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Oprah with a naturally curly hairstyle on the cover of O magazine

Picture Perfect Volume

"For the first time ever, Oprah's appearing on the September cover of O without blow-drying or straightening her hair," announces the Oprah empire on the website of O Magazine, which each issue features its founder as the covergirl. "She says that wearing her hair naturally as she often does on weekends and on vacation makes her feel unencumbered."

Not new to the makeover method of reenergizing your self-image, Oprah says that all makeovers are not created equally. The best, according to her statement, are those that resonate with how you already think and feel about yourself. "The only way to real transformation is through the mind," says the queen of self-actualization.

While Oprah's 'do is au naturale except for, from our eye, an expertly blended product cocktail, another September magazine cover display of afro-esque hair cannot boast the same. Lady Gaga lands atop this month's Vogue brightened by a platinum halo of hair designed by celeb stylist Grace Coddington. While the haute-texture look suits her, this is one time the Lady cannot claim she was "born this way."

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fashion shot of a guy with curly hair

Wow Wands

In the old days, the last thing a curly-haired girl needed in her tool drawer was a curling iron. New days are here! Specialty curling irons represent the hottest trend for curlies looking for an easy way to shape coil chaos into orderly fabulosity.

Among the new irons hitting the marketplace is the Bio Ionic StyleWinder with a rotating barrel that eliminates the need to turn the iron over and over. Instead, a "clamp, wrap and roll" maneuver ends wrist strain while creating perfect curls, waves and spirals.

Another recent entry into the category, the CHI Interchangeable 3 in 1 Digital Orbit, offers a clamp-free barrel to permit curls to wrap and then glide off with no snagging or styling interruption.

The Textured Man

Height is happening! With male manes growing fuller this season, texturizing products and a great cut are two musts for curly guys to keep up with the trend. Talk to your stylist about how to mix hair product cocktails to customize your look with anything from a light touch to a mighty mountain of texture.

Read More: 2012 NAHA Texture Stylist of the Year

ladies with curly, coily and wavy hair standing in a group

Survey Says

New research indicates that curlies are loving their texture and hungry to keep the conversation going.

Did you know that 65 percent of people with wavy hair straighten it at least sometimes? More than half of their curly and coily counterparts however, choose to go "natural" all of the time. Your stylist should take note of this difference and cater to your needs and wants for your personal texture.

"You cannot look at all textured clients as one category," cautions Michelle Breyer, president of TextureMediaInc. "There are different needs and desires depending on their texture, because not all texture is created equal! If you want to be a well-rounded texture stylist, you must understand that there's more than one type of texture client."

Recent research also indicates that those with textured hair are continually looking for new options. Nearly half of curlies who are happy with their product of choice still have an eye out for the next great development. That nonstop interest in your texture should encourage you to keep the conversation open with your hair stylist to introduce you to new products and tools that will work for you even after you have found a solution to your hair issues. The two major reasons that people seem more accepting of their curls today vs. five years ago are that stylists and products are increasingly addressing their needs and that people are more appreciative of their own natural beauty.

Perhaps the best news from the market research department is that a small minority (only two percent) of those with textured hair say they wish they had straight hair. Today's curlies are either fully embracing their curl or admit to good days and bad days. As stylists are becoming more fully educated about texture and more skilled at styling it, they will be able to help you make every day a day that you are grateful for the beautiful texture that nature provided.

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Two ladies with curly hair at the pool

Texture Live!

Mark your calendar for March 3-5, 2013, when America's Beauty Show will feature exciting main stage presentations of Texture Live! sponsored by MODERN SALON and TextureMediaInc.com. You can watch demonstrations of the latest products and most advanced styling techniques to keep up the latest texture trends.

Curls and Water Do Mix!

On a Saturday June 2nd, during Premiere Orlando, hundreds of curlies and stylists from all over the Southeast flocked to the pool at the Omni Hotel and Resort in Orlando for an afternoon of pool-tastic, curl-centric fun at the 2nd Annual Curly Pool Party. The formal pool was transformed into a colorful and luxuriant afternoon soiree filled with swimming, styling demonstrations and pina "curladas."

Sponsored by TextureMedia and Modern Salon Media, the curl celebration showcased such brands as Ouidad and Amika, which each set up shop in their own private cabanas to teach people how to work with their texture!

"It's so hard to deal with my curls in this humidity," lamented one attendee who drove in from Tampa. "I never know how to protect them when I go swimming. But after coming here, I'm ready for summer! Bring on the water and the heat!"

