By Becki Perez
OlyCurl is a salon unlike any you have ever walked into before. As a school teacher who typically goes to a [chain salon] for a haircut once a year, the atmosphere, education, and service at OlyCurl blew my mind. I have the absolute pleasure of being a temporary receptionist for the month of July. As a teacher, I can tell you grammar rules, how to add, subtract, and whether the chicken or the egg came first. I can’t tell you the first thing about curly hair, other than mine usually looks like a rat’s nest by the time I get my annual cut in September. Yukiko and Julia are exceptionally knowledgeable in their craft and share their knowledge with such passion to all clients. Every client that comes into OlyCurl is so excited to see what magic Yukiko and Julia can whip up for them. They make sure each and every curl on your head is attended to, and will answer any and every question you have about curly hair and how to best care for it.
One of my favorite things about being a part of the OlyCurl experience this past month has been seeing new clients and the transformation their curls go through. An 8 year old girl came in with her mom. As Yukiko spoke with her mom about curls and the process they would be going through, the mom seemed a bit hesitant and skeptical. Could this haircut REALLY be different from the ones her daughter had experienced before? Would they both ACTUALLY love the final result? Or was this all just a waste of time and money? As Yukiko cut her hair, the curls began to show through, and her mom was starting to realize that this wasn’t just a hoax. The little girl wanted to wait for a big reveal, and wow, what a reveal it was! Yukiko washed her hair, and applied the necessary products for her curls to really take form and bounce beautifully. As Yukiko applied the clips in her hair for volume, her mom was absolutely amazed at the difference in her daughter’s hair. Once her hair was dried and Yukiko did the final touch ups, it was time for the big reveal. As she saw the final product, a huge smile lit up her face, and she proclaimed, “IT’S SO PRETTY!” Her mom was so pleased with the care and time put into her daughter’s hair and the end result gave her daughter confidence, which is exactly what Yukiko and Julia strive to do for each of their clients.
The reason this story was so powerful to me is because of the little girl’s reaction before and after her appointment. She felt defeated by her hair, and at 8 years old, this is heart wrenching. We are taught at a young age that our appearance is so important, and that we must be aware of how we look to others. What OlyCurl does is teach us to love the hair we have, rather than fight with it, or destroy it by using straighteners and other heat treatments. Seeing her reaction after Yukiko worked with her hair was incredible. There is a reason clients love coming to OlyCurl and there are new clients interested in the services we provide every single day. The clients that walk through the door always have a smile on their face. They know they are getting the best possible service, and when they are here at OlyCurl, they will walk away loving their curls.
Anytime you start a new job, whether it is a temporary position, or a new career path, there is always the fear that you will mess up. The clients have been so patient, understanding, and welcoming to me as I learn the ins and outs of OlyCurl. There is a part of me that is sad I am only here for a short time, because I love seeing the relationships that have been built over the years between client and stylist. There is such a trust between our clients and our stylists at OlyCurl, that I don’t see when I am at a [chain salon]. In fact, the last time I left a [chain salon], I almost left in tears because the woman who cut my hair blow dried it and I looked like a frizzy ball!
The clients at OlyCurl always leave with a smile on their face, a spring in their step, and a bounce in their curl, because they know that Yukiko and Julia truly care about them. Yukiko and Julia remember their clients, and make a point to make sure OlyCurl is a stress-free, welcoming, and fun environment. If you are looking for a salon that truly cares about you, your hair, and will make sure you walk away loving the way you look, OlyCurl is the place for you. To the clients that have made me feel so welcomed this past month, thank you! I hope to continue seeing all the beautiful curlies and burlies!
We discussed these possibilities, and then I remembered that Jennifer had major surgery about a year ago. Upon closer inspection, it appeared that the first six inches of her curls were thick and voluminous. Beyond that is where they started to get stringy. Since hair grows at an average of half an inch a month, six inches is the average growth for hair in a one-year period and it stands to reason that after her surgery she had a major shedding. Why does this happen? It could be the trauma of surgery, anesthesia, a temporarily altered diet, the stress of recovery... In any case, the good news is that her hair is growing back thick again! For more information on thinning hair, read this blog post.
The ends will eventually need to be trimmed off, as hair only gets thicker as it grows from the scalp, and Jennifer will once again have a full and juicy head of curls. On this particular day, we chose to trim about two inches.
