Becoming a Curly Hair Expert with Soyini Thwaites

Written by: Mikey Moran



Time to read 12 min

Hi there, it's Soyini Thwaites, your go-to curly hair expert. If you've ever been curious about the intricate world of curly hair, you're in the right place. 

Every curl has a story; today, I'll share mine. This passion has not only led me to discover the intricacies of every curl but also allowed me to work with some amazing products and record in top-notch facilities like the Private Label Studios.

The Curly Hair Transition Journey

Making the switch to embrace your curly hair is both exciting and nerve-wracking. 

While some choose the bold move of the 'big chop,' others wish to journey slowly and grow their curls out. I respect and understand both paths. My goal? I want to support you every step of the way.

Understanding Your Personal Lifestyle

Before we take any step, it's crucial to understand your daily life. 

Are you the busy bee always on the go or someone with a little extra time in the mornings? Knowing this will help us choose the best methods and styles suitable for you.

Discovering the Power of Protective Styling

Over the years, I've found that protective styling is the secret weapon of many curly-haired divas. 

Not only does it provide your hair with a break, but it also allows it to grow without the daily stress of styling. Especially for those with a hectic lifestyle, protective styles like braids or twists can be a game-changer.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Your hair, like any other part of you, requires regular care. Trims are not just about keeping your hair in shape; they are essential in ensuring the health of your curls. 

Every 8 to 12 weeks, give your hair the love it deserves with a professional trim. This will gradually rid your mane of the straightened or previously treated parts, allowing your natural curls to shine.

Overcoming Transition Challenges

Transitioning is not a walk in the park. Managing two different textures can often feel overwhelming. 

But before you throw in the towel, remember I'm here to help. Together, we can make your curly hair dreams come true.

Let's Connect!

I'd love to meet you in person if you're in or around Decatur, Georgia. Find me at Salon Lofts, located at 2570 Blackmon Drive.

 And for digitally inclined people, don't hesitate to follow me on social media at Salon SOI.

Booking is Just a Click Away

I'm always excited to meet fellow curly hair enthusiasts, but I recommend making online bookings due to my packed schedule. 

This ensures you get the best slot and my undivided attention during your appointment.

Whether you're starting your curly hair journey or looking for advanced tips, remember that every curl has a unique story. 

With dedication and the right care, you can narrate a unique tale. Until next time, embrace and flaunt those curls!

I hope this draft captures the essence and knowledge of Soyini Thwaites. Let me know if any changes are needed.

The Curly Hair Transition Journey

One of the most transformative decisions anyone can make is embracing their natural hair, especially when it's a journey full of curls and waves.

 However, with such decisions come doubts, concerns, and an overwhelming array of choices.

Embracing the Transition

Every time I sit with a new client eager to embark on their natural hair journey, there’s a palpable mix of excitement and apprehension. 

They come eager to rediscover themselves but also with genuine concerns – “Do I have to cut it all off?” 

Being a curly hair expert, I've seen firsthand that most clients lean towards transitioning without the immediate dramatic change of cutting all their hair off.

Your Two Main Paths

While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, two predominant paths emerge for most:

Growing the Hair Out: This route is for those wishing to see their natural texture slowly appear while gradually trimming off the treated ends. 

It’s a path of patience, allowing your curls to take their natural form over time. The beauty of this approach is that it allows you to enjoy varying lengths and styles as your natural hair emerges.

The Big Chop: This is a bold, liberating move where you cut off a significant portion, if not all, of the treated or straightened hair

While it might seem drastic to some, it's a fresh start – a clean slate from which your natural curls can spring forth uninhibited.

Deciding between these two is not just about aesthetics but also about mental and emotional readiness. 

The journey to natural hair is as much internal as it is external. It's about self-acceptance, confidence, and celebrating one's roots.

If you're teetering on the edge of this decision, my advice is to introspect, understand your comfort level, and choose the path that aligns with your personal truth. 

Remember, there's no wrong choice here, just different paths to the same beautiful, curly destination.

Understand Your Lifestyle

One fundamental principle I always emphasize in curly hair is the importance of aligning your hair decisions with your lifestyle. 

Like fashion, where you dress according to your daily activities, your hair should reflect and accommodate your routine.

Taking Stock of Your Daily Life

Before diving headlong into any hair transition decision, take a moment to reflect on your daily life. 

What does a regular day look like for you? Are you rushing from one meeting to another, trying to meet work deadlines, juggling household chores, or chasing after kids? 

Or perhaps you have a more flexible routine with ample time for self-care.

The Protective Styling Lifesaver

For those who nod in agreement with the bustling routine described above, protective styling might just be your hair savior. 

Protective styles, as the name suggests, help protect your hair, especially during transitions. 

These styles keep your hair tucked away, minimizing daily wear and tear and reducing potential damage from environmental factors.

The true beauty of protective styling is its dual function: it not only preserves your hair's health but also saves you precious time in the morning. 

Instead of wrestling with two different hair textures or pondering which products to use, protective styles like braids, twists, and updos offer a convenient and stylish solution.

Making an Informed Choice

However, protective styling isn't just about convenience. It's a strategy to aid your curly hair journey. 

When you alternate between protective styles and letting your hair breathe, you allow your curls to flourish while ensuring they're shielded when most vulnerable.

So, if your life is a series of back-to-back commitments, leaning into protective styling might be your ideal choice. 

But if you choose this path, consult a curly hair expert, like myself, to ensure you’re doing it right. It's essential to maintain the health of your hair, even when it's hidden away.

