Welcome! My name is Donna, ‘The Curl Next Door™'. 

This is my Information Page for all the services I offer.

I follow ‘The Curly Girl Method™’ by Lorraine Massey and am CurlyWorld trained, by Lorraine Massey herself in 2019.

That's me in the photo above, when I was just a curl next door, 'curling it forward' through curl lessons and workshops.

Now I do so much more, all with an aim to build a curl infrastructure in NZ to serve curlfriends now and the next generation of curls to come. 

In my beautiful new private curl studio I provide Curl Cuts, Curl Lessons & Curl Workshops, I own and run the online shop Curls Naturally™ stocking high quality, internationally-trusted, curl-friendly products, from time to time I provide Stylist Curl Education, I founded a Directory of Curl Specialists in NZ aimed at promoting fellow Curl Specialists and Curl-Friendly Salons and the training opportunities available in the niche of curl-friendly curl specialisation, and I proudly serve like-minded salons as the official Wholesaler of 'Clever Curl®' & 'EverEscents®' in NZ.

Please see Befores & Afters of some of my work on my Facebook Page or Instagram @donna_thecurlnextdoor

Everything written here is the result of time, passion, commitment and hard-work. Please respect this and do not copy or reproduce at will. 

I'm passionate about curls and about making curly life better for NZ curlies and knows what it means to be a curly girl at the grassroots level.

I'm connected with curl specialists around the world who are trusted by the massive online curl community globally and who offer training in this niche, and have a strong connection to the curl community in Australia. My over-arching goal is to see a curl revolution of the highest calibre in NZ! 


AS A CURL SPECIALIST I PROVIDE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH CURLY HAIR

  • If you are just starting out and want to learn to live harmoniously with their curls, look for the services for new curl friends in the yellow

  • If you are a return client of mine, you will find services for return curl friends in the blue

  • If you are have a very young person of curl, or a teen, you will find services for young people in the orange


PLEASE START HERE!
PRESENT TIME UPDATE

JUNE 2021:

New curl friends - I am now almost through booking spaces for my wait list of clients wanting their first appointment with me. If you are new to me and this is the first time you will be making contact with me, please read the section in the yellow headings for adults, and the orange headings for young curls. Sometimes spaces can appear sooner than expected, that I may be able to slot you into, if the stars align!

Return curl friends - My new private curl studio is now open! Please let me know your selected service (in the blue headings for adults, and the orange headings for young curls) and contact me in your usual preferred way.

Stylist enquiries - please email me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com. 


 

 HERE ARE MY SERVICES for NEW CURL FRIENDS 

Please ensure that you have read the 'Present Time Update' above.
All Services for New Curlfriends begin with an initial pre-consulation, where I ask that you message or email me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , advising which appointment type you wish to book for. If it involves a Curl Cut, please send photos of your hair from the front, sides and back for me to assess what time I need to allocate for the appointment. All enquiries are treated with the utmost confidentiality. If it involves a Curl Cut please also read and follow the Instructions on How to Prepare for Your Appointment with me (close to the bottom of the Page). 

If you are an existing client of any of the Curl Specialists or Curl-Friendly Stylists listed in the Curl Specialists in NZ Directory (who are there because they have received up-to-date curl specialist training known and trusted by the global online networks of curl specialists and curlies alike) it is my aim to support them and my strong preference that you support them also, so please continue to partner with them if you're already a satisfied existing client of theirs. 

 FREE CURL CHAT 
Want to chat about your curls or your curl journey, whatever stage you're at? I'm always up for a Curl Chat :) 
10 to 15 mins
No cost
By appointment either in my private curl studio or via online video call
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

 
 30 min CURL CONSULTATION 
Cut through the clutter, overcome your curl conundrum and start your journey towards healthy and beautiful curls with a 30 min Curl Consultation where I can advise on your specific hair needs, provide product recommendations, and troubleshoot any curly questions you may have. We may even have a play with a few products on your hair to see what is possible.
Allow 30 mins
$35
By appointment either in my private curl studio or via online video call
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 
 CURL LESSON 
You, my new curlfriend, are either new to your curls and the curly way of life, wanting to put down the straighteners for good but need to know what to do instead of straightening your natural texture, or you've been doing your best with your texture, but feel like you need some more help and guidance. Whether you need this to be a curl boot camp, a literal curl intervention, or a curl coaching session to cut through your curl conundrum, I'm here for you!

