the time in my area for someone who would approach curls differently that it didn't take much to impress. These clients took it upon themselves to say a few kind words about me on Naturally Curly's website and my clientele flourished from there.

What's your technique?

Since the days of experimenting on my own, I've attended the Devacurl Curlaboration class in NYC and been certified in their program. Their approach is to cut all hair dry without using any combs or tools. I've found not every head of hair can be approached the same way, and I make my decision as far as how to cut/style hair on a case by case basis. I do believe using thinning shears or a razor on curly hair is never a good choice. That's just about my only absolute.

What products do you like best?

I really like the Devacurl NoPoo, in both formulas and Joico's Moisture Recovery Conditioner. I've also had really good results with Joico's Joiwhip and ISO's Bouncy Creme and Joico's Design Collection Humidity Blocker is a must in the Southeast! I'm always listening to what my clients get good results with at home, especially if it's something I'm not familiar with.

Any advice for other stylists?

Listen, listen, listen! Your clients have lived with this hair for a very long time, and even if they aren't sure what DOES work, they certainly can tell you what doesn't. Encourage them to shampoo less, and condition more and to quit using combs/brushes/terry towels on their hair. Fingers and old t-shirts will be their new best friends.

What's the hottest curly trend?

sadly, I have few clients willing to take risks with their curly styles. The main interest for most of them is to learn how to manage their curls and have it cut in a way that minimizes width and maximizes healthy, shiny, bouncy curls.

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