It helps to discuss these things with your hairstylist; hair is not just hair. It can tell us so much, but we can't piece the puzzle together if we don't have all the pieces! If Jennifer had just disappeared a year ago to have her surgery and never shared that with me,
we could have been stumped or taken a lot longer trying to figure out what was going on. I once had a client whose hair told me a story and I asked her if anything big had happened in her life about four months prior and she shared that she had been in a major car accident. Knowing that information, I was able to let her know what to expect in the way of bushiness and extra perceived frizz in the coming months. She felt better armed with that information so that she didn't panic later on when those things happened.
What stories are your curls telling you?
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One of our clients came in recently and she shared with us how she clips. Naturally, I asked if she would mind if we made a video! So here it is below, for your viewing pleasure!
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In the salon we typically will dry clients under a hooded dryer, which saves time and is efficient during the course of our day. Occasionally, we will also diffuse clients' hair before putting them under the dryer. Different results are achieved through different drying methods (these are covered at your New Client appointment), and many clients will also air dry at home.
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Long, flowing luscious locks. You dream of hair past the middle of your back. Who doesn't want Mermaid Hair? Everyone does! Even I do.
But I can't.
It's not because of my face shape or body type; those are not the reason I can't have the hair that I have always dreamed of.
This is the most common phrase I hear over and over from clients in my chair. I always ask to what point they are growing it out. What is their goal?
For some reason long, luxurious hair is the ultimate in hair growth goals. Why is that? And why does it seem to be so elusive? Why can some people grow their hair down to their waist while others max out at shoulder length?
In order to understand why you might not be able to grow Mermaid Hair, we need to look at the life cycle of hair.
Unique to curly girls, is that they seemingly lose three times the amount of hair as their straight-haired counterparts. Some clients after beginning to practice the OlyCurl method, cleansing their hair less than before (typically they were washing daily), will contact me in frustration because they seem to be losing more hair. The explanation is simple.
If we lose about 100 hairs per day (curly girls only shed in the shower during detangling), and wash every third day, it stands to reason that in the shower we would lose around 300 hairs. It seems like a lot, but we must remember that it is three days’ worth of shedding at one time. Imagine if you went five or seven days. Be prepared for that amount of shed, and remember… it is normal!
Back to why you can’t have Mermaid Hair.
Everyone’s hair cycle is different. Some may only be two years; others seven. At the growth rate of half an inch per month, someone whose hair sheds on a two-year cycle would max out at a length of twelve inches. Now make that a curly girl with two to four inches of spring factor and you are looking at only six to ten inches of hair at their longest, if they don’t have layers.
Now if someone was on the higher end of that spectrum and their hair grew at the average speed, they might have hair that is 42 inches long! Now I measured from the top of my head to the bottom of my butt and that measured 37.5”! That would be some dreamy mermaid hair. Incidentally, I do know someone at my church that has hair that long!
Think of how many people you know with hair that long. Not very many, right? That’s why they are on the higher and extreme end of “average”.
The life cycle of my own hair is about two years. This gives me about 13 inches of length. How do I know this? I know this because my hair does not seem to want to grow past my shoulders. Once it hits my shoulders, it starts to get stringy and thin on the ends and I can see through the curtain of my hair.
So why is this important to know?
Back to Mermaid Hair and those who want it but can never attain it. I see people all the time trying to grow out their hair, but they have very wispy ends and no matter how often they get “healthy trims” it never seems to get any longer or thicker. This is because their hair has a shorter lifespan than is necessary for hair of mermaidian length. It just sheds out before it can grow that long.
I have seen clients hanging onto their “length”, but it is not a true length, because the last five inches of it is thin and very flyaway. I once had a client who could pull all her “length” into a tiny little snap clip; it was so thin and wispy.
Part of what we do at OlyCurl is counsel clients on their expectations and what is possible, and sometimes what is not possible. We show them where their ideal length is, and at what point their hair starts shedding. (Remember though, artificial shedding can happen due to medical reasons, or big life events like having a baby.) These are things we discuss to determine if this is a one-time big shed or if we are truly addressing the life cycle.
It can be a tough message to deliver, but once the client understands the WHY, they can be liberated from that “Mermaid-Hair dream” and move on to more realistic styles that will flatter and enhance their image.
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!