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Neel Loves Curls, and curls LOVE Neel! :) I had the good fortune to meet Neel last year at a Curly Hair Artistry event and he was just a total ray of sunshine. (And clearly VERY dedicated to curly hair, as he came all the way from Australia to attend the event!) If you are in or around Melbourne, please do yourself and your curls a favor and go visit Neel! :) 

Neel's Salon

How long have you been in business?

I've been in Melbourne 6 years and had my first salon for 2 years. On the 2nd of April we moved to a larger salon as we needed to expand to meet the curly hair demand! 

Neel's Salon

Where are you located?

We are located at 399b Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 3065, VIC Australia on one of Melbourne's funkiest streets! The best bit about it is you can get your curls done and not go home and have to redo it with the way we help style the curls and the Jessicurl products! You have soft bouncy curls to sit in cafés or go shopping with!!

  

What made you go into the hair business?

I decided to go into the hair business because I wanted to travel and I knew I wanted a job where I could talk all day and make people happy!! Learning about curly hair was a happy accident and it because my passion/obsession!!!

What is unique about your work, what sets you apart? 

A lot of hairdressers aren't trained in the art of curls and there are sadly no curly hair academys in Australia. I went to America to train in New York. Sadly a lot of hairdressers in Australia still want to straighten the curls and then cut it. That alone is a reason why my salon is so busy! I'm part of a passionate group of curly hair specialists from all over the world called Curly Hair Artistry and we share ideas and I've gone to Detroit to learn more about curls and got to hang out with Jess and learn from her about her amazing products! 

Neel and Jess

If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

I started to learn more about curly hair in 2005 when I was in Sydney and then had such a lovely reaction from clients that I decided that I enjoyed cutting them more. In 2013 I trained in America (I've been a few times now!) and I decided that I didn't want to cut straight hair anymore and I was getting so busy that regular straight haired clients didn't want to wait 2 months for a cut! So many people kept recommending me that I thought “I want to have my own salon dedicated to curls!!" I opened my first salon in 2014 by myself and now we have a wonderful team of 3 with myself, Jo, and Christine tending to the curls of Melbourne. People are so happy to see a sign up in the window saying CURLY HAIR ONLY and WELCOME CURL FRIEND!!! 

Neel's Happy Clients

What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

People are so much better educated about their curls in the last 10 years. When I arrived in 2010 I was having to educate every single client about no sulphates/no silicones and not using a normal towel on your delicate curls (I was also still learning myself!) Books teaching you about curls and YouTube tutorials have been a great help!! Melbourne is a pretty cool city so it's not uncommon to see people rocking their natural hair! 

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I heard about Jessicurl from a lovely client called Janet. I would ask clients to bring in products they liked using to the salon I was working at as I wanted to see what was out there. (I wanted to be totally sulphate/silicone free and no one else was doing that in Melbourne back then)! I'd wanted to start my own salon to create a safe space for curls. Jessicurl was very kind and gave us a box to experiment with and their tutorials helped us work out which product to use for each curl type! 

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

We have been using Jessicurl for 2 years now and Spiralicious is our bigger seller. But I love the Aloeba Daily Conditioner too as it really helps with fine curls! 

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Jessicurl isn't that well known in Australia yet, but thanks to our clients talking on curly hair blogs it's starting to be very well known in the curly hair community! There isn't any other product here that is so versatile for each different type of curl! Clients rave about it!! 

As you can see, your curls will be in VERY good hands at Neel Loves Curls. :) Not to mention the totally awesome selection of capes you get to wear... :) 

Neel's Salon

Best of the Best Award

Hey curlies!

We know from your feedback that you love Jessicurl products (and we're so glad!), and now is your chance to tell the whole world. :) 

NaturallyCurly.com's annual Best Of The Best Awards are like the curly hair Oscars and we've been thrilled and honored to win in various categories every year since the awards were created. 

The best part for you is that everyone who completes the survey is entered to win a collection of ALL of the winning products! Not a bad deal, eh? :) 

You can fill out the survey here, and voting ends February 28, 2016.

