Hailey Nagel returns to Charleston to teach clients how to care for Karl and learn to love herself more
If you met stylist Hayley Nagel five years ago, she probably had pink hair. Or purple. Or green. Or any other color of the neon rainbow.
The former color specialist never hesitated to make a bold statement. She’s a walk-the-talk type hairdresser: if she did it to her client’s hair, she probably tried it herself.
Nagel is a real geek about this hair. A trichologist (a health professional without a medical degree who specializes in diseases and problems related to the hair and scalp) explains how human hair evolved to protect the brain from heat and cold. He teaches us casually using words such as “home”. .
curiosity about curls
After the birth of her second child with curly hair in 2014, Nagel’s curiosity about curls grew into a personal mission to learn everything she could about caring for them. She learned different curls, her cuts, her techniques, got to experiment with clean beauty, and delved even deeper into her hair science.. But becoming a curl specialist was never the plan. “I fell in love with curly hair and fell in love with it,” she said.
At a DevaCurl certification class in New York, Hailey met a woman who owns a curling salon in Brisbane, Australia. Within a year, Hailey and her family were packing to pursue her dreams. After spending four years curling her craft in Australia (to herself and her clients), her natural redhead returned to her Carolina roots in her wavy South and now Curly is a certified global talent for her hair.
girl with messy hair
Like most curly kids, Nagel had “unkempt” hair growing up.
“Messy was the word grandma used for all the curly-haired kids of our generation. They would say, “You should comb your hair before you go out in public.” But brushing ruins curly hair. period. My parents didn’t know how to handle my hair properly, so I was doomed to be fluffy and unruly. confusion It didn’t look like my friend’s hair.
2 out of 3 people in the world have textured hair. And being a child of color often means much more textured hair, Nagel said. or use a lot of chemical emollients, you have to sit for hours and hours and tie your hair in a painful way and it grows for the rest of your life. is what I have to do for my hair to be accepted, so sometimes it’s traumatic.
Helping people feel empowered, educated and beautiful with their natural hair is Nagel’s passion. She said she cried when she talked about it.
“When people believe that the best version of themselves is a modified version, they will always be disappointed,” she said. You will be disappointed.”
Natel said she wants her children to feel self-respecting about their curls. She hopes it will never be necessary.
Curly cuts are part science and part sculpture
Nagel’s original research into trichology has shaped her research-based approach to hair cutting. Her craft lives somewhere at the intersection of science and art.
“Many people think that curl type is determined by ethnicity, but two people from very different ethnic backgrounds can have the same curl type,” he says.
“The cut is based on face shape, hair texture, and personal style, but it’s always going to be a dry cut.” , so you can cut it to suit your lifestyle.
Nagel customizes each cut by using several different techniques on a single head of hair, pulling from her magic sack of hair fairies. Accredited by Aircut and always seeking new education.
what to expect on your first booking
A typical first appointment lasts 2-2.5 hours and involves several steps – dry cut, hydration, styling, re-hydration, spreading and finishing. She explains what she does at every step while providing tutorials on the types of products to use and how to use them for different situations, seasons, and life changes. We encourage you to transition to organic products that support fortification.
Every new client goes home with an array of tools and a complete page list on how to shampoo.
Nagel Curly Hair Care Tips
To spread the love of curls to as many people as possible, Nagel has put together some hair care tips. These are for curly hair but apply to all hair types.
- Wet brush: Curly hair should not be dried. Brush only when wet with conditioner.
- Dirty Is Good: You may be washing your hair too much. Instead, learn how to “refresh by thoroughly wetting with water and reapplying a little conditioner and gel instead of dry shampooing” (Nagel says she only shampoos every 10 to 14 days.)
- hydration: Do not wash off all the conditioner. Leaves his 80% of the conditioner on the hair (if it doesn’t contain silicone).
- Detox: If you live in an area with hard water (such as Charleston), you need to detox your hair from calcium and magnesium build-up that leaves a film on your hair and skin and white droplets on your shower glass. Using a shower head with a charcoal filter (such as Ecohead) can greatly improve water quality and hair softness.
- clipping: Use a clip on the crown (or chain two pick combs together) to create a natural lift while air-drying.
- Patience: If you’re just starting to transition to clean beauty products, especially sulfate shampoos, hair dyes, silicone-based products, or heat styling without proper preparation.
- make it a ritual: Caring for your curls can be a time-consuming task, says Nagel, but once you get the hang of these techniques, the process can become meditative. Please give me.
haley elizabeth contact curls
For a personalized curly cut, the easiest way to book is via Instagram: DM @curlbyhaileyelizabeth
Jessica Vernon James Island writer, Inspirada Creative: Storytelling and Creative Communications Studio.
See before and after photos @curlbyhaileyelizabeth
For more on hair science, see Robbins, Clarence R. Chemical and physical behavior of human hair5th edition, Springer, 2001.
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