That's where the Ouidad salon comes in. Founded by Ouidad, a woman with curly hair who wanted to help other curly-headed women, the company has salons across the country. Each location is staffed with stylists who have been specifically trained to cut, style and manage curly hair of all types - from spiral curls to s-shaped waves.
At the salon, a friendly and patient stylist sat down with me and talked about the texture of my hair and the best way to treat my specific curl-type. She explained why the relaxer I had been using for years was not the answer for my hair type, and how - with the proper upkeep and products - I could have healthy, frizz-free curls. They used the "carving and slicing method," a technique where they remove bulkiness without thinning or layering, while keeping your specific curl pattern in mind.