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!
Our One-Year Anniversary of being in business will soon be upon us and I have some very exciting news to share with all of you! To celebrate, I am creating a fundraising event for Keep a Child Alive. We are going to be partnering with Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: the Handbook, and hope to raise as much funds as possible. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be going to KCA. You can read here about Lorraine's involvement with KCA.
How can you be involved?
1. We are holding an online auction with the opportunity to bid on custom curl-by-curl haircuts with the Original Curly Girl, Lorraine Massey. You can take a look at the auction here. One appointment slot will be offered up each week, starting and ending on Sunday. No credit card is needed in order to bid and winners will be announced on my Facebook page and you will be contacted with instructions for payment/donation. Lorraine is donating her time for this event, and again, 100% of the proceeds will be going to KCA. Donations can be made at any time at Lorraine's KCA fundraising page.
2. We need auction donations! YOU can also be a partner with us with your donation! I am currently researching online auction venues, to be set up shortly. Please be as creative as you need to with things you have to offer such as:
As you can see, there are so many ways we can all be involved and the more you can think outside the box the more fun this can be!
3. Would you like to help in the planning of this event? There are several ways we can put you to work! Off the top of my head, I need flyers made, people visiting downtown to spread the word to local businesses to see if they would like to donate to this cause, someone to take on the auction portion for me, an awesome door greeter on the day of the Cut-A-Thon (a Sunday in July, date tbd). I can think of more ways you can help once my brain starts kicking in high gear!
4. Are you a visionary? Do you have past experience with fundraising? I would love your collaboration! I work full time behind the chair and am working on this event on my off time so I would greatly appreciate any help I can get!
5. SHARE this news! You can share from Facebook, tell your friends, share share share! Whenever I post a newly-procured item, you can share our auction page. You can share about the Cut-A-Thon. Tell everyone you know! The success of this event completely hinges on getting the word out.
Lastly, please make sure to follow me on Facebook, or check in regularly, as all my posts may not show up on your newsfeed (thanks to FB algorithms). I will be posting there all the latest and greatest about this event so keep your eyeballs peeled!
Thank you so much for your business this past year, and before that too! I certainly appreciate the love and support as I simply work my passion with your waves and curls!
When curly girls come in for their first visit, we cover a lot of ground. It can be a little overwhelming so sometimes I send them off with homework! Usually it is "buy this book", "check out this video" or "read this blog", and hopefully some of you do just that!
My CHA friend, Brianne Prince has written a wonderful blog post on Plopping! She shares great information on why to plop, what to use when plopping, how to plop, and when to plop. It will be so worth your time to check it out. BUT WAIT! If you go there now, you will also get to view a video tutorial on plopping as well! Absolutely free! Why wouldn't you? Do it and then go plop yourself!
Click here to see her post!
I am pleased to announce that Oly•Curl is now a retailer of the Jessicurl line of products. After receiving a salon sample kit we experimented for a couple weeks with a few lucky clients. We got fantastic feedback and I am thrilled that we are now carrying it. I had the pleasure of meeting Jess while at CHA symposium last October in Detroit. She is the neatest lady! If you get a chance, check out her TED Talk.
If you are a DevaCurl user, this line will certainly surprise you! You will see that you use a lot less product than with the heavier DevaCurl. Spiralicious is their newest product and is a gel that we have found to have quite a bit of holding power. I love to see curly girls leave the salon with bouncier, lighter curls!
The Jessicurl website has great information so be sure to check it out. They are all about full disclosure with the ingredients and their ingredient philosophy. I love it when manufacturers are transparent!
Make sure to ask about this fabulous line of curl-friendly products next time you are in! We would love the opportunity to show you how awesome they are. Just book a curly set (choose the Curly Hydrating Wash/Set) with us so you can try before you buy! This service is available to established clients only; new clients please book a New Client appointment so that we can teach you all the ins and outs of caring for curly hair!
I had a great experience this last weekend at Deva training, but the best part was being able to stay with my friend and colleague, Kristen King. She is the owner of Roots-Color-Curls in Carmel, California. She very graciously, and for the second time, hosted me at her own beautiful home in Salinas.
It's always interested to me what people have in their showers, since mine oftentimes is a wasteland of half-used products! Unlike mine, Kristen's shower was all tidy with her products all lined up!
Happy New Year! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your business and support this last year. I enjoy so much what I do every day at work and I know that it wouldn't be as much fun without such awesome people walking through the door.