You are ready for a hands-on, one-to-one, personalised lesson in how to cleanse, hydrate, style and dry your curls?!
How good! And how empowering this will be for you!

In a Curl Lesson I will teach you what you need to know specific to your hair and it's needs, and to acheive your desired outcomes. It is a hands-on tutorial where I spend time teaching you curl-friendly techniques for cleansing and hydrating your hair and scalp, applying product, preparing for drying, and techniques for drying. After the cleansing and hydration part of the lesson, you'll be actively involved in applying the product and styling and drying your curls, just as though you were at home, but with me there showing you how!

At the end you will get a written personalised lesson summary and product recommendations.

Allow between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on your needs, your density and your length*
$135 to $180
If $135, then $25 is redeemable on product either by voucher code for my online shop, or directly at the appointment. 
If $180, then $40 is redeemable on product either by voucher code for my online shop, or directly at the appointment.

(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
NEW CLIENT 'CURL CUT, CURL+WAVE HYDRATION, AND STYLING & DRYING SERVICE' 
You my new curl friend, are not new to your curls, and your curls are not new to you. You are not a lost curl. You live harmoniously (for the most part) with your curls and you're not overwhelmed, totally lost or needing an intervention. You just want to get started once and for all with (fin-ah-lly!) a true Curl Specialist, where your texture is honoured, understood, cut and styled skillfully according it's unique nature. (Please read the full information about what a Curl Cut involves, below). No lesson component will be in this service, but part and parcel of partnering with me as your Curl Specilaist is that you use (or learn to use) non-lathering shampoos and silicone-free conditioners, and no oils and butters and waxy ingredients...but we can cover that in the course of the appointment.
So, book in curl friend. I've been waiting for you all my curly life.
 
Allow 2.5 hours* 
$200
(some cuts may be less cost and less time, depending on density and length)
(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 
 NEW CLIENT CURL CUT and CURL LESSON 
You, my new curlfriend, are either new to your curls and the curly way of life, wanting to put down the straighteners for good but need to know what to do instead of straightening your natural texture, or you've been doing your best with your texture, but feel like you need some more help and guidance. Whether you need this to be a curl boot camp, a literal curl intervention, or a curl coaching session to cut through the curl conundrum, I'm here for you!

You are ready for a hands-on, one-to-one, personalised lesson in how to cleanse, hydrate, style and dry your curls, as well as a bespoke Curl Cut?! How good! And how empowering this will be for you!

You're also ready to enjoy a Curl Cut, one which observes and carefully takes into account your unique curl pattern(s), spring factor(s) and curl formations, and where they live on your head. Please read the full information about what a Curl Cut involves, below. 

The appointment begins with a Curl Chat and Consultation and I begin to teach you some of the important foundations for what you need to know about your hair and it's natural texture. Once we establish the goals for the Curl Cut, I commence cutting. 

After the Curl Cut we move into Curl Lesson mode where I teach you what you need to know specific specific to your hair and it's needs, and to acheive your desired outcomes. It is a hands-on tutorial where I spend time teaching you curl-friendly techniques for cleansing and hydrating your hair and scalp, applying product, preparing for drying, and techniques for drying. After the cleansing and hydration part of the lesson, you'll be actively involved in applying the product and styling and drying your curls, just as though you were at home, but with me there showing you how!

At the end you will get a written personalised lesson summary and product recommendations.

Allow 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Curl Cut component: $90 to $120, depending on your needs, your density and your length*
Curl Lesson component: $135 or $180, depending on your needs, your density and your length*
If $135, then $25 is redeemable on product either by voucher code for my online shop, or directly at the appointment. 
If $180, then $40 is redeemable on product either by voucher code for my online shop, or directly at the appointment.

