Curl Talk by Rainbow Room International
CURLS ARE IN
Suzie McGill, International Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International and Owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston salon tells us how to maintain and keep our curls looking their best.
It’s all about clients embracing their natural texture and curls for 2020 and as we go into 2021! Curls look their best when defined and bouncy. Therefore, it’s key to ensure your clients are applying the best products on their curls once leaving the salon to enhance them and give them further body and movement.
My favourite products for curls include the Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Tame Wild Smoothing Anti-Frizz Cream, great for not only taming frizz which is common for those with curly and textured hair, but also for adding smoothness, giving a shiny appearance for healthy looking curls and also for providing heat protection and humidity protection. Anti-frizz products like this and serums and oils, are great for getting rid of frizz and flyaway hair and giving curls a gorgeous shine.
For those who want to give their curls and textured hair further volume, texturising sprays like salt sprays are great to scrunch into the hair for body and to enhance the finished look of the curls or waves. Schwarzkopf Professional Mad About Waves Sea Blend Texturising Spray is a fantastic option to amplify hair volume and add definition to waves.
Mousses are also great, as they can add a further spring to curls and also hold to ensure they stay looking their best throughout the day. I particularly like the Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Fab Foam Classic Hold Mousse as its non-sticky and it provides flexible support whilst strengthening the hair. It’s important to inform clients that they should be aware that some mousses can give their hair a hard almost set finish rather than a natural finish that looks more effortless.
With curls, moisture is key. I always recommend a good quality moisturising shampoo and conditioner that will keep the clients curls deeply conditioned and will reduce breakage and prevent split ends. Where possible, try to recommend your client a sulphate and paraben-free shampoo and stress this will avoid them stripping their hair of its natural oils and have it looking as healthy as possible. Leave in conditioners and conditioning masks and treatments are also so important to recommend to those with curls to avoid their hair looking dry and frizzy.
Some other care tips to advise clients is brushing. Clients with curls should brush from the bottom up with a wide tooth comb. This will get rid of any knots successfully and should also help avoid breakage. As always, clients should be as gentle as possible and never ‘hack’ through the hair, especially when it’s wet and more prone to breakage. Regular trims should also always be advised and are key to keep curls free from split ends and frizz and instead, bouncy and fresh.
When talking to your clients about styling their hair at home, ensure they always use a heat protection product before any styling. A diffuser is a great way to give clients curls added bouncy and body and to enhance their finished look at home by evening out their curl pattern.
Although curls look great when worn down and enhanced with styling products, they also look great worn up too. Talk to your clients about experimenting with styles like the top knot and leaving some of their curls out around the face to frame the face or a ponytail, which looks great slicked back with all emphasis on the curls at the back. Also discuss protective styles including braids and twists with clients, which are great for keeping hair protected and tucked away, minimising manipulation and also giving their hair a break from harsh weather that can play havoc on their hair.
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