Home ‘how to’s’ with the experts!Posted on 22/05/2020
Barney had a chat with the Vogue Team when it comes to cutting curls and the Instyle Team about how to take care of your hair at home and Body and Soul mag about home hair cuts!
How can we cut our curly hair at home?
When it comes to curly hair maintenance, it should come as no shock that the process of keeping your curls in shape is drastically different to that of straight hair, from the hair’s moisture levels at the time of the cut, to how to hold the hair before taking scissors to it. “More often than not in the salon I cut my curly-haired clients with dry hair,” says Barney Martin, owner of his eponymous salon and creative director for haircare brand, R+Co. “Curly hair reacts very differently to straight hair when being cut and therefore is generally better to cut when it’s dry and when it is in its natural state.”
Given the slight difficulty when it comes to cutting curly hair, if you’re not confident with scissors in hand, you may be best to leave it to the professionals. But if you absolutely can’t wait until your next salon visit, Martin suggests this method for cutting your curls: “Start by taking a section of hair between the first two fingers and cut the hair below the fingers but without using any tension on the hair,” he advises. “If you do this, the hair will spring back up once cut. Work your way around section by section. Treat your curls as if you were tending to a topiary bush, do not brush curly hair before cutting it.”
How is cutting curly hair different to cutting straight hair?
When it comes to styling curly hair, you’re best to focus less on the perfect line, and more on the natural shapes of your style. “Curly hair is better to be cut visually rather than giving it a structured cut as there is no such thing as cutting a straight line on curls,” says Martin.
Is there anything in particular we should keep in mind when cutting curly hair at home?
Now that you know how to approach cutting your curls, how much should you really cut off your ends to maintain your style? “One of my favourite ways to create texture and remove weight from curls, is to take around a one-inch square section, twist the curl around my finger following the direction it wants to go in naturally, working down the hair from mid lengths to end,” says Martin. “Then use the pointy end of the scissors to gently slice into the curl.”
Again, given the complexity of curls, Martin advises cutting as little off your ends as possible: “As curly hair is generally quite tricky to cut, I would only recommend the most basic trimming off of the ends at home.”
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Make Hair Health a Priority
With a couple of extra hours in the day, Barney Martin recommends establishing a regular masking routine to repair heat and colour damage of years past. “Weekly masques can become a ritual, there are some brilliant treatments that are easy and user friendly to apply at home” says Martin.
To find the right mask for your strands, Nader says it depends on your hair type and concerns. “Hot oil treatments help strengthen your strands and prevent dry, brittle hair and split ends” he advises, whilst protein treatments are the perfect match for balayaged and bleached blondes, working to prevent breakage, restore elasticity and strengthen the hair. If strands have lost their bounce and lustre, moisture treatments will rehydrate and soften hair to recreate that freshly-cut feeling.
To make the most of each mask, Barney Martin recommends following his in-salon technique. Begin by apply the treatment to mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and wrapping hair up in a hot-water soaked towel, or tie hair into a bun and wrap with Clingfilm to trap in body heat for at least 10 minutes. “The heat will open the cuticle of the hair and allow the treatment to penetrate deeper into the hair” says Martin.
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