I love curls! This page will hopefully answer some of your curl questions and allow you to come to your appointment ready to roll...
Curly cuts are based on the Deva Curl training I have both received and assisted in teaching to other advanced curly stylists. We begin with a thorough consultation, start the cut on dry hair by framing the curls in front (so you aren't wondering, "What is she doing to the back of my hair!?"). Once the shape is blocked in, I will have you stand and flip, shake the hair out, and roll up as I check for overall balance. My friend Molly, my Deva Educator, likes to refer to this as Curl-ates, or Hair-obics. It's fun. We will then cleanse, condition, and re-set/style the hair, revisiting the cut briefly to customize and perfect it once it is dry. This process averages about 2 hours but can take anywhere from 1.5 to almost 3 hours (very rare) depending on the curls.
Your Curly Cut
It is helpful to understand the process of cleansing, conditioning, and styling referred to as the Deva 3 Step. While it is not necessary to use these products, (I do because I know why they work), the techniques are an integral part of curly hair care and help curls live their ideal existence.
- Please arrive with your hair dry and as freshly set/styled (worn down in its natural state without manipulating your curls into any sort of ponytail, buns, twists, pin-curls, thermal styling etc.) so that I can see what its natural tendencies are. It does not have to be washed that day, but I need to get an accurate sense of how it naturally looks. It may or may not have any sort of styler (product used to keep curls in tact), as long as I can work with the curls.
What is your recent hair history in terms of cut, color, texturizing services? What are your short term and long term goals? What has worked for you in the past, what makes you want to run for the hills? I will be honest with you, make sure you understand what we discuss, and proceed with your cut, respecting your curls and your feelings too.
The cut begins in the front by blocking out a shape you can see right away and feel good about. I will not use texturizing (aka thinning shears) on curls. I will not razor through curls. I will honor where and how your curls sit. After the cut, I will have you stand, flip forward, shake your hair out with my hands, and roll up so I can see if any of those beauties were in hiding. I check for balance and then we head to the world's most comfortable shampoo sink where more magic happens.
Resetting and Drying
While we cleanse, condition and re-set the hair at the shampoo sink, I will make sure you know how to care for your hair at home, and understand these techniques and the products used to achieve your style as they apply to your texture. The remainder of the simple styling happens at the chair, and then your hair dries while you rest and relax, read, write a thesis, eat lunch, call your mom, knit a tea cozy, etc, under a super fancy lamp. It really doesn't take THAT long. It certainly takes less time than blowing it out used to.
Once your hair is dry, we will release the protective cast that the styler of choice provided, and beautiful, hydrated and happy curls will be yours! A possible extra few snips here and there to finish and customize on freshly re-set curls, and you are bouncing out the door. Please remind me that you need to pay as I get so excited that I sometimes forget I do this for a living. Actually, that is not your responsibility, is it?