Please note that in order for your entry to qualify, the specific product must be listed. For instance, "Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream" rather than simply "Jessicurl." 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to tell the world how much you love Jessicurl! Have a curly day!

Jess

Next up in our ongoing series of curly hair stylist interviews is Carleen Sanchez in Reno, NV. I love seeing Carleen’s social media posts because it is so clear that curly hair is a huge passion for her, and the resulting photos prove it! Not to mention, she pampers her clients during their appointments :) If you’re in or near Reno, I think you’ll love Carleen. :) Giver her a call at 775.721.2969

Carleen Sanchez

How long have you been in business?

I have had the honor of serving my guests and uplifting the salon industry thru my residency program for over a decade. 

Where are you located?

I am located In Midtown Reno Nevada in a private boutique salon getaway.

 

What made you go into the hair business?

My first adult job was as a professional athlete Snowboarder (Big Air, Halfpipe, slope style) Then I was a massage therapist and a Esthetician. I wanted to get out of the "quiet" services and return to my fun roots and be in the salon where all the fun and laughter is. Life is supposed to be happy and I am happiest working with my team of style residents serving my guests. 

 

What is unique about your work, what sets you apart?

A visit with me is a complete experience. EACH guest is treated to aromatherapy, cuddly blankets, hand arm and scalp massage, hot towel conditioning treatments, makeup tips and tricks, DYI manicure, cocktails, color bar, snack bar, photoshoot, multiple gifts, glamour strands, curly hairstyle lessons and of course hydrated, beautiful hair they can't wait to show off. I have 5 Licensed Cosmetologist Style Residents that I mentor, who assist me in creating this all inclusive experience for my fabulous guests.

If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

I love how when I am cutting curly hair a random curl will reach up and hug my finger. I have curly hair and Curly hair speaks to my heart and to my hands. I love to connect with my curly guests and really hear their past struggles and help them overcome the fear that salons in the past have instilled in them. 

The Curly Hair Artistry (CHA) group of talented stylists around the world have really inspired and educated me so I could fall even more deeply in love with each curl I meet.

What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

In the last 10 years I have seen more acceptance in the mainstream media but I still think we have a lot more work to do to spread the curl love. 

 

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I was asked to join this amazing league of passionate hairstylists that LOVE Curly Hair called CHA (Curly Hair Artistry). CHA Members are always talking about how awesome Jessicurl products are so I had to give them a try.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

My guests and I have been loving Jessicurl for almost 2 years. 

  

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Jessicurl sets apart from other lines because it is EXTREMLY moisturizing and works really well in my dry, Northern Nevada climate. I love the Fragrances and love how Jessicurl is supportive with samples so my guests can easily try new products. I also love Jessicurl Marketing pieces and think they are filled with helpful information.

If you don't already, follow Jessicurl on Instagram to get some really helpful tips from Carleen and other stylists! :) 

I've been stalking ... er ... following ... Amalia Rauch on Instagram for a while and am wowed on a regualr basis at the amazing transformations she achieves with Jessicurl products. She's clearly so talented at both cutting and styling curly hair and I had a great time talking all things curls with her recently. :) 

Amalia in action. 

Where are you located? 

Salon Glow is located at 1855 Plumas Street in Reno, Nevada. I am an independent contractor, so I make my own appointments by phone. 775-741-0786

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business a little under 3 years!

Check. Out. Those. CURLS!! 

What made you go into the hair business?

My mother was a hairstylist, so I was able to see firsthand the power of beauty. I would read her old cosmotology books over and over, and I even got my hands on a doll head once or twice! I have always felt that I was meant to do hair.

If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

I began my own curl journey in April of 2014. I wanted to embrace my waves and stop abusing them with flat irons and silicone. Then I began my apprenticeship later that year with master curl specialist, Carleen Sanchez, and started to learn the ins and outs of curly hair. After my own transformation, it became my mission to teach woman how to love their curls and be true to themselves. 

What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

10 years ago, I had no idea about anything related to curly hair! It has been truly exciting to not only discover curly safe products, but an entire curly community!

