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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I spent 3 years as an apprentice to a curly haired stylist/ salon owner, and over my years in the business always made an effort to educate myself on working with textured and curly hair. I've also got curly hair family members that graciously allowed me to learn through lots of practice. :)

What's your technique?

I start with a balanced, proportioned shape then I texturize to remove excess bulk and refine the entire style. Always using vertical lines, tapered or point cut ends and working very free-hand to create movement and openness for the curls to shift and wrap the best.

What products do you like best?

I love KMS control cream and bounce back spray for more sculpted, controlled styles. I also like Aveda Be Curly for softer, free flowing styles. I believe most curly clients need to find the perfect 'cocktail' of products for the exact right amount of control, frizz control and curl sculpting for their individual hair.

Any advice for other stylists?

I encourage my curly clients to BE curly. This means minimal, if any, heat styling and very little agitation of the hair at all. Which means they all walk out after a cut with wet hair. Regular practice for me is to assure my curly clients I'd love an update on how their new style did after air drying, so I always ask them to give me a call a few days later and let me know how much they love the cut and how the styling tips I've given them are working out. This also gives me an opportunity, if adjustments are needed, to ask them to pop back in so I can do dry detailing in the hair's natural state, and after they do the styling at home.

What's the hottest curly trend?

Beach waves, beach color. I teach my curly girls how to use their curling iron to gently stretch the curl and relax it into a wave. I use balayage highlighting to lighten random tendrils and make the texture pop, giving them a gorgeous, sexy beach style.

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