Hype Chat: “Curl Doctor” Shai Amiel Gets Real About Achieving Healthy Natural Hair

Shai Amiel x Curl DoctorShai Amiel, best known as “The Curl Doctor,” has created beautiful natural styles for many of our favorite hair inspirations, like our cover girl Amandla Stenberg, “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi and actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict. Here, Shai— who is the owner of Capella Hair Salon in Los Angeles—shares his top hair care advice for achieving a fabulous natural mane of stand-out curls!

Hype Hair: What are some of the hot new hair trends that we should be on the lookout for in natural hairstyling?
Shai Amiel: I’m seeing a lot of girls cutting their hair shorter. Women are realizing that length doesn’t mean beauty, so they are trying new shapes. I just cut Amandla Stenberg’s hair off. We’ve been caring for it and grooming it to grow long and healthy, but she really missed the volume. So many girls want short pieces on the crown that create movement and flow.

[SEE ALSO: Hair Crush: Amandla Stenberg’s Wondrous Curls]

HH: Any other trends?
SA: We are still seeing a lot of girls who want to lighten their tips. It gives the hair the illusion of being out in the sun for 6 months and it feels more lived in. Fringe is huge as well. We are seeing a lot of heavy fringe. It works great with fine, thick, loose or tight curls. So many girls are playing with the messy updos. They take their two- to three-day-old hair that is more frizzy and pick it up for a simple bun. Some are taking it a step further and they include a few simple braids. Carefree is the look, so frizz is welcome here!

HH: You mentioned that you recently cut Amandla’s hair. What are some of your tips for trimming and cutting natural hair textures?
SA: We wear our curls in their natural state and it is best to trim them in their natural state. We don’t wear our curls straight, so it doesn’t make sense to stretch out the hair to trim it. Straightening curly hair to trim it is also not ideal because when we wet it and it shrinks, we never know what to expect. Blow-drying and/ or flat ironing hair is very damaging and it doesn’t make sense to damage the hair in order for us to trim the dead ends; we are only adding more damage to the ends this way. You can see on my Instagram (@shaiamiel) a few pictures of hair that has been cut wet or straight to see the horror of it when it is worn natural.

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