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One of the biggest issues you’ll inevitably face when following the curly girl method is that of trust. It can take a long time for you to work out your own curly hair routine, so to trust anyone new with your hair after all that time can be hard! In this post, I’m going to be looking at finding the right curly hairstylist.
It really pays to do your research when it comes to finding a curly hairstylist. You need to have an immense level of trust in the person cutting and styling your much worked-for curls. That’s why doing your homework about curly hair specialists is of vital importance.
It’s fair to say that more and more salons are starting to latch on to the curly hair trend, and the curly girl method in particular. However, a lot of hairstylists may not be aware of it yet or may be surprised to learn more about the techniques involved. Finding the right curly hairstylist takes time and trust!
What you may find yourself doing is putting off getting your curls cut at all. Which is fine in the short term. However, depending on your hair’s curl type may end up leaving your curls straggly and unable to clump in the long term.
If you think your hair is going to need a chop in the next few months, now might be the time to start looking for the right stylist or salon here in the UK.
Finding the right curly hairstylist or salon in the UK
It’s a bit of a minefield out there for us UK curly girls. I speak from experience on this! I’ve avoided having my curls cut for over a year now, purely because I’ve been too unsure about it. Also, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding any curl specialists in my area of the UK. The nearest I’d been able to find was one in Manchester, which did have some fantastic curly hair tips.
So I have also started to research salon options nearer to me and my plan is to go in equipped and discuss my hair’s needs.
Now, I’m pretty nervous about this, but I think that finding the right curly hairstylist will mean a bit of consultation. The curly girl method has certain techniques that might seem odd at first. For example, curly hair cuts usually involve cutting the hair whilst it’s dry, curl-by-curl. This is probably at odds with most hairstyling techniques, where the hair is cut wet, after being shampooed.
Will salons use my curly girl products?
Possibly not. Obviously a huge part of the curly girl method is about using sulphate and silicone-free products. So that’s another discussion that you should have with any hairstylist before entrusting your curls to them. If you meet with your potential hairstylist first and discuss your routine, they should be open to trying it out to get the results you’re looking for!
You may find that it takes a bit longer than you’d expect to find the right curly cut as well as the right hairstylist for you, but a good place to start is Instagram. If nothing else, you can screenshot some images of the curly hairstyles that look closest to your hair’s own curl type. Then, when you take them into the salon you choose, the stylist will have a better idea of what they’re working with and the results you’re looking to achieve.
Finding the right curly hairstylist will take time and trust, but doing your homework will make a huge difference to your end results. Don’t be tempted to just go for your old faithful and hope that a wet cut and blow-dry will be easy to fix.
Curly hair needs a special type of cutting to ensure your hair falls the right way, so take your time and look for somewhere you’ll be able to get the right results for your curls. The last thing you want is to end up with a cut that ruins your curl pattern! Try and find a salon that really knows curly hair – it could make a world of difference.
Finding the right curly hairstylist and ‘the big chop’
I’ve actually got my first ever curly cut booked in for the end of this week and I am really excited but also pretty nervous about it! I’ll be doing a bit of a write-up on the experience though so I’ll be sure to update the blog once I’ve gone for the big chop. My hair has grown too long now for me to put it off any longer, so I’m going to have a good chat with the stylist and hope for the best.
Have you found a brilliant curly hairstylist near you? If so, let me know in the comments and you might help someone near to you get their own curls under control too! As always you can catch up with me over on Twitter, and you can see more of my curly hair journey over on Instagram too.