I have a few announcements, so please bear with me. Hopefully these bullet points will make it less boring (like on the 6 o'clock news).
• I am having back surgery on Wed, January 28th. My last day in the salon will be Saturday, January 24th. My first days back will be February 13th and 14th. If you are close to running out of products, now is the time to plan. Please let me know in advance via text or email what products you need and I can give you a total so you can just swing by with a check already written out. This will minimize interruptions to me and the curly girl in my chair.
• As a reminder, if you are booking a repeat haircut visit, please be sure to come with cleansed and dried Day 1 hair (day 2 if it is exceptional). This will ensure the best cut and minimal editing afterwards. If you are having a root touch-up, please arrive with your hair detangled as much as possible.
• Exciting news: I am in the process of completing the paperwork in order to be able to hire an assistant. I am currently booking the first part of May, so with an assistant I am hoping my books will open up with more availability. If you have any leads of a licensed hairstylist who you might think would be a good fit for Oly•Curl, please let me know. They must be willing to learn and have an intense passion for this industry. Curly hair is a plus!
• I received an honorable mention as Curly Hair Artist of the Year from my colleagues in the CHA (Curly Hair Artistry). It is an honor to be recognized by the best in this field! You can read that article here.
• Lastly, if the life of your hair has changed and you feel I have had an impact on your curls, please consider voting for Oly•Curl as Best Salon in Best of South Sound. When you vote you will be entered to win some great prizes from the sponsor. It's easy to register and you can even use your facebook to register. Here is the link for the voting: Best of South Sound
Thank you for reading, and I would appreciate your prayers for a quick recovery so that I can be back behind the chair changing curls for the better! Now go vote, please!!!
Your Partner in Curl,
I am late posting about my CHA training in Detroit in the latter part of October, but better late than never! I had an amazing time curl-laborating with the best of the best in the curly hair world. These are top-notch stylists from all over the world who have devoted their businesses and careers to the study and beautification of curls . I am honored to be counted amongst them and to be able to bring back to Olympia what I have learned from these intense trainings.
We were able to choose our models with the intention of learning. So I reached out for Tasha who was very shy and quiet, but excited to learn along with us. She had never been able to wear a "wash-and-go" (a natural hairstyle without any braiding or manipulation of curls) because she could never achieve definition in her very tight 3b/3c curls.
Having recently just had a haircut, we got to spend all our time figuring out how best to work with her curls. With the assistance of Keina Morgan, Curly Hair Artist and Consultant, my partner Laura McGraw and I got to really get our hands in Tasha's hair and learn from this texture. I loved every minute of it and gained much more confidence in working with this hair type.
Below is another highly-textured client who was an absolute joy to work with. I love her hair! Her main goal was to compact her hair as much as possible, because unlike myself, she does not like big hair! "Whaaaaat?!", you say. Yes, it's true, but I can work with that and I used the same technique of applying product that I learned in Detroit and got excellent results.
I frequently get asked if I do "black" hair, or "ethnic" hair. The answer is yes, but I like to remind people that I work with texture of hair, no matter the color or race. Some hair is more challenging than others and that's okay. I'm up for the challenge if you are up for the journey!
Thurston Talk recently interviewed me and this article was published on their website! I am so excited to hear from new curlies that they hear about OlyCurl just chatting among their curly friends! Thank you for trusting me with your curls!
The "No-Poo Method" has become the new thing in haircare; have you heard of it? Unfortunately it has been misunderstood and has taken on a life of its own. "No-Poo" was originally a term coined by Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: the Handbook, later becoming the cleanser in the DevaCurl haircare line. Lorraine says that No-Poo is called such because it doesn't have all the "poo" in it that regular shampoos have, such as sulfates, silicones, and parabens.
More and more I am seeing clients coming in who have been practicing what they call the "No-Poo Method", cleansing with baking soda and "conditioning" with ACV (apple cider vinegar). The problem with this is that baking soda has a very high alkaline pH, and is also very abrasive to the cuticle. The people I am seeing who are using this method have very dry brittle hair, exactly the opposite of their intent!
You might find this article helpful. It is about the pH of baking soda and I found it to be very informative and easy to understand. For the DIYers there are some options out there, but for convenience and peace of mind, all the shampoos and conditioners I carry in my salon follow these standards. If you are not in my area, look up my colleagues in the Curly Hair Artistry. They can also provide you with safe alternatives to baking soda! Now go forth and cleanse properly!
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!