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shocked curly girl

As a curly, when you are trying out a new stylist, you may feel the need to keep your fingers crossed hoping and wishing that you've found a stylist who "gets" you. How can you know if she's that stylist? She should let you know that she loves all hair textures and can offer you many styling options. She should stay positive! She can guess that you have already heard all of the negative comments and won't repeat them:

1. "It's so curly! Can I fix it for you?"
2. "I bet you wish you had straight hair."
3. "This is going to take forever ."
4. "Your hair must be a nightmare for you to deal with on a daily basis."
5. "Do you want me to use the thinning shears or the razor?"
6. "What race are you?"
7. "I had no idea your hair would shrink like that!"
8. "This is the only hair cut you can wear, because your hair is curly."
9. "We don't do ethnic hair."
10. "Uh-oh!"

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The North American Hairstyling Awards represents the pinnacle of achievement in all categories of hairdressing, texture included. Jasmine Gibbs of The Cutting Edge Salon in Brooklyn, New York was named Texture Stylist of the Year at the 2012 NAHA ceremony held July 22 in Las Vegas. Her exquisite entries won the day, but she had some very worth competition.

Here are Gibbs' winning looks along with entries from the other NAHA 2012 Texture finalists: Liz Nevin of Liz Nevin Hairstyling; Amy Freudenberg of Maka Beauty Systems; Jose Julian Macias Navarro, Leonel Alta Peluqueria; and Richie Roman of R Rated Hair.

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Texture! Magazine 2012 cover

The cover for this fall's issue of Texture! was created by Kansas City stylist and 2012 NAHA finalist Rusty Phillips. It's the beautiful result of Phillips' participation in Modern Salon Media's Artist Session, a workshop designed to guide salon professionals through the process of freelance styling as they develop their photo session skills and connect with like minded salon professionals. The owner of Belle Epoque Salon, Phillips has not only taken the class several times himself, but has sent staff to experience the session.

Since launching seven years ago, Belle Epoque has twice been recognized as one of SALON TODAY's 200 Best, and Elle magazine has highlighted the business as one of America's 100 Best Salons for the past three years. A stylist for more than 30 years, Phillips has forged a bond of trust with clients through his genuine desire and ability to and make a difference in their lives as he customizes each client's visit. Although Phillips is the consummate styling pro, he has enjoyed each Artist Session as a haven where professionals learn from each other.

"I've learned to really go for it!" he says. "I held back a bit at my first session and, although pleased with my results, I knew I could do something more exciting. For this last session, I really pumped up the volume and texture. It was an unforgettable experience!"

It was the model's own hair, along with a tool tucked into the Artist Session Goody Bag, that inspired Philips to create the look seen on the cover.

"My model had massively thick wavy hair, the kind of hair every woman dreams about," he explains. "I wanted to create over-the-top volume and curl, and in the Goody Bag was a micro-crimper. This gave me an idea to create a distressed curl that was somewhat frizzy and  lived in.'"

How to get the look:

After prepping the hair with styling cream, Phillips dry-pincurled all of the hair and pressed each one with the crimper. He brushed out the set, then shampooed the hair with a dry shampoo to produce even more texture and volume. His finished look along with the Artist Session Creative Team resulted in a fabulous look for this issue of Texture!

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February 11 brought together hundreds of stylists at City Winery for "Texture on the Runway," a showcase of curls, kinks and waves, presented by TextureMedia, live during New York's Fashion Week. Runway sponsors and headliners were cheered on and given standing-room only attendance by hundreds of CosmoProf stylists and curlies.

Hair Rules put together a fabulous creative team to wow the crowd: Dickey, co-founder and creator; Brock Graham and Jasmine Green, assistants; Dailey Green, stylist; Katiria Martin, stylist and colorist; and Nzingha for ZFaceInc, NYC make-up.

In a show that featured top-notch hair, gorgeous fashion, striking make-up and great music, this one was definitely a must-see. Check out the video below for the recap.

For more on "Texture on the Runway," check out the shows from:

Matrix: Featuring presenters Daniel Roldan and Nick Stenson

Arrojo: Featuring presenter Nick Arrojo

Minardi and Joico: Featuring presenter Mark Mileti

Curls Unleashed: Featuring presenter Reginald Mitchell


Model wearing a Victorian braid styled by Matrix

February 11 brought together hundreds of stylists at City Winery for "Texture on the Runway," a showcase of curls, kinks and waves, presented by TextureMedia, live during New York's Fashion Week. Runway sponsors and headliners were cheered on and given standing-room only attendance by hundreds of CosmoProf stylists and curlies.

Matrix brought together the creative team and dynamic duo of Nick Stenson and Daniel Roldan to create five finishes, each model sporting a different take on texture, all with an underlying neo-Victorian theme.

The foundation for each look was created using the Matrix Total Results line, (which consists of five ranges: Moisture, Color Care, Sleek, Amplify and Curl) and used a combination of thermal tools (like Sam Villa's Textur Iron micro-crimper used to set the style featured in the above video and in the picture to the left) high-fashion braiding, and strategic backcombing.

