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jax 03-05-2007 02:40 PM

The right haircut helps! So glad I found this board.
Over on CurlSalons, I found a recommendation for a local stylist who "knows" curl. I've been trying to encourage my curl instead of fighting it (MUCH easier and prettier) and hoped a much needed cut would help.

Treated my 12 year old as well, as she loves to straighten her beautiful, thick, blonde 2c hair - the horror!

The stylist did a wonderful job with us both; decided on the best cuts, explaining what she was doing and why, and teaching us both how to care for and style our curls. Yeah, she used a diffuser AND a product (which I bought) that's full of nasty stuff but dang if it didn't work!

We both walked out of there with beautiful curls! I took my daughter to lunch and couldn't help noticing all the girls her age with straightened hair trying to be "cool" about checking out her gorgeous curls!

juvjoy 03-05-2007 03:23 PM

That's awesome!!! Glad both you & your daughter are satisfied :) :) I bet you both look great! Post pics!

curlyhead 03-05-2007 09:18 PM

thats great! it sounds like you're really happy with your hair! would you mind sharing what hair cut you and your daughter got?? and post pics!!

CurliLocks 03-05-2007 09:53 PM

Yay for both of you! :D Yes, we need style/cut details please! And pics too! :)

I had my first deva cut 2 weeks ago, and I'm loving it. Makes a big difference when a stylist knows curls.

baroness1440 03-06-2007 02:08 PM

You are SO right. Since I had some long layers cut into my almost shoulder length hair it is curling so nicely AND does not have a triangle shape anymore. Finding the right person makes all the difference in the world. I will travel from BC to LA to get my hair cut if I have to!!

gacurl 03-06-2007 05:04 PM

What product are you using?

Gretchen 03-07-2007 07:06 AM

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story!

jax 03-07-2007 08:10 AM

We took pictures but they just didn't turn out very well - it was horribly windy Saturday, so my curls were whipped up Buckwheat style by the time we were done running errands after our cuts. :lol:

My hair is a couple inches past my shoulders. The hair around my face was just the right length (about to my chin when pulled straight) and curl up nicely with little help - bangs I was letting grow out. In the back though, I hardly had any layering at all (very old layers that grew out unevenly), and was getting more big chunky waves and some frizz - getting a good curl took a lot of work.

Since she liked the length of the grown out bangs and what they were doing, she gave me a slight trim in length, and then cut chunky layers UP to the length of the "bang". My hair is VERY heavy and I think a lot of length tends to pull the curl out but we'll see as it grows.

She used (and I bought) Wella System Professional Hypercurl. It's a cream curl enhancer with a heavier hold - she used the cream because my hair is always dry. I started reading the ingredients and then put it down; I don't think I want to know what's in there. But 2 pumps, applied through when my head is upright (so I make sure I get plenty in the back where I need it most) and my hair is still pretty damp.

The lowest layer of my hair (around the nape) is a different texture and doesn't want to curl - just wave a bit, so that gets diffused first - throw all the hair to one side & tilt my head, then the other side. Then upside down. Don't have to diffuse till it's all the way dry; just enough to start the curl.

And BAM lots of body & curl, much moreso than plopping and much more quickly. The product leaves a little crunchy when dry but I can easily uncrunch and still have great hold.

My daughter: almost waist length, very long layers. Same thing - just trimmed the length, and then cut in layers up to an inch or so below her chin. Used, and I bought, Wella System Professional Curl Enhancer. Same routine with the diffuser, and that kid had a very enviable head of thick, curly blonde hair.

I'm not going to diffuse though just for everyday hair as I don't want to fry. But hey, even everyday has to be a lot less damaging than blowing out, ironing the frizzies, and curling the ends!

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