Hair Styling For Curls: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Salon Professional

Do you have curly hair? Are ponytails your best friend? If you're ready to upgrade your hairdo but aren't sure how to go from an everyday pony to bouncy curls, take a look at what you need to know before choosing a professional hair styling service.

Does the Stylist Have Experience Styling Curly Hair?

Curly and straight hair are not the same. The cuts and styles that work well with sleek, smooth, straight tresses won't work for waves, curls, or coils. Even though your potential future salon stylist may regularly cut other types of hair, they should have extensive experience working with curls. This should go beyond a once-in-a-while curly cut or the couple of times they styled curly hair over the past few years. 

What Type of Experience Does the Stylist Have With Curly Hair?

Now that you know the stylist does have experience with curly hair, it's time to get more specific. Ask the salon stylist what types of training, professional development, and real-world experience they have working with curly-haired clients. Some salons may use a level system to differentiate between less experienced (lower numbers) stylists from those with the most experience (higher numbers). If the salon you choose doesn't have a number, level, or official ranking system, ask the stylist for their bio.

What Types of Curly Cuts and Styles Can the Salon Professional Create?

From long layers of subtle streaming waves to short tight coils, you won't find just one "curly" style. This means you need to know what types of cuts and styles the stylist is capable of before you sit down in the salon chair.

The best way to get a full picture of the stylist's work and the type of cuts/styles they offer is through their past clients. Ask the stylist to see a lookbook or portfolio that features their work with curly hair. While every style might not fit your needs or match your hair type, you can get a better idea of what to expect from your next salon service.

What Types of Curly Hair Does the Stylist Work With Regularly?

All curly hair is not the same. Curl types, or patterns, range from wavy 2s to coily 4s. Each number type (2, 3, and 4) also has a letter (A, B, or C) subtype. This helps to identify the overall pattern and width of the wave, curl, or coil. Individualized curly hair styling services are necessary for each type and subtype. Your stylist should understand the different types of curl patterns and have the ability to create cuts/styles that match the texture of your tresses. 

Contact a local hair styling service to learn more. 

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After I started dating again after my wife died, I realized that women these days were looking for men that seemed to keep up their appearance. I decided that instead of using bargain-brand shampoo and hoping that my unshaved face would work for people, I needed to visit a salon and talk with them about hair and skin care. The people at the salon helped me to dye away my gray hair and taught me a few tricks for shaving more effectively. After my little touch-up, my look was complete and I was really pleased with the results. This blog is all about taking better care of yourself, even if you are a guy.