When I was growing up, and well into early adulthood, learning to accept and care for my curly hair was a bit of a challenge. Back then, it seemed like curly hair was seen as less tidy, less serious, less attractive. There was no such thing as a curly hair salon. Then in 2006, along came The Curl Ambassadors, a place that encourages women to embrace their natural curls and gives them the tools to care for their locks. They’ve certainly saved my curls over the years.
Why a Curly Hair Salon?
What’s so special about curly hair that it requires a specialized curly hair salon, you ask? Well, the fact is that curly hair, in all its various forms, behaves differently than straight hair. Curly hair can be quite fine and delicate and require special care. Unfortunately, many stylists haven’t been trained to care for it properly. The stylists at The Curl Ambassadors (all curly girls themselves), in addition to their professional training, are trained and certified by the Deva Curl Academy (founded by Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook).
A Curly Hair Education
Founders Betty and Caroline opened The Curl Ambassadors in recognition of the difficulty in finding a place that can care for curly hair appropriately. They call their stylists “curl coaches,” and really, that’s what they are. The first time you visit the salon, you receive a thorough consultation during which your specific curl type is assessed and you discuss hair care techniques and how to use products. You leave the salon armed with a “Curl Map” that outlines everything that was done to your hair and includes a list of products used (with no pressure to buy anything) so that you can replicate the process at home.
Serving the Curls
The Curly-Cut is their signature service. It’s probably not like any other cut you’ve had before; the Curly-Cut is done dry, so that each curl can be addressed independently. And yes, it’s great for men and children too! The Curly-Colour and Curly-Lites provide colour for your locks with special attention to the extra moisture that delicate curls need. And then there’s the Curly-Doo: a wash, condition and curly style (no cut).
Do your curls a favour: stop into the flagship location on Harbord Street or, if you’re in the northern parts of the city, check out the Vaughan location. Your curls deserve a curly hair salon!
The Curl Ambassadors
159 Harbord Street, Toronto, 416-922-2888
9100 Jane Street, Unit 32, Building D, Vaughan, 905-738-9910
*Photos by Ali Martell Photography