How did you learn to cut curly hair?
I spent a good portion of a 15 month apprenticeship studying cutting and styling techniques from one of Portland's curly hair specialists. My mother has extremely curly/frizzy hair and after watching her suffer for years with bad haircuts it was important to me to help people love their curls by giving them a style that works with their natural texture and not forcing their hair to be something it's not. Also, having wavy/curly hair myself, I've experienced a lot of the frustrations I hear from my curl enhanced clients and have ways to help.
What's your technique?
I love layering dimensionally when cutting curly hair to reduce bulk and create the general shape. Once that's done, depending on the length and texture, I become a more "organic" cutter, using my eye for style to fine tune a unique look that is flattering to the client's face shape.
What products do you like best?
I'm a big fan of SidLab's Curlista, an unscented, thick curl defining gel that can be cocktailed with other softer products depending on the desired result. Bumble and Bumble's Curl Conscious line is always a favorite as well. For defrizzing and shine, I love Pureology Shine-Max.
Any advice for other stylists?
Less touching = prettier curls
What's the hottest curly trend?
Right now, the tousled, beachy textured look seems to be really in. What I love most about hairstyling today is that anything goes. You don't have to worry about whether your hair is going to work in a Farrah Faucett feathered 'do anymore because it's all about rocking what you have!
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