I Have Curly Hair

Now THIS is why I love what I do! I get so excited to hear that people love their hair, and now I’m so excited to share with you this wonderful write up from one of my (very) longtime clients! She has curly hair, and a lot to say about it. We have tried different techniques over time (Ouidad, DevaCurl, etc) to help her achieve her goals. It’s an honor to be the one to have helped her to love her hair. I hope you enjoy! xo Marla
__I have curly hair. For a long time I had a love/hate relationship with my curls. As a young girl I always wanted long hear, but my hair just grew big. I visited many hair stylists who when asked, “Can you cut curly hair?” proclaimed, “Of course!”. Much to my chagrin, they could not. Then came Marla. She was the first and only stylist who truly understood the relationship I had with my curls and knew what to do about it. Even when I lived out of state, I found myself coming back to Marla. I’ve been seeing Marla for 30 years, and when we started out, she just seemed to have a knack for taming my curls. Since that time she has been trained and certified in two specific techniques for cutting curly hair, Ouidad and Deva Curl. I was getting a Ouidad cut for years and loved it, but when Marla asked if I’d be willing to try a Deva cut I said, “Sure”. While both techniques left me with beautiful style and fun curls, the implementation and results were slightly different. Ouidad is done on freshly washed wet hair, and the Deva cut is done on dry hair, and then washed. Both are dried with a diffuser. The Ouidad cut left me with a fuller curl compared to the more spiral shape of my curl with the Deva cut. Each technique recommends use of a specific line of hair products. I already had a supply of Ouidad products and continued to use them with my Deva cut. I found that the Ouidad shampoo and conditioner worked fine with this cut, however, the Deva curl gel worked better for styling my Deva cut. For anyone starting fresh, I recommend using the product line associated with the technique you choose, but if you already have the products, I’d say you are probably ok to use up what you have.

As for which technique I prefer, I honestly love them both. I have complete confidence in Marla and know that whichever technique she uses, I’m going to get a spectacular cut for my curls and I am finally able to grow longer, healthy, curly hair!

If you have curly hair, and struggle to make it look the way you want it, call Marla for a consultation. I guarantee, when you ask, “Can you cut curly hair?”, the answer will be an honest, “Yes I can!”

Curls, Curls, Curls


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…Hey ladies I’m talking to you!Did you know more then 65% of women have naturally curly hair?

Did you know 97% of curly clients are looking for the perfect cut and styling products for their hair?

Did you know there are 4 different types of curls?
1. Loose curls need a product to give their hair body and lift (without having to even dry your hair!)
2. Classic curls need a lightweight product to even out the hydration to help define the curls
3. Tight curls need more intense hydration to elongate the curl which will help fight the frizz
4. Kinky curls have a lower level of porosity so they require intense hydration and restoring properties which help elongate the curl and rebuild their shape

Here’s another fact about curls: curly hair does NOT have to be FRIZZY hair!

Over 60% of women say frizz is their main concern. Often, we check the weather to anticipate how our hair will act during whatever plans have made for the day.

Guess what? I can offer the solution to your problems! I can do this by using my years of experience with curls (my own, and my clients’), as well as my many hours of education learning the latest and greatest techniques specifically for curly haired beauties. Curly hair isn’t the same as straight hair, so let’s not treat it like it is. By performing the right haircut to fit your needs it will change everything. I can also assist you with the best products to help enhance your new cut. Let me show you how to love what you were given, and make others envy your gorgeous curls. Through precipice cutting and products, I can make you LOVE your hair.

Let me help you embrace those curls and make them beautiful!

Call for your next appointment: 602-697-4660

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Find The *Right* Products For Your Hair

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I get asked a lot about hair products. Everyone wants to know why they are so important, which ones are “right,” and if they are worth using. Often times there is a huge misconception about hair care products. People think they don’t work. Well if you are using the wrong product for your hair type, then yes, you might feel as though it isn’t “working.” This is why knowledge is king. Finding the right product for your hair can change everything!

People with fine thin hair want more volume and body may feel that mousse or bodifying products are too heavy or sticky on their hair. Or those with thick, curly hair might feel that gel is too much like glue or cement in their hair. Women with straight hair (that have a hard time holding a curl) tend to feel as though a setting lotion, or heat activated styling aid, doesn’t do anything to help their style.

This can all be true… if you are using the wrong product.

