Curly Hair Artistry Symposium II will be in the Detroit area with Melissa Stites of There Once Was a Curl hosting.
The event will be called "The Heart of a Curly" and we will be learning from the best Curly Hair Artists collectively for impacting the most important person...our clients.
Your heart is so important to us - it revels your story and from that we have developed a Service Experience For your heart to grow with and reveal to you that you and your hair are beautiful.
It is time to bring these methods and techniques to many more clients through expanding awareness of what Curly Hair Artistry is doing in the salon and fashion industry. The demand for more Curly Hair Artists means that more training is required and the elite group of passionate stylists are growing and learning that their own hearts are growing and want to take that to you and your community of curly hair clients.
Your heart reveals what you say and and the actions you take - and it is time to recognize that the condition of your heart can change from a Service Experience to impact more of who you are by embracing your waves, curls and multi textural hair and Curly Hair Artistry wants to be a part of helping with that.
Oct. 25-27 2014 will be the dates and more information to follow.
Needed : 60 Naturally wavy,curly, and multi textural models. Ready and willing to embrace their natural texture in it's most beautiful form. Service includes cut, wash and style and a possibility for color.
If you'd like to be a part of this event please email current pic, name, location, email, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Often I am asked, "How should I dry my hair?" "Is air drying best?" or I've been told, "My hair takes to long to dry".
I am a believer that there are no problems with drying your hair, just as long as you do not dehydrate your hair. I mean, who wants to walk around with a wet head all day?
With the tools we use, what often happens is the top of the hair (with the hard hat dryer) or the ends of the hair (with the diffuser) get dry first. Then we keep going in order to get to the inside of the hair and to the scalp. We end up over drying and dehydrating the most delicate frizz prone areas. This is why we have so many problems in those areas.
Or, we just quit and air dry the rest of the way.
I thought I'd break down what I explain to clients in my chair, because we now have 3 options to dry our hair.
It is readily available, at all different price points; sometimes it can come free with your dryer. This is the one we are most familiar with.
To use; you cup your curls in the bowl, accordion them up to the scalp and hold to dry. I love this for crown curls! Tilt you head upside down and cradle your crown curls inside bowl and push towards scalp til the gel cast forms. This adds great root curl and volume.
You can also lean side to side, encouraging the curls as you go. Great for wavies who want to be curly.
Pixi diffusing is a method of cradling the curls to the scalp, turning the dryer on for a bit, then turning it off before removing it. Diffusing in this way greatly reduces frizz.
Drys ends quickly, yet leaves the middles wet. We often over dry or dehydrate the fragile ends in order to get the middles dry.
Blowing hot air up the hair shaft disturbs the curl and can create frizz and flyaways. It tends to encourage shrinkage, so it is not good for those who like a more elongated curl.
I like to use it in the beginning of my dry time, upside down, for root lift in my crown area. I gently hold it there until I get a gel cast, then gently remove.
Provides results similar air drying, a loser more elongated curl. Airflow going down the hair shaft minimizing frizz.
You don't have to do anything! Close your eyes, drink coffee, update facebook, and put your makeup on.
You can drape a cape over it to help dry the lengths. C.H.A. dubbed it the thunder dome. You can see it here. There once was a curl / Thunderdome
It doesn't dry the ends on longer hair. The top dries but not the middles, therefore we over dry or dehydrate the top frizz prone, crown area.
It is not good for those who prefer encouraging curl.
It can get awfully warm, for those of us who are having personal summers, yet it can keep you warm in a Michigan winter. It is really confusing for those of us that are experiencing both !
I sit under mine for about 15 min. til I get a gel cast, while drinking coffee and checking facebook. I then move it behind me so the heat hits my ends in back while I do my make up.
The Deva Hand
It has holes on both sides so you can get into the middles! It drys both inside and outside at the same time.
You can get it into the crown for awesome root lift.
It can get in there at the nape. You know that area that never ever dries!
