Find the ex­pert who can make your curls look to­tally amaz­ing

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION/BEAUTY - Paul Stafford

When I was a young stylist I worked be­side an­other more se­nior stylist one busy Satur­day when I over­heard her say in an ex­as­per­ated voice ‘it’s ter­ri­bly curly isn’t it?’ The client squirmed, look­ing some­what em­bar­rassed agreed, and even added ‘I know it’s aw­ful, it’s the bane of my life’. The stylist then tugged, pulled and bashed the stub­born mop fi­nally ad­mit­ting de­feat, mut­ter­ing ‘that’s the best I can do’. The poor client left apolo­get­i­cally thanking the crest-fallen stylist for hav­ing to deal with such a dif­fi­cult task on a busy Satur­day.

For­tu­nately times have changed. Now our un­der­stand­ing of nat­u­rally curly hair and its pe­cu­liar­i­ties al­low us to cre­ate some of the most beau­ti­ful looks in the last few decades. This is due to a few fac­tors — the be­ing what type of curl we are deal­ing with.

Curly hair is the ex­tro­vert of all hair types. It can be loud and big, un­ruly and un­pre­dictable — yet it is also prob­a­bly the most fem­i­nine; sen­su­ally soft and ro­man­tic, quirky and bo­hemian or a just rock ‘n’ roll. So what type are you?

Most peo­ple with lively curls have bat­tled with it at some stage and that’s where the prob­lems be­gin; this type of mane is frag­ile and in­de­pen­dent so it needs lots of TLC and at­ten­tion. And the length, style and shape should re­flect your per­son­al­ity. There is no point in hav­ing a sky high Bey­once-style fro if you don’t have the con­fi­dence, or in­deed the heels, to pull it off.

How­ever, an ex­pe­ri­enced hair spe­cial­ist will guide you through the var­i­ous op­tions, be that vol­ume or width, short or long.

It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that a great stylist who spe­cialises in bring­ing the best out of your curls will not only talk you through why cer­tain things work, but how you can make them work. Curls love mois­ture so us­ing cor­rectly tai­lored prod­ucts is vi­tal to main­tain­ing not only the style, but the con­di­tion too.

Lead­ing pro­fes­sional hair­care range Joico has cre­ated an ex­clu­sive curl col­lec­tion start­ing with a sul­phate-free shampoo and con­di­tioner which beau­ti­fully cleanses the hair with­out weigh­ing it down. There is also a re­fresh­ing mist by Joico to spritz on when your tresses need a mois­ture boost in a hurry — it’s the per­fect quick fix.

Also in the line-up is an anti-frizz styler which an in­te­gral part of your ar­moury in the daily bat­tle to trans­form your mane into lus­trous bouncy curls in sec­onds.

DJ Carolyn Ste­wart (left) epit­o­mises the true spirit of stun­ning spi­rals. The ra­dio pre­sen­ter has been ex­per­i­men­tal and coura­geous with her look, and over the years we have used our styling magic to help her achieve ev­ery­thing from Twen­ties-style pixie crop to full-on Macy Gray Seven­ties afro. And Carolyn is cur­rently rock­ing an Eight­ies-in­spired asym­met­ric shape based around Prince’s side­kick Sheila E’s iconic look.

So if you have curly locks re­mem­ber your vo­lu­mi­nous mane should be fun, in­di­vid­ual and above all beau­ti­ful.

And, when left in the right hands, it will leave you with lit­tle for you to do ex­cept slick on some lipstick and be fab­u­lous.

To find a stylist who spe­cialises in curly hair can be as sim­ple as ask­ing some­one at work with great wavy hair who their hair­dresser is, or some re­search­ing on so­cial me­dia to find the best sa­lons which aren’t afraid to tame your mane.

But my top tip is this — any hair­dresser who has nat­u­rally curly hair them­selves will have had prac­tice from an early age, learn­ing how to con­trol their way­ward locks and prob­a­bly all their fam­i­lies hair to boot.

A sym­pa­thetic stylist is para­mount so a lit­tle re­search and a fear­less ap­proach to rock­ing the gift of nat­u­ral curls could put a spring in your step.

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