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I'm a celebrity hairstylist with 3C curls, and these are my curly hair hacks you need to know



My journey started at a small salon in 2004. I swept floors, washed hair, and just observed and took in anything and everything I could.

I always loved doing hair. Throughout college and my short career in finance, I always found myself working the weekends in a salon. After crunching numbers all week, it helped me connect with my creative side and work out that part of my brain. In 2016, I moved from NY to LA, and a year later I landed a job working as Jen Atkin’s hair assistant and ditched my finance career. Jen was always someone I looked up to in the industry because she represented so much of what I valued. Four years after that, I signed with Mane Addicts as a creator and the rest is history. Looking back, manifestation played a huge role in my career. I never thought I’d be where I’m at today, but I also never stopped believing it was possible.

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I’m writing this column for GLAMOUR because Jen gave me the opportunity to share some of my curly hair hacks, best products for curly hair and tell a little bit of my story. I believe curly hair gets often overlooked in the industry, so I’m doing everything I can to change that.

What is your step-by-step hair routine day-to-day?

I have curly hair, type 3C specially. I typically wear my hair out and curly for a couple of days then slick it back into a bun for the rest since I’m normally on shoots etc and it’s just easier when it’s off my face when I’m working. I’ve tried countless products and this routine works best for me during the summer months since curly hair needs a little extra moisture to avoid frizz since there’s typically higher levels of moisture in the air (which leads to the culprit, frizz!).

Step 1: Prime hair with the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® Detangling Spray – this will protect curls from heat when diffusing and also give them an added layer of hydration

Step 2: Apple the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® Featherlight Styling Cream throughout, using a quarter size on my palm for the left and right side of my head. I rake the product with my hands, making sure my hair is very wet; this reduces the amount of frizz.

Step 3: Using a kareco or Denman brush, go through 2 inch sections and scrunch. This method helps clump curly together for more definition.

Step 4: Scrunch in a quarter size of the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® Heat and Humidity Gel so extra hold and definition on the ends. Then use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to squeeze out moisture and let air dry or diffuse on low speed and heat.

Do you have any favourite products that you find yourself always going back to?

Yes! Anything from the the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® line is my go-to as it’s great for humidity and meant for every curl type. But my OG go-to product is the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® cream; it always leaves my curls frizz-free, defined and soft which is so important when wearing your natural waves, curls, coils.

Please could you share some under the radar curl tips and hacks that you use on yourself and your clients?

For wavy/fine hair: If you have wavy hair, be sure to not brush your hair once you’re out of the shower, instead detangle with fingers or brush in shower with conditioner, then rinse and scrunch in shower to activate your natural texture. Brushing after showering, will cause the waves/curls to fall limp and not give you as much of wave/curl pattern. Scrunch product into hair and diffuse or let air dry.

Curl training: If you have damaged curls from straightening or color damage, you can try to retrain your hair by finger coiling the problem areas by twisting them or pin curling them, diffusing and removing the pins.

Leave in conditioner in refrigerator: One last tip is putting your leave in conditioner in the fridge and applying to your hair, the cool product will cause the cuticles of your strands to close, locking in the moisture and keeping frizz out.

What do you love the most about your career?

I love that I get to do what I love for a living. I did something I didn’t enjoy for years and because of that, I never take anything I’ve experienced for granted. I owe so much of my success in LA to Jen Atkin for always being so incredibly supportive of those around her. In terms of being behind the chair, there’s nothing better than seeing someone light up after doing their hair and changing their mood, it’s worth it all.

There have been quite a few career highlights for me; being able to work the Met Gala, attend fashion weeks in NY and Europe and most recently going to Washington D.C. for the 2020 Inuaguration was also a big career highlight and lastly shooting my first magazine cover were all very surreal moments.



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