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There are a ton of people scrolling through Google with the hope of discovering someone who can properly cut curly or wavy hair. These individuals 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. Many think the simple solution to this involves better training in school. While this will help a bit, it won't instantly solve the problem.
Cutting curly and wavy hair well takes many years of experience. Unfortunately, most hairdressers simply don't stay in the industry long enough to learn how to cut hair well at all, let alone curly hair. 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 work with a client on how they can best manage their hair at home in a way which supports their 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 clients daily routine and work with it. Believing that a client will perfectly follow salon instructions will often lead to their 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 specific needs. Not all individuals with curly hair have a desire or time to invest in a particular method or a consistent daily ritual. The solution for many, is a desire for a method which will yield the greatest and most reliable results 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.