(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 



 HERE ARE MY SERVICES for RETURN CURL FRIENDS 

Most people with curly hair need around 6 to 3 cuts per year. When we wear our hair in it's natural texture we typically do not need the 6 week appointments you may be used to booking. The frequency you need to have your hair cut will depend on a few factors. If you wish to keep your hair cut at a certain length and don't want it to grow too much past that, then you will need more frequent cuts. If your curl patterns are very different from eachother, with some areas much looser in curl than others, going too long between cuts can eventually result in a visible disparity between the two patterns, and so you may need more frequent cuts to continuously balance the now visibly longer straighter areas with the visibly shorter curlier ones.

On the other hand, if you're happy for your length to grow, you are following my recommended hair-care routine at home, your curl patterns are fairly consistent, and the hemline of the cut is not designed to be a concave bob (which has longer front lengths than at the back), then the cut I give you will 'live' in your hair and you can go longer between cut appointments. Up to 4 months is about the limit between when I last cut your curls and when I would like to see you again. 

 FREE CURL CHAT 
A great way to catch-up between cuts and discuss any questions you may have. I'm always up for a Curl Chat :) 
10 mins
No cost
By appointment either in my private curl studio or via online video call
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

 
 3 MONTHS OR LESS 
 CURL CUT, WET REFRESH & DIFFUSER DRY-OFF 

It's been 3 months or less between your booking date and the last time I cut your hair.
Let's continue that chat we were having last time we met and give you a gorgeous Curl Cut,
a fresh application of product in a wet refresh, and a diffuser dry-off. 
Allow 1.5 hours* 
$135
(some cuts may be less cost and less time, depending on density and length) 
(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me in your usual way, or by messaging, or emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
 3 MONTHS OR LESS 
 CURL CUT and FULL HYDRATION, STYLING & DRYING SERVICE 

It's been 3 months or less between your booking date and the last time I cut your hair.
Let's continue that chat we were having last time we met, give you a gorgeous Curl Cut, and follow it up with a relaxing and hydrating Curl+Wave Hydration Service and date-night-ready curls.
Allow 2.5 hours 
$180*
(some cuts may be less cost and less time, depending on density and length)
(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me in your usual way, or by messaging, or emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
 OVER 3 MONTHS CURL CUT 
 CURL CUT, WET REFRESH & DIFFUSER DRY-OFF 

It's been over 3 months between your booking date and the last time I cut your hair. 
Gosh! Time to catch up curlfriend! Let me give you a gorgeous Curl Cut, 
a fresh application of product in a wet refresh, and a diffuser dry-off. 
Allow 2 hours* 
$160
(some cuts may be less cost and less time, depending on density and length)
(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me in your usual way, or by messaging, or emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
 OVER 3 MONTHS 
 CURL CUT and FULL HYDRATION, STYLING & DRYING SERVICE 

It's been over 3 months between your booking date and the last time I cut your hair. 
Gosh! Time to catch up curlfriend! Let me give you a gorgeous Curl Cut, and follow it up with a relaxing and hydrating Curl+Wave Hydration Service and date-night-ready curls.
Allow 2.5 hours* 
$195
(some cuts may be less cost and less time, depending on density and length)
(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan around getting your hair into a manageable condition)

By appointment in my private curl studio
Please contact me in your usual way, or by messaging, or emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 



HERE ARE MY SERVICES for YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CURLS

My aim is to see young people empowered with a sense of value of their natural texture and not be led to believe that they have ‘difficult’, ‘unmanageable’ or ‘unattractive’ hair just because it has a tight curl diameter or is wiry and high density. If your child's hair texture has traditionally not been catered to or cared for skilfully in a mainstream hair salon experience you may need to see a curl specialist. As a curl specialist I am trained and experienced in working with curly textures that sit anywhere on the spectrum of wavy-curly, to curly, to kinky-coily textures. You will not see a straightening iron, brush or comb brought out to try and ‘make sense of’ your child’s hair before or during the cut. And they will leave with their curls and dignity intact.

