The right haircut helps! So glad I found this board.

jaxjax Posts: 24Registered Users
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!


  • juvjoyjuvjoy Posts: 670Registered Users
    That's awesome!!! Glad both you & your daughter are satisfied :) :) I bet you both look great! Post pics!
  • curlyheadcurlyhead Posts: 40Registered Users
    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!!
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    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.
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  • baroness1440baroness1440 Posts: 41Registered Users
    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!!
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  • gacurlgacurl Posts: 20Registered Users
    What product are you using?
    3a/3b, thick BSL. Currently using Bed Head Honey & Oatmeal Shampoo, Elucence MBC, Biolage Ultra Hydrating Balm, MOP C-Curl Enhancing Cream and Curlfriends Control Gel.
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 8,470Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story!

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    You are beautiful!
  • jaxjax Posts: 24Registered Users
    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!