A Year Of Helping Curly Girls And A Heart Full Of Gratitude

A Year Of Helping Curly Girls
And A Heart Full Of Gratitude

I haven’t written a blog post since last June…I am so sorry! Time flew by so fast and events in life and business took priority…that is until Covid-19 hit and I’ve had the opportunity to attend to many things I haven’t had time for this past year. I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all the things I did in 2019, and it may also explain why I have been lacking in the blogging department! This blog article was really cathartic for me to write. Sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough, but if I go back and read this I realize I am doing more than I think.

Thanks for sticking around here with me, following and supporting me.  I really appreciate you.  You are why I keep working so hard and what makes my heart feel full at the end of the day (in this case, the whole year!).  Make sure to catch me on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest, as I am always putting out new content to help you with your waves and curls. 

Click on each title below and it will expand into a mini story of 2019 in review; the first one is already expanded for you…

I made the decision to focus on carrying only Canadian made product lines even in 2018, but started talking more about it early last year.  As much as I love all my American brands, I wanted to do my part as a small business owner to support more Canadian businesses.  Especially in this political climate we have, it’s even more important to shop local.  I encourage you wherever you are in the world to shop local as much as you can!  If you want to check out my online store, click here!  www.curlyhairgoodies.com is up and running, shipping weekly on Mondays exclusively in Canada.  If you’re in other parts of the world, you can still use my online store as a search engine to look up products I recommend for your curl type! I have tagged everything for you based on wavy, curly, super curly, 2a, 3b, 4c, etc.

www.curlyhairgoodies.com

My online course, Curls With Confidence, got a big makeover and facelift! Everything got prettied up and launched with a big advertisement inside CURL Magazine this past year! To date, there are almost 1,000 curly girls who have taken my online courses. They enjoy an active curly community on Facebook as a bonus to buying the online course.  

Recently since Covid-19 hit, I’ve made a mini-version of my course and launched it for only $27 CDN (less than $20 USD) to help anyone low on cash still be able to learn how to work with their curls.  The special sale price is available until midnight EST May 30th.  Click here to learn more.

Curls With Confidence Online Course

This event was a complete success, raising almost $4,000 for Dawn House Women’s Shelter and we were able to gather and donate a minivan FULL of toilet paper! If you want to see the full album of pictures from this amazing event, please click here!

About 160 tickets were sold and it was so much fun.  Curly girls have been asking when the next one will be, and if we can make it bigger and a full day event.  Nothing is planned in future, but if there is interest I will certainly consider it! A big thank you to all my wonderful volunteers (who donated time and supplies and I couldn’t have pulled this off without their help), the vendors (who also donated 10% of sales the day of the event to Dawn House!) and guest artists (who came and joined me on stage for curly hair demos, Q&A and left us with tons of great information).

Guest Artists/Speakers/Special Guests:

Vendors:

Guests of the Curly Girl Connection event!

I was invited to teach all about cutting and styling curls at The Seahorse Salon  in St. John’s, NFLD in November last year. You can find them on Instagram as @theseahorsesalon

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to practice my teaching skills, in preparation for the curl specific training I will start offering at my salon in Kingston, ON hopefully later this year (crossing my fingers!).

I will soon be launching the class information with dates TBD. Keep an eye on my social media for the announcement, and sign up here to be notified first when it launches.

Teaching Hair Stylists at The Seahorse Salon in St. John’s, NFLD.

I travel to Fredericton, NB about once a year to take care of my curly clients in the Maritimes. While I am not sure what this fall may bring for travel with Covid-19, I hope to get back there again as soon as I am able.  

If you’re interested in a haircut service with me in NB, please email me at curlspecialist@gmail.com with the subject title “NEW FREDERICTON CLIENT”. Be sure to leave me your contact details incase I have room for new clients in future.

Here’s some of my Fredericton Curly girls fresh after their haircuts.  Did you know the Maritimes is “home” for me? Yep, I grew up there which is why I love travelling back there. Being a Mom to three young kids I am still needed at home, so travelling other cities is not an option right now. Someday I’d love to marry travel, training Hair Stylists and cutting hair into some sort of working vacation. If you can dream it, you can do it! 

 

I was asked to be one of four Featured Stylists for CURL Magazine in 2019/2020 and of course I jumped in with both feet! I also served on the Advisory Board and the Stylist Panel and still continue to support the magazine when asked to contribute to articles or write. I love educating about styling and maintaining curly hair. It’s been a great honour to serve the curly community through this magazine this past year. I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy amazing content! It really is a quality magazine, and it’s only in it’s second year of publication. It will make a great gift for Mother’s Day this year; awesome for any occasion or just because, and it’s for curly girls of any age.  

Krista Leavitt – Curl Specialist featured in a six page article in Curl Magazine.

If you got this far, thanks for reading what I’ve been up to this past year.  I’ve reached a lot of professional goals I had set for myself, and it feels really great to be able to do that AND serve others at the same time.  I feel so lucky to do this all for a living. My heart is SO full with gratitude.

I’ll catch up with you on social media soon, k!?

Yours in curls, 

xo Krista 

Curly Hair Meetup Event!

Curly Hair Meetup Event!

A big event first time ever event is happening this September in Kingston, Ontario!

I am planning a big curly hair meetup on September 28th!  You guys get to hear about everything first! I’ll post more on social media about this event soon, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook; you can find those links here on my website. All you need to do right now is save this date on your calendar.  The event will be held at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre has free parking, hotel group rates (more on that detail coming soon) and the event will have space for 150 wavy and curly haired people! Tickets will be available through my social media soon…stay tuned!

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

 

 

 

 

Webinar 1: The Protein MisConception

Webinar 1: The Protein MisConception

March 2019

Webinar 1: The Protein Misconception

If you’re as confused as every other curly girl out there about the ingredient “protein”, then you are not alone. This month, your blog article is actually in the form of a webinar!  Filmed by Dr. Susan Walker and myself; you’re taken through a full presentation with Q&A on proteins, protein sensitivity, and so much more.  This was originally done live, but we’ve recorded it because we knew it would just be so valuable and jam packed with information you need to hear.  This webinar was the first in a series we’d like to do to help educate others about naturally curly and textured hair.

Feeling frustrated with your wavy and curly hair?

Feeling frustrated with your wavy and curly hair?

February 2019

Often we have a vision in our heads of what kind of curls we’d like, or a vision of what we want our hair to do; this vision can leave us feeling deflated when we don’t get the results we are trying so hard to get each wash day.

We try to follow the tips we learn on the internet to get similar results, and often we fall short and we don’t really know why. It leaves us feeling like we will never figure our hair out.   We know the fastest way to learn about our hair is through personalized guidance, but where do we even look for that?  Does this service even exist?  Who is going to help us? IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?!  It can feel like a lonely existence sometimes.  We continue to struggle to figure out our hair without the help we so desperately need, because we think we are alone.  We devour all the free content we can find to try and get our hair to cooperate. We know there’s potential in there, but we just don’t know how to reach it!

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**

 

 

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…