The beginning

201505 curly girl the handbookWhere to begin on this adventure into the curly world. A little about where I found my love of curls.

I used to be quite oblivious to curly hair, even my own. In fact for two years I had it organically straightened, and never considered a dry cut. I’d be happily damaging curl after curl with my favourite tools; either straightening them with 220 degrees of heat, or blow drying the curls smoother, as I thought this was a more acceptable shape.

One day I had phone call from Becs, asking me if I had heard of the curly girl technique. Although I hadn’t, I was curious to learn about it. Becs wanted me to colour her hair using the method ‘pintura’, which means ‘a work of art’ in Eastern Europe. It is a way of freely painting the colour by hand directly onto the hair, rather than weaving with foils. This gives a very natural look, and avoids a stripy finish. Pintura creates a colour that mimics the sun’s sparkle on the hair, and creates movement through the curls.

I have been a hairdresser for over 24 years, and was only too keen to try something new. Becs was thrilled since she could not get anyone to try this technique.

On seeing my interest in the subject of curly hair, Becs kindly lent me her bible, Curly Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey. I read the colour section and thus the inspiration for completely bespoke colour was born.

That was over two years ago, and I have learnt so much since then. I have worked with every curl type imaginable. I now dry cut curly hair and style using the natural texture of the hair.

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