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There are A LOT of women searching Google with the hope of discovering someone who can properly cut curly and or wavy hair. These women shudder at the idea of heading into a conventional salon, and for good reason. They have grown tired heading home with either tears or triangle. They long for someone who won't just attempt to manage or tame their hair, but rather shape it into something flattering, functional, and stylish.
Cutting curly and wavy hair well takes years of experience. Most hairdressers simply don't stay in the industry long enough to learn how to cut hair well, let alone curly hair. Others read a curl book or attend a few classes and think it qualifies them as experts who can then overcharge for their services. Their budding techniques offer little in regards to contemporary or appropriate design. The process of mastering a consistent and positive outcome takes a substantial investment of time and energy. Along the road to proficiency lies a journey filled with constant tweaking and adjusting which brings victories for both client and self.
A hairdresser also needs to also learn an ideal way for a client to manage their hair at home in a way which supports their ability, time, and aesthetic preferences. To that point, a percentage of clients will largely continue to do what they have always done. It is a hairdressers job to discover a clients routine and ultimately design to support it. Designing with the hope or idea that a client will do what you tell them will lead to them being largely disappointed in the end. The cut needs to support how a client lives with their hair, and not how a hairdresser hopes they do.
The best approach to assist with clients being happy at home is to educate them on various methods, and through discussion and effective communication, determine together which will best suit their needs. Not all ladies with curly hair have a need, desire (or time!) to invest in a particular method or a set daily ritual. The solution for many, is a desire for a method which will yield the greatest and most consistent result with the least amount of effort! A hairdresser can and should educate, yet it is entirely a clients decision to choose what is best for themselves. The rest comes down to a hairdressers skills with the scissors. A great cut is the foundation and often provides the motivation for a client to start engaging with their hair in a manner which yields positive results, compliments, and smiles.
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