Q&A CATCHING UP WITH CURLS MEET THE K CURL CLUB
MEET SALOMÉ VAN DER HEYDEN
Suite 105 par Glam
Please tell us about yourself
I’m Salome, originally from France I moved to Canada 6 years ago and totally reoriented myself from project management to hair care, which is a passion to me. I’m currently working at the salon Suite 105 in Montreal Old Port, and I’ve been in the hair industry for 5 years now.
My main goal when I do hair is to increase my client self-confidence, so I decided not to specialize into one expertise only and became a multitasking hairdresser. I am a colourist as much as a stylist, I do treatments, and I can work with your natural texture and extensions, so I’m able to give you the look that would make you feel good.
What was your experience growing up with curls?
In one word: Struggle. My hair texture changed a lot in my childhood and as a teenager, and I didn’t know how to manage it. Also, I grew up in the straight hair era, which didn’t make it any easier! When you don’t know how to get the best of your curly mane, you straight it… So, I did a lot of damage over the years, and not only to my hair. I remember fearing rain and humid days, I was rushing home after my swimming lessons, or declining my friend’s invitations to a pool day, just so no one could see my “ugly hair”… how isolating. One day I said, enough! I started doing research on “how to have the perfect routine for curly hair”, and it changed my life. Literally. I was done with the hair wash planning, wrong products, and heat. The transitions lasted a few months, I had to do a big chop and start fresh. Now I can proudly say that I love rain, I am the first jumping into water and I’m even showing off my curls.
How did you learn to embrace your natural curls?
I believe that as we grow older and learn to love ourselves a little more, we tend to respect our nature rather than changing it. The access we have to information and communities through internet is a big game changer compared to my young years. I was able to connect with people who also had curly hair, who also went through years of manhandle, and, together, by trying new ways and new products we were able to get the best results. So, it took time and patience but embracing your natural curls is the best feeling, and I wish that all my fellow curly are also on their way to acceptance. As a Curl Manifesto Ambassador, I’ll make sure that my voice gets to each one of them crossing my path or sitting on my chair.
If you could turn back time, what would you say to your younger self?
I would tell myself YOUR HAIR IS AMAZING, it gives you this uniqueness, this exotic touch, and the volume that a lot of people would envy. I would give myself all the tips I’ve learned to make my curls beautiful and, most of all, I would reassure my fragile self-esteem that YES, you are valid as much as everybody else even if you look different. You are going to be loved because your hair doesn’t define you and people are going to see so much more in yourself than your said imperfections. As soon as you embrace your true self, life will instantly get lighter.
How do you achieve the perfect and healthy curl look? Any tips?
Every step of my hair routine as to be different than what society taught me. First, the washing process: You need to select adapted products and be gentle; the shampoo must be done with your head down. Yes, you heard me well, the whole routine must be with your head upside down so the water is going to define the curl more and more with every step. Then, the pausing time of your conditioner or mask is the perfect moment to detangle, ideally with a large-tooth comb. Finish by a quick cold rinse to close your hair cuticle and add an extra shine.
Then, you apply your curl enhancing lotion through your lengths and scrunch your hair from the tips to the roots with your hands or a microfibre towel. Still with your soft towel or a cotton t-shirt you will do the plopping technique and leave it on as long as needed to take most of the water off. After, you can either let it air dry or use a diffuser. Don’t forget to apply a heat protector before and a little oil at the ends to give your hair enough nutrients to bounce.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase, minimize heat, optimize hydration, and never brush your hair or use a loose hair tie… and trust the process!
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