If you're starting out on your curl journey we highly recommend that you get your hands on the book by Lorraine Massey called 'Curly Girl: The Handbook' in which you will find 'The Curly Girl Method'...
It's like a manifesto, a bible, a manual and a resource all in one. You'll go back to it again and again in the course of learning how to care for your natural texture.
The reason we say to get the book is that there are many aptly-termed 'rabbit-holes' on the streets of the internet, and it's easy to get lost down them watching endless iterations of other's takes on the curly girl method in the form of You Tube video's, Instagram pages, how-to's and endless product reviews. You can emerge hours later, overwhelmed and potentially confused (can I get an 'amen' from all the curlies who've already found that out?!). We say 'go back to the source', and that is both the book, and Lorraine Massey herself. An updated edition is due out in 2020, and you can always follow Lorraine's social media pages to stay up-to-date also.
Is any one person or book the first and final word on all things curly? Not by any means, but you deserve to know the true Curly Girl Method (CG Method) to be able to make your own mind up and find out what works for you.
If you're also embracing the natural silvering of your hair, we'd also recommend Lorraine's book 'Silver Hair: A Handbook'. There is also Lorraine's new 'Curly Kids Handbook' for ages 0 to 110 available. Lorraine says that these contain the most up to date CGMethod until her new updated version becomes available.These books are often available in public libraries, in bookshops and online. Show it to your hairdresser if you feel they would be open to learning what you know.
Lorraine Massey's CurlyWorldllc website and CurlByCurl Locator, and Instagram pages are also great for continual updates on international training opportunities for hair professionals, and to keep your finger on the pulse of the forefront of the curl movement!
Here is Lorraine Massey at a promotional event for stylists and curly clients.
As the penultimate champion for curly hair, her reputation precedes her internationally.
In response to the demand for curl specialist salon services there’s now an international network of curl specialists, many of whom can trace their trainings back to Lorraine Massey.
Many are trained in the DevaCurl® DevaCut®, a brand Lorraine built over the time period 1994-2013, but now that Lorraine has a new creative space, 'Spiral (x,y,z)' in New York, she is teaching internationally, with classes in high demand for her original cutting technique 'CurlbyCurlTM'.
In November 2019, Donna (head curl here at Curls Naturally) became the first and only NZer to become CurlyWorld trained in the CurlbyCurlTM cutting and Curly Girl Method after attending stylist training under Lorraine and one of her international CurlyWorld training partners, Saulo O'Deorain.
Hair professionals and non-hair-professionals can learn more about curls, so we also highly recommend learning from other curl experts recognised by and trusted by the international curl community as trainers.
- 'Curly Hair Artistry' is an international network of curl specialists who have taken advanced education in the art of curl cutting, provided by founder Scott Musgrave. Scott's 'Curly Hair Artistry' website, blog and online courses for stylists are highly respected internationally by the curl community and he even provides an excellent online course that both non-hair-professionals and hair professionals can take. Once anyone has completed any of his courses, they gain access to the respective high quality interaction facebook group where Scott and his highly knowledgeable team are active and present. Go meet Scott on his social media platforms.
- Evan Joseph's 'Evan Joseph Curls' website has course information for hair professionals (workshop, and helpfully for NZ'er's - online), and his Instagram page is always very lively and informative. He is a BTC educator and was voted in Elle Magazine's Top 100 salons in the US.
- Krista Leavitt 'Krista Leavitt - Curl Specialist' is one of Canada's top-rated curl specialists, certified in a multiplicity of curl cutting techniques and she has a website and online course for stylists and non-hair-professionals alike, wanting to know styling methods for working with wavy, curly and super-curly hair. Krista is also working on an online course for hair-professionals only. Once anyone has completed the courses, they gain access to the respective high quality facebook group. Go meet Krista on her social media platforms.
- Loni Jean's 'Desert Curls Studio' offers an online course to learn how to re-create the styling results she achieves on her clients, and as Loni Jean uses entirely Innersense® products which is a particularly helpful resource if you wish to use this brand.
- Atoya Bass of 'Atoya - The Curly Hair Studio' is a passionate curl specialist who also offers an online course called 'The Curly Hair Course'.
- Nubia Suarez is the founder of the Rëzo cut and her 'Rëzo Academy' offers training in her signature cut and colouring techniques. Nubia hails from South America but is based in the USA and conducts multiple workshop trainings throughout the year.
- Closer to home, Kimberly Marks of Yeah the Curls in Sydney was the first stylist in Australia to become certified in Lorraine Massey's CurlbyCurlTM cutting and styling technique, after travelling to London to complete stylist training there under Lorraine. Since then, as a salon owner and curl specialist, she has been offering education to Australian stylists in up-to-date curl cutting and styling, and is the only stylist in Australasia to be listed on the www.curlyworldllc.com CbyC stylist locator. Kim can be found at www.yeahthecurls.com and at Yeah the Curls salon in Sydney.
- Amanda Rickman is an international trainer based in Australia, certified in numerous curl community-recognised curl cutting and colouring techniques, and can be found at 'Amanda Rickman Curly Hair Education' and at Purely Curls in Brisbane.
- Meg Conkling of www.megconkling.com is a curl specialist in the USA and has recently launched an online course called 'Curls Hold Magic' for stylists and non-hair-professionals alike, wanting to know more about working with all curl textures. Her course can be found on her website and you can find Meg at 'Curly Hair Alchemist' on Instagram, Facebook and You Tube.
- Aishia and Aeleise, the educators behind Cut It Kinky of www.cutitkinky.com and Black Girl Curls are providing answers for stylists working with tight curls. Cut It Kinky offer online and workshop-based training for stylists to learn the art of cutting curls. In their digital-based training you join an interactive ongoing educational community that's consistently growing and crafting content. It is subscription-based, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
As with all curl specialists you can find them on Facebook and on Instagram. The before's and after's they post, like any reputable curl specialist's, are top notch, curling-tong-free, and totally inspiralling!
And what better than a magazine dedicated to curls!
Something else you will love (and can also show to your hairdresser) is 'Curl Magazine', which can be subscribed to at readcurl.com and you can follow them on social media by searching readcurl or curl magazine.
We think every curl specialist in NZ worth their salt should have a subscription! The pages of curly cuts are beautiful. (And we all know how difficult it is to see our hair types in the standard salon magazines!)
Additional resources specifically in NZ...
A page we compile on facebook called 'Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ; Training Info & Directory' provides up to date information on training opportunities for hair stylists wanting to up their game on curl cutting and specialisation, as well as being a directory listing of stylists in NZ who have completed any of those trainings.As The Curl Next Door Donna is now a fully-operating Curl Specialist offering Curl Cuts, Curl Lessons, Curl Workshops. Available NZ-wide based on demand, and based in New Plymouth, she has certification from Lorraine Massey's CurlyWorld, and has completed courses by Curly Hair Artistry, Krista Leavitt, Evan Joseph, Desert Curls, Curly Hair Alchemist and Atoya Bass. Donna also helps stylists with education in technique, wholesale product ranges, and by bringing them quickly up to speed with the niche of the curly girl method and curl specialisation, and pointing them towards the relevant training from professionals. Her website www.thecurlnextdoor.co.nz is a wealth of information on the services a trained curl specialist offers.
There are also numerous Curly Girl and natural hair groups convening on Facebook, some specific to each country and some internationally.