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!
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