<p>Curls: @cryscastles</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride Crystle was 17 on the photo now 27, currently wearing her curls 100% of the time.</p>

Curls: @cryscastles

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride Crystle was 17 on the photo now 27, currently wearing her curls 100% of the time.

<p>Curls: @mila_bobier</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride ...Mila recently transitioned into her curls almost 2 years ago..</p>

Curls: @mila_bobier

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride ...Mila recently transitioned into her curls almost 2 years ago..

<p>&quot;This portrait series and CurlStory is to celebrate you and inspire you. All based on my clients not models. Hairdressers have the ability to create personal and one-on-one relationships with our clients, showcasing big chops and transitions. Some I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of working with for 3-4 years and some shorter amount of time. Iranis has kept her curls since our big chop in July 2016.&quot;</p>

"This portrait series and CurlStory is to celebrate you and inspire you. All based on my clients not models. Hairdressers have the ability to create personal and one-on-one relationships with our clients, showcasing big chops and transitions. Some I’ve had the pleasure of working with for 3-4 years and some shorter amount of time. Iranis has kept her curls since our big chop in July 2016."

<p>&quot;Samari loves playing with different hair cuts with her curls, never a dull look for this fashion queen.&quot;</p>

<p>Curls: @queen.samari</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride</p>

"Samari loves playing with different hair cuts with her curls, never a dull look for this fashion queen."

Curls: @queen.samari

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride

<p>&quot;Germanian has many different curl patterns, you can imagine. Her transition has not been easy for she has #densityheaven and it can be challenging to grow out. She&rsquo;s had her oopsy color and heat damage. She transitioned in 2016 with me, the last 1.5 years she has been dedicated to keeping it healthy with multiple hair cuts with me. If you ever get a chance to meet her, she&rsquo;s funny, fabulous, beautiful and tall (next to me with her volume). The photos does not do justice how voluminous her hair is even when she&rsquo;s trying to control them.&quot;</p>

"Germanian has many different curl patterns, you can imagine. Her transition has not been easy for she has #densityheaven and it can be challenging to grow out. She’s had her oopsy color and heat damage. She transitioned in 2016 with me, the last 1.5 years she has been dedicated to keeping it healthy with multiple hair cuts with me. If you ever get a chance to meet her, she’s funny, fabulous, beautiful and tall (next to me with her volume). The photos does not do justice how voluminous her hair is even when she’s trying to control them."

<p>&quot;Ambar came in with her long hair, she thought her curls were healthy. I explained to her that she had some heat damage in her hair, she needs to cut off some and patiently grow them out. She actually had tears because she didn&rsquo;t expect someone to burn her hair or add chemical without her permission. This was in December 2016. Almost 3 years ago!&quot;</p>

"Ambar came in with her long hair, she thought her curls were healthy. I explained to her that she had some heat damage in her hair, she needs to cut off some and patiently grow them out. She actually had tears because she didn’t expect someone to burn her hair or add chemical without her permission. This was in December 2016. Almost 3 years ago!"

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<p>Curls: @cryscastles</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride Crystle was 17 on the photo now 27, currently wearing her curls 100% of the time.</p>
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Curls: @cryscastles

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride Crystle was 17 on the photo now 27, currently wearing her curls 100% of the time.

<p>Curls: @mila_bobier</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride ...Mila recently transitioned into her curls almost 2 years ago..</p>
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Curls: @mila_bobier

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride ...Mila recently transitioned into her curls almost 2 years ago..

<p>&quot;This portrait series and CurlStory is to celebrate you and inspire you. All based on my clients not models. Hairdressers have the ability to create personal and one-on-one relationships with our clients, showcasing big chops and transitions. Some I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of working with for 3-4 years and some shorter amount of time. Iranis has kept her curls since our big chop in July 2016.&quot;</p>
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"This portrait series and CurlStory is to celebrate you and inspire you. All based on my clients not models. Hairdressers have the ability to create personal and one-on-one relationships with our clients, showcasing big chops and transitions. Some I’ve had the pleasure of working with for 3-4 years and some shorter amount of time. Iranis has kept her curls since our big chop in July 2016."

<p>&quot;Samari loves playing with different hair cuts with her curls, never a dull look for this fashion queen.&quot;</p>

<p>Curls: @queen.samari</p>

<p>Cut: @themonacut</p>

<p>Photo: @damarimcbride</p>
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"Samari loves playing with different hair cuts with her curls, never a dull look for this fashion queen."

Curls: @queen.samari

Cut: @themonacut

Photo: @damarimcbride

<p>&quot;Germanian has many different curl patterns, you can imagine. Her transition has not been easy for she has #densityheaven and it can be challenging to grow out. She&rsquo;s had her oopsy color and heat damage. She transitioned in 2016 with me, the last 1.5 years she has been dedicated to keeping it healthy with multiple hair cuts with me. If you ever get a chance to meet her, she&rsquo;s funny, fabulous, beautiful and tall (next to me with her volume). The photos does not do justice how voluminous her hair is even when she&rsquo;s trying to control them.&quot;</p>
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"Germanian has many different curl patterns, you can imagine. Her transition has not been easy for she has #densityheaven and it can be challenging to grow out. She’s had her oopsy color and heat damage. She transitioned in 2016 with me, the last 1.5 years she has been dedicated to keeping it healthy with multiple hair cuts with me. If you ever get a chance to meet her, she’s funny, fabulous, beautiful and tall (next to me with her volume). The photos does not do justice how voluminous her hair is even when she’s trying to control them."

<p>&quot;Ambar came in with her long hair, she thought her curls were healthy. I explained to her that she had some heat damage in her hair, she needs to cut off some and patiently grow them out. She actually had tears because she didn&rsquo;t expect someone to burn her hair or add chemical without her permission. This was in December 2016. Almost 3 years ago!&quot;</p>
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"Ambar came in with her long hair, she thought her curls were healthy. I explained to her that she had some heat damage in her hair, she needs to cut off some and patiently grow them out. She actually had tears because she didn’t expect someone to burn her hair or add chemical without her permission. This was in December 2016. Almost 3 years ago!"

Mona Baltazar (@themonacut), is a hairstylist and colorist in New York City and is, for lack of a better word, a master at enhancing textured hair to look its absolute best.

In a recent conversation MODERN SALON had with a group of hair cutters, each one individually, and unaided, mentioned Baltazar as an inspiring “must follow” hair cutter.

Although we’ve been featuring Baltazar for years, and featured her throughout our content both online and in our magazines, we hadn’t combed through her Instagram in some time and we’re SO glad we did.

Her recent “Portrait Series” showcases stunning imagery of her clientele, holding onto photos of their former selves, prior to Baltazar working her magic.

Her captions showcase her clients’ hair history. Example: “Amber came in with long hair and thought her curls were healthy. I explained that she had some damage and needed to cut off some and then patiently grow out….”.

This campaign shines a spotlight on big chops, transitions, and really embracing and enhancing texture and curl patterns that can look their best with a true professional’s touch.

Baltazar explains that many women with textured hair have experienced salon horror stories, like chemicals without permission or accidentally burning hair due to inexperience,

“Rediscovering your natural hair is a powerful thing,” Baltazar says. “It also takes courage.”

She says the intention of the series is to honor her clients that have been with her for some time. “I wanted to inspire others to show that texture is beautiful.”