I say “Oui” to Ouidad Curls

The Ouidad experience

The Ouidad experience

First, let me say that I know it’s been a minute since my last blog post. I am such a perfectionist that I don’t ever want to rush to post something just to post. I want my content to be meaningful.  I reviewed a Ouidad product recently but for my birthday I treated myself to a Ouidad cut and style at a local Ft Lauderdale salon.

I had read up on the carve and slice technique on the Ouidad site and was fully prepared for my first “curly” cut in over a decade. But since the Brazilian treatment of 2008 I haven’t been rocking the straight look often.  I learned to love my curls once I didn’t have them.  Honestly, my only hesitation came from the cost. A girl who hates haircuts definitely doesn’t want to pay over $100 for one but I had a feeling that this Ouidad cut could be a game changer. Plus, it was my birthday.  So used the Ouidad Salon Locator to find a stylist.  I settled on the Tipsy Salon (formerly Las Olas Beauty) and scheduled an appointment for a Ouidad Cut and Style.  Price Tag: $120  Yikes!  All I could do is pray that it was worth it.

Hair upon arrival

Hair upon arrival

When I arrived the salon was under construction – the new owners were transforming the salon into their signature set up.  Everyone was warm and friendly.  My stylist Leah sat me down to discuss my hair and the Ouidad process.  She had the shampoo girl use Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo followed by their Climate Control DeFrizzing Conditioner since we live in South Florida where humidity is NOT my friend.  She then prepped my hair with Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer before began the carve and slice hair cutting technique.

What I remember from previous haircuts, curly and straight, the goal was always to clip dead ends.  When curly the stylist would pull the section of hair tight to straighten before cutting with scissors.

After Ouidad's Carving and Slicing

After Ouidad’s Carving and Slicing

With the Ouidad Carving and Slicing method (see video) Leah analyzed my curls and carefully cut into the hair to remove bulk and allow my curls to fall naturally together.  While I have had layers put into my hair before the end result after the Ouidad cut was by far the best haircut I have ever had.  My hair had shape, still had volume and I didn’t lose length.  Hallelujah!

But my Ouidad experience was not over.  Now it was time for the Ouidad style.  Since I have tight spiral curls Leah proceeded to section my hair into small pieces and begin the Rake and Shake method. She spritzed my hair with water and then added a little more whipped curls to prep my hair.  All my hair was piled on top of my head and then she pulled small sections to pull Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel through the hair using her hands like a flat iron.  She then separated the hair (Rake) and wiggled it loose (Shake) before laying it down not to be touched again.  Check out this video for the Rake and Shake method on tight curls.  You can also visit the Ouidad site for the styling of other curl types.  The biggest thing I took from the Ouidad style session was to get product through my entire head of hair by taking the time to section and apply.  I also learned to not touch the curls until they are dry.  Leah used a diffuser to dry the hair but unlike how I used it in the past she held the dryer about 2-3 inches from my hair never letting the diffuser touch the curls.

After Gel has been applied to the hair, section by section with the Rake and Shake method

After Gel has been applied to the hair, section by section with the Rake and Shake method

Pinned without disturbing the Curls

Pinned without disturbing the Curls

The correct way to diffuse your curls.

The correct way to diffuse your curls.

The final result after Cut and Style

The final result after Cut and Style

Finally, once my hair was dry I was able to shake it out.  My biggest concern about applying the method at home was the amount of time it took and the amount of product used.  Now the curls lasted for close to 5 days but the cost (time and money) still concerned me.

All smiles after my Ouidad experience

All smiles after my Ouidad experience

Since then I have used other products with the techniques and I can honestly I haven’t been able to achieve the same amount of definition while maintaining length.  With curl creams and other gels I do get some shrinkage.  I am still determined to get the same results.  I cannot deny how awesome Ouidad products and techniques are – I just wish I had found them sooner.

While Leah assured me I should only need a cut twice a year this will be determined by my combs ability to get through my curls over the next couple months.

