Gabriella learns to love her curls, thanks to Emma

The wonderfully creative Gabriella Geisigner popped into the salon recently to have her curls transformed by stylist Emma. The 26 year old born and bred New Yorker recites her experience at the salon as well as how to embrace curls and love them. Read more of her story @ ellaquenceandsonder.com 

As I’ve written about before, my relationship with my curls hasn’t always been great. The past few weeks it’s been at its lowest. My stress levels have been through the roof – job applications, visa struggles, money woes, all part of being an adult. But the stress has taken its toll. My skin has been lack-luster, my energy low despite cycling 3 days per week and going to the gym, and I’ve been drawn to even more junk food. Most of all, my hair has been terrible.

My routine has, for the past couple of years, been one that lacks shampoo and loads up on conditioning – leave-in and wash out. The past few weeks nothing seemed to work. It felt like straw, was dull and very dry. I was at my wits end. Every time I caught my reflection I felt that pang of …shame, really. Not at my hair, but at myself. That I didn’t look the way I felt I wanted to present myself.

Then I went to Unruly Curls.

Oh. My God.

Read more of Gabriella's blog posts @ ellaquenceandsonder.com

I’ve tried a few hair salons, most of which have been decent but never left me feeling totally happy. I’ve surruptitously squirted more product into my hair when the stylist was gone, or once home, put it in a braid – sometimes rewash and style it completely. Unless it was blowdried straight, I was almost never happy. This was the first time, in almost ever, that I left the salon feeling beautiful. It was more than a haircut.

Emma, my stylist, told me what to do to get my shine and body back, and most of all my curls. And while I was in shock over the volume for the first few minutes, once outside, the joy took hold.

My hair has always been important to me. I think particularly for us curly girls, when it’s something we are taunted and teased for, it’s a very fraught relationship we have with our locks. So many salon trips leave us saddened, when stylists exclaim “there’s so much of it!”, when you spend too much money on products that don’t work and end up sitting in a cupboard until you have the heart to throw them out, when when when… the list goes on.

At Unruly Curls, I was recommended products I could afford, and ones that they used, and worked. I finally felt like I was wearing my hair, not that my hair was wearing me. That’s a lot for one haircut to give, but boy did this one do it. So, the moral of the story, curly girls can be princess – sometimes fairy godmother’s come in lots of shapes and sizes. Mine is Emma, from Unruly Curls.

 

We recommend you head over to Gabriella's blog sooner rather than later, it's well worth a read

ellaquenceandsonder.com or head over to her twitter @ twitter.com/ellaquentt

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Here at Unruly Curls we like to work with authentic curly girls who have had experience growing up with hair which goes against the grain and who love to celebrate their beautiful curls. If you are that girl then we would like to collaborate on a project with you, please get in touch below and we will send you a message asap with more details. 

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Colouring Hair; What to do

What effect does colouring curls have? Bleach and harsh chemicals which can be used to dye hair can be damaging to the cuticle layer which will cause dryness and can lead to a coarse, straighter hair if not cared for correctly.  appearance with a lack of lustre and shine.

 

Pre-Colour: Wash your hair before coming into our studio when having your hair coloured. We would encourage you to use natural oils a week before you come in for your appointment however make sure they are totally washed out before you come in. Oil coats the hair which makes it difficult for colour to take.


Post-Colour: Ideally wait up to 3 days to wash your hair after having it colored- we know a lot of you guys like to wash your hair once a week so if you can hold out slighter longer we would recommend it. Our stylist Emma has recently recommended my curly blonde hair - TIGI CATWALK Fashionista Violet Shampoo & Conditioner and it worked a treat! No brassy colour and a glossy shiny texture. If you have a particular brand you like to use or have had your hair darkened then ask at the salon for a personal recommendation and the stylists will have a list of great products for you to covet.

Booze, body image and coming out of the curl closet…By Saphia H

All images found on Saphia's blog

All images found on Saphia's blog

Long term client, talented writer, business manager, blogger... the list could go on when we talk about Saphia H and her multitude of talents! Saphia just dropped a blog post which most of our readership can emphasise with - What it's like to come out of the curl closet! We have paraphrased below however we would seriously recommended you read the whole thing on her BLOG and check out her social media too on Twitter and Instagram

 

"Anyway, I digress slightly, fast forward to my early 20’s where I met an amazing hair dresser – Michael Price Founder of Unruly in West London. He’s a curly hair genius, known for making girls totally fall back in love with their curls. He’s currently writing a self help book for the curly gurly out there who needs help finding the love again for hers – look out for it the man’s a genius. So after 8 years of seeing him and asking him to blow dry it straight, I decided only a month ago to brave it and let my curls my free.

Tentatively sitting in the chair feeling totally vulnerable I said to him “I just want you to make my curls look hot” He swivelled me round looked straight into my eyes smiling he said, ‘Im going to let you into a little secret mate, the key to true hotness isn’t how I make your curls look, its how you feel about them”

Clever c*nt (I jest)

But he’s got a point, and now I’m on this journey of recovery, it’s like something inside me is just pushing me to step further and further into my own skin and stop hiding. There’s nothing to be scared of anymore. I’ve spent years scared of myself and not trusting me. Those days are gone and so the curls are out and proud! Is it easy to unravel years of thinking a certain way – No! I want to run and grab my hair straighteners and straighten the life out of them every time I get a funny look.

Someone I know and respect actually saw them for the first time a few weeks ago, she looked at me for a long time then said ‘So what did you do? Perm your hair?’ Me ‘No, this is my natural hair’ Her ‘Oh right, so is it always going to be like that’ ?

SHOOT ME NOW.

As insignificant as that sounds when you’ve just come out of the curl closet that is NOT what you want to hear. I actually fought back the tears and tied my hair up, strapped on my armour for the day and she was none the wiser." Saphia H, Read More at:

https://lovelife1405.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/booze-body-image-and-coming-out-of-the-curl-closet/

LFW Looks

Call us biased but we think the strongest hair styles this season were curly. It is great to see natural curls coming back and being celebrated. We hope you enjoy this curl info via www.vogue.com