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Learning to Love Your Curls from a Young Age: Priceless

Learning to Love Your Curls from a Young Age: Priceless
 December 2018

Years ago when I first started exclusively taking curly haired clients, my rule of thumb for age of clients was over 12 years old. Twelve felt like the age where girls are more in charge of their own self-care and they would therefore benefit from knowing how to care for their curls, and also around that time they want to learn about how to care for their hair.  Then I met Isabella’s Mom. After hearing her heartfelt story and plea for help, curl girls of ANY age became welcome in my salon. (How I would have loved a curl specialist when I was growing up!)

BEFORE: After a full day at daycare, Isabella’s hair was unmanageable.

Here is Isabella’s Story:

Her mother was desperate. Her heart was aching for her beautiful daughter, who was already suffering from low self-esteem. Tears, tantrums, and conflicts at bathtime were just the start of Isabella and her Mom’s issues. At only six years old, Isabella would cry about her hair. Comparing it to that of her straight-haired friends, she felt that her waist-length curly hair was inferior. Not only did she lack confidence in her hair, but her frustrations with it led her to low self-esteem in general.  My reputation for being competent at cutting curly hair but also passionate about caring for it was what had drawn Isabella’s Mom to reach out. What she didn’t know, was that never before I had I taken a client so young.

Her story touched me and struck very close to home. I couldn’t help but reflect back on my own hair as a child. I remember how “un-pretty” I felt during adolescence, and I realized how much a girl’s hair is tied to her self-esteem. It didn’t take much for me to make up my mind: while I had never had such a young client before, I became passionate about helping curly girls of ANY age. I welcomed Isabella and her Mom into my salon.

Isabella’s appointment with me was transformational for us both. She learned how to “plop”, “pineapple”, and detangle her hair and how to rock her curls with confidence, and she left with a gorgeous cut that preserved the length and made her curls shine. I learned the true value of helping young girls learn to love the hair they were born with. Both of us left that appointment changed. Her Mom says that Isabella quickly learned to embrace her uniqueness and accept her authentic self. What a thing to be able to do at such a young age! How many women do you know, curly hair or not, who struggle with that very concept?

AFTER: Soft, defined curls that are easier to care for and style

To the curly haired woman read this blog, you need to know something very important: You are unique and wonderfully made, and there is no one else in the world like you. If you have frizz, it’s just a curl waiting to happen!

I have become passionate about helping young girls and women of all ages realize this. Not only have I built a business around this very message, but I live and breathe curly hair education for anyone who will listen.

If you’re interested in helping the little curly girl in your life, there is help on the way.  I would love to help your little one be proud of who she is and embrace her curls from the start.  You can download my ‘Style Your Curls With Confidence‘ online course and get the help that you need…there tons of information there how to care for little ones curls, as well as how to help your young teen learn to to turn their frizz into beautiful waves and curls. 

If you live in the Kingston, Ontario, Canada area, or are willing to travel, I’d be happy to have your little curly girl in my chair.  You can book into my online calendar here.

KL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you want a Curl Specialist working on your curls

Why you want a Curl Specialist working on your curls

Why you want a Curl Specialist working on your curls

September 2018

When you walk into your regular salon, how are you made to feel?  Society often sends the message that curly hair is neither beautiful nor professional, that we need to tame those tresses!  I never really understood this until I became a Curly Hair Specialist.  You were born with it and it’s part of who you are, so as Dr. Phil says, “you teach people how to treat you”, so let’s start teaching those around us that our curls are beautiful, professional, and part of who are are.  You can be professional AND curly haired, and a Curl Specialist can help you get there.  Here’s some of my thoughts on why you’d want to choose a Curl Specialist to work on your curls…

