The Education Behind Curly Hair

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The Education Behind Curly Hair

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Why straighten those curls?

I have a wide range of clients. I do men’s cuts, long hair, asymmetrical hairstyles, curly hairstyles and more. Sometimes people with curly hair are a little timid when they meet a hairstylist for the very first time. And when that stylist has incredibly straight hair, such as I do, they are sometimes even more timid.

Curly hair can be tricky to cut and tricky to style. It can be more forgiving than straight hair, but it’s how you cut it that makes the difference between creating a frizz ball and creating a great shape and style that your client will love. When I cut curly hair I primarily use my shears. Texturizing shears (which look like they have teeth) are great for releasing bulk for straight hair, pixie cuts or men’s cuts, but if you’re thinking about using those with your curly hair clients, think again. I’ve had such clients come in, and just by feeling their hair I can tell that texturizing shears were used. Not a good idea since these shears will create frizziness and dryness for curly hair.

When curly hair clients first come to me, they usually tell me that their hair looks like a triangle, there’s too much weight on the top layer, and their hair gets frizzy when it’s dry. When I cut curly hair I use several techniques with my shears to help release bulk, accentuate their curls, and create a shape that will look great and grow out nicely. Keep in mind that curly hair will bounce up when it dries after a cut. So if you take off two inches it may look like four or five inches when dry, depending on how curly your client’s hair is.  So be cautious.

When I was in beauty school I didn’t have many curly hair clients, but by doing continuing education I became more confident with curly hair. I also went through an apprenticeship program after beauty school at one of the top salons in Portland that really taught me to hone in on my skills with working with various hair textures, lengths, densities and styles.

There are so many different techniques you can use with layering, framing the face and taking out weight for your curly hair clients. I could go into detail about it, but watching other stylists, doing hands-on practice and taking classes are my best suggestions.

When I finish a cut or other service for a client, I always provide some education about what products would be best for their hair and how to use them.

For curly hair clients I like to use DevaCurl Styling Cream or DevaCurl Light Defining Gel.  I towel dry the hair first, then use half a pump of whichever product I choose, depending on the texture and thickness of my client’s hair, or sometimes I’ll even cocktail the two. Like other professional hair products, DevaCurl will go a long way, so it’s best to use a small amount.  Once I have styled the hair by scrunching or twirling it hair around my fingers, I then use a diffuser. Diffusers are a great styling tool and if your curly hair client has never tried using one (you’ll be surprised by how many have), it definitely helps dry the hair without frizzing, creates volume, and enhances curls.

So if you or anyone else you know has difficulty in styling curly hair, please feel free to email or call me.  I would love to help!

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