Oh, you curly, wavy, frizzy mess, how you frustrate me…let me count the ways. Curly hair has many different faces. We’ve seen it all: straight on top/curly on the bottom, straight in the front/curly in the back, wavy in patches, curly in patches, and then there’s just downright frizzy. Ugh. How to make each curly/wavy head look stylish is the goal. We took some time to explore the best ways of taming and highlighting moderately curly hair last week during our education class at Salon JLS. We jumped at the chance to test out John Dellaria’s new line, Shuga,since we had heard amazing things about this line, especially the styling products Swurl (advertised as smooth and subtle curl and a liquid flatiron and curling iron in one concentrated product. Who can pass up trying that, right?), and Stay, which boasts “a creme hairspray with a pomade personality.” Cool. The other thing that caught our eye is that the line is made with all natural ingredients – I mean, who wants crap in their hair? Shuga is created with yogurt proteins and natural plant and milk sugars. It smells like it sounds, subtle and delicious.
Here are some takeaway tips we wanted to share with you based on our experiments. To get the best shine and hold for shorter, moderately curly hair, we loved Swurl. We ended up with supple, shiny curls with good definition even despite the windy day we were having in Haymarket. But for thicker, longer curly hair we found that using one of the additional styling products, Stay, really amped up the curling power and held curls incredibly well. We have to admit, Stay is basically a crème hairspray with a pomade personality. One gets maximum verstatility but there’s no alcohol in it, so your curls stay soft and touchable.
Here is our step-by-step guide created by hair stylist Krista for replicating this gorgeous styling at home:
First, we washed and conditioned our model’s hair with Shuga’s Gentle Shampoo which is great for fine, color-enhanced or naturally hightlighted hair. Then we applied Shuga’s Conditioner, which felt light, but seemed to make the hair incredibly soft.
After gently towel drying, we worked a quarter-sized dollop of Swurl into our model’s wet hair.
With the shorter hair, we found that you could just air dry and Swurl created soft, subtle curls that weren’t frizzy.
For the thicker, longer hair, we added a dollop of Stay after the Swurl to set in place. Then we diffused until dry. The result was bouncy, gorgeous curls.
And there you have it – no more curly/wavy, frizzy mess! Special thanks to our model who looks fantastic and is ready to take on Friday night in Downtown Boston (after a quick pop-over to Maria’s Pastries across the street!). We now sell Shuga products at Salon JLS if you would like to try out this style at home.