It allows you to not overdry any one area; therefore no dehydration. Deva has thought of everything, for the better health of our curls.
It's funny looking. You will get questions - curlies are a hoot.
It does not fit every dryer out there snugly and may shoot across the room. Check the size of your nozzle first, there are lots of funny dryer nozzles out there. It does fit most standard dryers.
Does not do well on high heat setting. On high heat settings it can melt. Dryers have a crazy strong airflow and are crazy hot nowadays. Guess what - it's not good for your hair either! So consider it your warning sign, if it's not good for the hand, it's not good for your hair.
I like to take out my clips and get the hand into my middles that are not dry yet. Especially at that nape and at my roots for height.
So which one should you get? I own all three, I'm like that. I love them all for different reasons and purposes. I will use two at a time to get the results I want, in the time I need.
My hope is for you to use this guide to find the one that is right for you. You can then ask for the others on Christmas or your birthday.
Collect them all @:)
You have all kept me so busy<3
I discovered this morning that I have run out of my favorite Ultra Defining gel ! I take that back, I have about 2 teaspoons left, and my hair laughs at 2 teaspoons of anything. So what's this Bella gonna do? Whip up a batch of Flax Seed Gel! Now don't get me started with recipes, I'm Italian, I don't have one. You can google Flax Seed Gel and get a ton of them if you must. This is what I did:
Poured 2 coffee cups of water into a pan on the stove.
Poured enough flax seeds to cover the top of the water.
Heated while stirring over a med. heat until it started to boil and become frothy. About 5 minutes.
Immediately poured through a wire strainer .
I threw in a few sprigs of rosemary, because I have a rosemary tree in my kitchen window and it adds great shine.
Let cool a bit ( have a cuppa coffee )
Added it to my bottle of leftover gel.
Used as I would normally.
I am often asked " How often should I no poo?" I want you to remember that cleansing is "scalp care" not "hair care". We are cleansing the scalp and not washing the hair. Easy, but different:)
So, now that you know that, how does your scalp feel, does it need a cleanse? If yes, no poo. If not, cowash. See the difference♥A new way to cleanse
It’s time to change your way of thinking about shampooing your hair. It is mainly your scalp that needs to be cleansed; the skin. Your scalp is what produces the sebum to naturally lubricate your hair, but after years of using harsh detergents your scalp produces more oil than it ordinarily would, under more natural conditions. You can clean your scalp, remove styling products from your hair, and reduce oil production by using a cleaning conditioner, sometimes called "No Poo". Cleansing conditioners contain gentle sulfate-free surfactants that will clean your scalp and hair, without drying or stripping. Wet your hair, put the product on your fingertips and massage it into your scalp, focusing on the moist oily areas. Instead of a facial you're giving yourself a scalp'cial. Don't worry about the hair yet. After you've cleansed your skin add some more water, just to dilute and distribute the product down the length of your hair. Now you can massage it into the hair. You will notice a very mild foaming action, but there will be no lather. Don't be alarmed, your hair is getting clean. Then rinse and massage it out, scalp and hair, water and friction, til your scalp and hair is clean, smooth and soft. Not parched, tanglely, or God forbid squeaky.
1. You went to a traditional stylist and cried when you went home. Hairstylists are not trained in Beauty School how to deal with Curly Hair. They are only taught one method of cutting, straight cutting, and might even be taught that curly hair needs to be thinned out and/or straightened with hot tools before cutting. You need a Curly Hair Specialist, who has received extensive training, through CHA (Curly Hair Artistry), or another Curly-minded organization that follows the Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, and Silicone-free philosophy, and understands the special attention that curly hair requires.
2. You asked for "maybe an inch off" and lost at least 6 inches. Curly hair has a bounce factor. When a curl is pulled down and stretched out it can be a couple to several inches longer than at it's relaxed state. This is why curly hair is cut dry, in its natural formation, and without tension or elevation.