Photo by Fresh Voice Media

A Curl Specialist has worked with all curl types and understands what the hair needs.  We can make great recommendations to help you get to your full curl potential and feel professional for the workplace.  Traditional stylists just don’t have the same training that Curl Specialists do, and I can say that from experience.  I was one for 9 years before becoming a Curl Specialist.  Both are equally needed for different reasons!  Years of specific curly hair training is taken by a Curl Specialist after our initial hairschool is complete, as Hair Stylists are not taught about curly hair or what to do with it in hair school.  Those with a passion educate themselves further and become Curl Specialists.  Frankly, I was not taught at all what to do with naturally curly hair in hair school; I was taught to give it the best smooth blow out I could ( I am fainting at the thought!).  When I graduated from hair school and had my first curly client that wanted to wear her hair curly,  I felt fed to the wolves!  Talk about full on panic mode!  The education system in hair schools needs to change, but for now we’ll change the industry one head of waves, coils, and curls at a time.

This is my client Miss C who has decided that it’s time to let her curls shine.  I couldn’t be more happy for her for accepting this beautiful and natural part of herself. 

Miss C, a client of mine who discovered she loved her curls after all.

Curl Specialists are dedicated to curls and do our best to spread the message, “you’re beautiful just the way you are”.  Our passion is to show people who have texture it’s beauty, and help them embrace it and learn to do it themselves at home with confidence.  We don’t want to flat iron your frizz, because we’ve trained to understand that frizz is just a curl waiting to happen!  Once shown how to properly care for and style their curls, most women wouldn’t ever feel the need to straighten it; they would only do it if they wanted to, not because they felt they had to.  Curly Hair is acceptable and professional.  It’s 2018 and it’s time for curly hair to be accepted and embraced and that’s what we as a collective group of Curl Specialists are going to help facilitate.

Hairstyling is one of the few professions where we are licensed to physically touch others.  In simply touching and teaching you about your hair, we often touch hearts and minds too. Often, our curly clients become truly happy with their hair for the first time in their life. People who have embraced their natural texture have decided to cherish what they’ve been given They know the freedom of spirit, lightness of heart, and ease of mind that comes with loving, accepting and rocking what you were born with.  We also know that when we share the Curl Love, there’s a ripple effect…our clients love to share the Curl Love too!  It’s so exciting to bring joy to others, and isn’t that what life is all about?

So if you haven’t already, I urge you to find a Curly Hair Specialist that makes you feel that your hair is beautiful  and wants to help you enhance what you’ve been given naturally.  Work on loving your natural texture JUST the way it is, and the rest will fall into place.  Once you have confidence in your curls, that isn’t going anywhere…knowledge is power and we are here to help you.

xo Krista

*As always thanks to my Curly Hair Artistry colleagues, for without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

**Want to learn the information and techniques that will allow YOU to embrace your naturally beautiful hair? For a comprehensive course on everything you could ever want or need to know about your hair, check out my full experience, interactive online course Style Your Curls With Confidence**

 

 

Make YOUR leap of faith

Make YOUR leap of faith

Make YOUR Leap of Faith
October 2018

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that’s what life is” ~ Amy Poehler

There is never a perfect time to do anything. A wise woman I once met told me, “You’ll never regret going for it, but at the end of your life when you look back; will you regret never trying?”.  Years ago I used that sage advice to step over my fears and start building the life and career I wanted.  Heck, I currently use that advice in any big decisions that come my way (you may want to tuck that one away for your next big life decision).

It must have been divine intervention when I stumbled across ‘Curly Girl, The Handbook‘ by Lorraine Massey.  At the time, I was ready to start my own business,  I had just discovered DevaCurl products,  and I realized that all my frizzies were actually curls waiting to happen!  I had been a stylist for years and had no idea! I was on fire with my newfound knowledge and I had a bonafide license to show others.  So, sage advice in mind, I began my Curl Specialist journey. Now, several years down the road, I have a thriving Curl Specialist salon business and a kind of exhilarating life I never could have imagined for myself.

My family picture, by Amanda Lazarski from Inspired By the Tree

Finding balance between being a mother, a wife, and an entrepreneur has not been easy or clear. In fact, ‘Balance’ is a dirty word in my books and I’m still struggling to find it. That quote: “there is a very fine line between passion and obsession” is quite true, and I’m sure I’ve crossed it many times because I am obsessed with helping curly girls!

