As a stylist, you have probably seen many customers that struggle with maintaining their hair. And for those clients who are blessed with curly hair, some may have gone their whole lives without fully understanding how to care for their hair without frizz and flyaways getting in the way. As a teacher, you have a vital role to play in helping your clients understand the ins and outs of their curls, especially as spring turns into summer and the heat and humidity rise. At FHI Heat, we have a full set of products and tools that you can recommend to your clients, as well as some tips and reminders for you as you help your clients to tame their tresses.
Many stylists still debate whether they should cut curly hair wet or dry. At the end of the day, most stylists agree that when you cut it dry, you can give individual attention to each curl, and you have more control in shaping the overall look of your clients’ hair. When dry, you can add shape or volumes to certain sections that need it, as you can easily see the textures of the curls in play. If you are cutting hair wet, it is difficult to see the individual curl textures across the hair. One caveat is that if hair is damaged, doing a wet cut first will clean out the split ends, then you can dry cut later in order to shape it.
When it comes to curly hair, a hairbrush can be your clients’ worst enemy. Stress to them the importance of detangling their hair gently in order to avoid breaking and damaging their curls. We recommend Fresh Start Protective Prep and Primer, a spray-on, leave-in conditioner that works hard to detangle hair. This will help your client retain moisture and give them less chance of breakage. Along with this non-greasy formula, clients should use a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair, and never a brush.
One fun option that you can offer to your clients with curly hair is balayage. This technique involves you hand painting color on your clients’ hair on individual curls, offering a depth to their style that catches the light and makes their hair look more full and beautiful, while still allowing individual curls to stand out. Balayage is a good way to camouflage dark roots. Because curly or kinky hair is so delicate and fragile, this is a great way to give your client depth and color without damaging their hair.
Because your clients have curly hair, the natural oils near their scalps have a hard time traveling all the way down the hair shaft as they can more easily do with straight hair. Teach your clients to wash their hair less often so that they can give their hair’s natural oils time to penetrate their curls. When they do shampoo, they should use a curl-defining shampoo to give their hair some definition. Dry shampoo works in between washings to keep their curls looking fresh and less greasy.
If there is one thing that can turn a beautiful head of curly hair into a hot mess, it is a blowout that is done incorrectly. If you offer your clients these tips, however, they will be well on their way to well-defined, moisturized curls. Ensure that they protect their hair before blow-drying, and our Thermal Protective Foam is a great go-to product for this. This will protect their hair from heat damage, as it moisturizes and creates an even canvas for styling. We also recommend our Blowout Handleless Dryer, which gives more precision in drying. Remind them to use their diffuser, which will make it much easier to create effortless, defined curls.
When it comes to your curly-haired clients, remind them that they need to use the right tool for the job. If they need to use a curling iron, our Platform Ti Luster is the perfect solution for thick or hard-to-curl hair. With a titanium barrel infused with magnesium that heats up quickly, our extended barrel offers 20% more surface area, and moisture-locking negative ions keep hair healthy and hydrated.
Our Pro Styler, in beautiful rose gold, features titanium plates that are infused with magnesium, allowing this tool to heat up faster and keep your clients on the move. A must-have for thick or stubborn hair types, the extended plates offer a plethora of styling options while the moisture-locking negative ions work wonders on your clients’ curls to keep them luxurious and filled with moisture.
If you have a client who is just starting to understand their curly hair, turn to FHI Heat to give them the tools and confidence they need to make their hair shine. Although it might take a little more time and attention to style curly hair, the effort is well worth it.