At Belle & Blackley we love curls. We are passionate about them and over the years the team have created techniques and methods to help you understand your hair and get you falling in love with your natural curl.


We have always championed ‘hero’ products at Belle & Blackley, not tying ourselves to any particular brand or method. Choosing instead to work with the ones we love from all ranges and taking the time to show you the correct techniques for YOUR curl.

As a Returning Client, here's what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment: 


We'll start with a consultation to check in with where you are with your hair. We move on to a dry cut, which is why it's important for you to come in with your hair prepped so we can work with your curl in its natural state. Then it's up to the basins for a cleanse and Wellaplex treatment. The key to great curls is hydration and the cleanse and treatment is all about opening up the cuticle so that the treatment can penetrate right into the cortex. Treatment is followed by a conditioner to close and smoothen the cuticle, locking that essential moisture in. Then it's back to the chair, where we may choose to fine tune the cut or go straight to styling. Our hands-on approach to styling means we'll take you through how to style your hair and which products to use.


For established clients there is the option to come in for an BB Curls Express Dry Cut - we'll just take care of the shape with this service - so again, it's crucial that you arrive with your hair prepped.

Please arrive with you hair prepped as directed below.


We want you to get the most out of your visit. Coming in with your hair prepped is a must.

DO: Come in with your hair cleansed, conditioned, detangled and dry. 

DO: Style it as you normally would but take care to avoid heavy oils and butters that leave a film on your hair and weigh it down.

DON'T: use heavy styling products like shea/coconut oil/avocado oil - these products change your curl pattern.

DON'T: Use anything that would change the pattern of your curl - no hair-bands, buns, ponytails, hats, clips etc.

DON'T: Brush your curl out.


As a New Client, we have three options for you to book in. If you are new just starting out your curl journey then the Intro to BB Curls is for you.  If you are on top of your curl management and are able to come in with your hair prepped then the 1st Time Visit is the one to go for. Finally if you are a bit overwhelmed by all the online advice and don't know where  to begin, come in and see us for a 1st Step BB Curls Lesson.

Here's what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment:

We recommend following a hair detox routine before your visit.  Please see our DETOX page for details.


We always start with a consultation.


“That is when the journey starts. We have a chat and figure out what the client’s needs are. Everyone is individual and we won’t rush things. Sometimes I won’t cut the hair on a first visit – sometimes I will. Sometimes the first visit is about cleansing the hair and treating it so that we can really see what the curl is like when it’s healthy and hydrated. Understanding the type of curl you have is key to finding the perfect style for you” Scott Cooper, our resident curl king.

We'll talk through your curl wants and desires, concerns and challenges and product usage. We Cut for shape and Condition for condition - so we'll probably start with a dry cut.


A Curl Cleanse may be required if we feel that your hair is weighed down or heavily coated. We cleanse, treat and dry your hair so we can see what we’re dealing with!

We'll cleanse and treat your hair, then potentially follow up with fine tuning the cut. Then we'll start on products and styling.

During your visit we’ll discuss how to take care of your curl, which products to use and the best techniques for styling your hair.

It can take a while for hydration levels to return to your hair once we’ve shown you what to use on it. To get the best result on your first visit, please follow our hair prep do's and don'ts - in particular removing any build up of shea oils/heavy butters or creams from your hair. This may take a few weeks so it's best to start your prep as early as possible.

Speaking of journeys, for some people, getting to know and love their curl has been a life-long battle. It may take a while to get healthy hydrated curls again, or to completely remove product build up and release your natural curl. But you’ve found us now so at least you are not on this journey alone.

We want to see your hair with it's natural, undisturbed curl pattern. If you are just beginning this curl journey , we understand, you may be finding it hard to know what your hair needs - come in as best as you can with your hair in it's natural state. We know that curls change every day – bring in any photos you may have of your best and worst hair days!


We want you to get the most out of your visit. Coming in with your hair prepped is a must.

DO: Come in with your hair cleansed, conditioned, detangled and dry. 

DO: Style it as you normally would but take care to avoid heavy oils and butters that leave a film on your hair and weigh it down.

DON'T: use heavy styling products like shea/coconut oil/avocado oil - these products change your curl pattern.

DON'T: Use anything that would change the pattern of your curl - no hair-bands, buns, ponytails, hats, clips.

DON'T: Brush your curl out.

Before you leave you can book in for a follow up appointment. Once you’ve had time to work with your curls you come back and see us and we make sure that you’re happy with your hair journey.


  • Each curly head is unique. Water, environment, lifestyle all play a part. 

  • Firstly you need a healthy scalp. Would you keep putting moisturiser on your face without ever washing?

  • Hydration is key to curls  - finding the right product for your hair type is step one to happy hair.

