HAIR PREP

FIRST THINGS FIRST - HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR EMAIL CONSULTATION FORM IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED IN?

As a New Client, we have three options for you to book in:

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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR VISIT:

 

We always start with a consultation. Your online consultation is our starting off point that helps us prepare for your visit but the full chat happens when you come in.

 

“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 work in teams at Belle & Blackley so your stylist will introduce you to the team member who will be working with them. This could be a colourist, trained basin curl assistant or one of our specialist curl stylists. We don't have 'juniors' in the salon - everyone is a skilled and trained technician working together to get you set up on your curl journey. We'll talk through your curl wants and desires, concerns and challenges and product usage.

 

Next we'll look at the shape you have and the shape you want. Usually, but not always, we'll start with a dry cut. Followed by a trip to the basins.

We'll cleanse and treat your hair and apply styling products up at the basins. Once your hair is prepped we'll move back down to the chair and begin styling, after which we may fine tune the cut.

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!

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT:

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.

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, for styling, after which we may choose to fine tune the cut. 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.

PREP:

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.