3. Your regular hairstylist used a comb on your hair. If your hairstylist pulls out a comb, run quickly. They are clearly not trained in Curly Hair Artistry. Combing and brushing are not necessary and can stretch and damage your fragile curls. A curly hair specialist will show you and teach you how to detangle, with conditioner, when your hair is wet.
4. You are tired of people saying you look like a "wild woman". You can be a professional and curly at the same time! You can learn to kill the frizz and love your curl (and make your friends super jealous!).
5. You have been asked "why is your hair so frizzy?" more times than you can count. Straight-haired people just don't understand! *sigh
6. You cannot brush your hair. Ever. If you do, you become a giant puffball. Like a pom pom. Or a troll doll. Unacceptable.
7. Your child is of mixed race and you have no idea what to do for their hair. You want your child to embrace who they are and take pride in their mixed ethnicity. Let's face it, mixed children are adorable!!! We can work together to help you help your child.
8. You hate it when it rains in the Pacific Northwest. You really, really, really hate the weatherman. You can live free from worry and anxiety with the proper products and application techniques for your specific type of hair.
9. You are fed up with chemical relaxers and straighteners. You have been chemically burned for the last time. You are done. Now, how to transition?
10. You deserve to have someone who knows how to work with your curl! You are sick and tired of fighting with your hair, of blowing it out, of braiding it on rainy days, of flat-ironing and smelling burning hair. You are sick of having split ends! Your Curly Hair Specialist can work with you; teaching and guiding you in the proper care, maintenance, and styling of your natural curl. Aren't you tired of fighting it? Learn to LOVE it!
Here are a few posts from my facebook page. Even though they were posted for a particular client at the time, it's something I think we all need to hear time and time again <3
O.k. I've just gotta say this... there are some of us who feel silly, vain, or even ugly, with no hope of ever having pretty, let alone beautiful hair. We have been told that there is nothing we can do, or try this, and this, now this. We have tried EVERYTHING! We think that there is no use, we are not pretty because of our hair. We give up, we are done.
Then you find the Curly girl handbook, Deva, or me @:)
When you see your hair for the first time, healthy, shiney, frizz free, BEAUTIFUL, as it was always meant to be, YOU
We laugh, we cry, we call it life changing, we hug......and then we feel silly again
Beautiful, beautiful curly girl, it's o.k., I understand, been there, done that. It is really, really, really cool!! and it's real, naturally, beautifully You !!
Thank You!! For giving yourself one more chance, one more try, one more thing. See, you knew you were beautiful, in there, all along. I am so honored to be a part of it, I really am
So wonderful to meet curlies of all kinds, from all over. When I introduce someone to their curl journey, the results are nothing short of amazing. When one comes in with healthy, moisturised, sulfate free curls, the results can be much more subtle. A change in length, shape, style. What do we do when we come to the end of our journey? Are we ever really satisfied with our curls? How can I convince you to Love your healthy, curly hair? You've done good!! Let's celebrate
On my mind today.... There are No apologies needed in my chair. You hair is not too curly, or not curly enough. It is not too frizzy, too dry, too tangled, too limp or bad. Your hair is BEAUTIFUL and it is yours. It just needs alittle T.L.C. and no one has shown you how. So, there are no " I'm sorrys" just " What can we do?" And it's simple. My best response last week was "Wow". @:)
I recieved alot of new likes yesterday ( thanks Shawn n Ashlyn ) And would like to explane alittle about the Deva products and what to expect. What they deliver is healthy, hydrated hair. That's it. The no poo does not strip the hair of it's natural moisture. The one condish lets the hair absorb the moisture the hair needs, no waxes, plastics, silicones, cosmetics. The an'gel fills and sets the hair, and holds all that good stuff in. What this means for us curlies is No Frizz ! Frizz is just a curl looking for moisture. Amazing, I know. And simple, but totally and completly different from all the other products out there. What I can do is help you on your journey to healthy, happy hair. Teach you why we use what we do and what not to use. I cut hair dry, curl by curl, so no more surprise shrinkage and tears when a trim turns into a chop. Styling tecniques to go with and respect your unique curl pattern instead of fighting them every day. I have learned so much on my journey and love doing my hair and helping others love theirs. Welcome @:)
How do I do a coconut oil pre wash treatment?
