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Curls Gone Wild

In honor of the launch of Curl Shaping Mousse, we talked to some curl experts in our network to get the inside scoop on all things curly.

Steven Schmidt, Oribe Salon, Miami, FL
What do you love about curls?
I love curls because they cannot be controlled. You can coax, you can use products and you can beg them to behave, but in the end you must give up the control and accept them for what they are.

Why do you think so many curly haired people straighten their curls?
You are asking this question to an uptight former accountant. In my opinion, most children are not given an opportunity to love the head of hair given to them. If your parent did not have curly hair, the education on how to manipulate the curl and make it into something beautiful never happened. One of my favorite questions to ask my curly haired clients is, "At what age did you accept your curls?

Curls seem to have made a big comeback in fashion editorials and on red carpets over the past few years. Have you noticed this with your clients?
Embracing curls is more about an attitude change. If my client does not embrace the curl, I encourage her to wear it natural on the weekends卬o blowout; just some great products. Some clients do not realize they have this amazing hair until you educate them and show them what could be.

Who has the most iconic curls in history?
I would have to say the Victorian-era women. They knew how to work with curls the best. After the Victorian age, they elongated the curls and pushed them into finger waves. Perfection.

What are some tips for achieving beautiful curls?
The best tip I can give is a combination of products. As curly hair undulates, small cracks and crevices develop. If those cracks and crevices are not properly moisturized, they can increase in size and an uninformed curl pattern develops. So add moisture and then a product such as Curl Shaping Mousse that is light enough to penetrate deep into the cracks and crevices to encourage the undulation (I love that word). Moisture plus hold equals beautiful curls.

Sarah Jordan, Harper Paige Salon, San Francisco
What do you love about curls?
What I love about curly hair is the multiple textures it can have and shapes that can be created with it.

Curls seem to have made a big comeback in fashion editorials and on red carpets over the past few years. Have you noticed this with your clients?
Yes, I have noticed clients embracing their natural curls these days! In the past few years we have seen the trends change in fashion from sleek straight hair to natural effortless curls.

Some say 揃londes have more fun. What would you say about curly girls?
Blondes have more fun, but curly girls feel more liberated!

Which current celebrities have enviable curls?
Solange Knowles, Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift and Sarah Jessica Parker

Who has the most iconic curls in history?
Angela Davis, Cher, Jennifer Beals and Geena Davis

What are some tips for achieving beautiful curls?
I would achieve a natural beachy look by using Apr鑣 Beach. For something with hold and shine, I would use Cr鑝e for Style. And for definition and bounce, I would use the new Curl Shaping Mousse.

How can women with curls embrace color trends? (Answered by colorist Katie from Harper Paige)
Along with ladies embracing looser looks comes some fun color. Ombr and other variant color themes are trends that don't seem to be yielding anytime soon. They work as a nice complement to the lower maintenance, natural looks we are seeing. Beachy and effortless are where it抯 at!!

Leah Sugrue, Salon Mario Russo, Boston, MA
What do you love about curls?
I love the depth the texture in a curl creates; it makes color pop. Curls are interesting and head-turning.

Curls seem to have made a big comeback in fashion editorials and on red carpets over the past few years. Have you noticed this with your clients?
Yes, curls have made a comeback! I have clients who, instead of coming in for a blowout before an event, come in and ask me to set their curls. I mix Gel S閞um and Curl by Definition (my favorite concoction) in a bowl and use my fingers and a comb to define half-inch to one-inch sections. I have them sit under a hood dryer until the hair is dry and then gently separate. It抯 a big hit. Also, people love versatility, so I cut curly hair in a way that will look amazing curly as well as straight; this makes women comfortable warming up to a natural curly style knowing they have options. I think educating clients about how to deal with their curls has been key in more women embracing their curls. For busy women (which most of us are), having the ease of letting hair dry curly with product makes hair look polished on the go.

Some say, 揃londes have more fun. What would you say about curly girls?
I would say curly girls have that "je ne sais quoi," that certain something卼hat certain sexiness you can't put your finger on.

Which current celebrities have enviable curls?
Sarah Jessica Parker, AnnaLynne McCord, Taylor Swift, Beyonc

Who has the most iconic curls in history?
There are so many icons with curly hair in every era, from Shirley Temple to Donna Summer, but I think the most iconic is Sarah Jessica Parker. She has gone from a short crop to long curls厀ith hats, hair accessories, updos, down dos卆lways fearlessly changing her style and embracing her natural curl. She is a true icon.

What are some tips for achieving beautiful curls?
Moisture moisture moisture! Shampoo less, condition more. Curly hair tends to be naturally drier, so it抯 essential to use the right shampoo and conditioner, such as Oribe Moisture & Control for coarse curls and Ultra Gentle for finer curls. A quenched canvas is key to a better curly style. You can then add leave-in moisturizer like Foundation Mist and styling products to achieve a more customized look. After thoroughly saturating locks with a creamy product like Curl by Definition, you can then twist and roll one-inch bunches with your fingers and pin them up with small clips, letting them dry naturally or using a diffuser to set and help define the curl. This also helps distribute the volume more evenly. Top off with Imperm閍ble to block out humidity. I have also been loving Fiber Groom; I use it between my fingers for extra separation and elasticity, and it can act as kind of a curl refresher if you feel like you are starting to get fuzzy. For those who have a few stray pieces that don't seem to curl as nicely as the rest梪sually frustrating to curly girls桰 recommend going over those few pieces with a curling iron to make the curl look more consistent.

Ivy Cosim, Rubio & Raven, San Francisco
What do you love most about curls?
I love how there are different types of curls, so I'm always being challenged. It's never boring! To me curls are sexy. They make a great accessory to an outfit.

Some say, 揃londes have more fun. What would you say about curly girls?
Well, I am switching that to "Curls have more fun. Curly hair is definitely fun and sexy卻o put the flat iron down, ladies, and enjoy your natural curls!

Which current celebrities have enviable curls?
I love it when Rihanna is rocking her curls. AnnaLynne McCord, Emmy Rossum, Alicia Keys and Keri Russell have beautiful curls. One last curly girl, Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City卼hose were dream curls.

Who has the most iconic curls in history?
I'm an 80s girl, and I still remember obsessing about Andie MacDowell抯 and Nicole Kidman's hair. And, of course, everyone wanted Farrah Fawcett's 慸o. I also loved Elizabeth Taylor's and Veronica Lake's classic looks.

What are some tips for achieving beautiful curls?
Consult with your hairstylist and listen to him or her. We are your hair doctors, and we care about your hair. You don抰 have to use five products a day; having curly hair can be low maintenance. Try to use a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel. It will help with the frizz. Amen!

Mark Katz, Siren Salon, Chicago
What do you love most about curls?
People who wear their natural curls convey self-confidence. They don't feel the need to straighten their hair to conform. I love the carefree bounce and devil-may-care attitude that natural curls convey.

Why do you think so many curly haired people straighten their curls?
I think it basically comes down to a lack of education on their stylist's part. Stylists are quick to show clients how to straighten their hair, but very few will educate their clients on how to work WITH their natural texture as opposed to fighting it.

Some say, 揃londes have more fun. What would you say about curly girls?
Curly girls are too busy having fun to waste an hour and a half blowing out their God-given curls!

Which current celebrities have the best curls?
Shakira, Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange Knowles, Taylor Swift

Who has the most iconic curls in history?
Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe, Farrah Fawcett, Angela Davis

What are some tips for achieving beautiful curls?
Apply proper products such as Cr鑝e for Style or Curl by Definition when hair is still damp. Set your curls in place and either air dry or diffuse; once dry, leave it be!

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