All Services for Young People With Curls begin with an initial pre-consulation, where I ask that you message or email me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , advising which appointment type you wish to book for. If it involves a Curl Cut, please send photos of your hair from the front, sides and back for me to assess what time I need to allocate for the appointment. All enquiries are treated with the utmost confidentiality. If it involves a Curl Cut please also read and follow the Instructions on How to Prepare for Your Appointment with me (close to the bottom of the Page). 

 WORKSHOPS for 'LITTLE CURLS + T’HAIR CARETAKERS' 
 and 'TEEN WORKSHOPS' 

From time to time through the year I will be offering workshops for 3 to 4 little people aged 3 to 5 years, or for young people aged 6 to 10 years, and their parent or caregiver. I wll also be offering Teen Workshops for young people aged 11 to 16 years.

These workshops will focus on curl knowledge, curl care and curl maintenance.
They will include demonstrations, hands-on learning of essential techniques, and a time to talk with me personally in a small-group setting.

Details of times and costs to be advised upon announcement.
Please keep a watch on my FaceBook Page for announcements.

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 
 15 min CURLY KIDS (under 6) CONSULTATION 
Caring for your little person's head of curls is a responsibility, and it's hard to know what is best, especially if you do not have curly hair yourself. In a 15 min Curly Kids Consultation I can show you the essentials, provide product recommendations, and troubleshoot any curly questions you may have. 
Allow 15 mins
$20
By appointment either in my private curl studio or via online video call
Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and advise me that this is the appointment you wish to book. 

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 
 HIGH DENSITY CURLY LITTLE PEOPLE 
 (eg; under the age of 6) 

If your young curly person has particularly high density hair, and you are uncertain how to manage the curly texture they have, you may have experienced strong levels of disenfranchisement with the mainstream salon experience. I get it. 

I will be conducting small-group WORKSHOPS for LITTLE CURLS + T’HAIR CARETAKERS (ages 3-5 and 6-10) in my studio, and this will be a great way to start the journey.

I will be conducting small-group WORKSHOPS for LITTLE CURLS + T’HAIR CARETAKERS (ages 3-5 and 6-10) in my studio, and this will be a great way to start the journey.

I can also do a CURL CUT if they are over 4 years old, but please be aware that appointments for high density curls take more time than lower density hair, and if sitting still is a challenge just yet, we will need to come up with a plan to suit. That plan will help determine the cost.

I can confIrm after seeing photos of their hair. Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and we can discuss your needs.
By appointment in my private curl studio

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
 HIGH DENSITY CURLY YOUNG PEOPLE 
 (eg; between 6 years to 16 years) 

If your young curly person has particularly high density hair, and you are uncertain how to manage the curly texture they have, you may have experienced strong levels of disenfranchisement with the mainstream salon experience. I get it. 

I will be conducting small-group WORKSHOPS for LITTLE CURLS + T’HAIR CARETAKERS (ages 3-5 and 6-10) in my studio, and this will be a great way to start the journey.

We can also generally work on the idea that a CURL LESSON, or a CURL CUT and CURL LESSON will be a manageable process for you both, though a little more hands-on for you than them possibly, depending on their stages of development.

I can also do an individual CURL LESSON with you and your young person, and I can work out how that might look and what the cost is after understanding your needs. It would be likely that I teach you how to cleanse and hydration their curls, followed by some essential techniques on curl care and curl maintenance for you and your young person. 

I can also do a CURL CUT, but depending on their age this might be best done in a separate appointment. Please be aware that appointments for high density curls take more time than lower density hair, and we will need to come up with a plan to suit. That plan will help determine the cost.

