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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! :) 

Hey curlies!

It's that time of year again. :) We know from your feedback that you love Jessicurl products (and we thank you!), and we'd love if you'd tell the world through NaturallyCurly.com's annual Best Of The Best awards. It's like the curly hair Oscars and we've been thrilled and honored to win in various catagories 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.

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

It was bound to happen, but somehow I didn’t really see it coming. I was just carrying on, working, living, laughing, and then one day: BAM. A Facebook notification that included words like “invited to” and “20 year high school reunion.” 

Wait, huh? Did my Facebook get hacked? Surely this can’t be directed at me. I’m not old enough for such nonsense.

Then I did the math. Oh. Um. Yeah. I guess it all adds up. 

I wasn’t immediately certain I’d go. My perception was always that people go to those things to re-connect with old friends or to prove how awesome they’re doing now. The former isn’t much of an issue now in the social media age, and the latter really didn’t interest me. That might come as a surprise to some of you. 

“But Jess!”, you might be thinking. “You’re always telling us how the teasing and taunting about your hair is what prompted you to start Jessicurl! Didn’t you want to go show them that you’re not Mushroom Head anymore?!”

I guess my answer is, not really. Yes, those experiences are a large part of the Jessicurl creation story, but it’s been 20 years. Isn’t it time to get over high school? 

Ultimately the largest draw for going was that I’d get to spend time with my BFF Betsy. We don’t see each other nearly enough (she’s a big-time lawyer living in D.C.) and I’m not one for passing up the chance to spend time with my Sistah Friend. :) 

I did not go into it thinking that the people who had been mean would still be mean. All teenagers can be little jerks, and everybody (EVERYBODY) is picked on to some extent about something. It’s just how it goes during adolescence. Thus, it was no surprise that everybody was super nice. I mean, like, genuinely nice. Interested in each other’s lives. Happy for the news of new babies and job promotions. And sure, yes, I got some compliments on my hair from people who didn’t know what I did for a living. That’s always nice of course. :) 

I know that this shouldn’t really be an epiphany, but it dawned on me that back then, I spent WAY more mental energy on the “mean kids” than they did on me. (Like I said, no shock there.) While I was fighting with my hair every morning trying to make it take up less space on the planet, and worrying at night how to avoid being teased the next day, they were NOT sitting around thinking up new ways to torment me. They were all fighting their own adolescent battles and worrying about whatever it was about themselves that made them insecure. 

Would that understanding have helped at all 20 years ago? Probably not. Teenagers can’t be convinced that the world doesn’t, in fact, revolve around them and I’d probably have been hard pressed to comprehend that making fun of my hair wasn’t the main objective of my peers. 

In the end, I had a great time meeting my old classmates as the adults they’ve grown in to and seeing in person the old friends I usually only “see” on Facebook. I don’t have a lot of pictures, but here’s a good one of me and my old friend Brian. He said to tell you that’s what happens when you DON’T use Jessicurl. :) Ha. (And no, we didn’t plan to be so well color coordinated. :) )

For reference, he’s us with some of our buddies back in high school, when Brian still had hair and mine was… well… triangular. (Can you tell I used the round brush and hair dryer? Ugg. I can. No wonder they called me Mushroom Head. :) ) 

If you’re on the fence about going to any of your reunions, for whatever reason, I’d say just go. What’s the worst that could happen? You might just make some new friends. 

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know this is not the first time I’ve mentioned Curl Master (official title) Scott Musgrave.

Scott is a stylist and curl-enthusiast based in Cary, NC. I featured him in on this blog last year when he began carrying Jessicurl.

He is also founder of the Curly Hair Artistry group and as such as helped inspire and inform curly hair stylists around the world.

In short, Scott is THE MAN when it comes to caring for and appreciating curls. 

So you can bet I was SUPER excited when I found myself booking a trip to North Carolina last month. I was there for the Curls Around The World event and just knew I had to finally meet Scott in person, and most importantly, get one of his famous haircuts. :) I had been “saving” a badly-needed trim for this occasion so he really had his work cut out for him. (I hadn’t had a trim since February, as I knew I’d be seeing Scott and wanted it to get as long as possible.) 

I had THE best time meeting Scott, chatting with him about all things curly hair and watching the care he took with trimming my hair. But really, I can explain it, or I can just post a bunch of pictures to show you. :) On to the pictures! 