Product selection is super important when it comes to finding the right product specific to your own individual needs. Hair care products can be a very personal journey. Some feel aerosol sprays are terrible for the environment. Some prefer organic products. Some love the feeling of oils while others hate using any type of oil. This is why you need to be educated by a knowledgeable stylist (such as myself!) to help guide you to happy hair.

I carry a big selection of products from 4 different product lines that I sell at my salon. I chose each and every one of them with my clients and their many requests, needs and wants in mind. I love my product lines because they all offer something for everyone.

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I have Alfaparf products that are known for their wonderfully conditioning and repairative shampoo and conditioners. Their styling aides ranging from mousse to hairspray to pomade that offer fabulous hold without leaving a build up on your hair.

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Then, I have Neuma products which is an all organic, gluten free line. Neuma shampoo gives a great lather, which differs from other organic products which tend to never quite “suds up.” Neuma styling aids range in their level of hold. Their mousse is the best for fine thin hair and never leaves the hair feeling heavy. The smoothing cream, blow dry lotion, and pomade have a wonderful scent that is to die for. You feel as though you are at a spa when you use these products. Read more about Neuma products on my blog about Neuma: here.

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For my curly haired ladies, I of course carry Ouidad products because I am a certified Ouidad stylist which allows me the honor of being able to carry these products in my salon. I have several types of shampoo and conditioners, as well as styling aids such as mousse, gel, sulfate free co wash, and more.

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And finally I have Moroccan Oil products which many of you are familiar with. Their moisture shampoo and conditioner are fabulous as well as their oils and hairspray.

If you are looking to help enhance your hairstyle but just don’t know where to start, please call me or message me. I can lead you in the right direction to help figure out what product is best for your specific needs. I can help show you how to use it (how not to use it) and the best combination of products for you. I am so excited to help you love your hair.

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Curls and Summer: Ouidad-certified

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With summer here the last thing we want to do is spend hours trying to blow out our curly hair to have a sleek straight look we are craving. With temperatures rising and sweat forming as we stand under the dryer, why not use this time of year to embrace your natural curls? How nice would it be to not have to feel like you need to take a shower all over again, as soon as you’re done with your hair? Learning to not blow-dry could be the best thing you do for yourself this summer, and it’s only just begun! Did you know I’m A Ouidad-certified stylist? Girls, we have options this summer – let’s talk about them.

Summer is about trying to find the time to relax a little, spend extra time with the family, playing in the pool, going to the beach, or your local water parks. You want to be able to let loose and enjoy the moment you are in and stop worrying about your hair! How sad to not go in the water and have fun just because your worried about your straight hair. Instead, let it go! Once you give yourself permission to relax a little and enjoy the summer, you’ll appreciate any extra time… including the time you’re spending having fun instead of in the bathroom with a hot blow dryer and big round brush.

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Part of all of this is accepting what you were born with and letting those curls come to life – doing so will let you come to life too!

I know some of you are thinking, “oh no way could I ever do that. My curl is so ugly/frizzy/unruly. You might think that you will feel “ugly” going natural. Well first of all let’s remember that it’s not ugly, you just might not know how to wear it curly. You might not know how to work with what you have, and you might not have the right haircut to work with your curls. Luckily, I have the perfect solution to all of those complaints: Ouidad.

The Ouidad haircut will guarantee to control your curl and tame the frizz so you will actually love your curls. Yes, you heard me right… you will LOVE YOUR CULRS! The Ouidad technique has proven time and time again to take control of those curls, even the most unruly ones.

The Ouidad website (www.ouidad.com) describes this specialized process as 1. understanding our curl 2. identifying your curl and 3. loving your curl.

Ouidad offers the only trademarked cutting technique for curls. The process is a technique that involves “carving & Slicing” based on your specific curls to remove bulk and enhance the natural curl pattern to achieve a more defended ringlet that fit gently into each other like puzzle pieces. A Ouidad stylist (me) is taught to analyze each curl to look for it’s unique pattern and texture, to listen to both the curl and the clients desires to create a plan to optimize the curls.

Now you may come across a stylist that says “oh yeah I can cut curly hair” but ask yourself do you want a mediocre haircut or do you want a Ouidad haircut by a certified Ouidad stylist? There is a big difference between a haircut and and a certified Ouidad haircut. Being a Ouidad certified stylist is a very special certification. I spent time in the Ouidad flagship salon in New York City where I took a two day hands-on course that was supervised by highly trained instructors. We were taught the theory behind the technique and then utilized it on live models. We had to be graded on our work and approved by our instructors. In order to get my certification my work had to pass the inspection of my instructor. Talk about a process! But it was so worth it since I learned so much that I now get to use on my clients. Going through this class was by far the most fun and memorable experience I have had in my 25 plus years of being a hairstylist.

