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Old 02-25-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
 
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Default Good Curly Stylist in Central or Northern NJ!! HELP!!

I have been doing this for almost a year now. I've been to 4 "DevaCurl" hair stylists in NJ. The first one did a good job at cutting my hair but she didn't have any helpful tips in styling my hair. The second did an even BETTER job at cutting my hair... but she didn't really know how to style my hair the way I liked it. Although the hair cut was nice, my hair looked like a big frizzy mess. The third did a TERRIBLE job at cutting my hair, she was combing my hair straight while it was DRY! and she did a horrible job at styling my hair. The fourth lady did an okay job and she didn't really have any good tips or knew how to style my hair either. It seems no one out there knows or understands my hair! it's very frustrating and I feel like I am doomed! I think I have a mix of 3b and c hair. I think it's low porosity, medium texture. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it!!

Any tips would help too!
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
 
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I'd start with not just thinking you know your hair properties (elasticity, porosity, coarseness) but actually being confident of them: consider a hair analysis from Goosefootprints on Etsy. A lot of people have their hair all wrong and those DIY tests for porosity are junk science.

Also consider your dew points/ humidity (free Curls on the Go app if you have a smartphone). You may need different products winter and summer, I know there have even been negative dews this winter in some parts of the US.

Then analyse the ingredients of all your products, successes and fails. What ingredients are you using that could build up (butters, waxes including cetyl esters, certain polyquats, hydrolysed protein, some silicones). Do you needs to clarify and chelate then start again? Are you using enough of a true leave in conditioner (rich in fatty alcohols/ cationic surfactants)? That may mean you need to low poo regularly if you do turn out to be low porosity.

As I understand it Deva cuts should not be needed that frequently if you are caring for your hair well, they should keep their shape for six months. Your ends should not be getting damaged in three months if you are low porosity.

Do you have the Curly Girl Handbook and technique DVD, or have you watched the Devachan videos on YouTube? Also watch tutorials on channels like Waterlily716.
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Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
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Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:11 AM   #3
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if the first 2 gave you a good haircut, then i would stick with them. it really doesn't matter how they style your hair, just go home and wash and style it yourself, it's the cut that matters.
as for tips, i agree with firefox about readhing the curly girl book.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:23 AM   #4
 
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Can you say who you went to who you liked and who you didn't?
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