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Dear Ouidad: I have really thick 3b hair and I want to get it cut so that it's not so bulky, but I live in London and there doesn't seem to be any good hairdressers near me. What do you recommend?

A: If you cannot find a stylist who is versed in Carving and Slicing, find one who uses a vertical cutting motion on small sections of hair, as this reduces the weight of curls.

Do not allow a stylist to “layer, texturize or thin” your curls. Layering can create a shelf-like effect, with shorter layers that can look like thick sausages. Texturizing, on the other hand, creates frizz and unevenness to curl patterns, while thinning can result in lopsided effect, in which half of a curl shrinks and the other half remains long and limp.

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I live in a moderate sized Texas town and have not been able to find anyone who can actually give me a good cut. I've decided to try and find someone again. What should I know, ask for, watch for, etc.?
I have type 3b/3c and had great difficulty finding a hairdresser in London/Hampshire area who understood curly hair so I copied some information from the site and took it to a few hairdressers asking if they would be willing to use the method in the detail below. After combing through wet hair, divide it into sections, then cut into the middle of each section. This is “carving and slicing,” and it’s designed to reduce volume without reducing curl. A good carve and slice cut will encourage the curls “to fall into a ‘puzzle reaction’ in which each spiral fits into the next, creating a smooth, even pattern.” After creating a decent-sized pile of hair on the floor- all width, no length move onto the styling portion of the cut. Free the curls, let them be what they wanted to be. With this styling method, it actually shapes curls into the size and shape. Then coat the hair with a generous portion of styling lotion- and by generous, I mean put in enough gel that when you squeeze the curls, you hear a sound reminiscent of the squish of feet in water-logged sneakers. After that divide the hair into sections, using fingertips to squeeze, rake, shake and drop each section. The squeeze encourages the curl; the rake customizes the size of the curl; and the shake and drop keep the curl from weighing down. “The idea is to make the curl do what you want it to do. Now blow dry with a diffuser, and the curls will look amazing, bouncy, shiny and without a trace of frizz. This worked for me and I found someone willing to use this method - best haircut I've had for a long while.
Hello, I have fine 3b hair. I used to go to this hair salon in London (I moved) and was very happy with it. Although it's not specialised in curly hair they had someone who knew how to cut curls. The girls who worked there were all Australians and I was told their training took two years and was intensive. My hairdresser listened to me, asked me if I cut my hair wet or dry, and always did an excellent job. Before leaving her job she introduced me to her replacement who was also very good. They have Aveda products, including their curly hair line which is a good sign. This is their website http://www.bibashairandbeauty.com/index.php

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