stylist spotlight

  • Arlene Webber
  • Winter Park, Florida
  • Independent Salon Owner
  • Salon Ciseaux

How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I worked for distributors and I had curly hair myself. Any haircut you do, I can put it on a curly head. You just have to remeasure your angles. Being able to work and manage different textures from my own hair helped me work with curly hair.

What's your technique?

I do a lot of point cutting and a lot of texturizing. I lean heavily toward giving my clients education about products. If your curls are dry, it doesn't matter how good the cut is. I really like Terri Doughtrey from Wella.. The cutting style is commercial but all shapes can be executed on curly or straight hair as most clients like to be able to wear their hair both ways. I also like Arrojo for his razor techniques.. Disconnection is very popular now as the long and short layers allow the stylist to give the client added manageability to the curl. Here you can remove unnecessary bulk, add beautiful square layers which is also very now and leave length with style. Curly clients don't like to have their length compromised.

What products do you like best?

I love Sebastian, Halo and Aquage. I also love a product called Design Essentials.

Any advice for other stylists?

The consultation is key. You have to dissect the client. If you address the moisture issues and what their health issues and their state of mind issues and their environmental issues. Also, many clients have five or more textures of curls on their head and you have to address each texture.

What's the hottest curly trend?

Just being able to wear your curl in any form. It doesn't have to be a perfect curl. It doesn't have to be perfect curls. Any curl pattern you have is in style. It doesn't have to be smooth, silky and perfect. Anything goes. It's an exciting time.

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