Here's a selfie of me and Scott before he started my cut, so you could see the "before".  Please note the total LACK of fear in my eyes. It's so lovely going to curl specialits rather than being terrified to sit in a salon chair. Yay for the "Bad Old Days" being over in that regard. :) 
I snapped this during my cut. The sticky note above the Brave picture says, "That's actually Jess from Jessicurl." Ha. :) 
As you can see, he does dry cuts and he really focuses on giving you what you want and what will suit you. 
Here's the front after he was done. I think you can tell by my huge smile that I loved it. :) 
For the sake of comparison, here's a before and after of the back. As you can see, I had let the ends back there get pretty raggedy in anticipate of Scott cleaning it all up for me. :) MUCH better! 
Here's one of the side after the cut was done and styled. No mushroom head on this gal! :) 
As an aside, I was super-beyond-excited when Scott asked me to sign his Jessiurl poster in his studio. :) 
One final pic, of me and Scott after he was all done. Two happy curlies! :) 
All in all, I was sad to leave! Scott has such a warm, friendly personality and it felt like we'd been buddies for years. He's extremely passionate and talented with what he does, so if you're in or near Cary, NC, I strongly encourage you to book in to see him. The bonus is you can stock up on Jessicurl while you're there! :)
Thanks so much Scott for a great cut, and for doing all you do to promote curly hair love. We Have The Right To Remain Curly! :-) 

I first met Dianne Nola a few years ago after she called to ask some questions about Jessicurl. On a trip to San Francisco I went to meet her in person and I swear, I thought our combined energy was going to cause a brown-out. :) She is abundantly friendly, upbeat, positive and just lifts the spirits of anyone around her. A year or so later I had her cut my hair, so I can vouch that she’s also talented with a pair of scissors! :) I’m pleased to feature her today on my blog. If you’re in or near San Francisco, you won’t be disappointed by your time with Dianne. :)

How long have you been in business? 

I've been professionally doing hair since 1988. I've owned my own business for the past 20 years.

Where are you located? 

Inside a small salon called, Surreal You Hair Design. It's located a block south of Golden Gate Park in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco, CA. The way to reach me is through my web site: www.nolastudio.com and phone: 415.786.6402. 

What made you go into the hair business?

Actually, I had just graduated from college and was working at a camp. I was cutting the counselors hair for $5 a head and thought, "Hey, I can do THIS for a living!" There were a lot of ads in the newspapers for hair stylists, not musicians (what I was) so I thought it was a smart move to go to beauty school. I had cut hair since grammar school and it was always fun!

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

Curly clients have always gravitated to me because I am wavy/curly. Since I've always been a very creative and curious person, working with curly hair was fulfilling to me. There are an infinite variety of textures, colors, ethnicities, shapes, and styles where I can grow and create. But actually defining myself as a "Curl Specialist" evolved over the past five years. 

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

Oh my! What about the past 20 years? It was a lot about using a Leave-In Conditioner because that's all we were taught. When straightening became popular (after the spiral perm trend), those products often helped smooth down the curly hair frizz as well. We were taught to thin out hair, which I believe is on the wane now. Currently there is information and exploration being broadcasted out via the Internet and stylists. Corporations have all jumped on the bandwagon as well trying to make a profit. I believe the increase of non-sulfate shampoos was 60% in the past year. Curly hair is coming into its own trend with the increasing demand of low-maintenance styles and "being natural" is in!

How did you first hear about Jessicurl? 

I don't think you know this Jess! I was in Common Scents in Noe Valley (SF) and saw your product in the green bottles. This was 2009. So I see Rockin' Ringlets and I start busting up. I think, "This woman's obviously into music" and I bought a few bottles to check it out on myself. Then I inadvertently met the owner a few months later. We were listening to live music in this small bar and she told me how friendly you were and encouraged me to call you. Though I tried to get my owner to purchase it, I wasn't allowed to sell product in the salon until last year.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

Since June 2013.

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

I can wear the Citrus Lavender Oil Blend as a perfume and I usually don't wear fragrance! :)       I LOVE that I get to admire, respect and be inspired by someone I do business with that is a person not a huge evil conglomerate. It's local! The company is aligned with my core values of outstanding customer service, integrity, natural products and an awesome sense of humor! 

If you're in the San Francisco area, give Dianne a call at 415-786-6402.

Kelly Elaine Anker is a passionate curly hair stylist based in Pittsburgh, PA. 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. Thanks for letting me feature you on my blog, Kelly! 

 

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How long have you been in business?

16 Years as of  December 1,2013. I bought the salon when I was 26.

 

What made you go into the hair business?

I went to college for a couple of years then I told my Mom I didn’t like the school I planned on transferring to and she yelled “Well you aren’t going to stay home and sit on the couch!” As if I had done that. I had been working at neighbors and babysitting since I had been 14 and got my driver’s license when I was 16 and have never stopped working like lots of people. So I said “Well I guess I’ll get my hair license. I always wanted to get that too.” 2 weeks later I started cosmetology school.