I have done many things for which I am incredibly proud of myself. Things that were scary or overwhelming but I felt so passionate about them that I dove in before I felt truly ready: Becoming a mother, several military relocations, starting a business and building a brand without any recent business training (whoa-what was I thinking!?)…

The summer of 2018 I took some time to reflect on my many blessings. I realized that perhaps, in an effort to support every curly person I could, I may have once again crossed over that line from passion to obsession. It is therefore with reluctance for my clients but love for family that I have decided to refocus, and I will soon be changing what I offer in my online store to host exclusively brands I can find in Canada. Life has taught me that there is no telling what the future may hold for bringing back my American brands that I love, but for now once I sell out of my current US stock I won’t be restocking it.  

Going forward, after my US stock is sold out you will be able to find your favourite US brands (Innersense, Jessicurl, Mop Top, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, and more!) available for shipping (as soon as they are stocked as new brands arriving to them in the coming weeks) within Canada through my colleagues online store at www.curlbar.ca

What product brands I will continue to carry (while actively searching out other Canadian made lines to add) are:

  • DevaCurl
  • Curly Hair Solutions
  • Earth Tones Naturals
  • AG Naturals

I love what I do. I love who I have become and what I have achieved because of the struggles and hardships I have proudly overcome. I hope you will think about stepping outside your comfort zone and take that leap of faith toward your dreams.  I did, and I am not afraid of anything anymore.  Well, maybe the things that go bump in the night…

Cheers,

KL

**One of the things I have accomplished that I am most proud of is my online course. For  comprehensive videos, tutorials, documents, and journals on everything you could ever want or need to know about your hair, check out my phenomenal online course Style Your Curls With Confidence**

 

Online Course Coming in April 2018!


Exciting news for all curly girls looking to learn more about how to care for their hair!

This month, I’ll be launching my first online course.

I have a lot of information to share and I’m excited to have a new venue in which to do it. Now if you or your other curly friends can’t visit me in the salon, you can still receive proper instruction and high quality, up-close visuals to show you exactly what to do.

Each session will include:
• an e-book
• 6 videos (about 20 minutes each)
• access to a private Curl Club Facebook group

And you can even get a transcript of the video to read later.

The videos will focus on the following:
• Curl Basics
• Cleansing and Conditioning
• Product Application Part 1 and 2
• Diffusing, Clipping, and Volumizing Techniques
• Extra Tips, Refreshing Hair, and Kids Curls

More information to come soon so stay tuned!

Curly Girl Secret # 7 – Drying Wavy, Curly & Super Curly Hair

I have a lot of curly girls asking me which is the best dryer, best way to dry, etc. so I am going to break down these drying questions for you.  In this month’s blog, I’ll talk about the best brands of dryers, tools to use for the different curl patterns, and what happens when you dry your hair using the 3 different methods of drying…At the end if you keep scrolling down, I’ll share with you some valuable diffusing tips, so read on…

Curly Girl Friendly Ingredient Shopping List*

Curly Girl Friendly Ingredient Shopping List*

 

Print this list use it to take shopping with you, or sort the products you already have.  It’s time to keep only what is good for your curls…

Avoid sulfates in your shampoos. Sulfates are harsh foaming detergents that are found in many commercial shampoos and dish detergents. They can be extremely drying for curly hair, so choose sulfate free shampoos. Sulfates contain “sulfate” somewhere in the ingredient name (usually). Also keep in mind that there are some cleansers that are as harsh as sulfates but are not sulfates. If you decide to use a shampoo, avoiding sulfates is best. Sulfates are also difficult to remove off the scalp, so remember you need to scrub to clean your scalp, but also scrub while rinsing your hair to help remove them fully from the hair. Just rinsing out your shampoo isn’t enough.