Below, Kate Smyth, Matrix's Media & PR Manager, walks us through the line-up of products used at the show, and gives a sneak peek into what's launching in March.

Then, be sure to check out the finale of the runway show presented by Matrix, along with a walk through of how Stenson and Roldan created the looks. Fore more deatils on any of the products used at "Texture on the Runway," visit mymatrixfamily.com.

For more "Texture on the Runway":

Arrojo: Featuring presenter Nick Arrojo

Minardi and Joico: Featuring presenter Mark Mileti

Hair Rules: Featuring presenter Dickey

Curls Unleashed: Featuring presenter Reginald Mitchell


February 11 brought together hundreds of stylists at City Winery for "Texture on the Runway," a showcase of curls, kinks and waves, presented by TextureMedia, live during New York's Fashion Week. Runway sponsors and headliners were cheered on and given standing-room only attendance by hundreds of CosmoProf stylists and curlies.

The Curls Unleashed creative team was full of energy up on stage: Reginald Mitchell, director of education; Zac Britt, senior educator; Willie Malone, senior educator; got the crowd dancing and cheering on as texture took over the runway.

“It’s all about curls unleashed. It’s about texture, it’s about volume, it’s about attitude, it's about the combination of haute couture and coiffure. Thank God almighty, hair is free at last!”

Watch the finale of the looks below, and get info on the styling products used to create the finishes!

For more details on the products used to create these styles, visit the Curls Unleashed website.

For more "Texture on the Runway":

Minardi and Joico: Featuring presenter Mark Mileti

Matrix: Featuring presenters Daniel Roldan and Nick Stenson

Hair Rules: Featuring presenter Dickey

Arrojo: Featuring presenter Nick Arrojo


Stephen Wang and Mark Mileti with a blonde model at Texture on the Runway

February 11 brought together hundreds of stylists at City Winery for "Texture on the Runway", a showcase of curls, kinks and waves, presented by TextureMedia, live during New York's Fashion Week. Runway sponsors and headliners were cheered on and given standing-room only attendance by hundreds of CosmoProf stylists and curlies.

Minardi Luxury Color Care and Joico put together a fantastic creative team consisting of Mark Mileti, color director; Stephen Wang, design director; John James Lichioveri, senior designer, and Sony Hy, design assistant, in an exciting runway presentation that featured tousled texture, combined with beautiful cuts and striking fashion.

“We’re really excited that color is taking a bold step forward, so we’re introducing bold, bright colors,” said Color Director Mark Mileti.

“My favorite right now is icy blue, double process blondes. It’s time our blondes started getting glamorous again,” he said.

To achieve the color seen in the video below, Mileti use Joico Crème Lightener, and a combination of two toners to achieve the idea blonde: Crystal Clear toner with a “miniscule” amount of blue additive to create an icy look.

“We we’re very inspired by all of the Marilyn madness that’s trending now,” Mileti says.

“I love the fact that texture is more prevalent. For too long we’ve been dealing with smooth, sleek hair, but I love that were able to introduce some bold texture and bouncy curls!”

Watch the video below to hear from Mark Mileti on his inspiration, the hair details and what colors are trending in hair color.

Then, be sure to watch the next video where MODERN's Maggie Mulhern interviews Stephen Wang as he deconstructs the focal model whose hair really celebrates texture!

For more information on any of the products used in the show, visit Minardi Luxury Color Care's site.

For more Texture on the Runway:

Arrojo: Featuring presenter Nick Arrojo

Matrix: Featuring presenters Daniel Roldan and Nick Stenson

Hair Rules: Featuring presenter Dickey

Curls Unleashed: Featuring presenter Reginald Mitchell


Arrojo's curly haired model at Texture on the Runway

February 11 brought together hundreds of stylists at City Winery for "Texture on the Runway," a showcase of curls, kinks and waves, presented by TextureMedia, live during New York's Fashion Week. Runway sponsors and headliners were cheered on and given standing-room only attendance by hundreds of CosmoProf stylists.

Arrojo brought together its creative team that truly wow’d with its take on texture: Amanda Jenkins, lead stylist and creative director; Zeph O’Hora, stylist; Liz Marz, make-up; Ashley Kowalski, color and fashion styling; and Abbey Theis, permanent texture specialist.

“For the past few years, there has been such a huge focus on straight hair,” said lead hair Amanda Jenkins. “This collection is all about putting texture back into the hair.”

For the look in the below video, the American Wave texturizing service was used to create movement, while the classic long layered shape juxtaposed with a straight fringe creates a modern, fashion-forward look. The hair was styled with a styling whip and Refinish, the newly launched Arrojo dry shampoo.

Below, Jenkins walks us through the inspirations, and looks debuted on the runway, and Nick Arrojo discusses the exciting texture category.