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I first heard about Jessicurl from my mentor, Carleen Sanchez. As soon as I got my hands on it, I knew I had to approach my salon owners about carrying it!

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

We have been carrying Jessicurl since April of 2015. 

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Jessicurl has variety! I am always confident that I can transform any curl type using only Jessicurl products. The products are very moisturizing, and come in such wonderful scents. Spiralicious is hands down, my favorite product ever!

As you can see, if you live in or near Reno, you can't go wrong putting your curls in Amalia's hands. :) Give her a call! 775-741-0786

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of our new Giving Program. Over the years we’ve done what we could to support charities and non-profits, usually through donating products to auctions and the like. Starting in 2016 we’re making charitable giving a part of our business model and I couldn’t be more excited.

Each quarter we will donate to a different charity or non-profit, and are very much interested in hearing from YOU about who you would like to see us support. As you you find on the Giving Program page, there is a submission form you can use to let us know. All submissions will be considered and each quarter we will donate to a new organization.

For the first quarter of 2016 I’m so happy to be giving to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

The kids whom St. Jude treats are suffering from life-threatening childhood illnesses such as cancer and sickle cell disease, and many of the treatment protocols require care that can last for years. For example, the average cost for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, is more than $485,000 over a two to three year treatment plan.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. While the hospital accepts insurance, many services provided by St. Jude have never been covered by insurance, and will not be in the future. In fact, only 12% of the money to operate the hospital comes from insurance recoveries and 10% comes from grants.

Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from donors. It costs $2 million per day to operate St. Jude, and public contributions provide 75 percent of the funds necessary to operate the hospital.

I remember being a little kid, around age 10, and seeing St. Jude on TV and just crying and crying because my heart broke for the kids I was watching. I felt so helpless not to be able to do anything for them. (I WAS 10 though, after all.) 

Now Jessicurl has been in business for 13 years. The hair business. I understand what a luxury it is to be so consumed with hair, even though I’m also the first to admit that it is MORE than just hair. 

For all of these reasons, I’m just elated that we’ll be making a contribution to St. Jude. 

I’m also eager to hear from you about who you think we should support in the future, so please feel free to let me know using the form on the Giving Program page.

Here’s to 2016 being a happy and healthy year for everyone.

Jess

Happy New Year, Curlies! 

Oh boy oh boy oh boy, do I have good news for you!!! One of the most common bits of feedback we get from you is that while you LOVE the Deep Conditioning Treatment, you do NOT love that it can be hard to get out of the bottle. 

Those days are over, my friend. Your beloved DT now comes with a handy pump. (hyperlink to DT page on site where they can see it with the pump)  We’ve had many people test it and the response was a resounding, “DO IT!” :) 

We literally searched the globe for something that would work with the thickness of the DT and finally found it in Italy. No joke, we actually found the pump at a trade show in Italy and are importing them specifically for use with DT. So if you felt like we just weren’t listening to you these last few years, please know we were fervently working on it behind the scenes. :) 

We hope this makes your hair routine easier. :) Happy New Year and have a curly day!

Jess

I'm very excited to tell you that Jessicurl is being carried in a wonderful salon in Milan, Italy, I Love Riccio. It has been a pleasure to communicate with Tirrico Fulvio, and I'm thrilled to bring you his interview below. If you're in Milan I strongly encourage you to go in for a cut, but you can also buy Jessicurl online through their online shop.

Meet Tirrico. 


How long have you been in business?

I started 20 years ago with the classical training, I specializes in curly hair for 5 years

Where are you located?

I am located in the north of Italy, Milan the fashion city

A wonderful before and after pic of a curly client. 


What made you go into the hair busines?

My father is a hairdresser and when I went at school in the afternoon I always went to help in the shop. Then he made me decide to take this job was the opportunity to travel the world, and the chance to make career. 

If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

Maybe because I have curly is I never found anyone able to do my hair? The real reason is that I wanted something different from my work, and curly hair gave me this opportunity. Transforming hairdressing into art, sculpture. And I love challenges.  I decided I would be the benchmark for all curled in Italy, and I think I succeeded. I get about 100 emails a day for tips and advice. This makes me proud.

