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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I learned the concepts of curly hair from personal experience. I've had curly hair my whole life and learned through trial and error as kid and teenager. I was always a natural at cutting hair, but felt most at home with curly hair. I've learned by doing, I've been doing hair since 1998. I've also picked up tips from co-workers and listening to clients.

What's your technique?

My cutting technique depends on the hair type. There are many kinds of curly hair. In general, I create a strong, precise shape and then add a lot of textured and airy layers through the surface to allow curls to bounce and separate. When appropriate, I remove bulk and weight. I preform wet or dry cuts, depending on need.

What products do you like best?

I'm currently using and selling AG. Their curl products are great because they are moisturizing without being too heavy or greasy. I'm always on the look out for curly products for specific types of curl. I've even resorted to making my own at home for my curls.

Any advice for other stylists?

Always do your best to listen to the client, as they've lived with their hair for their whole life, and probably know it best. Give the client a chance to tell their story and ask questions.

What's the hottest curly trend?

I see a lot of people embracing their curly or wavy hair texture, instead of trying to straighten it. It's a fun alternate style, at the very least. It's amazing how many people have beautiful waves that can be emphasized. I see more natural texture with a lived-in, tousled feel.

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