Ah, the coconut oil prewash treatment. This is the whole reason I love coconut oil so very, very much.
Add coconut oil to dry hair. Add enough coconut oil to make your hair look like you have had the flu for a week and haven't had time to wash it. (That is a stupid description, but it is the best I can do.) Your hair should look oily, but it does not need to be an oil slick. Leave the coconut oil in your hair 20 minutes to one hour before washing your hair. You can choose to leave the coconut oil on as long as overnight. If you leave it in overnight, either use and old pillow case or wrap a scarf around your head to protect your sheets. The longer coconut oil is on your hair, the more the oil is able to penetrate into the hair's cortex.
How easy or difficult coconut oil is to remove varies from person to person. I can remove it with a water wash followed by a rinse out conditioner. Many people can cowash coconut oil out. For others, a low poo will not remove the coconut oil from their hair. For this reason, I suggest you do a strand/small section test the first time you try a coconut oil prewash treatment. After you have washed your hair, continue with your regular routine. Some people find a cowash removes coconut oil better then a low poo.
How often you should do a coconut oil prewash will also vary from person to person. I can do a coconut oil prewash every time I wash without any problems. When my hair was very dry, I did an overnight coconut oil prewash every time I washed my hair. Others cannot do prewash treatments anywhere near that often or their hair will be oily and possibly over conditioned. I'd guess once a week might be an average amount of time between coconut oil treatments for most people.
How do I do my first coconut oil prewash treatment?
I suggest you do a strand/small section test the first time. For some people, coconut oil is hard to remove. If you are one of them, you don't want to end up with an oily head of hair. I'd also suggest starting with 20-30 minutes and working your way up to more time if you wish. The longer coconut oil is on your hair, the more coconut oil will penetrate into your hair's cortex. If it turns out coconut oil is hard to remove for your hair, you'll be glad you left it on a shorter time.
How do I use coconut oil to prevent damage from hair dye?
Add coconut oil as done in the prewash treatment. I've only done this a few times, but I feel it keeps my hair in better condition after being dyed. In the giant thread from The Long Hair Community, many people believe coconut oil pre-dye treatments help hair dye take better and more evenly. They even suggest using coconut oil pre-dye treatments for resistant gray hair. The Long Hair Community thread says that coconut oil (and argan oil) chelate copper. A proctor and gamble study shows that chelating copper can help with dye uptake. I can't comment personally on the better dye penetration since I changed my hair dye at the same time I started adding coconut oil pre-dye treatments. I do an overnight coconut oil treatment before I dye my hair.
It's winter in Michigan!! How to protect your hair.....my clients know my love for coconut oil, inside and out. Here's how I sneak in deep treatments with the stuff. First off, coconut oil is solid in the cold, so I whip it!! With a hand blender. It doubles in size and you can get it out more easily. I then keep some in a small tupperware container on my nightstand. Every evening I take a scoop and apply to my scalp; if it's dry, to my top layers; if they are frizzy, to my ends; if they are tangley. Whatever my problem that day, anywhere the frizz lives, scrunch it there. It no poo's or co washes out easily. Tada!! Take that mother nature @:)
Lori, my client from Brazil, is a world traveler and incredibly knowledgeable in oils and herbs for hair. One of the things we discussed is how women in India use coconut oil as a pre-poo for beautiful long, healthy, shiny hair.
So last night before bed, I took some coconut oil and started massaging it in at my scalp. I then ran a few more scoops through the ends. I french braided my hair to keep it out of my face and went to bed. Dreamt of the tropics
My hair absorbed most of it by morning. No poo'ed it out only once, and added alittle one c just to the ends. Followed up with Deva's new ultra hold gel.
