My Fight Against Breast Cancer

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 by Ouidad

In 2002 I was diagnosed with the same disease, at the same age, as was my mom. Breast cancer took my mother from me when I was 25 years old. The last year of her life was terrible; her loss embedded an empty feeling inside of me and took a piece of me with her. My kids, PJ and Sondriel, were 14 and 11 years old at the time of my diagnosis and I didn’t want to be taken away from my family the way my mom was taken from me. I had to take charge and be proactive in my own health.

I sought several opinions and under my doctor’s recommendations, I had a bilateral mastectomy and was put on Tamoxifen for 5 years. Taking into consideration my mom’s history, we proceeded with the hopes of completely clearing this disease from my body. I continue to stay on top of my wellness with regular doctors’ visits and am lucky to have family and friends around me. Through it all, my husband Peter and my two kids were my primary caregivers and my source of strength and support.

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When I returned to work behind the chair I felt my experience was God’s way of letting me know my role on this planet. I’m alive because I am meant to help my clients and others who are going through, or are affected by, this disease. Having experienced this disease has made me a better hairdresser. I know I can help with the anxiety my clients are going through in their mind, body and with their hair. I have been able to empower my team and show them from a firsthand perspective how to work with their clients and how to be good listeners. Having this fountain of information regarding what to expect, knowing how to be there and how to manage hair and looks during the process has been healing for both me and for those I’ve been able to touch.

Though I made a full recovery, I vowed that my battle against breast cancer would remain ongoing.

My husband Peter and I established Curls for a Cure® because we firmly believe that we can beat breast cancer by helping fund the research that creates new treatments and ultimately finds a cure for this devastating disease. Being inducted into the Cancer Research and Treatment fund Hall of Fame on November 16, 2010 for my support to my clients is a great honor.

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This year we are joining together with our partner salons and stylists to spread the word and raise awareness for this important mission.

Learn more about how you can get involved through our partnership with NaturallyCurly this year.

Introducing KRLY® Kids to Benefit Curls for a Cure®

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 by Ouidad-The Curl Experts

We’re excited to reintroduce KRLY® Kids as a pink ribbon collection benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) through our Curls for a Cure® foundation!

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Starting this month and continuing year-round, we’ll donate $1 from all KRLY Kids purchases from Ouidad.com to BCRF through Curls for a Cure.

Ouidad developed KRLY Kids, including No Time for Tears Shampoo, No More Knots 2-in-1 Conditioner and Pump N’ Go Styling Spray Gel, because she understands that kids’ lives are complicated enough – and curl care should be fun, not frustrating! The products in the line are formulated to cleanse, condition and style your kids’ curls, respectively.

No Time for Tears Shampoo

  • Gentle formula designed to cleanse curls without stinging or irritating eyes
  • A nourishing blend of Wheat Protein and Wheat Amino Acids creates strong, bouncy curls

No More Knots 2-in-1 Conditioner

  • Double-duty formula serves as a detangling rinse and leave-in moisturizing treatment
  • Combats dryness, split ends and limp curls, leaving hair frizz-free and manageable
  • Wheat Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and volumizing polymers strengthen and condition

Pump N’ Go Styling Spray Gel

  • Designed to define curls and shield against humidity
  • A blend of proteins and botanicals preserves moisture to prevent frizz and tame curls by locking in hydration

This year we’ve also partnered with NaturallyCurly.com to fund the fight to find a cure for breast cancer! Learn more about how we’re supporting #CurlsForACure and how you can get involved at curlsforacure.naturallycurly.com!

Kutest KRLY Kid Contest

To celebrate, we’re also on the lookout for the Kutest KRLY Kid! Submit a photo of your curly-haired cutie in all of their naturally curly glory, and you and your tot could win a trip to New York City, where you’ll be treated to complimentary services at the Ouidad Flagship Salon and tickets to a Broadway show.

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Entering is easy! Simply Like Ouidad on Facebook and submit a photo of your child through the contest app. Get your friends and family to vote by spreading the word with #KRLYKidsContest. The entrant whose photo earns the most votes between now and October 31st wins!

To read the Official Rules and enter the contest, visit Ouidad on Facebook. (The photo with the most votes must meet all eligibility requirements in order to win.)

Thank you for helping us fund the fight to find a cure!

Refreshed Fall Looks

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 by Morgan

Fall is that gorgeous window when the bathing suits start finding homes in the backs of drawers and the scarves, hats and light jackets start subtly layering themselves back into the wardrobe. The crispness in the air brings a renewed sense of possibility and purpose. It’s my favorite time to try a new cut or turn up a color that may have faded with the summer sun.

Curly Haircuts

Without a doubt, curls and movement are having a shining moment in the press and in fashion; there are a few styles and cuts in particular that I can’t stop crushing on.

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First is the curly bob. So many of my favorite curly celebs have traded longer locks for edited, playful, chin-length bobs. It’s a modern take on a classic precision cut and it looks incredible!

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The beauty of this cut is the range of length you can try. If you’re feeling unsure of how short to go, a shoulder-grazing sweep allows for a low bun or ponytail, yet still feels thoughtful and chic.


The slightly shorter chin-length bob is my personal favorite, as the curls surround the face and act as a romantic, playful frame.

The key to a perfect textured chin or shoulder-length cut is the consideration of the curl throughout. The ultimate shape is so important to the overall effect of the style – each curl pattern must be cut thoughtfully and the result becomes that effortless chic, low-maintenance style. For best results, bring a picture of the desired length and shape to the salon to help ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for!

Fall Styles

With the shift into fall, most people naturally head into high gear. With that in mind, I often try and get a few days out of my style using some of my favorite go-to tricks.

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The classic bun is a style I can never get enough of – whether pulled to the side, kept low, or up top, it’s an easy, professional chignon with little effort. Tie the hair back into a ponytail, then twist the hair around until the bun is formed, tucking the tail into itself and fastening with a bobby pin or two.

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For any second-day style, I start with a generous spritz of Botanical Boost to revive the curls that may have been slept on, flattened or disrupted in the night. Once the hair is damp, a quick sectioning with the fingers and rake and shake de-frizzes the hair and give curls back their bounce.

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I love to incorporate braids into an existing style. As the front/top hair line is the most exposed and generally gets the most wear and tear, I suggest taking two small (or medium) front sections and loosely braiding each one along the natural part of the hair. The pieces on each side can be bobby pinned into the curls or attached together in the back with a small clear band or tie. This look harnesses waves, adds variation and brightens the face (and looks great with a red lip!).

How are you refreshing your look for fall?