  • Curly hair needs a conditioner and regular treatments but we need to get the hair ready to receive these hydrating products. If you use a lot of oils and serums watch out for product build up otherwise the wonderful conditioner or treatment you're using will just sit on top of the hair shaft and not penetrate the cuticle. A deep clean every now and then is important.

  • Use a Tangle Teaser or your fingers to detangle your hair.

  • Make sure your hair is soaking wet when you add your styling products. You want to create a good cast, which seals in the moisture, Smoothing  and raking the hair with your fingers to create curl clumps will give you great curl definition.

  • Use a micro-fibre towel or t-shirt to gently squeeze your hair up towards the scalp. This encourages the curl and absorbs excess water. Don't overdo it otherwise it will end up frizzy.

  • Air dry or diffuse on full power, medium heat.

  • You should have a nice cast on your hair (a crunchy feeling from products). You need to break this up by gently scrunching your hair. Using your hand like a claw, gather a section of your hair from the tips moving up to the roots and gently squeeze until you feel the crispiness break away.

  • If you want several days out of your hair, don't break the cast straight away.

Everyday is a school day when you've got curls! Some of you may be new to your natural curl  and others will be in the know. Our friends at Schwarzkopf Professional have put together this Curls and Wave Dictionary to help you navigate the world of curls.

Big Chop

The process of cutting off the majority of the hair that is damaged through relaxers or straigthening in order to give room for healthy textured hair to grow naturally.


The cuticle of curly hair has an irregular thickness creating weakness points where it is thinner. The curlier the hair is, the more it is prone to breakage.

Bungee bands

Easy and effective way for tying a braid or a ponytail, without breaking the curls.


Co-washing or 'conditioner washing' is the usage of a conditioner with cleansing properties, instead of using a traditinal shampoo. The absence of strong surfacants enables hair to be cleansed in a gentler and caring way, without stripping natural oils.


Some stying products can leave hair feeling hard and unnatural with a crunchy feeling when dry. Sometimes this can be scrunched out for softer results.


The outer cellular layer of the hair's protecttive shield. Prevents structural damage of the inner hair structure.

Deep Conditioning/Deep Treatment

A heat activated conditioning treatment to add moisture back into the hair.


A blow-dryer attachment used to disperse the airflow without disturbing the curl or wave pattern or causing frizz. On a low heat setting this simulates are drying, locking curls in place and keeping them voluminous and defined.


A cutting technique which involves midly layering the hair, keeping the length, but taking off the damaged hair tips.


Curly hair tends to have more frizz than straight hair because of dehydration in the strands. Frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of the hair is rasied, allowing moisture to pass through and casue the strands to swell.

Hair Pattern

Hair patterns cn ither be loose, medium or tight when describing textured hair.

Hair Texture

Description of straight, wavy, curly or kinky hair.


A protein and major component of skin, hair and nails. when hair is damaged teh levels of keratin tend to lower.

Kinky hair

Kiny hair or the 4C curl type is considered to be the tightest coil type and has a torsion twist whener the hair strands turns completely around itself.


'Low-poo' (low shampoo) describes the method of washing the hair with low-surfactant products that only create a minimal lather due to the absence of stronger surfactants that would strip away hair's natural moisture.


A product that includes humectants and hydrophilic molecules that use hydrogen bonding to attract and hold water molecules helping to hydrate the hair.Moisturizing ingredients are e.g. Panthenol or Glycerin.


The 'No-poo' (no shampoo) mehtod uses no shampoo at all, hair in only treated with warm water.


Hair porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture and is directly linked to the quality of the hair.


Coating the hair, for about 30 minutes or more, with a mixture of oils or a deep treatment before cleansing the hair.

Protective Hair Styling

A hairstyle that prevents hair from being opening exposed to damaging agents such as sun, heat and constant manipluatin. The prupose and benefit of this hairstyle is to grow healthier, longer hair and reduce split ends and damage. Some examples are Buns, Braids, Sew-in Weaves and Wigs.


Styling technique for a more textured look. Gently squeeze the hair upward from ends towards the roots to encourage wave and curl definition and remove product crunch.


Shrinkage is when the hair retracts after washing or being exposed to moisture, therefor its true length is not visible. Hair experiences the most shrinkage when dry.

Silk Pillowcases

Regular cotton pillowcases can pull at your hair and cause frizz, split ends, uneven curling, and more. Silk pillowcases are recommended for textured hair as these are gentler on the delicate hair structure.


Method to relax curly hair permanently.


Detergents made of sulphur-containing mineral salts. The most common are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.


Process in which steps are taken to stop relaxing the hair and reduce the amount of heat applied in an attempt to allow hair to grow back its natural healthy hair texture.


A waving techique consisting of two strand twisting, usually while hair is still wet or damp, and then air drying or using a diffuser. At the end a loose wavy hair texture is unraveled.