Here is a list of sulfates to avoid:

Alkylbenzene sulfonates                                                     Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate

Ammonium laureth sulfate                                                 Ammonium lauryl sulfate

Ammonium Xylenesulfonate                                               Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate                                                 Sodium laureth sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate                                                         Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate

Sodium myreth sulfate                                                       Sodium Xylenesulfonate

TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate                                            Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate

Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate

Here is a list of gentle cleansers to look for:

Cocamidopropyl betaine                                                     Coco betaine

Cocoamphoacetate                                                            Cocoamphodipropionate

Disodium cocoamphodiacetate                                            Disodium cocoamphodipropionate

Lauroamphoacetate                                                           Sodium cocoyl isethionate

behentrimonium methosulfate                                            disodium lautreth sulfosuccinate

babassuamidopropyl betaine

Avoid silicones, waxes, non-natural oils, or any other non-soluble ingredients in your conditioners and any styling products. This is key to making sure your products do not build up on your hair. Without shampoo, many of the following ingredients will build up in your hair over time. Remember that a silicone is any ingredient that ends with the suffixes -one, -conol, or -xane. Waxes are easily identified because they have “wax” in the ingredient name (usually).  They act as a barrier to water, or a repellent of sorts.  Water is our moisture, so if your hair is feeling dry then likely water is having a hard time getting into the hair and it could be due to some of these ingredients in your haircare product.

Here is a list of silicones to avoid:

Dimethicone                                                                        Bisaminopropyl dimethicone

Cetearyl methicone                                                              Cetyl Dimethicone

Cyclopentasiloxane                                                              Stearoxy Dimethicone

Stearyl Dimethicone                                                             Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Amodimethicone Dimethicone

Dimethiconol Behenoxy                                                         Phenyl trimethicone

Here is a list of waxes and non-natural oils to avoid:

Castor oil                                                                            Mineral oil (parrifidium liquidium)

Petrolatum                                                                          Waxes: bees wax, candelia wax, etc.

Here’s a list of ingredients that look like silicones, or are water soluble silicones. These are exceptions that are OK:

Lauryl methicone copolyol (water soluble) Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane (water soluble)

Dimethicone Copolyol (water soluble)

PEG-Dimethicone, or any other ‘cone with “PEG-” suffix (water soluble)

Emulsifying Wax PEG-Hydrogenated Castor Oil

Natural oils: Avocado oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, etc.

Benzophenone-2, ( or 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) – sunscreen

Methychloroisothiazolinone – preservative

Methylisothiazolinone – preservative

Avoid drying alcohols, if at all possible, in your conditioners and stylers. Drying alcohols are commonly found in conditioners, leave in conditioners, gels, mousses, and hairsprays as fillers. For products that you are going to rinse out, this is not as big of a deal, but for products that are going to sit in your hair all day, or for several days, they should not contain drying alcohols. There are also moisturizing or fatty alcohols however, that sound similar, so be sure not to confuse those with drying alcohols.

Here is a list of drying alcohols to avoid:

Denatured alcohol SD alcohol 40

Witch hazel Isopropanol

Ethanol SD alcohol

Propanol Propyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol

Here is a list of moisturizing alcohols to look for:

Behenyl alcohol                                                               Cetearyl alcohol

Cetyl alcohol                                                                   Isocetyl alcohol

Isostearyl alcohol                                                            Lauryl alcohol

Myristyl alcohol                                                               Stearyl alcohol

C30-50 Alcohols                                                              Lanolin alcohol

Consider the effect proteins in your hair products may have on your hair. Most hair needs some amount of protein in its diet, especially damaged hair. However, normal hair, or protein sensitive hair does not need large doses of protein all the time. If your hair feels stiff, frizzy, and dry, then your hair is getting to much protein.

