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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I am a loctician/natural hair stylist! My speciality is palm rolling, hand interlocking, loc styling, and healthy hair care. I do not specialize in cutting curly hair. However, I have licensed cosmetologists at the salon that specializes in cutting curly hair.

What's your technique?

I specialize in loc shaving. I have clients that want manageable and neat locs. I specialize in creative, professional loc styles. My clients are teachers, business owners, and doctors. They want professional but versatile styles. I provide loc rod sets, flat twists for locs, loc updos, and two strand twists styles.

What products do you like best?

I like Jane Carter and an array of natural products. I use the hydrating invigorating shampoo(SLS-Free), the wrap and roll (for rod sets), leave-in, and the hair serum by Jane Carter. In addition, I like pure shea butter, aloe vera, Nature's Gate, and nature's blessing. I love products that are water soluble. I encourage my clients to refrain from using alcohol based products, gel, and bees wax. I developed a hair and scalp oil composed of olive oil, vitamin e, castor oil, and other essential oils. I am an advocate of natural products.

Any advice for other stylists?

The advice that I would like to share with other stylists is to be professional at all times. Clients want a stylist that is honest, efficient, prompt, and dedicated. Talent is a great asset as a stylist but without professionalism it will cause the demise of your business. Honesty, integrity, and a positive attitude are important traits for a productive stylist. Clients want open lines of communication and want to build a relationship with a stylist. For instance, if your client has unhealthy hair please refrain from coloring or braiding. It is the responsibility of the stylist to be honest and give clients what they need (not always what client desires). For example, offer your client a treatment although the client wants color but has unhealthy hair. It is the duty of a stylist to be honest. Lastly, stylists must always perform a consultation before styling. The client and stylist need to have an understanding of the service and pricing prior to actual service being performed.

What's the hottest curly trend?

In my opinion, the hottest curly trend is a twist out. In my salon, clients request two strands or two strand flat twists. This style is versatile. Two strands or flat twists will give a client three styles in one style! A twist out gives a spriral effect and curly or textured afro. It is amazing!

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