 

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

I ALWAYS loved and wanted curly hair since I was a kid. Curly hair fascinates me, perfectly imperfect. It speaks to me.

 

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

Curly hair is finally being recognized in the main stream hair world. Although I do think there is tons of misinformation out there swirling around our curly heads. That is why I am a member of Curly Hair Artistry (CHA) so we can get the proper word out to our clients.

 

How did you first hear about Jessicurl?

I heard about Jessicurl through a Google search.

 

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How long have you been carrying Jessicurl?

Just this past year 

 

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

I absolutely LOVE the scent options. For people with allergies that is wonderful. I LOVE the Island Fantasy. To have unscented is great. The softness it adds and the body it adds to my fine hair clientele. Wowza! The Spiralicious is out of control, how it helps with control.

 

I also love that Jessicurl provides the Step by Step guideline cards and pamphlets for clients and samples with our orders to pass on to our clients.  It’s just such a perfect product.

 

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If you are in or near the Phittsburgh area, do yourself the favor of going to Kelly for a hair cut. Clearly, you won't be dissapointed. :) 

12810 Frankstown Rd. 

Pittsburgh, PA 15235

412.793.4881

http://kellyelaineinc.com

I have fantastic news for our patient, wonderful fantastic European customers!!! :-) 

We’re very excited to let you know that our newest product, Spiralicious Styling Gel, officially launches in Europe today!

As you know, Spiralicious is a firmer hold styling gel that has been very strongly requested by Jessicurl customers and works really well for all types of curls. It has been embraced by our customers since its launch late last year and has quickly become our single top selling item. 

For more info about it, check out my original blog post here. 

We have let our European wholesale accounts know that they can order Spiralicious from us now and of course you are also welcome and able to order it directly from us here.  


I know it’s been difficult for our European customers to wait for Spiralicious to get certified in the E.U. over the last several months while we’ve gone on and on about how great it is (OMG it’s so great!!), so I’m stoked that now everybody on the planet can finally get their hands on some. :-)


I wanted to make you all aware about a recent decision we made regarding the availability of Jessicurl products in the U.S.A.   As you all know we are sold around the world through salons, beauty supply stores, many websites, distributors, as well as some natural food stores. 

In fact, my hometown natural foods store Nature Select Foods in St. Helena, California was the first retail store to carry my products… and they still carry us :)  Even with all that, one of the most common requests we receive from our customers is to open a retail store near them, in their hometown.

You all like buying from us directly and online, but you also want the option of finding us in your favorite salon or retail store nearby.  We have been careful in trying to be fair to our existing retail outlets and also to all our customers when making Jessicurl available in new places. 

We have been purposeful when walking  that line between taking care of all of you: our salons, consumers, websites, etc.    Sometimes those two goals can rub up against each other.  If Jessicurl is available everywhere, it may be difficult for our favorite salon to support it.  We get that.  On the other hand, if it’s available everywhere, our customers really like that.  We get that too.

We have taken a thoughtful step recently by bringing on a new distributor who will make a limited selection of 4 of our items more broadly available in select markets in the U.S.   The selection is limited to 8 oz. only and one fragrance only.   Too Shea, Deep Conditioning Treatment, Hair Cleansing Cream and Confident Coils, exclusively in the Citrus Lavender scent will be available in some national grocery chains.   The full line will continue to be available through our favorite salons, beauty supply stores and websites.

We have not made this step lightly or without thought.  We are confident this will be good for those who love using our products and for those who love to support the brand.  We encourage any of you to let us know if you have any concerns about this next step in our journey.  You can reach me or our General Manager Len  at info@jessicurl.com. Thank you for your continued support over the years,


Jess

I've really been enjoying doing this series of interviews featuring curly hair stylists that use and love Jessicurl products. :) After so many years (ok, fine... decades) of bad haircuts, it so refreshing to see that there are a growing number of stylists as passionate about curly hair as we are! :) No more running and hiding after a hair cut! Wheeee!!! :)

Krista Leavitt is one of these passionate stylists who focuses exclusively on curly hair. Read her interview here and check out some of the amazing pictures of her clients. She is truly talented at what she does and I'd let her cut my hair any day. :-)

Update December 15, 2014: Krista has moved to Barrie, Ontario since this intervew was pubslished. Her phone number is the same (613-661-8881) and appointments can be booked through her website, www.LoveYourCurls.ca

 

How long have you been in business? 

