There are a lot of women searching for information on hairdressers in Melbourne who know something about the Curly Girl or Deva. I'm regularly asked during sessions about both and my thoughts about them. The truth is I absolutely do not advocate for either. Some of the ideals of each are incorrect and most of it way too dogmatic and time consuming for the busy working woman and or mother. For certain individuals though, the information gleaned online will be a revelation and its ideologies adhered to with religious fervour. For others however, the methods are entirely unrealistic and therein lies my concern with an unconditional commitment to any of it.
As a hairdresser who not only has curly hair himself but has successfully worked with curls for more than a decade before CG was written or Deva/Rezo was developed, my philosophy and approach are well-honed. I communicate with clients on various types of practices which could or may address their situation, and then allow them to decide for themselves which is the best fit. Insisting that every client practice a similar ritual is misguided, as is selling them on a specific product which is 'correct' for their hair. Unfortunately, many curl supportive hairdressers align with that philosophy. They get too hung up on being a hairdresser and forget that clients lack our particular skill set and likely have different preferences and time restraints at home. Consequently, their salon results are redundantly contrived and over-styled. This results in that ridiculously cliched situation: the hair never again looks the same as when the client left the salon. To be fair, this is largely due to an under-performing haircut.
In our current era, when it comes to hair maintenance at home many clients will simply do what is quickest and easiest yet provides the greatest result. Do some swear by the no-poo method, micro-fibre towels and social media perfect curls every day? Absolutely. Others want an urban, slightly frizzy voluminous head of curls and that is, of course, great too. Some shampoo every day and others once a month. I can't overstate the following enough: It doesn't matter what product a client puts on or how they choose to maintain their hair as long as it works and makes them happy. A product can be from the supermarket, salon, health food shop or home-made. If it's working for someone that's all that matters. I know this directly contradicts those who stringently follow the CG method and its list of banned ingredients. Some clients and certainly some hairdressers have strong opinions regarding this topic. While I agree that some products or practices may be better than others, it is absolutely important to remember that 'better' is entirely subjective when it comes to how a woman feels about their appearance.
It bears repeating. Any curly method or product one uses at home or at the salon will ultimately fail if the haircut is not designed and shaped to absolutely perform independently of it. A great haircut is a foundation, the starting point. Products and ritual can only do so much and are there in purely a supporting role. A cut must be high functioning. With that sorted out, a client is often motivated to work towards that which fits their time, skills and aesthetic preference for the day or event.
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