(*If you experience significant detangling challenges (eg; upwards of 15 minutes) please advise ahead of time, so that I can allow for time for this. If you measure your detangling process in hours not minutes, there is no faster process that I can provide, so the process will take the same length of time as you would take, if not more, as I work very gently so as not to break the hair. We MUST factor this time in, AND consider a plan going forward, around getting your young person's hair into a manageable condition)

I can confIrm after seeing photos of their hair. Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and we can discuss your needs.

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)
 LOW TO MEDIUM DENSITY CURLY HAIR LITTLE PEOPLE 
 and LOW TO MEDIUM DENSITY CURLY HAIR YOUNG PEOPLE up to 16 years 

If your little or young curly person has low to medium density curly hair, I will be conducting small-group WORKSHOPS for 'LITTLE CURLS + T’HAIR CARETAKERS' and 'TEEN WORKSHOPS'  in my studio, for ages 3 to 5 years, 6 to 10 years, and 11 to 16 years, and this will be a great way to start the journey.

If you would like a curl by curl trim and shaping, some curl care advice, and if you are confident that your little or young person can sit for 30 mins in the chair, we might look at booking a YOUNG CURLS SESSION which involves a basic curl cut and a chat on curl care as we go. I can confIrm after seeing photos of their hair.
Allow 40 mins*
$60
By appointment in my private curl studio

Please contact me by messaging, or by emailing me at thecurlnextdoor dot nz at gee mail dot com , and we can discuss your needs.

(This is not a substitute for a stylist education session for hair professionals)

 

 


HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH ME

After we've had our initial pre-consultation, and we've made a booking, to honour both the time that you are taking to book with me, and the love that your curls deserve, please prepare for your time with me.

1. Every appointment is of the highest priority to me. Lorraine Massey told me “Never rush a Curl Cut”. Leave the world behind if you may, and come and enjoy your time in my private curl studio, where you will have my full attention.

2. To be a more welcoming space for you, please let me know ahead of time if you have any neuro-diverse, sensory, special learning or disability needs, challenges or strong preferences that you’d like me to be aware of. 

3. The diversity of our social and cultural landscape makes the world beautiful. Please let me know if you have any cultural, gender or religious observances or considerations that you would like me to understand or be aware of.

4. If you’re coming for your first time to me, and you’re getting a Curl Cut and Curl Lesson, please wear your hair down, fully dry, free of any straightening/kinking/stretching from hats, hairbands, elastics, scrunchies, buns or plaits. I prefer product-free on my new clients, but it’s not a biggie.

5. If you’re a return client, please wear your hair down, in the usual manner that you style it.

6. Apologies in advance; my curl studio doesn't have bathroom facilities, so please plan ahead. There is a toilet in my home if there is need however.

7. For our reference during the appointment and in our future appointments, I take Before and After photos with my phone. With your permission, I’d like to also be able to use these potentially on social media. If that's not your jam I do understand and you only need say so.  

8. All products that are on my site www.curlsnaturally.co.nz will also be available for purchase in the studio.

9. I can accept payment by cash or by internet banking at the end of the appointment.

10. I send the above information, as well as the address and where to park, once we have confirmed your appointment.


LET'S TALK ABOUT A CURL CUT WITH DONNA THE CURL NEXT DOOR

Explanation of texturised curls versus curls left intactEvery curly girl deserves a proper curly cut. And every curl deserves a happy ending. Curls that have a happy ending and haven't been sliced, carved or 'texturised' can be shaped into a flattering shape that shows off your unique natural texture to the world. I will never cut inside the interior of your hair and thin it, debulk it or attempt to razor your curl pattern with scissors. I do not cut at intervals down the length of your curls. Every curl deserves a happy ending where the curls are left intact. I cut curl by curl and I cut your hair while it is dry, sculpting a beautiful and flattering shape for your curls and for you. 

I'm the only NZer to have been CurlyWorld trained in the CurlByCurlTM method for cutting and styling and the Curly Girl Method by Lorraine Massey. This was in in person, at her MasterClass in Sydney, Australia in 2019. All mentions of Curl by Curl used here, on my site, in my social media and in person are in reference to the US Trademark - Serial Number: 87576706, Registration: Number 5662448, Word Mark: “CURL BY CURL” owned by Lorraine Massey.

