Hairstyles How To: Reading Curl Pattern

When it comes to consulting with curly hair clients, don’t make the mistake of grouping them all in the same curl pattern.  

Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, categorizes curly hair into three groups on his new DVD, “Curlicious – Your Guide to Mastering Naturally Curly Hair.”

·Wavy: Open waves that are generally loose and easily straightened or curled.
·Curly/Springy: Bouncy curls ranging from springy ringlets to compact coils.
·Spiral/Kinky: The most densely compact twists that range from spiral to zigzag, generally very dry and fragile.
Each category is unique and requires specific products and techniques to treat its distinctive attributes - from the shampoo bowl to finishing.

How to read curl pattern effectively, determining the cutting strategy for each curl pattern, deciding whether to cut wet or dry...the answers to these questions and more can be found on “Curlicious – Your Guide to Mastering Naturally Curly Hair.”

Villa’s entire line of education is available at

Photo Credits:
Sam Villa - Hair
Geneva Cowen – Color/Art Direction
Shalem Mathew - Photography
Paula J. Dahlberg - Makeup
Michelle Boucher – Stylist

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