Im sick of walking out of a hairdresser about to cry at the monster they have created out of my poor curls. Its absolutely traumatic to visit a hairdresser I say! Im usually politle but run out of there, put it into a bun and wash/style it at home to give it the care it deserves.
I've moved recently to Sydney from NYC, and would really appreciate the contact information of the hairdresser you recommend.
Thanks so much!
Hi Ive just found a salon on Military Road Neutral Bay - Nicky at Glitz and Glam has curly hair, and knows how to dry cut etc. Best of all, it is not a trendy salon so the price is pretty good. I suggest avoiding Element Hair in Woolhara - there are a lot of reviews of them re curly hair, but I had a terrible - and expensive - haircut with them 5 weeks ago, and am only just now starting to like my curls again - basically they thinned it all out and turned it into frizz (Type 3A hair), and she combed out my curls when they were dry, which defeats the purpose of dry cutting! cheers Suze
Hi Ive just found a salon on Military Road Neutral Bay - Nicky at Glitz and Glam has curly hair, and knows how to dry cut etc. Best of all, it is not a trendy salon so the price is pretty good. I suggest avoiding Element Hair in Woolhara - there are a lot of reviews of them re curly hair, but I had a terrible - and expensive - haircut with them 5 weeks ago, and am only just now starting to like my curls again - basically they thinned it all out and turned it into frizz (Type 3A hair), and she combed out my curls when they were dry, which defeats the purpose of dry cutting! cheers Suze[/QUOTE]
Thanks a mil! I can't wait to book my appointment. I'm a 3A/3B, and my current hairdresser, while probably great with straight hair, has done a similar thing to me by "thinning" my hair out by cutting into it twisted sections.
I need to clarify for you that I haven't actually had Nicky at Glitz and Glam cut my hair yet - I've just made an appointment for a few weeks from now, as I work nearby and somebody recommended them to me. When I went in there to make the appointment, they seemed open to dry cutting and not thinning it out, and the price is very reasonable, so for me that was a big plus. Also the fact that Nicky has naturally curly hair, and wears it curly, is a bonus too.
If you go there can you please let me know how you go as well?
From my experience so far in sydney, I've been desperate enough for a good haircut to pay over $120 in the top salons for stylists who claim to be curly hair experts, but then proceed to thin it out, by which time it's too late to stop them.
so I reckon that finding the right person in a small local salon has just as much luck of a good haircut for curly hair as an expensive fancy one!! Good luck!
Hi there SuzeCurlz
Am dying to know how you got on with your appointment in Neutral Bay...
Could the hairdresser actually cut using the Devachan method? Just moved to Sydney after a posting in Tokyo and desperate to find a good salon that uses the drycutting (and dying-hair-by-painting-a-curl-at-a-time) method.
I do so hope you were pleased with your cut!
Hi Tokyo Curls
I ended up going to my 'old favouite' hairdresser in Canberra (!!) - Claire from Bold Hair in Scullin - another out of the way, non-glamourous salon but she has curly hair and knows how to cut - for $42.
Perhaps you could pop into the Neutral Bay salon and have a chat to Nicky to see her approach? They charge $35 for a cut, but what I've discovered so far is that the price is no reflection on the quality of the cut.
In terms of the Devachan method, well I have yet to find a hairdresser who even has heard of this term, it seems to be part of a 'secret society' to us online curly girls, not to the wider hairdressing community. The best I hope for is a hairdresser who understands (and follows) what 'no thinning' means, who preferably has curly hair, is willing to dry cut, and also who understands that they don't need to take much off to restore the hairstyle to a good shape.
The only other thing I will tell you is to avoid Element Hair in Woollhara - they promote themselves online as sydney's curly experts, but when I went there they drastically thinned and 'debulked' my hair - turning it into a limp floppy mop, not joyous full curls.
I'm moving up to the Gold Coast for work next week, so will begin my search again for a good cutter up there.
Thanks so much for your suggestion - ironically I will be moving to Canberra in about a month or so I will give your Scullin hairdresser a try.
However in the meantime (desperate for a cut!!), there is a place recommended by another forum member on a different thread -
Hi ladies, I recently had my hair cut by Lucas Patterson at Project One Hair in Chippendale, Sydney. He cuts curly hair dry and curl by curl.
I was really happy with my cut and he listens to what you want, asks lots of questions and makes you feel very comfortable.
So I will try them and post here how it went. Website looks exxy (min 99 for a cut for long hair) but I'm more than happy to pay for a quality cut if someone knows what they are doing.
Here's hoping (cross fingers and toes)
Great, I am going to give Project One at Chippendale a try. I'll also post my comments on here afterwards. Don't plan on going until next month though. Like many Sydney curlies, trying to find a stylist who can cut curly hair is definitely a challenge, and styling ??? most have no idea about how to wash, condition and style it. I also suggest avoiding Element Hair - I went to them last year as they appear on Aussie forums as curly experts, but I was so disappointed and never went back. She just quickly cut all the bulk out of my hair, plus took off so much length....it was cut dry but not carefully or curl by curl. I haven't had it cut since ! She even had the nerve to say....."trust me in 4 or 5 weeks you will love it" !!???
Thanks to tokyocurls and ros for their suggestion of Project One Hair in Chippendale. I saw Lucas for my cut and was really pleased how he took the time to listen and really seemed to understand curly hair. He cut it dry, curl by curl and it feels great. I'll happily book in with him again.
Hi, I had exactly the same experience as the others with element hair and would not recommend them. I will try project one also but if anyone knows of someone good around the Newtown area then I would love to hear about it.
Hi, after reading these posts I went to Project One at Chippendale Syd. Lucas cut my hair dry and did a fabulous job. He listened to what I wanted to achieve and carefully cut my hair curl by curl paying attention to how my curls behaved. As a result I left with a shape I am very happy with & the curls fall into place - best cut I've had. I'm definitely going back. I highly recommend Lucas - and he's a nice guy !
I have been searching for a whole year for a curly hair expert, and I have read the above and sent out a couple of E-mails. I live in the West of Sydney, so its a bit far, but not NewYork far so its ok! My next step is trying to find someone who ships devacurl products but that don't cost an arm and a leg!
Thanks girls. Would love to hear more updates about how the haircuts went :-)