What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

In Italy the hair follows much the influence of fashion I would say that blend together. 10 years ago the minimalist look imposing reduced volumes now we are at the other extreme, all want big volumes, want to be enveloped by their curls.

Even chemical straightener is no longer used, the natural is back, and we have many customers transitioning.

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I heard about Jessicurl from one of my customers. She has tried all the best products in the USA and convinced me to try.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

I am at the beginning but I am already in love. I think that this relationship will last for a long time

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Jessicurl comes very close to the Italian taste. The products are not heavy, give volume and definition without weighing. We always manage to find the right products for each type of curl.

As you can see, the curls coming out of I Love Riccio are stunning! Contact info is listed below and I do very much encourage you to contact them. :) 

Via Masolino da Panicale 2,

ang. con Via Bartolini

tel:   0239211300

mail: info@ilovericcio.it

You can also check out their Facebook page. 

Hey Curlies! 

We have some new accessories in our online store that I want to make sure you know about. :) 

The first is the Solano Universal Diffuser.

Sometimes you leave your diffuser at a hotel or at a friend’s house but don’t want to buy a whole new hair dryer/diffuser combo. Buying a diffuser by itself can be tricky as they don’t always fit on every hair dryer. I’ve tried this Solano Universal Diffuser on a variety of hair dryers and so far it has fit on all of them. :) 

We’re also excited to be carrying a full selection of Curlformers, a fun way to change up your curls when you feel like you want something a little different. :)

They don’t use heat or chemicals so it’s a gentle, temporary way to get a different look. You’ll want to make sure you get the right set for your hair length, and also watch the accompanying video tutorial to get the hang of it. I suggest using them with our Spiralicious Styling Gel to hold the style once you achieve it. :) There are a variety of styles you can achieve, from making waves tighter, or tigher curls looser. Check out the Curlformers gallery for ideas. 

The full assortment of Curlformers kits as well as the new diffuser can be found on our Essentials page. Happy styling! :)  

Lisa Baker is a curly stylist in Southern California who is passionate about curly hair. I haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting her yet but as you can see in the interview and pictures below, she is a master at what she does. If you live in her area I'd suggest you check her out for a cut, and to stock up on your Jessicurl products. :) Thanks for letting me feature you on my blog, Lisa!


How long have you been in business?

Luna Hair Studio has been in business for 15 years. I have 30 years of experience.

Where are you located?

4383 Tujunga Ave. Suite C. Studio City, CA 91604

What made you go into the hair business?

I wanted a job that allowed opportunity for creativity. I always feel best when I’m creating something and the idea of creating hairstyles excited me. I’ve always enjoyed making people feel good about themselves and doing hair allowed for that.


If you specialize in curly hair, what made you adopt that focus?

Having naturally curly hair myself and after trying in the past, to tame it and straighten it, I liked the idea of wearing my curls naturally, and finding products and styles that would allow for that. I also heard a lot of people complaining that no one knew how to cut curly hair correctly, which helped push me in that direction. I wanted people to love their natural curls.


What changes have you seen in relation to curly hair in the last 10 years?

More people are seeing the beauty in their curls, which is proven by the amount of curly hair products on the market today as opposed to 10 years ago. 10 years ago I was blow drying 50% of my clients straight and now I maybe blow out 2%.

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

By searching the web for natural curly hair produts.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

About 10 years

What sets Jessicurl apart from other lines, curly or otherwise?

Many of my clients who have gluten intolerance can use Jessicurl as opposed to other curly lines. Confident Coils is great at taking the poof out of some clients hair while Spiralicious gives great hold and definition. Many clients appreciate a no fragrance line. The Deep Conditioner and Too Shea are heavy favorites among clients.

I've posted about the Curly Hair Artistry group before,as they are a collective of dedicated, passionate curly hair stylists over the globe that learn from each other about cutting techniques, styling and products.

Their updated website is a fabulous resource for finding a CHA stylist near you. I've had my hair cut by several of them and have always loved it. And, many of them carry Jessiurl! :) 

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