Very curly hair

12 posts
10 March 2013
Hello h/mua's
I would really like to know what, if any, training is given to you good people with regards to handling very thick curly hair?
I am yet to find a hairdresser that knows how to treat curls appropriately - when booking hair cuts I'm told I must have cut & blowdry but I KNOW that a blowdry is a big no no for me unless I want to look like a poodle! It leads me to have deep anxieties about 'qualified hairdressers' and h/mua's going near my hair. Does anyone specialise in this type of hair ? IS there any specific training given or is it something you must learn on the job? I would be really interested to know your thoughts, advice & opinions if you have any

Posted 11 March 2013
My hair is very thick & waist level in length. I either wear it straight or very curly. For the latter, I find it best that hairdresser/MUA styling my hair uses heated tongs. then clips for height & lift,  together with elastic coated bands. Hope that helps.

Have to add that usually I style my hair myself...
Posted 11 March 2013
Edited by SuzyMonty 11 March 2013
That's a big help thank you very much.
Posted 11 March 2013
photoclassic
Photographer
photoclassic
Contact Batwoman, she used to be one of the top hair designers in Scotland.  Spoke to her earlier and she said yes there is a specific technique for curly hair - it has to be cut at the right place on the curl or it will be a mess and even though hairdressers may say they'll book you in for a "cut & blow-dry" that's just for the pricing - if they know their stuff they will not use the same techniques as for straight hair.  She says if it worries you ask for a wet cut and let your hair dry naturally.
Posted 11 March 2013
Awesome, thanks again. Much appreciated

Posted 11 March 2013
alexkidd
Photographer
alexkidd
^ my other half has similar fears, never seems to be able to find someone to do a decent job of a cut
Posted 11 March 2013
Wow! our hair type looks exactly the same! It's really good to know I'm not the only one with this problem. More often than not the hairdresser will straighten my hair before cutting it. !? The 'before' hair on the adverts and in the media is what we have. "What do we do with curly frizzy hair? -make it go away" thanks Dove!
Posted 11 March 2013
So if any h/mua's were confronted with hair like ours in a shoot where usually no more than an hour is allowed for both hair and make up, what would you do with it? What would you think? Would you just have a go & hope for the best or stay well away? What would your first course of action be -a brush? Curling tongs?

Posted 11 March 2013
I've always wondered who else has an issue with hairdressers managing thick hair, I've been turned away in the past - several times, feels so awkward.

I know of a hairdresser that works in Yazz in Guiseley who handles a friends thick curly hair very well and they have a variety of stylist trained in different techniques.


Posted 11 March 2013
A top rate hairbrush like a Mason Pearson is a must, I've found for curly hair...cheeky

I have naturally wavy hair, but still have it straightened for some model shoots...ONE hairdresser put plastic curlers in my hair and then couldn't get them out, so they had to be cut out - not good...

Thankfully, I've found a brilliant hairdresser now and they don't charge the earth either.smiley
Posted 11 March 2013
hollybaverstock
Make Up Artist
hollybaverstock
It should be dried with a diffuser and the right products to tame frizz and keep the curls defined. Diffuser must be used in the correct way, and a small section dried at a time! Then you can choose the amount of volume you get as well.

Hope that may be of some help!

Posted 26 April 2013
my sons hair is curly, we buy tonnes of anti tangle spray and use a wide tooth comb im terrified about his hair going frizzy like so many friends with curly hair... yep people keep think its fine to just brush it through with a normal brush and that some how the curls will just magically reform people always say his hairs a mess and try to brush it - i have to bite my tongue all the time
Posted 26 April 2013
Edited by RattusRock 26 April 2013
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