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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

Cutting curly hair came natural to me. I learned long ago that with curly hair less is more. In 1999 I created Debra Messing’s look for "Will & Grace." Having done that, I became inundated with curly hair clients wanting the “Grace” look (celebs as well as regular clients). Needless to say, the more you do, the more you understand. Currently I’m working with a couple of America’s favorite curlyheads; Julia Louie Dreyfus, and Jenna Elfman (watch for her new short curly look), on their TV shows “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Accidentally on Purpose”, both on CBS.

What's your technique?

First to create balance. I get my length established, then cut with extremely sharp angles and work my way around the head, using the crown as my apex. I never razor or slide cut curly hair. I believe it frays the hair shaft and makes the hair frizzy. Frizz is the bane of s curlyheads' existence. The final touch is to personalize. This is like sculpting. Framing the face, and keeping it soft. For long curly hair I like cutting dry and straight. I have my client ironed out first. This technique allows me to cut my sharp angles, always remembering less is more, especially since we all know that once that hair is wet and dried, it’s going to shrink up a couple of inches. This makes for a versatile cut that will look great both blown out smooth and straight, loose and wavy, or curly.

What products do you like best?

I like the Suave Professionals Health Curls regimen

Any advice for other stylists?

Always remember with curly hair, less is more. Don’t be intimidated.

What's the hottest curly trend?

The hot curly trend for 2009 and 2010 is jaw-length to just above the shoulders, with long soft layers and a soft frame.

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