Curly Hair-Natural Curls? How you can get shiny healthy hair.

I’m Laura, a hairdresser from Torrance, California and when I entered the hairdressing profession several years ago, it was all about long, straight hair.  During those years, so many women weren’t willing to give their flat irons a rest.  So instead of fighting the trend, I became part of it.  Deciding that as a new hairdresser, if I couldn’t beat it, I’d join it.

Granted, I still love creating beautiful blow outs, but, I wanted to add a new dimension to my craft.  So, I started to study up on curly hair.

As a curly-haired girl myself, I’d spent much of my time blowing out my own hair so that the image that I reflected, was an image people in my local area could relate to.  I’d blow my hair out several times a week.  I’d cut it in short layers so that it would have movement and height at the crown .  I beat my fragile curly hair up so much that I needed to cut it really often or risk showing its fragile state.  If you’re a curly girl, with fragile hair and went with the trend, you know what I mean.

My own layered and naturally curly hair blown out straight

I had fun with it, but, over time realized that maybe it was time to reinvent myself again.  This time, I’d let the natural state of my hair work for me, instead of against me.  As you can tell, I’ve thought a lot about curly hair lately.  So much so, that I decided to conduct my own curly hair experiment.  I began to follow the advice of an expert on the subject.

For years, I’d heard buzz about a book called Curly Girl.  Over those years, I’d gotten plenty of training and experience working with straight hair styles and felt ready to take it to a new level.  I decided that it was a good time for me to check it out.  Here in Southern California, curly hairstyles are finally making a comeback.  “In a big way.”

I gave my curly-haired client Lily a beautifully full and bouncy layered cut with subtle highlights

If you have naturally curly hair and are ready to bring it back to life, I recommend you get this book (Curly Girl).  But, here are just a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned (in my own words) from the original curly girl, a curly-haired hairdressing expert from New York named Lorraine Massey and her friend/writer Deborah Chiel.

Curly hair:

  • looks thick because of its volume.  It’s actually often quite fine, fragile and dry.  Did I say it’s dry…, yes, I did, it’s dry…
  • loves moisture.  It hates harsh chemicals like sodium laurel sulfate (which is found in many shampoos and dish washing liquids).
  • can be cleansed with water and conditioning cleanser(s).  There is little to no need for traditional shampoos.
    • “I’ve done this for about 2 months now and my hair is so much shinier and has fuller curls.”
  • has a spring factor.   During a haircut consultation, your hairdresser (that could be me) needs to consider your individual spring factor before cutting.
  • should be treated very gently when drying with a diffuser. Start at the nape of the neck and scrunch and dry the root areas first.  Dry the outside layer or canopy last.  This helps reduce frizz.

In this photo, I had given Lily and her curls even more layering with less volume at the bottom and a few more dimensional highlights

Here are a few products that I have used and recommend for curly hair:

  • Deva Curl (they have a great 3 step regimen, among other things)
  • Toni and Guy (Catwalk – Curls Rock and Bed Head – Foxy Curls products)
  • ISO (Bouncy Spray and Creme)
  • “and I’ve heard” that Redken – Smooth Lock Butter Silk is great for unruly curls too

If you want to set your curly locks free, these are just a few of many things about curly hair that I’d like to share with you.  If you’re local to Torrance California and are looking for a hairdresser that understands the nature of curly hair.  Come in to see me and let me give you “TheRoyalHairTreatment”.

How I choose the right haircolor for your skintone

Did you know that before coloring your hair, it’s important to choose the right hair color for you, based on your skin tone?

  • This is something that I consider, as a professional colorist, during every hair color consultation.

Let’s say you come to see me for that fantastic new shade of color you saw on your favorite celebrity in a fashion magazine.  Before you can talk me in to creating that look for you, I analyze whether or not it will work for you.  This analysis is based on your personal skin tone, in addition to considering your personal taste and budget. 

Is your skin tone “warm” or “cool”?

To determine a warm skin tone, I ask myself a few simple questions:

  • Do you have brown or dark eyes with olive, golden or dark skin?  If the answer is yes, you are likely a warm hair color candidate (i.e., golden tones like, caramel, bronze, copper) in a darker shade than your skin, will very likely look great on you.

As an example, notice my lovely client Manju standing in the natural sunlight.  I created beautifully bronzed hair color, that is darker than her own complexion.  It’s a perfect match for her, don’t you think?

To determine a cool skin tone, I ask myself these simple questions:

  1. Do you have blue or green eyes with fair skin?  If the answer is yes, you are likely a cool hair color candidate (i.e., ash blonde and cool browns work best).

As an example, notice my lovely client Lily.  She has a beautiful combination of light and dark ash.  Like with many rules, some are meant to be broken, so she looks great with a bit of gold in her color as well.

There are many considerations when determining the right hair color for you.  So come in and see me and let me, give you, The Royal Hair Treatment.

Look for future editions of blog.   Thanks for taking the time to check it out!