Do you have Curly hair? Chances are that you probably have been traumatized by hairstylists who made you feel as if your natural texture was wrong or worse, destroyed your natural curls with straight cuts at least once. Unfortunately, these hairstylists are a dime a dozen in Singapore, as many are not trained or skilled enough to cut hair with curls. It's not easy to tell ahead of time if that's the case though, so here are the 5 warning signs that should preempt you to walk away ahead of the actual cut.
Using a razor or thinning scissors may help to thin down the hair and shed the extra layers but go to a stylist who is not so skillful and you may end up with a huge ball of frizz over your head. Razoring your hair while it is dry will damage your already fragile hair and make it look even drier. Especially when the extra weight of your hair is gone, it is likely to poof up, requiring lots of maintenance after.
This is the key sign of a newbie curly stylist; as they are not sure how to cut hair when it's curly, they insist on straightening your hair before cutting it. Firstly, this takes a long time and secondly, these stylists do not understand that curls shrink at different levels and amounts. Cutting the same length on both sides may cause your hair to be shorter on one side because the truth is, your curls are not equally curly on both sides. Do you know who won't know that? You got it...your newbie curly stylist!
Layering is crucial for curly hair to look good. As the weight of your curly hair pulls the curls down, a straight cut will end up looking like a triangle that is not flattering for most people.
If your stylist uses a fine-toothed comb while dry and curly, you definitely have the right to be skeptical about their expertise with curly hair. Brushing curly hair causes so much frizz that the hair will just tangle up into a ball afterwards...that is if the fine-toothed comb can even go through the curls in the first place.
It may be a tad too late by the time you reach this step but yes, a salon that doesn't even have a diffuser can clue you in on the number of curly-haired customers they have. A diffuser is ESSENTIAL for ladies with curly hair to define their curls. So if you see them using a big brush on your hair and blow-drying without a diffuser, it is probably best to make this your last visit.
Another warning sign you should look out for is if they bother doing a proper consultation with you.
There are some stylists who will head straight into the cut without asking for your preferred style and styling routine. That's a big no-no because what they like may not be what you like. How could they possibly help you achieve your ideal hair if they don't even try to understand you?
When your stylist says that, you know its time to run. Curly hair and straight hair are worlds apart in haircare and even haircut techniques. Use the wrong technique and you may be stuck with a mess of a mane for months. Hence, make sure you call the salon and find out if they are comfortable dealing with curly hair ahead of time. Better yet, consider looking through our list of Best Hair Salons in Singapore for Curly Hair.
One of our favourite recommendations for curly hair is Annie from Ann's Studio. There are stylists who specialize in dealing with curly hair and then there are stylists who have curly hair themselves. Being a curly-haired girl herself, Annie understands our deepest fears and pains when going to a hairdresser. On top of staying away from all these warning signs above, Annie will proactively share tips on how to manage curly hair in hot and humid Singapore.
These are invaluable tips you can't read off Google. Yes, we know there are lots of hair care tips for curly hair girls online but many are geared towards people who live in drier climates. Do the same in Singapore and you may find yourself facing greasy hair and hair loss problems. So if you want a great haircut and a stylist who would make you fall in love with your natural curls, even more, consider trying Annie. To understand how a visit with her is different, read on for Agent Gargi's visit to Ann's Studio.
Hi, I'm Gargi and you can find me on Tiktok @gandhisrevenge .
Other than my personality, I'm sure the next big thing you may notice is my even bigger hair.
Don't be mistaken, I love it
It's part of what makes me, me... straight haired me just doesn't look the same, eh?
But but but, look behind the gorgeous curls and you'll find a huge mess that can get even the most hyper of me, down sometimes.
On the days I can't stand the length (and the mess) anymore, I'll drag myself to the hair salon... only to have them mess it up.
I'm not trying to rant but seriously, a lot of hairstylists in Singapore have NO IDEA how to deal with curly hair. There're so many times I got recommended by someone and the person I go to, just gives me a regular straight cut.
And you know what... my head would look like an oversized triangle afterwards.
Consequently, I learned to dread going to the salon.. and ended up doing everything on my own at home.
With my hair at this length, I think it's, however, time that I go for another salon visit. The hair ends are getting too dry and I need to give it a refresh without losing too much length or curls.
Thankfully, the universe heard my prayers. Agent G from Beauty Undercover asked if I would like to get a haircut from Curly Hair Specialist: Annie. Annie herself is a Singaporean stylist who has curly hair and has helped many whose hair is even curlier than mine!
After taking a look at the Ann's Studio and seeing her portfolio, I know I've got to give her a go!
Adelphi isn't the most sophisticated place but it is conveniently located near City Hall MRT.
Within minutes from City Hall, I reached Adelphi and found the cosy Ann's Studio.
Immediately, Annie welcomed and sat me down for a consultation. We traded horror stories about stylists not understanding curly hair. I can only tell you how relieved I am to find someone who understands my pain.
Then, I shared with Annie about my hope to get rid of dry ends while keeping my length and volume.
I mean @ganghisrevenge won't look the same with shorter hair, would I?
I took off my mask for a short moment to show Annie my features so she could give me the most suitable haircut.
Since my curls aren't too springy or tight, Annie suggested adding layers to help my hair look fuller but feel lighter. She went on to explain the process and I was feeling more excited and confident with every passing minute.
We started with a hair wash so that Annie could work with a clean base.
Oh, how I've missed this!
Next, Annie applied an express treatment to aid with smoothening, nourishing, and detangling my hair.
After leaving it on for 5 minutes, she rinsed it off and guided me back to my seat.
Then, it was time for the cut.
Despite the mask, my hair was still tangled in some areas so she had to use a wide-toothed comb to get rid of them.
Then, it's time to get cutting.
Annie started trimming my hair, giving it some extra allowance since wet hair appears longer and straighter than dry hair.
She moved through my hair precisely and without hesitation, continuing to make me feel sure of her as my stylist.
With a few final touches to my fringe and the sides of my hair that frame my face, the wet cut is complete.
Before jumping straight into drying my hair like other salons previously did, Annie first applied curl cream to help enhance my curls. She mentioned that it's important to use curl-specific hair products because only those are best for taming frizz on curly hair.
She applied it by rubbing some curl cream to her palms, then scrunching my hair up to shape my curls.
To make my hair softer and smoother, she also applied hair oil to the ends with the same scrunching motion.
Then, she began drying my hair while I was comfortably reclined in the chair, something I really enjoyed and appreciated!
Next, she used the Dyson Diffuser to create more definition as my hair dries.
Annie brought me back to my seat for the final stretch of drying.
On a lower heat setting, she brought the hairdryer all the way up to my scalp further enhance my curls. She also flipped my hair over to add volume.
Here's a sneak peek!
Ready for the reveal?
I'm in love!
Look at how light and bouncy my hair has become!
It is nice, even just being able to put my hands through without as many tangles!
Even from the back, my hair looks much more structured
especially when compared to what I had before.
Thank you Annie for the amazing cut!
Instead of giving me a straight cut like what I got from many other stylists before, Annie listened to my many requests - keep the length, the approximate shape, cut off dry ends, no thinning scissors, and gave me a layered cut that made my curls look even better than before.
Annie also went the extra mile and shared with me some hair care tips to help me manage my hair better at home e.g. hair mask rather than conditioner for moisturizing without the cream.
Whatever I asked for, Annie delivered.
I'm a happy gargi.