A few weeks later I did seek out a Ouidad stylist in Chicago for a wedding hair style.  I found The Bird’s Nest Salon in Logan Square.  I scheduled a Ouidad style (prices starting at $50).  Imagine my surprise when I got a bill for over $100 after 1. being squeezed between clients 2. assisting the stylist in completing my hair 3. providing my own hair pins.  While it turned out to be an issue of miscommunication – or what I call non-communication – I would certainly NOT recommend visiting this overpriced salon.  I still have much love for Ouidad products and the Rake and Shake.  I just know that if the salon stylist who is certified doesn’t do a lot of curly clients they are quite slow.  I suggest asking what they plan to do and how much you will be charged before the stylist begins.  Prices will always vary in any salon by the amount of hair you have as well as the length.

Ouidad curls all pinned up.

Ouidad curls all pinned up.

All the curls pinned back after a Ouidad style

All the curls pinned back after a Ouidad style

Check out the pin up.  I used combs on the sides to keep it slicked back tight but then used large open plastic pins to tuck sections of the hair, separating the front piece to style loosely.

The best part about having the Ouidad style done before the pin up was having ready to go curls that lasted days after I took all the pins out.  That is not ever the case any other time.  I usually would need to wash and re-condition.

Thank you Ouidad for all the lessons.

Curls Out The Box!

Thanks to my girlfriend Jennifer (remember she is the one who helped get me started in this blog life) I got to do a Curl MAY-KOVER in June.  I have been waiting to receive a curlbox for years and finally, by way of NYC, one arrived on at my door.  I was like a kid at Christmas carefully tearing into the packaging, anticipating what wonderful gift was inside.

Love in box for my curls from my girl Jenn!

Love in box for my curls from my girl Jenn!

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The official curlBOX!

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Myleik Teele is the genius who launched curlBOX to allow women the chance to try several hair products for the price of one each month.  The popularity.  For as long as I can remember there has been a waitlist to get on the coveted curlbox list.  They say getting things in life is more about WHO you know than WHAT you know and this is certainly a case for that fact.  Needless to say I was immediately impressed by the packaging and the letter from Myleik introducing the MAY-KOVER products.  Of course I decided I needed to try them immediately.

BEFORE

BEFORE

After 2 days without washing and coming straight from the gym my hair looked like it does a lot of days in South Florida – dry and frizzy.

The products featured in the curlBOX were all from the Creme of Nature Argan Oil collection.  I jumped in the shower and since I didn’t have a lot of product in my hair I used the Pure-Licious Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner – in the past I hadn’t been a fan of co-wash products if I had a lot of build-up from products on my scalp.  I followed up the co-wash with the Argan Buttermilk Leave-in Hair Milk – again even though I know I should be using leave-ins more often I never felt like they moisturized my hair enough.  Not the case here.  I probably would have been good to go just after those two products but since I had the Style & Shine Foaming Mousse I figured I may as well finish it off.  This was the result after using the 3 products.  You can see the moisture and definition in my curls even with them being piled up on top of my head.

AFTER

AFTER

While this alone is impressive the fact that 3 days later I have not had to re-wet my hair or add more product (which I usually do if I want to see decent hair).  #NoFrizz What I really loved was that I didn’t have to use a lot of any of the products which means they will actually last me a little while unlike most products – remember my “Sponge” post?

Check out 3 days of creme of nature curls (Yes, I do wear black almost everyday to work).  Needless to say I will definitely be using this product – I am a fan.  Thank you curlBOX from just a curly gurl!

Day 1 Curls - Hair down and lots of movement

Day 1 Curls – Hair down and lots of movement

Day 2 curls - pinned some up for style but still plenty of spring.

Day 2 curls – pinned some up for style but still plenty of spring.

Day 3 curls - after working out each day starting to dry a bit but still great curl definition pinned back

Day 3 curls – after working out each day starting to dry a bit but still great curl definition pinned back