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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

When I first started my career and was an assistant to the owner of the salon I worked at, I was trained how to cut and style many different hair types. One client of his I had the privilege of working on weekly was a woman who owned the coffee house across the street. She had gorgeous, long, Botticelli-type curls and liked them alternately blown-out smooth and straight or air-dried after her weekly cleansing and conditioning (we NEVER shampooed her hair). Seeing her week after week and getting to know her and her hair so well taught me a deep appreciation for curls. That was almost 20 years ago and I remember her each time I have a curly client in my chair.

What's your technique?

Most of my curly clients are dry cut, utilizing techniques I learned through Deva Concept classes. I say "most" because each client is unique; each client has unique hair, unique needs and unique desires. Every appointment starts with a consultation, whether they are a first-time client or have been coming to me for years.

What products do you like best?

My current favorite go-to product for many different types of hair is Moroccan Oil. I also use and recommend - and not just for curly hair! - Deva Curl No Poo and One Condition. These are fantastic products to use, as is the whole Deva Curl line.

Any advice for other stylists?

Consult. Consult. Consult. I can't stress how important this is and how it's changed not just my business from good to great but also my perspective. Get to know your clients. Even if they've been coming to you for years, you can learn quite a bit about how your client's hair needs change over time. You can also use this as a way to gauge your work and their take-away experience from the previous visit. I keep detailed records on each client; this goes far beyond what their hair-type is and what color formulation or products I used. I look at it like a journal of my time with them. This helps with seeing how their needs change and evolve from visit to visit. This has also transformed the way I look at my clients: they have become partners in my business.

What's the hottest curly trend?

Big, soft moving waves and curls. Very sexy!

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