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Curly Hair Cut Secrets

The first time my father brought me to the hairdresser for a cut, I was about 8 years old. The salon he brought me to must have been a SuperCuts or the stylist had no idea what to do with my curls. After pulling through my hair with a fine tooth comb I showed her, with my little eight year old pinky finger, the amount of hair I was willing to cut. By the end of my haircut the Thumbalina hair that tousled down my back was now a poof bowl around my ears. I must have cried for days and was made fun of for most of second grade. Let us not ever have a haircut like that again!

A good way to start your consultation with a hair dresser is by bringing in a photo of someones hair that inspires you. Maybe its the shape of the hair, the length, or the layers which gives it volume, a photo is a great way to start. With a picture, you can give the stylist an idea of your goal for your hair rather than trying to “talk hair terms” you’re not too sure about.
Another important factor you need to know and understand before getting a cut is the tools being used in your hair. Curly hair is usually very fine and frizzy but you can have a ton of it! Either way if it is fine, frizzy, or coarse, curls should NEVER be cut with thinning shears. (Thinning shears- siccisors that have a straight blade on one side and a sarrate blade on the other side). Thinning shears cause more frizz, period. The point of thinning shears is to remove excess bulk in your hair, to remove weight for heavy hair. If your curly hair does not have weight it will be too light and there will be no curl, only frizz, and you will need a ton of product. Some stylists use buzzers and other “special tools” but the best way to cut your curly hair is by using a regular pair of shears. The trick is to point cut everything; the stylist should be using about the quarter tip of the shears, and they should be cutting at an angle. Cutting your curls at an angle will make it so that your curl continues to spiral as oppose to cutting straight accross and giving your curl a choppy looking finish.

The final step is to have faith and trust in your stylist. As long as you bring in a photo, have a general idea about the proper implements you would like used, and ask the stylist how they go about cutting curls and you like what they are using and saying then trusting them is your last key to having a beautiful new you!

Twist Your Curls Into Shape

The usual routine to style your hair usually consists of turning your head upside down, scrunching an unbelievable amount of mousse into your locks, then heading out the door and hoping it wont frizz. Let’s subtract stress and curiosity from your everyday routine, and add a more professional route, by starting a regimen that will preserve a clean curl for an extended amount of time. Twisting your curls will play in your favor; It creates a more natural look while maintaining a longer lasting curl, as opposed to an everyday style which sometimes can be tedious. In order to start twisting you will first need a good curl creme, BeCurly by Aveda mixed with a dab of Brilliant Universal Styling Creme by Aveda will give you effortless frizz free ringlets. Different products will give you different results; for example if you are to use a mouse such as Garnier Fructis, it will leave the curls crunchy and flakey.

Begin by wetting your hair and adding product throughout, start at the bottom of the nape (the bottom of the scalp from which your hair grows) and section off as many 1/2″ to 1/4″ sections twisting them in both directions clockwise and counterclockwise.  We want to obtain a curl that is willing to stay in its pattern and not mangle with other strands causing dreadlocks or breakage. Continue throughout the whole head of hair taking different sized sections and twisting the portions of hair until there are no more loose strands to twist. Finish by letting your hair air dry. After your style is set, keep in mind touching your curls while they’re drying will create excessive frizz.

Step-by-step photos will be added to MyPhotos shortly.


-My Curls

Choosing The Right Shampoo For Your Hair

How often do you shampoo your hair? If you have thick curly hair washing it once every 4 days is a good routine. Shampoos are a detergent and hard on your hair. The longer you can go without washing your hair the healthier and nicer it will be. When you shampoo your curls think of the shampoo scraping at the outer most layer of your hair, which is the cuticle. The cuticle, when magnified, resembles scales of a snake; shampoos with harsh detergents in them will rip at the scales and cause your hair breakage and damage. When shopping for your next bottle of shampoo check the label. Some common FDA approved detergents are, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate which is extremely harsh for example Pantene Pro-V, Sodium Laureth Sulfate which can be considered mild for example Tresemme, and TEA or MEA Laureth Sulfate which is the most gentle for example Matrix Biolage.

When determining what shampoo to use I usually go for something natural. I am currently using Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat which is organic and contains TEA Sulfate. I shampoo my hair once every 5 days and I feel my hair gets nicer the longer I go without washing it. I usually shampoo my hair in the evening, around 6pm, then I style it. I let my hair air dry even though it is slightly still wet by the time I am ready to go to sleep. Once I wake up my hair is full and bouncy and the curl is ready to be reactivated. I flip my head over and spritz my hair with a water bottle, keeping it about 80% dry, I then reapply some product and let air dry.

Keeping Your Hair In Tact While You Sleep

Waking up and looking like a lion may be nice for a Sunday morning but on an everyday basis, we want to keep the maintenance of our curls as low as possible. By keeps the curl in tact and minimizing frizz change your pillow case. Invest in a higher thread count in pillowcases or in a satin sheet set and see the difference. The reason the higher thread count  is better for your hair is because it locks in moisture and keeps it from breaking. A lower thread count is hard and has roughly 100 to 500 thread count, meaning it is more coarse so your hair is more likely to mangle and break. Egyptian cotton is a 1200 thread count and one of the best fabrics for your hair; it is soft and silky so your hair will glide across the sheets and maintain your curls.

After testing the satin pillow case method, I’ve decided it is a fair investment for my hair. When I woke up and looked at the reflection of my curls I noticed more of a shine, my hair was of the same style of the night previous. My skin is also softer, so I’m not complaining about the $15 I spent for a set of pillow cases on amazon.com. Think of it as treating yourself to great nights of sleep for fabulous hair.

Welcome, About OhMyCurls

✋Hello my fellow Curlfriends!👋

We all have had a nightmare or two when it has come to our hair. The time you got it cut at that new salon and they completely butchered your curls. Or the time you’ve had some type of object stuck in your wild head of hair. In this blog you will find curly hair secrets, tools to use for your hair, cool styles for curly hair for every day wear, hair cuts to try for your texture and curl, recommended products for your hair, and more. Also, send questions to the MyCurls e-mail and have them answered and posted on this blog.

I am a licensed hair stylist in New York. I will be testing various products and techniques with my hair to find every curl trick there is. I hated to fuss with my hair growing up. Once I learned to manage my cotton like frizz and begin to care and style it is when I started to really adore my hair. I have discovered many tricks so far and have heard many questions that I will answer.

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