For more "Texture on the Runway":

Minardi and Joico: Featuring presenter Mark Mileti

Matrix: Featuring presenters Daniel Roldan and Nick Stenson

Hair Rules: Featuring presenter Dickey

Curls Unleashed: Featuring presenter Reginald Mitchell


Curls aren’t just for girls. Many male celebrities—from Hollywood heartthrobs to NFL stars—are sporting textured looks these days and setting trends for the rest of the male population.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban


With hair like singer Josh Groban’s, it’s really important to not touch it until it’s completely dry, says celebrity stylist George Papanikolas. Only use a light amount of product like Joico’s Curl Definer Crème, and run it through wet hair. Once the hair is completely dry, lightly scrunch it to eliminate any stiffness. The end result will be soft, defined waves without frizz.

Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier


For actor Adrian Grenier’s hair, salon owner and curl queen Ouidad suggests carving and slicing all through the back and sides to balance out the movement in the hair. “This style is great for those with naturally curly and textured hair,” she says. “Men with curly hair find themselves with few hair style choices that will suit the natural style and texture of their tresses.” This type of cut is gaining popularity and has men nationwide embracing their natural locks rather than buzzing them off. “All you need is the Ouidad Clear Control Pomade to work in the curl and you are ready!”

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Colin Firth

Colin Firth


Actor Colin Firth is now starring in "The King’s Speech" and has become a favorite among Hollywood insiders and fans alike. To achieve this look, Pravana Artistic Educator James Gartner says to start with damp, towel-dried hair, and palm a bit of Pravana’s Curves Curl Enhancer gel or Density Extreme Volumizing Foam into the hair. Next, take one-inch sections of hair and rope each section around your finger to create ringlets. Do this until all of the hair is roped. Use a diffuser and gently dry the strands, then shake through the hair at the scalp using your fingers.

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu


To properly take care of hair like Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu, Mizani’s Development Team Member Michelle O’Connor says to keep the curls hydrated by beginning off with a very moisturizing cleanser. She recommends using True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash. “Condition the hair and replenish it with True Textures Curl Replenish Intense Moisturizing Masque,” she says. “Curls tend to be weaker so you want to reinforce strength as well as moisture.” Leave the mask on for two to three minutes, then rinse. If your client’s hair is already textured, you can also choose to apply True Textures Perfect Curl Defining Cream Gel liberally to damp hair and set under a hooded dryer.

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Simon Baker

Simon Baker


Currently the star of the CBS’s "The Mentalist," Simon Baker’s natural waves can be easily achieved in a few simple steps, according to Tracey Bocci, owner of Bocci Salon in Sterling Heights, Michigan. First prep the hair with TIGI B for Men Clean Up Daily Shampoo and Conditioner. Then apply a quarter size amount of B for Men In Check Curl Defining Cream evenly through wet hair, and towel dry to remove excess moisture. This will create a soft natural movement of curls. Finish with a pea-size amount of Pure Molding Paste for extra separation and hold.

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas


For a look like singer Nick Jonas, the key is to do everything you can to really maximize the curl pattern, says Dickey, creator of Hair Rules. “Styling starts straight from the shower; you want to apply product when hair is soaking wet,” he says. “Rubbing hair with a towel will disturb your curls and promote frizz.” Dickey recommends placing a dime-sized amount of product like Hair Rules Curly Whip between your palms and gently squeeze the product into the hair to enhance your client’s curls. “Try your best not to touch the hair while it’s drying—how it looks wet is how you want it to set,” he says. “If you don’t want to wait for the hair to air dry, use a diffuser. Once dry, apply a small amount of the Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream, which will add extra moisture without leaving the curls greasy.”

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Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison


To achieve Glee’s Matthew Morrison’s hair style you can use a number of products from CHI Man. According to George Cooper, Farouk Global Artistic Board, three products would work best with Morrison’s style. Try it: For the client who wants a much softer approach to styling use CHI Man Flexible Styler Active Paste. It can be used to style damp or dry hair. It also adds shine and flexibility. For a firmer hold, use CHI Man Radical Style Extreme Glue, which gives weightless control and shine. To finish any of these two styles, use CHI Man Groom and Hold Finishing Spray.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey


Controlled or chaos, curl or wave, these textural qualities have a new position in your clients’ masculine style and presentation. Like Matthew McConaughey, men with curl have wide varieties of style. American Crew International All-Star Theri DeJoode recommends Curl Construct by American Crew to make hair curlier, and give order to the curl. For the cut, “when hair is directed off the face, like Matthew McConaughey’s, enter the razor at the front of the head and cut each section toward the back of the head,” she says. “This pushes the hair back.” To elevate away from the head, the action of the cut should be at the location of one to three inches from the scalp—this location offers support.”

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