Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

May 2019 

Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

Last month I recorded a second webinar with Dr. Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals; the second webinar in a three part series.  It’s filled to the brim with curly hair education on the topic of moisture, specifically speaking to humidity, glycerin, oils, and so much more.  There’s information on what ingredients will seal in the moisture and keep out the humidity, now that we know summer is on its way in Canada.  If you’d like to catch the replay, grab yourself a cup of tea or glass of wine and set aside some time to educate yourself on the science around moisture and haircare.  You will come away with great tips on how to manage your waves and curls, and learn what you can do to get it moisturized and KEEP it moisturized. 

Later this month we hope to complete our third and final webinar in this FREE series; date to be announced so keep an eye on my social media.  We’ll share how to read ingredient labels and teach you how to choose the right products for your hair. What I love about these webinars is that they are non-brand specific. We really want you empower you to understand your hair and hope that you’ll share these webinars with your wavy and curly haired friends so they can learn too! Direct them to curlspecialist on Youtube to find them, or forward this email.

Also, I’ve written two articles for CURL Magazine that I’m looking forward to you reading later this month!  If you haven’t subscribed to this digital (and in print) magazine, definitely do it!  It’s such a lovely magazine to have not only to read yourself, but to be able to find in salons. I’d even suggest asking your stylist to get it for in their waiting room at the salon!  You’ll finally find pictures of true naturally curly hair, and examples of haircuts to choose from from curl specialists like myself and my talented colleagues that you can relate to.

Stay tuned for Q&A series on my YouTube channel with all the topics you’ve told me you’d love to hear about! It’s starting soon…

Until next time,

xo Krista

 

 

 

 

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**