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  • Toni Mendillo
  • Medford, New Jersey
  • Hairdresser/Colorist
  • The Total Look

How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I went to the Deva Chan Salon in Soho and did the a workshop after watching Lorraine Massey at a hair show in Atlantic City. I have a family of curly heads and I have curly hair. I really liked her philosophy and felt a lot of what she said rang true for me.

What's your technique?

I cut the hair curl by curl, dry to see where it falls and cause the least amount of shock. Curly hair can shrink up to 2 inches when dry, so cutting curly hair wet, doesn't really give you a true read on the end result. I also will do a weave cut to reduce volume.

What products do you like best?

Deva Care No Poo and One Condition and Arc Angell for the finish. The Deva Care product are great for color retention and hydrating dry, fragile curls.

Any advice for other stylists?

Cutting curly hair allows you to be a true artist and sculptor. It is where you rely on your creative eye to create a shape that is flattering and easy to maintain for your client.

What's the hottest curly trend?

I tend to stink with Deva, but I am looking into another line called Carol's Daughter. I think long, flowing curls are hot right now.

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