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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I always had uncontroable curls so I started paying attention to my haircuts as a teenager. Then in beauty school I took some very specific classes for curls and also had a curl expert for a teacher. After taking classes like Ouidad I feel like I've mastered curly cutting.

What's your technique?

Slide cutting the ends for movement of individual curls. Using the C-shaped texturizing method. And knowing when to layer to increase or decrease weight depending on hair density.

What products do you like best?

Curls almost always need more moisture but highlighted curls def also need protein. I like Kenra moisturizing Shamp/Condit. Redken Butter Treat Leave in Conditioner. Alterna Spray Shine Leave In Conditioner. Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt Lotion. Aquage Styling Gel, Moisturizing and Texturizing Spray. Pureology ShineLuxe. BedHead Some Like it Hot Conditioner and Serum and Masterpiece hairspray.

Any advice for other stylists?

Pay attention to the clients silhoutte. So many new guests come to me with a triangle shape. Cutting hair in its natural curl form is the best way to get great results. Don't over texturize and/or razor the ends, it will destroy the curl. With curly hair, the ends need friends.

What's the hottest curly trend?

The beachy/wavy look. Naturally curly girls can get this look easily. Just apply a light styling lotion at night on damp hair...then part hair and pineapplen overnight. In the morning apply a curly haired lotion, gel or mousse and you're good to go :)

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