I have big shiny bouncie curls!! No frizz in sight. I also feel like I've been to a spa, alittle treat for me in no time at all.
There is some debate on whether or not simply a rinse with apple cider vinegar, better known as A.C.V. can clarify the hair, but it does help bring the hair back into balance after an alkaline solution has come into contact with the hair and will shut the cuticle back down.
Repeated use of A.C.V. rinses can be drying, so limit use to once or twice per month at most:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup warm water
Pour the mixture over the hair after cleansing (do not rinse out), then condition as usual. Any lingering smell will dissipate as the hair dries.
While it is also a great toner for the skin, make sure not to get into the eyes, or god forbid up your nose!!
Citric Acid Rinse
This rinse will help remove hard water residue, helps remove chlorine odor and discoloration from swimming in chlorinated swimming pools, helps remove soap scum (better than a vinegar rinse with soap or shampoo bars in my opinion).
1/4 teaspoon citric acid (powder, crystals) per cup water - preferably distilled water. Pour on damp hair, leave on for at least a minute, then rinse.
I use a.c.v. at home and citric acid at the salon. Why you ask, well cuz the girls would run me out of the salon if I made it smell like easter eggs.
A.C.V. is my go to for " funky for no reason" hair days. Usually does the trick.
I will often add a splash to the last of the bottle of my One Conditioner. Enough to liquefy it and get it all out. Brings that cuticle right down over all that moisture. Shiny bouncy curls.
Michigan is known for it's hard water so an a.c.v. will remove buildup without stripping the hair.
Using after a color will help lock it in without all of the silicones.
In order to maintain the healthy and hydrated curls we all love, there is one area I consider most important. What’s so crucial is that it’s not only necessary I tell you how to do this, but that I want to change your habits! When we start to think of things in a new way we will begin to do them in a new way; it’s time to re learn! You can’t believe any longer that conditioner alone moisturizes your hair. It is the water/ conditioner mix that gives your hair moisture. Just like if you have dry legs and put lotion on them, you have dry, oily legs. We all know to take a bath or shower to fill up the skin with water and then apply the lotion to hold it in. We want to fill the hair with water with just enough conditioner left to seal it all in. What happens now is that we need to apply these philosophies to the hair.
So often, I am asked “How much conditioner should I leave in my hair?” Or “I did what you said and still have frizz!” All of us curlies know that we are DEHYDRATED! Water alone does not moisturize, oil alone does not moisturize, but the combo of the two is magic! What I have found after talking and working with hundreds of curlies is that we don’t know how to incorporate the water. We stick our head under the faucet for 10 seconds then have at it with tons of product. It’s no wonder that we feel that conditioner weighs down our hair and makes it feel greasy. We are always in such a hurry in the morning, so I ask you to slow down, soak it up for a bit, and relax. I once timed myself; taking a shower in a rush, it took 11 minutes, then taking my time and thoroughly paying attention to what I was doing, it took fifteen. Really? I've decided that I’m going to take the worthwhile 4 more minutes. My hair and my attitude reward me for the rest of the day.
So here is where I break it down, starting with tangles: Add enough conditioner to really wet hair, enough to slip through the tangles, if any. There is a reason why we only finger comb; hair has a cuticle on the outside and a reservoir on the inside that can absorb. When the hair is dehydrated, the inside is shrunk leaving those cuticles lifted where they can become like velcro that can grab and stick to the others, therefore creating tangles. Instead of ripping through them with combs or brushes when our hair is most fragile (you say you're gentle and you know you’re not), try this method instead: Add conditioner to that area, add water and squish. When you push that water conditioner mixture into the hair, the inside plumps up with water and seals with conditioner. It’s the process of plumping and sealing the cuticle that makes the cuticle itself tighter and smoother, releasing the velcro effect and allowing your fingers to slide through like butter.