Here is a list of proteins that you can avoid or look for, depending on your hair type:

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids

Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin

Hydrolyzed keratin Hydrolyzed oat flour

Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed silk protein

Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat protein

Hydrolyzed wheat protein Keratin

Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein

Print off this list to help you find curly girl approved products and keep it with you when you go hair product shopping. Remember, sulfates are ingredients that contain “sulfate” or “sulfonate”; silicones end in -one, -conol, or -xane but PEG modified silicones are acceptable but still build up on the hair over time.  I suggest using a Clarifying Shampoo about once a month as a curl boost just incase!  Also, a reminder that waxes contain the word “wax”; and drying alcohols often contain propyl, prop, eth, or denatured in the name. Have fun shopping!  Remember, some shelters will take opened products so donate when you can!

*Credit for this detailed list goes to many. I have had this information stored on my computer for so long that I can’t remember exactly where I pulled all the details from.  If you know the original author(s), please let me know so I can credit them for their hard work.  I would rather share these details then sit on them any longer; I have also added to the text my two cents and will update this blog when I have more info.  I am in no way a scientist so I cannot answer any further on this information shared, but I do know how important ingredients in products can either help or harm your hair. My goal for you is healthy hair and this is a great place to start.

xo Krista

Curly Kids Hair Care Routine

A curly girl and her Mama

 

Two out of three of my kids are curly, and I often have parents/guardians ask me what to do with their curly kids hair.  I thought I’d share with you some tips to help you at home since curly hair can sometimes be a mystery, especially to straight haired parents of curly hair kids.  Let’s get right down to it!

Things you will need (feel free to support a small business and order any of the products or accesories I mention in this blog here if you live within Canada)

~Sulfate free Shampoo ( like DevaCurl No Poo, Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream, Fuzzy Duck Shampoo & Body Wash)

~Silicone Free Conditioner ( like DevaCurl One Condition, Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, Fuzzy Duck Kids Conditioner)

~Silicone Free Detangler ( optional-like DevaCurls No Comb Detangler, Fuzzy Duck Leave in Conditioner & Detangler)

~REALLY Wide Toothed Comb ( or use your fingers)

~Fine Mist Spray Bottle

~Large Old long sleeved t-shirt

~Satin Pillowcase (a MUST!)

~Satin scrunchie, one-tie hair elastics, Buff or hair tube

~Gel or Styler ( Optional-like DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel, Jessicurl Spiralicious, Fuzzy Duck Kids Gel) nice to use for special occasions and events, or for tweens who are starting to want to style their hair)

With young active curly kids, it’s best to get their hair fully wet and detangled about every two days.  This keeps the detangle-and-crying sessions to a minimum if you can keep on top of the rats nests that like to grow in their hair.   As they get older and can start maintaining their own curls (12 and up), they can add a few more days of spritzing before they need to wash again.  Until then, you are primary curl-giver and they need your guidance, so here’s what you do…

How to get multiple curly hair days out of one wash

How to get multiple curly hair days out of one wash

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“Your tolerance for frizz and lack of definition determines how many days you can go before you wash and reset your hair. Everyone is different and it’s okay if you need to wash and reset each day, as long as you’re using sulfate and silicone free products to do it. ” ~ Krista Leavitt

 – Curl Specialist


Here are my thoughts on how you can go longer between shampooing:

Every day after your first initial wash day, your hair will get bigger and bigger (more voluminous and more frizz) and your curls will lose definition and flatten from sleeping. Your personal tolerance tell you when you need to wet-down/wash again.  Some curly girls who can go longer between washing either:

Healthy Hair IS a Curl Type

Healthy Hair IS a Curl Type

 

HEALTHY HAIR IS A CURL TYPE

As curly girls, wear our hair in it’s natural state, whether it’s loose wave or tight coils.  Maybe we’ve been on the search for the perfect product, the perfect routine to make our curls pop over the time of our curly journey.   Here’s a tough question though…what if you’ve exhausted all your efforts and resources and you’re just not getting the results you hoped for?  Do you feel the pull to do something drastic because you’re so frustrated with your natural textures?   

Jessicurl Curly Hair Artist Feature

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To learn more about Krista through her interview with Jessicurl, one of the leading curly hair product companies; click on this link below:

https://www.jessicurl.com/post/interview-krista-leavitt-canadian-curly-hair-stylist