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!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Curly Hair Artistry, an international online group of hair stylists, will gather for the first curly hair symposium October 19-21 in Atlanta. Besides advanced cutting techniques, these curly hair specialists will be educating their colleagues in unique product applications and business needs within their specific genre.
When Scott Musgrave started C.H.A. at the beginning of 2013 he had no idea it would have such appeal. Nearly 80 members speak throughout the day on their concerns and passion for their specialty. “There is very little education on curly hair, so the encouragement to work through difficult situations, receive mentoring and guidance is what this group focuses on,” says Musgrave.
Yukiko Taylor, curl specialist at Perfect Image Spa-Lon in Tumwater, is one of the fortunate stylists participating in this year’s symposium. “My career has taken a turn towards curly hair,” claims Yukiko, “I am drawn to it and my desire is to reach out to Curlies and help them to embrace their hair! I get to love what I do as a job.”
As the fashion trend of straight hair moves toward a more natural look, there will be an increasing need for Curly Hair Specialists. Lorraine Massey, Curly Hair Expert and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook states “65% of women have naturally wavy or curly hair.” Curly Hair Artistry is on the forefront of this movement with the world’s first Curly Hair Symposium this fall.
Curly Hair Artistry was founded in January 2013. It represents a forum for the Curly Hair Specialist seeking deeper knowledge and support in their craft.
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!