Ouidad, pioneer of the curly hair industry, created a cutting method designed to maximize the curl and shape of her curly-haired clients. She trademarked it “Carve and Slice.”
“I slice instead of layer,” she says. “The curl can then take its natural shape. It’s not easy to learn, but once a stylist has it down, it makes all the difference to your curly haired clients.”
Assistants: Ayanna Augustine-John, Editorial Stylist and Educator for Ouidad
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich, davidmaderich.com
Fashionstyling: Margot B.
All liquid products by Ouidad: Clear and Gentle Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Conditioner, Botanical Boost spray-in conditioner, Climate Control Gel Styling Mist,
Blower: Solano Twin Turbo
Comb: Ouidad Double Detangler
1. Bring down the hair from the occipital. Cut without tension to the desired length.
2. Blend up to the crown in one inch horizontal sections with slight elevation.
3. “Carve” vertical sections. Pull out vertical sections and then bring back to allow the natural shape to show. Carve over surface, blending from temple to temple.
4. For internal texturing, “slice” the hair. Pull out thick vertical sections and cut around the curl. Cut at the beginning of the curvature, creating a deep C to allow the upper curl to “sit in” to the curl below. “It creates a puzzling effect.” Blend from temple to temple.
5. Spray the hair with medium-hold spray.
6. Define the curl with gel. Apply to the surface.
7. Rake and shake. Take two to three inch sections. Pull out, and rake gel through. Hair must be wet and use little gel.
8. Shake to re-spring and then let it set.
9. Clips are placed at the root to lift. Duck clips are placed sideways to prevent flat top and to prevent any indentation.
10. Clips are placed along the top of the head as shown. Hair is allowed to dry naturally or is diffused.