I have also undertaken education from Curly Hair Artistry (Scott Musgrave), Evan Joseph Education and am currently learning from Ambushed Curls (Amy Bush). I have also done the online courses by Curly Hair Alchemist (Meg Conkling), Desert Curls (Loni Jean Lafinier), Curl Specialist (Krista Leavitt), Simply Waves (Atoya Bass & Alyson Lupo), and a look and learn session with Rezo Cut (Nubia Suarez). I also tune into Black Girl Curls (which includes Black Curl Magic and Cut It Kinky) (Aishia Strickland & Aleiese Ollarvia) with great interest and plan to enrol in their education in 2021.   


There are several factors about a Curl Cut that I need you to know... 

  • On your head of hair there may be two or more curl textures. There may be loose waves, tight coils, ringlets, zig-zag and even straighter curl patterns. You might be 3a curl pattern underneath and 3c on top. Or you might be 2c for the majority of your hair, but 3c around your face. Look underneath and you might have 4a coils next to 3a loosies. 

  • When you're ready to embrace your natural texture and have freed yourself from the straighteners and blow-frying, it's obvious that you will wear it in it's natural state, and you will wear it dry.  

  • Wet hair is capable of presenting itself stretched and doesn't give a true indication of how it sits if it were not wet.

If I were to cut your loose waves that sit right next to your coiled ringlets the same length while wet and pulled straight, what would you have when it was dry? If I were to straighten your coiled ringlet undergrowth and straighten your looser canopy areas and cut them according to the straightened length, what would you have when it was allowed back to it's natural formation? 

It is for this reason that curly hair should be cut while the hair is dry, in it's natural formations, not stretched or pulled with a comb, not straightened with straighteners, not teased into a bush, not wet from a wash, not sprayed wet, not clippered, not razored, and not according to a template designed for straight hair.

It is for the same reason that a curl cut will most likely not look good if you choose to straighten your hair at a later point. That looser wavy section that I cut right next to that tighter coiled section, to blend and flow when worn naturally, will look uneven when worn straight. 

A Curl Cut is designed to show off your curls to the world, and I curate and sculpt my Curl Cuts very carefully, so when you're 100% ready to commit to being your best curly self, it's time to contact me! 


LET'S TALK ABOUT A CURL LESSON WITH DONNA THE CURL NEXT DOOR

Flip the traditional hair appointment model on it's head and you get closer to what an appointment with a curl specialist looks like. In a Curl Lesson I teach you the theory behind the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of curly hair, and your specific density, texture and strand thickness, as well as teaching you in a practical hands-on way how to cleanse your hair and scalp, apply product, style and dry your curls.

In my private curl studio I have an area dedicated to the Curl Lesson with a floor to ceiling mirror and no chair in sight, because it is very rare that we sit when doing our hair at home. With me there coaching you all the way, you will be the one doing your actual hair! You will have the products in your hands, you will stand in front of the mirror, you are holding the hairdryer, you are drying your hair.  I teach you what position to place your hands

Based on the practises of curl specialists around the globe, part and parcel of having a great haircut for curls is you leaving the appointment with beautiful curls according to your curl potential AND the hands on learning of how to manage your natural texture successfully yourself. So, up out of the chair! Get ready to finally be shown what to do!

During a Curl Lesson you will learn how to cleanse, hydrate, apply product, prepare for drying, and dry your hair. It is hands-on learning. You won't be in the chair. You'll be up and about, fully involved, just as you will need to be when you take the reins in your own home. 


CLEANSING, HYDRATING, STYLING & DRYING CURLY HAIR

Cleansing, hydrating and styling your hair involves certain techniques and not others, and it involves certain products (more specifically certain ingredients) and not others. Following 'The Curly Girl Method' and synthesizing all that I've learned so far, your hair will be cleansed, hydrated and styled ready for drying and completion of a beautiful head of hair according to your own curl potential.

