Find the expert who can make your curls look totally amazing
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.