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How did you learn to cut curly hair?

I served an apprenticeship with the oringinal Sasson team in San Francisco. Sasoon's philosophy on cutting curly hair was revolutionary. His core belief was that if you cannot cut curly hair based upon it's individual curl pattern, texture and growth pattern- "you cannot cut hair!"

What's your technique?

Sassoon encouraged hairdressers to make a decision on cutting natural curl based on the curl pattern, desired length and health of the hair. I choose to cut both natural curls and waves dry before shampooing. All hair stretches when it's wet and shrinks when it is dry. Natural curls and waves do shrink over 50% when dry. When you cut natural curls or waves dry, there is an exact amount removed-no surprises and no unhappy endings.

What products do you like best?

We love products that perform. David Hanan created the Loma products over 15 years ago. They are sulphate, paraben and gluten free but more importantly preform on all hair types. I love zero return on products based upon the way they perform. I have zero returns in over 15 years and this is the ONLY line I promote from "behind the chair".

Any advice for other stylists?

If you want the curly girls and boys... learn how to cut their hair.

What's the hottest curly trend?

Short or long-instant natural drying...no styling, their way, not yours.

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