Keep an open mind!

Your curls, depending on how far along you are on the curl journey, may pop with excitement at being hydrated and soak up everything good in it's path, or they may be need more TLC to show their true potential. It's both an immediate and a long-term journey.


PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CURLY HAIR

The products I use are the ones that I stock in my online store Curls Naturally. The brands that I carry include CurlyWorld (Lorraine Massey's own brand of product), Clever Curl and EverEscents from Australia, Innersense from the USA, Boucleme from the UK, and Ecoslay from the USA. These are products that are trusted and used by both curl specialists, curl specialist trainers and curlies alike, around the world. They are not brands that you may be familiar with if you're expecting mainstream salon brand names, but they are trusted and high-performing products in the world of curls, and you are welcome to google them to find out more.

With high-quality, botanically-derived ingredients that nourish and hydrate curls, you're likely to notice and feel a significant difference if you are used to using cheaper alternatives, even if their ingredients fit within the parameters of being compatible with the CGMethod.

I select which ones feel most appropriate for your hair, your lifestyle and your hair goals. 


 

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY INFORMATION PAGE!


I trust that all the information you need is here to begin your curl journey alongside me, in whatever capacity you need it.

Best Curly Regards,
Donna, The Curl Next Door
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Memo from Donna.

From just a girl next door to becoming a person whom curlies seek out for their Curl Cuts, lessons and training advice…? How did it happen?

Well, come on my curly journey with me and I’ll explain…

Over the years I've shared the same tears & fears that many curlies have had and in 2018 I'd been in a frustrating 25 year cycle of pixie-to-shoulder-and-back-again, when I discovered 'The Curly Girl Method' by Lorraine Massey after deciding to grow my hair 'One Last Time' before I hit the age of 50.