Now, when your hair is soaking wet with water, you need to add enough conditioner to feel slippery, like seaweed. We then begin to squish this water conditioner mixture into the hair. Curly girls often experience water rolling off the hair; we want to push it in. Your curls should start clumping together and feeling firmer.
Lean to the left, squish, lean to the right, squish, and upside down, and squish. I like to call it curly yoga! Get those curls off that head. This is my favorite way to encourage my curls to go where they want to, where they live naturally. They always go there anyway, so why not start them off right. My hair is most beautiful when I allow my curls to do their own thing.
We do not totally rinse out the conditioner. It starts by trickling some water onto the hair to help it get even wetter, and start squishing it in again. I do this by standing away from the shower head, catching water in my cupped hands and throwing it into my curls section by section. Your curls should be incredibly wet, slippery and frizz free now. As we are doing this, the hair is drinking up the water and you can see the excess conditioner being pushed out. We are replacing and diluting the conditioner with water, and you can actually feel it happening. This is our new way to rinse. Flip your head over and look. You will notice that your hair is extremely wet, but not dripping. This is good! The water and conditioner is in your hair and not rolling off the outside, it has spread evenly throughout each and every curl. You have finally created your own perfect mixture.
If you see or feel any frizz or clumps that have not come together, add more water and conditioner. How your hair looks wet is how it will look dry.
“How many pumps should I use?” “How much water, and how many times?” These curlies are my overachievers. My perfect answer to this would be Quanto Basta. Quanto Basta is an Italian cooking term. Have you ever asked an Italian for a recipe? There isn't one. They will say Quanto Basta - use enough. The same goes with hair - use enough. It will, and can change with outside conditions and seasons. We all know that we are human barometers, and again it all depends on how much water is in the air and our hair. In humid conditions we need less water and conditioner, in dry conditions more. Use enough to get the feel and look you want. Quanto Basta - Learn your hair. If the crown area still feels frizzy, use more. Is the underside prone to tangles? Use more.
When it comes to gel, remember that your gel should live in the shower. Smooth and scrunch the gel into the curls. Catch them at that perfectly moisturized clumpy state. All curlies have wished that their hair looked the same dry as it did wet. Catch it there!
Now we move on to using our flour sack towels. We have just spent all that effort to push in the water, we don’t want a super absorbent towel to now pull it all out. Some people think that we are using the towel to dry the hair; I say it’s another opportunity to push more moisture in. You've already noticed that your hair is not dripping, so why remove moisture? On the first scrunch with the towel, it’s going to get wet. Do not move the towel to a dry place, use the wet part and scrunch more in. You’re still going to hear the squishing sounds you did in the shower. You can choose to do this before or after you put in your gel, whichever gets and keeps those curls together. If they ever start coming apart, you’ve taken out too much. We only need to dry the outer surface. We do not want to dry or dehydrate the inner moisture.
Thinking about what you're doing and why you’re doing it, will change the way you hydrate your hair and you will be rewarded. It is a simple change in technique that can make a huge difference.
Have a happy frizz free day @:)
I work in a large family owed salon and am one of many stylist. We have wonderful, very busy receptionists that will answer your calls and take your appointments. Unfortunately, they can not always answer ALL of our curly questions. Here are the most common.
* I subscribe to the Curly Girl method and use sulfate and silicone free products.
* While I use and sell Deva products, I will work with and can recommend other sulfate and silicone free products in all price ranges. I can give you recipes for homemade treatments as well. I love being a kitchen beautician. If you have special concerns, specific sensitivity's , or want to bring in your own products, let me know.
* I ask that you come in for your first appointment with your hair dry, in it's naturally curly state, with minimal product. I need to see you natural curl pattern and the overall health of your natural hair. I also need to be able to pick up each and every curl, so no flat iron, no hairspray, no ponytails, please.
* I will sit down, ask you questions, and listen to your hair'story before ever picking up my shears. I will show you what I think should be done and wait for your permission. I am well trained and experienced, yet believe that you are the expert of your hair and will only move forward when you are comfortable.