I have been a licensed stylist for 11 years, but in business for myself since March of 2013.

Where are you located?

Trenton, Ontario, Canada which is 2 hours east of Toronto. (Krista has moved to Barrie, Ontario since this intervew was pubslished. Her phone number is the same (613-661-8881) and appointments can be booked through her website, www.LoveYourCurls.ca)

What made you go into the hair business? 

Home Ec. and Industrial Arts were my favourite subjects and I would seem to excel with any task that was of a creative nature; preferably ones that I could do with my hands like sewing, cooking, painting, needlepoint, woodworking, etc.  

Friends often asked me to do up dos for their proms and 'night out' styles.  I always loved doing it and they encouraged me to get some official training.  It was not until I was 22 and had completed some business school and managed a few retail stores that I realized it was time to find out if I was made for hairstyling; as it was always in the back of my mind. 

I took the course before I got married and started a family, as I knew it would be harder to do it after those milestones happened in my life.  I had never enjoyed school before this hair adventure; bookwork was always a struggle for me.  When I graduated at the top of my class in hairdressing school, I knew I was meant to follow this career path.  Learning became easy because it was something I enjoyed and was passionate about.

 

(Clearly, she's good at it too! Check out this before and after set...)

 

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

I really fell into being a Curl Specialist by a series of 'fortunate events'.  I had read the original Curly Girl book by Lorraine Massey back in 2006 while I was working at a salon and found it intriguing. I started using some of the techniques on my clients. 

Then I went on maternity leave, took a break from hairstyling for a bit and kind of forgot about it.  In 2012, I walked into my local beauty supply store and saw DevaCurl products on the shelf and remembered they had something do to with that curly book I had read a few years back.  I ran right out and bought the newest version of her book and the rest is history. 

I realized it was time to go into business for myself so I could help curly girls feel empowered and confident about their hair.  I now teach women and girls by providing a full hands-on tutorial for all new clients along with dry curl-by-curl haircut; which is mandatory if you wish to be my client.    I strongly feel that by getting this hands-on training, clients will be better skilled at getting similar results at home as they experience in my salon.  Experimenting and practicing when they get home are the keys to beautiful curls when paired with the skills I add to their curly toolbox when clients visit.

In the beginning of last year when I opened up in my boutique home studio, it was a full service salon.  I thought it would be great to offer an extra service on my menu which was to help curly haired women learn how to style their hair to enhance their natural waves and curls, rather than feeling the need to straighten them and give them a good dry haircut.  I started to study more dry hair cutting methods for curly hair and started to work on some willing clients.   It was at that point that I made the decision to strictly take ONLY wavy/curly haired clients.  I really wanted to save any available open appointment spots for people who wanted to learn about their curls and get a great haircut that is specifically meant for curly hair.  No more dog ears, Roseanne Roseannadanna hairdos, and 2 or 3 layers haircuts for my clients!  Curly girls have been mistreated for years...razored, channel cut, thinning sheared, texturized with scissors, had haircuts on wet hair that dries to an uneven, lopsided finish, slathered in sulfates and silicones trying to reduce frizz...the list goes on.  When I finally realized that my own hair was curly in 2012 (GASP! who knew- I just thought it was mostly frizz), I realized that there was much more that could be done for people with curly hair, and I was going to be the one to do it.

 

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

Since I’ve only been back into the hair game this past year as I took a few years off to have my 3 children, all I can say is that I have seen a huge surge of REAL natural texture being worn by women from all walks of life.  Curly Hair Artistry (CHA) is the team of dedicated stylists (many just to curly haired clients) that I am part of is really helping bring professional information to people with curly hair in a real, easy to understand way.

How did you first hear about Jessicurl? 

Through my Curly Hair Artistry group. A lot of the stylists were already using Jessicurl in their salons and having great success.  Since Jessicurl is just making its way into Canada, I thought I would break into the market and offer a second product line into my salon and to retail on shelves.

How long have you been carrying Jessicurl? 

Just since December 2013, but it’s flying off the shelves.

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

I love that Jessicurl fills a gap for a large number of my clients that wanted more styling options with their curls.  It really helps my fine hair clients create more curl and get more volume that we weren’t achieving with the current line of products in my salon alone.  I love the variety that Jessicurl offers and so do my clients.  They are hooked and love their new silicone and sulfate free product lines available. Their hair has improved in leaps and bounds since switching over and that only makes my haircuts look even better! 

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Thank you Krista, for being so passionate about curls and for taking the time to let me feature you. If you’re in her area, give her a call so she can help you love your curls too! :)

Krista Leavitt: 613-661-8881

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