July 2018 – made a personal commitment to just let my curls ‘be’.
Aug 2018 – joined the facebook group called 'Curly Girls NZ', bought Lorraine Massey’s book ‘Curly Girl; The Handbook’ and discovered the massive online curl community on the internet.
Nov 2018 – completed Krista Leavitt - Curl Specialist online course for curlies to learn how to style their hair. 
Nov 2018 – discovered and researched the fast-growing niche of Curl Specialists & Curl Educators in the US, UK, Canada, Australia.
Nov 2018 – began the Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory NZ page on Facebook with a view to bringing this information in front of NZ stylists and raising the bar of what could be expected from a curly cut in NZ as well as a providing a directory of stylists in NZ who had done such training.
Dec 2018 – completed Scott Musgrave’s Curly Hair Artistry online course to learn the MapMethod of product application and curl care
Dec 2018 – saw the need to have a dedicated social media presence to connect directly with curl specialists and the international community online, and to bring the international curl movement into open view in NZ. Trust me when I say, at the age of 49, I didn't chose the selfie-life. The selfie-life chose me ;) 
Dec 2018 – messaged all trainers, including Lorraine Massey at CurlyWorld, knowing change was required in NZ, and seeking their advice. All were keen, and still are, to come to NZ.
Dec 2018 – began to be asked by women in NZ to teach them what to do and sought the advice of Lindsay Wilson of Curls Only who was pioneering this in Australia. Found out that Lindsay, as Admin of Curly Girls Australia had the same ultimate vision for Australia as I did for NZ, and that was to make a change from grassroots upwards on multiple levels.
Feb 2019 – began taking bookings for Curl Lessons. Found myself teaching women in their homes, how to do the CGMethod and how to style their curls. Also began fielding interest from stylists, but interest was limited and no CG-friendly product availability in NZ was a barrier. Communications with Lorraine and other trainers continued.
May 2019 – completed Desert Curls by Loni Jean online course
May 2019 – after chatting with Lindsay Wilson she encouraged me to open an online store stocking CG friendly products and to hang on in there with regards to training for NZ...
June 2019 – Lindsay Wilson pulled it off! Lorraine Massey CurlyWorld and Saulo O’Deorain The Curly Look were coming to Australia in Nov to train stylists! This meant that the potential for bringing Lorraine to NZ was even closer – a CurlbyCurlTM Workshop for stylists in NZ? A Curl Event in NZ?
June 2019 – had a screen face-to-face meeting with Saulo which was pretty cool! Contacted the NZARH to introduce them to the CGMethod, Lorraine Massey and the opportunities for NZ stylists available now so close! Meanwhile, back over in Australia Lorraine’s classes became fully booked by Australian stylists almost as soon as they were announced.
July 2019 – had a screen face-to-face meet & greet with Meg Conkling 'Curly Hair Alchemist' which was pretty cool also!
July 2019 - opened Curls Naturally online store stocking quality brands used and loved by curl specialist trainers and curlies alike.
Aug 2019 - Curl Lessons turned into being asked to do provide Curl Workshops. Jackie Moore of Acapella Hair stood up strongly to join my Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory page and complete training from there.
Sept 2019 - more Curl Workshops – Cambridge Klova & Co Hairdressing, New Plymouth CutAbove Salon, Wellington, Auckland, North Shore. So grassroots, so much work, so much fun, so exhausting, so rewarding. Always open and transparent with Lorraine and her fantastic CurlyWorld team. Megan Shepherd Klova & Co Hairdressing stood up strongly to join my Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory and complete training from there.
Sept 2019 – after preliminary discussions for a Curl Event for NZ, Lorraine switched the conversation up a notch and said to me one day how about I come to Sydney and get trained by her in CurlbyCurlTM cutting and styling. OMG💥
Oct 2019 - completed Meg Conkling's Curly Hair Alchemist online course.
Nov 2019 – I became the first NZer to be Curly World trained by Lorraine Massey in #CurlbyCurlTM cutting and #CGMethod. And within the space of 3 workshops, Lindsay had taken Australia from a tiny handful of curl specialists trained by Lorraine Massey, to 30 odd (including 1 very proud kiwi 🥰)
Nov – Dec 2019 - I came back to NZ and began offering free Curl Cuts and Curl Lessons in order to practice, practice, practice and advance the CGMethod in NZ with proper techniques and certification.
Dec 2019 – began operating as a mobile curl specialist, NZ-wide, fielding s.o.s. calls from all over NZ.
Dec 2019 – enrolled in Scott Musgrave’s Curly Hair Artistry CHAMP course for stylists and eyeing up the next courses to complete after that.

Jan 2020 – Lorraine Massey's CurlyWorld products arrived into stock at Curls Naturally, and I also added myself to the Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory
Jan - Mar 2020 - Cutting trips to Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North. Became the official wholesaler in NZ for Clever Curl
April 2020 - conducted the first Shared Live with Lorraine Massey, CurlyWorld on social media in NZ.
April - May 2020 - completed over 120 free online 15 minute Curl Chats during Lvl4 lockdown, with curly girls around NZ.
May 2020 - conducted Shared Live with Saulo O'Deorain, The Curly Look.
June 2020 - More Curl Workshops, in Auckland with Shenara NZ Curl Artist and NZ's first Curl Specialist Peer to Peer Training Workshop!
June 2020 - Became the official wholesaler in NZ for the 
EverEscents Organic Hair Care range.
July 2020 - conducted Shared Live with Lindsay Wilson of 
Curls Only and Curly Girls Australia and NZ facebook group.
July 2020 - Cutting trip to Wellington.
Sept 2020 - Began training stylists with genuine interest to serve the curl community, in curl-friendly techniques in cutting, styling and product selection and application. First stylist; The Good Place Hair, Ahuriri, Napier, (soon to be added to Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory).
Oct 2020 - Plans underway for my own private curl studio to be built!!!
Oct 2020 - Stylist training trip to Waikato for Artisan Hair and Pro Style (soon to be added to Curl Specialist Hair Stylists in NZ - Training Info & Directory).
Nov 2020 - Stylist training trip to Wellington for Runway Studio (soon to