Even after I knew how to properly wear curly hair, there was still one thing missing. A good “hair cut” that can enhance the beauty of my natural curls. After a lot of search, I got to know about Avani and all my image about hair stylists changed completely. Not all of them are the same, trying to tame our curly hair out there. So, guys you are in for a treat today!!! I have the pleasure of introducing….Avani!
Avani Yashwin runs the Happy In The Head hair studio which is in Bandra, Mumbai. She studied hair at the BBlunt academy in 2008 and has been happily cutting hair since. Continuing her passion with hair she started her own studio Happy In the Head from her home terrace in 2011. And after a few weeks of creative learning at Vidal Sassoon Hair School in London, she moved her terrace studio to Bandra. She has extensive experience with every type of hair, not only curly hair. Her love for her cats is as famous as her love for curly hair. Some people call her the hair fairy who makes you feel so comfortable in her chair and listens to your hair needs patiently. She is the happiest person I have ever met which makes her truly an apt brand ambassadress of her studio “Happy in the Head”.
So, here is our very own hair expert today answering our queries in her own words. Thanks a lot Avani for taking out the time from your busy schedule and helping us Curlies. Muahh……
Q: What are your thoughts about curly hair?
A: Curly hair is so beautiful and has absolutely infinite hair possibilities. Just like straight hair. And I hate that often people with this hair type feel like nothing different is plausible. Because that is completely untrue.
Know your own hair and your own mind and you can be guaranteed of a lovely overall look be it cut or color or both.
A: Not a big fan of “trends” in general because we alone should decide what we want to dress our hair like not some made up rules by the self appointed fashion police. Because trends can be against your individual style..isn’t it? So, because something is in vogue or not, shouldn’t be the reason we do it.The only thing you want to consider while getting a haircut is self expression. Does the haircut you’re getting truly reflect you and your personality ? 🙂
So whether it’s long mermaid curly hair or a curly bob or a cute curly hair pixie, as long as you want it – go for it!!
Q: There are so many technique to do layers so what should we ask a hair stylist if we have a lot of volume and what kind of hair cut can enhance the volume in less voluminous hair?
A: Layers is the definitive answer to all curly and wavy hair shapes. It can both add and subtract density depending on how the layers are cut and placed.
Essentially it’s what liberates curly/wavy hair and allows it to flow rather than be a concentrated triangular mass of hair .
You want every inch of your hair to curl and wave not just the bottom. This is especially true of people with a more opened out roller curl rather then super tight noodle curly hair.
So denser and thicker the hair, you can apply heavy layering techniques to reduce the volume. And if there is less volume, you can apply beautiful graduated layering techniques to add body and increase the overall visual movement.
Q: Should one consider his/her face shape while getting the hair cut?
A: Again, very personally speaking, this question is addressed in schools and salons world across but I find it super restrictive.
I described it in my own blog post a few months but to summarize I would say it doesn’t matter whether you are a pear shape or heart or an apple, cause we are people not fruits. The only thing that really matters is whether you want a style bad enough? Because only then will you wear it with an effortless innate confidence 🙂
To give you guys an example, I was often told by all hairdressers I went to that fringes or bangs won’t work on me because I have a small forehead. but i really got tired of hearing that and cut myself a fringe with craft scissors and I have had some kind of a fringe ever since.
So to me, the only thing to consider while getting a haircut is does it complement your natural texture and enhance it. You want a haircut to exaggerate your beautiful natural movement not take away from it.
Q: What kind of hair cut is complete no-no in curly hair?
A: There are broadly two categories of haircuts.
So one length basically means all hair would be cut on an even plane. And this would to me be a complete no-no!! As it would keep the hair super weighty and restrict the bends and flow of naturally curly and wavy hair.
For example – an A line bob would normally be one length except shorter at the back, slightly longer in the front. So, if a curly wavy haired person wanted to get it, it’s totally possible it would just have to be a layered version of it. But essentially if you have a hairdresser that understands shapes, you should definitely be able to personalize a haircut. To break it down – don’t leave your hair on an even one length cut. Different kinds of layered and graduated haircuts works beautifully on curly hair.
Q: How often should one cut their hair?
A: As many times as one wishes to. Shorter hair requires more frequent haircuts as every inch is a different shape and can lose style pretty quickly. To maintain a shorter shape, one might want to cut it every 2-4 months.
On the other hand, if one wears their hair longer, you can get away without a haircut for long or because visually it will still retain fairly decent shape so every 4-6 months should be great. Two to three times a year. Or two haircuts and a trim in the middle. It all depends on the individual health of your hair. Ultimately you want to care about the aesthetic of the hair but more importantly – is it healthy and shiny.
Q: What is a good practice when you get the hair coloring done with minimum damage and without losing the curl shape. Also, dark or light colors, latest colour trends?
A: Hair color is fantastic especially on curly/wavy hair as it looks blended and turns with the hair quite magically. So as long as one uses phenomenal products and does not compromise on the right methods to achieve the result you trying to accomplish, there is no real worry.
Because unlike other chemical treatments, like re-bonding, perming, straightening etc that change the bonds of your hair. Color is not that intrusive. So, as long as one uses great color products, technical know how as well as perfect post color care, the health of your hair will not suffer at all.
Also color does not cause graying or hair fall. These are myths. Hair fall and graying are caused due to any /all of the following –
Hormonal imbalance, hereditary factors, smoking, stress etc.
Trends should not matter again when one is looking to color. What you really want to do is introduce colors gently so you can get used to seeing yourself with color and also ascertain for yourself how your hair feels, quality wise as well. But in general again, the colors should definitely reflect your lifestyle and profession. Certain colors may not work with certain work spheres. Also, if your work involves a lot of travel, it would impact the longevity of your color.
Dark or light hair color would depend again on what you are trying to achieve. I would definitely recommend extensive color consults with your stylist so you can come up with something that suits you. Dark colors, in general, would be more taming whereas lighter colors reflect light and add body.
Also coloring in a way that positively accentuates your haircut is always fantastic and adds another element of surprise and wonder. So, blueberry, violet or emerald. pixie bob or beautifully long, wear your hair in the way that it’s most you.
~ Wear your kaleidoscopic dreams in your hair ~
Doesn’t she explain it beautifully!!
Here’s some more of her beautiful body of work! Just keep filling our life with color and beauty.
Let this be your extensive guide for curly hair cuts and colors. there are still so many possibilities that you can explore with curly hair. So, let you spirit flowwww.
Do let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorites and share your plans on what kind of hair cut or color you are planning to get next.
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