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.
Attention Curlies of OlyCurl! Show off your curls!!
We are giving away a fabulous gift basket of curl friendly products worth $195!*
Simply take a selfie and use the hashtag #iamOlyCurl and share, share, share on Facebook and Instagram. The curly girl with the most likes will win this basket of our favorite products from
The winner will be calculated on May 31st.
Get snappin' and sharin'!! We look forward to seeing your beautiful curls!
*Fine Print: The winner must be local and able to pick up their prize at the salon.
Hello and Happy Spring!
There is a lot going on this year at OlyCurl and we want to keep you in the loop, especially if you haven't been in recently.
First, we will be switching software companies within the next week or so. Your reminders will look different, and will be via email, text, or phone. This detail is still being ironed out. You will not be able to respond to the texts, and possibly emails, except to confirm, so please call the salon to cancel or reschedule appointments. As before, we do require 48 hours in order to avoid a late-cancellation or no-show fee. Please be bear with us during this transition, as I'm sure there might be glitches as we learn to work with a new system. We will be spending the next several weeks transferring customer history and updating contact information as you come in for your appointment, so we appreciate an extra measure of patience and grace!
Secondly, we are working to acquire a new home for OlyCurl! It is not set in stone yet, but I am pretty sure it will be a done deal. If it goes through, we plan to receive the keys on April 22, and then we can start renovations. I hope to be able to open in the new location by July. So stay tuned for information on that! I will be updating our facebook page and website as things are happening so make sure you are following those!
Thirdly, we are in the process of hiring a third person! So once we find that special person who is a good fit you will be able to meet him or her soon!
Lastly, here are some dates you might need to know about:
I will be out of the salon the week of April 4th - 9 for Spring Break. Julia will be there operating with normal business hours with the exceptions of closing at 5 on Monday (instead of 7) and being closed on Saturday (so that she can enjoy two days off in a row!).
Additionally, The salon will be closed or operating with limited hours from May 13 - 18 as Julia and I travel to Washington DC for continuing curly education with Curly Hair Artistry. We are very excited for this training and will be thrilled to bring home new techniques and skills that we have learned to use on our curly clients!
We look forward to seeing you soon! Have a Happy Spring!
Yukiko & Julia
Come in the Saturday the 28th for our Once-A-Year Sale while supplies last! We will be open from 9:30 to 2pm.
Rich & Radiant: Hair Cleansing Cream, Too Shea!, Confident Coils, Rockin' Ringlets, Deep Conditioning Treatment, & Awe Inspiraling Spray
Light & Luminous: Gentle Lather, Aloeba Daily Conditioner, Gelebration Spray, Confident Coils, Too Shea!, & Awe Inspiraling Spray
Confidence Collection: Hair Cleansing Cream, Too Shea!, Confident Coils, Deep Conditioning Treatment
Deva Duos: Choose from Deva Classic No Poo & One Condition or Decadence No Poo & One Condition
Raw Curls: Must buy one each of Cleanser and Conditioner to receive $10 off
I am beyond thrilled to announce that our curly community was able to raise more than our goal of $6,000 for Keep A Child Alive in a Fundraising Cut-A-Thon on September 12-13th. I was able to welcome Lorraine Massey and seven (count them, SEVEN!) Curly Hair Specialists from all over the US, to Olympia to help cut and shape curly hair for a cause! We had a blast together at the auction brunch, book signing, and meet and greet on Saturday. Then we rocked Olympia, changing lives and self esteems, on Sunday. All told, 41 haircuts were done (and one bang trim) and 100% of the proceeds went to KCA. I am so proud of my team and also the clients that showed up and donated! Enjoy the slideshow!
I have hired a new assistant and she started about two weeks ago! Read on to learn a little bit about Julia!
"I am absolutely honored to be a part of OlyCurl. I have always loved working with curly clients, and to work alongside someone so passionate about this business is truly rewarding.
I am a born-and-raised Washingtonian. I love Olympia and have no intention to leave. Giving back to my community is very important to me, so while working alongside Yukiko, I plan to volunteer at local shelters and offer free haircuts once a week.
I live and breathe hair. When I'm out of the salon, I'm still trying out different techniques and browsing current trends. I also love cooking, reading, writing poetry, and going on nature walks with my family.
I look forward to meeting all of you amazing Curlies!"
We are just over a week away from all the KEEP A CHILD ALIVE festivities! Here is a schedule of events:
Sept 1 - 10th: Online Auction is LIVE and you can bid on some great items that have been donated by OlyCurl vendors, customers, and local businesses.
Saturday the 12th:
10 am Auction Winner Brunch with Lorraine Massey and the Guest Stylists (Click here to check out the Auction Item)
1 pm Book Signing at Browser's Books located at 107 Capitol Way N. Bring your copy of Curly Girl: The Handbook, or buy one at the book signing! Proceeds will be donated to KCA!
4 - 7 pm Meet and Greet located at Marchetti Wine Tasting Room, 511 Washington Street SE. $25 tickets in advance at OlyCurl and $40 at the door. First 17 ticket holders will receive a swag bag valued at over $50!
Sunday the 13th:
10 am - 6 pm HairCutting FUNdraiser at Fosbre Academy of Hair Design, located at 111 Capitol Way N. There is still time to book a curly cut with a curly hair specialist! Call us at the salon during business hours to book a haircut for that day! 360-489-1193
Earlier I announced our OlyCurl Keep a Child Alive Fundraiser with Lorraine Massey. I now can confirm that we will be joined by five other highly-sought-after Curly Hair Artistry members in this FUNdraising effort! Here is the lineup:
Larry Bragg - 712 Salon in Charleston, WV
Andee Hoos - Mop Factory Salon in Denver, CO
Susanne Kende: - Me My Curls and I in San Diego, CA
Cindy McFarland - Red Hairz Salon in Louisville, KY
Dianne Nola - Nola Studio in San Francisco, CA
Each of these artists are flying in on their own dime to help in this effort to raise as much funds as possible for the children for whom Keep a Child Alive provides.
We have so many fun things in the works, a book signing, Meet and Greet, an online auction, an opportunity to win an evening with Lorraine and the Curl Artists, swag bags and more! Keep checking back for more info as things start coming together!
I have mentioned a hair steamer in the past on this blog and I wanted to come back to it. I have several clients who have ordered this steamer and they love it! So much so that I am now a Q-Redew affiliate!
What this means is that you can get an exclusive $5 discount on your very own Q-Redew Handheld Steamer! Just go to the Q-Redew store and enter the Coupon Code: OLYCURL to receive your discount!
Don't forget to snoop around their site and watch some great videos and read some testimonials on their great product.
Once you get your steamer and use it, let me know how it's going for you! You can comment here or send me a message. I would love to know how it works for ya!
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!