To learn more about Ouidad check out the Ouidad website and even see videos on the process here. They also have a section about learning to love your curls in their blog, check that out here. hope these links inspire you to take the first steps towards loving your natural curls. I would love to share my knowledge with you and help you to embrace your curls and rock that new summer look. Call me or email me to set up your next appointment.

I look forward to meeting you, and your curls, soon!

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photos taken from Ouidad’s Facebook page

Rock Out Those Curls

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With summer here who really wants to spend 45 min to an hour blowing their hair dry to a straight smooth style that will only kink and curl right up once you step outside into the humidity. Yes I said it “humidity” – I know, compared to the east coast Arizona’s humidity is pretty much nothing, but to those of us who live here we do see a difference during monsoon season and it sure does wreck havoc on our hair!

So, to solve this issue why not embrace your curls. Learn to deal with the humity by learning to deal with your natural, healthy, beautiful curls. You might even start to look forward to this time of the year!

Dare to be brave.
Be different.
Step outside the box and show everyone how gorgeous your curls are!

As many of you know I am A Ouidad certified stylist. Ouidad is a method of cutting curly hair so it is more manageable allowing you to cut down on your getting ready time. I have been through extensive training to learn this technique and I also sell many of the products from the extensive Ouidad product line in my salon. These range from the their shampoo and conditioner to gel mousse and conditioning treatments – all to help you embrace and release your beautiful curls, just as Mother Nature intended.

Stop the madness, ease up on the stress and love those curly locks! Come on in and let me show you how. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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A Ouidad Cut, A Specialized Cut For Your Curls in Arizona

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With summer quickly approaching who wants to spend endless amounts of time primping your hair, in front of the bathroom mirror, under a hot hairdryer followed up with time sucking hair tools, only to need another shower to cool off as soon as you’re done? Wouldn’t you rather spend your time enjoying the people around you and lazy summer days, while still feeling confidant in how your hair looks? Imagine how much extra time you could have if you didn’t have to give your hair so much one-on-one attention. 

Well for all you wavy to curly headed people I have the perfect solution for you: A Ouidad cut. This haircut is a highly technical technique for cutting wavy to curly hair. You will not loose all the body, instead you will lose the frizz while gaining a beautifully sculpted curl. A Ouidad cut will help reduce your style time by half, by allowing you the freedom and flexibility to wash-and-go if you choose to do so! So easy for those hot Arizona summer days.

I can’t express enough how completely amazing A Ouidad cut is. I spent two full days in the Ouidad flagship salon in New York City learning and getting certified to be an Ouidad specialist. Another great thing about this technique is it can be personalized specifically to your needs. By this, I mean if you love your curls and fullness but you feel like it’s too bushy I can reduce the bushiness without losing the fullness. I can go anywhere from mild to extreme with the carve and slice technique. It’s catered to your hair and your needs, which is what makes it so amazing!

I strongly encourage you to come see me for your next cut, and try out A Ouidad cut. You will be so happy you did. Just think how great it would be to spend half as much time on your hair and have it look twice as good as before!  

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OUIDAD – learning to love your curls

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I can offer over 25 years of experience with several different certifications, but there is one specific certification that I will be discussing today. The OUIDAD haircut. This haircut is specifically designed to be done on naturally curly hair. The type of curl is irrelevant. This application can be used on a variety of curls, from wavy to super kinky.

After spending two extensive days of training at the New York City OUIDAD flagship salon, I have learned the technique of this awesome method of cutting curly hair. The goal of this method is to help remove unwanted bulk from within the hair as well as aiding in the control of frizziness. One of the great aspects of this style is that there is no use of any thinning or texturizing shear used in this style of cut. Even with a style that has layers, you will not get a LEDGE effect when you hair is dry.

There is a special technique for applying product and styling this hair cut called the Rake ‘n Shake. With a variety of options within the product line, we can develop a system that feeds your hair exactly what it needs. This utilization of the correct product will assist in the final outcome of how beautiful, soft, and manageable your curls will be. I have also performed this style haircut on clients that get Brazilian Blowouts, and the two services compliment each other very nicely. So if you have naturally wavy, curly, or kinky hair, I strongly encourage you to contact me for your own OUIDAD experience!