It’s my personal mission to get everyone to embrace their natural hair texture. I love to work with curly hair, but straight, wavy, or curly I want all my clients to enjoy their hair as much as I do!
There are a couple of systems out there to help define what “type” of curl you have. There is the 1, 2, 3, a, b, and c system credited to Andre Walker (Oprah’s hair guru). Naturally Curly has some great photos of each curl type. This is the most used method. There is also the Mizani system which is a simple I, II, II, IV. I tend to gravitate to just two groups, tight curls or loose curls (I will also accept wavy, but in my mind, it’s really loose curls).
Curl enhancing products
Most naturally curly hair tends to lean toward the dry side. If you think about it, curlies have more of their hair exposed to the environment. Straight hair has a veil of hair that protects the hair underneath, only one side of that veil is hit by the sun. It’s important to support your curls with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. There are a lot of styling products out there that can protect your hair form the elements. Most contain sunscreen these days. Also, curly hair doesn’t reflect the light like straight hair does, so I like to finish with a shine spray so it sparkles.
Heat styling is the enemy. When I style your hair in the salon, I’ll use a diffuser attachment to my blow dryer. I do that to expedite the drying process so you can see the finished cut or color. However, on a daily basis I would prefer you air dry our hair. If you use a micro fiber towel and a curl cream or styling lotion you should be able to get a great curl formation without the frizz. I’m not against enhancing some wavier areas with a curling iron, please use a heat protectant product beforehand and absolutely do not try to curl wet hair. Make sure it’s 100% dry before you heat style.
Coloring curly hair
Our natural hair texture tends to be more porous (like a sponge). If you want to make your color last longer, make sure to use a color preserving shampoo and conditioner. There are also color enhancing shampoos to reinvigorate your color between services. That said, I’m a big fan of shampoo for your secondary issue and condition for your primary issue. So if your color treated hair is dry, go with the color preserving shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner.
Perms and Relaxers
Philosophically I’m not a fan. Remember my mission is to help everyone to embrace their natural hair texture? I sure appreciate the struggle, I know the grass is always greener on the other side. If you have straight hair, you long for body and curl. If you have really curly hair, you lament the lack of control and frizz. Perms can give anyone curl, but they can also reform curls into a tighter or looser pattern. It can get all those curls going in the same direction or create natural variations in size and flow. Relaxing hair is also reforming the curls into a looser to almost straight pattern. Both of these processes use chemicals to break down the protein bonds in your hair and reformat them into either the shape of a perm rod or a flat iron. Frankly I prefer to minimize my exposure to these chemicals and I hope you do too.
Embrace your Texture
I encourage all my clients to enjoy the hair that they have. I’m happy to recommend products to help each and every one of you manage your curly hair and rock those coils! Let’s discuss the struggles you’ve had with your hair and I’ll tailor a cocktail especially for your hair type and styling preferences. Would I prefer that you use Alterna products? Yep, but there are plenty of other options. I can help.