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Old 05-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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We're doing an article on some of the things a stylist should never say to a curly client. We'd love to hear your ideas.

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I don't have any "sayings" per se, but you can often tell when a stylist has no idea how to cut natural curls. They get that "deer in the headlights" look and then just start chopping away like it's a regular straight style.
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They shouldn't ask if you've ever straightened your hair. It's so annoying. I hate that question.
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"Are you SURE you don't want us to straighten it for you?"

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1. "My hair looks like this when I don't do it in the morning"

says the hairstylist with straight hair that is rippling with suppressed waves; you know how sometimes you can tell when someone has straightened their hair? I suddenly felt like giving her some hair care advice

2. "I'll give you something you can wear both straight and curly."

NO! They don't go together as well as you think they do. Plus, I know what you're doing to do. You're just going to cut it straight but leave enough length so my fringe doesn't curl into my eye.

3. "I'm going to use a razor to thin everything out"

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I went to hair stylist back home in my country and I told her that my hair is naturally curly and I want to wear it that way and not to fight against it...and she told me (like she was very annoyed with me) oooooh you are just sooo very lazy!!!!!
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I went to hair stylist back home in my country and I told her that my hair is naturally curly and I want to wear it that way and not to fight against it...and she told me (like she was very annoyed with me) oooooh you are just sooo very lazy!!!!!
Good grief, that's downright rude to say you're lazy for wearing your curls! Styling curly hair is anything but lazy and can take a lot of time and effort, not that the stylist you visited would know, obviously!
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They shouldn't ask if you've ever straightened your hair. It's so annoying. I hate that question.
Ditto. In a similar vein, "Have you ever had a blowout?"

I've had multiple stylists offer to give me a blowout for free. One in particular was super proud of himself when he was all done, as if he had conquered the world. Not that it wasn't lovely when it was done, but I would like a stylist who just loved the curls and wanted to make them look their best.
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I had a stylist (who was advertised as a curly hair specialist) scold me for not shampooing my hair. I told her I didn't want her to use shampoo and she started insisting that she shampoo it... after she finally gave up on trying to poo-up my hair she stopped caring altogether. Probably the worst cut and style I've ever had
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I don't have any "sayings" per se, but you can often tell when a stylist has no idea how to cut natural curls. They get that "deer in the headlights" look and then just start chopping away like it's a regular straight style.
Yup. When I walk in a salon everyone scatters and says they're "busy"
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"Is your hair naturally this way?"I recently got a cut and the stylist started brushing my hair (ouch, and seriously?!) and she couldn't get the brush through so she put lots of product and kept brushing!!! worst cut ever! my hair ended up straight to about an inch from the bottom. Then she put mousse in and was like all better now... NOT!!! I had to wear my hair up for the rest of the day. Now I don't get very expensive hair cuts. My hair wasn't washed there either.
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We're doing an article on some of the things a stylist should never say to a curly client. We'd love to hear your ideas.

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My worst salon experience came after growing my super short pixie for about a year. I'd finally gotten it to about a collar length shag and I had been flat ironing it every day the whole time it was short and as it grew. Every time I went in for a trim, I asked about moving my hair into a cut and shape that would allow me to wear my natural texture and every time my stylist assured me that my natural texture was "horrible and fuzzy" and that no one would want to wear hair like that. He would actually make fun of my hair as he was drying it and talk about how awful and ugly it was. (A full strength dryer at full heat on curly hair, by the way). One day he informed me that if I was tired of "burning" my hair straight every day, I should just have a keratin treatment and my life would be changed for the better. I let him do it and to my horror, as he was "burning" the keratin into my hair with a 500 degree flat iron (the final step in the process), my hair started to break off in clumps. I left the salon in tears and fired him the same day. I went to a new place the next day and had to get a super short pixie AGAIN after all that growing. My hair was still so damaged that it took nearly a year to get it restored enough to begin growing it again. Even though my new stylist was quite good, she also talked about how "awful and gross" my natural texture is and encouraged me to continue flat ironing it every day so it would look like "human" hair. After DEMANDING a cut that would allow me to wear and work with my natural texture, it's been almost a year since I've touched my flat iron and my hair gets curlier and curlier the longer it gets. As it turns out there is absolutely nothing wrong with my natural texture at all-----I'd just never been shown how to care for it or what products to use! I am now currently seeing a Deva certified stylist who has assured me that my hair is not only gorgeous, but that it will be nothing short of spectacular when it gets long. I'm at a very awkward length stage right now and he has shown me some styling tricks to get past it while educating me on curl formation, my hair, and why in just a few short months my hair will be past the awkward stage and into a great bob. He has NEVER suggested cutting it or changing it other than a bit of a clean up around the back to facilitate a better shape while growing it. Even at this awful in-between stage, I get compliments on my hair everywhere I go, every single day, mostly because of the fabulous ringlets that are starting to emerge as they get long enough to form. People cannot believe that it's natural and always want to know how I get my hair to "do that".

Bottom line: Don't EVER tell a curly that her hair texture is unacceptable or ugly. You should never assume that she is straightening her hair because she prefers it straight. She is most likely straightening her hair because she believes that her hair is unruly and in need of taming. Instead teach her how to care for it and bring out it's natural beauty.
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