In the end, embracing your curly journey is about balance. Understand your life, needs, and hair, and craft a plan that harmoniously celebrates all three.

Aligning curly hair care with lifestyle

The Protective Styling Route

Navigating the tumultuous sea of hair textures while in the throes of transitioning can be a daunting experience.

 I often recommend the protective styling route, especially for busy people. It's a practical, stylish, and efficient solution that champions your hair's health while saving precious minutes every morning.

Benefits of Protective Styling

Temporary Transitioning Partner: One of the most outstanding benefits of protective styling is its role as a transitional buddy. 

Instead of dealing with multiple hair textures at once, protective styles offer a temporary solution, allowing your natural curls to flourish and grow beneath.

Reduced Hair Management Stress: Every morning presents a choice of how to style the dual-textured hair. 

Protective styles remove this daily conundrum, letting you step out confidently without battling your hair. Say goodbye to the daily stress of handling both straightened and natural textures!

The Protective Styling Process Demystified

Choose Your Style: Dive into the diverse world of protective hairstyles. From box braids to Senegalese twists, there's a style to suit every face and personality. 

Once picked, embark on your protective style journey for about eight weeks.

Professional Care: After your protective style stint, it's time to pamper your hair. I can't stress enough the importance of visiting a curly hair professional for this phase. 

Allow your hair to soak in the benefits of a deep shampoo, hydration treatment, and a much-needed trim. 

This step ensures that any potential damage or breakage is nipped in the bud.

Embrace Your Natural Texture: Post-professional care gives your hair a breather. 

This is your time to experiment and enjoy your natural texture through twist-outs, braid-outs, or simply letting it free. It's a small window, but crucial for your hair's health.

Back to Protection: After enjoying your hair's natural state for a couple of weeks, it's time to return to the protective style of your choice. 

This cyclical process ensures optimal hair growth and health.

Transitioning is not just a hair journey; it's an emotional and self-discovery voyage. 

As I've outlined, the protective styling route is a compass guiding you through the uncertain waters of this voyage, ensuring you reach your curly hair goals while staying fabulous!

Regular Maintenance and Trims

Every curly hair enthusiast knows that the journey to luscious, natural locks isn't merely about choosing the right styles. 

It's a holistic approach that encompasses regular care, maintenance, and, yes, the often-dreaded trims. But fear not! Trims are your hair's best friends, especially during the transitional phase.

The Importance of Regular Trims

Gradual Removal of Treated Hair: As you embrace your natural texture, an inevitable element needs addressing: the straightened or chemically treated parts of your hair. 

Regular trims provide a gradual and aesthetically pleasing method of phasing out these sections. Instead of a sudden change, your hair evolves gracefully, matching your comfort level.

Health Boost: Think of trims as a rejuvenation therapy for your hair. 

Trims fortify your hair's strength and vitality by eliminating split ends and potential breakage points. It's about giving your curls the best environment to thrive.

Shape and Style: As your hair grows and the treated parts are trimmed away, it might look uneven or lackluster. 

Regular trims ensure your hair maintains a flattering shape, complementing your face and style.

The Optimal Trimming Frequency

Every hair type and individual is unique, but as a general guideline, I recommend trimming your transitioning hair every eight to twelve weeks. 

This frequency strikes a balance, allowing for noticeable growth while ensuring the health and aesthetics of your locks.

Remember, transitioning is as much about patience as it is about action. 

While it's essential to be proactive with protective styles and maintenance, letting nature take its course and being patient is equally crucial. 

Regular trims are a step in this dance between action and patience, guiding you seamlessly toward your curly hair aspirations.

Overcoming the Transition Challenges

Embarking to embrace your natural curly hair texture is an exciting, sometimes challenging, endeavor. 

As someone who's been through it and guided countless clients on their curl journey, I can attest that facing hurdles is common. One of the most significant challenges? Managing two distinct hair textures during the transition.

The Dual Texture Dilemma

Imagine waking up every day and deciding how to style two different hair types seamlessly. 

One section might be sleek and straight, while the other, a cascade of emerging curls. The struggle is real, and it can be overwhelming.

Styling Difficulties: Merging two textures means adopting a styling routine that can accommodate both. 

You might find that products that work wonders for your natural curls weigh down or over-saturate your treated hair.

Increased Breakage Risk: A potential breakpoint is where your natural hair meets the treated hair.

 It's a vulnerable area susceptible to damage, especially when handling, combing, or styling.

Consistency in Appearance: Achieving a uniform look becomes a task. 

You might experience days where your hair feels like it has a split personality.

Seeking the Right Help

Before you throw in the towel and declare, "Screw it!" remember you're not alone on this journey.

Professional Guidance: A curly hair expert like myself can offer tailored advice, techniques, and products that cater to your transitional hair needs. 

A knowledgeable professional can alleviate the guesswork and give you a roadmap to success.

Empowerment through Education: Understand the science behind your hair. Knowing what's happening at a microscopic level can offer clarity and motivation.

Attend workshops, seminars, or one-on-one sessions to deepen your knowledge of hair.

Community Support: Connect with others undergoing the same transition. 

Sharing experiences, tips, and encouragement can be a source of strength. Remember, there's power in numbers and shared experiences.

Embracing your natural curls involves self-discovery, acceptance, and love. 

While getting bogged down by the challenges is easy, remember why you started this journey. 

With the right support, knowledge, and persistence, you'll soon flaunt your beautiful, natural curls with pride and confidence.

Connect with Me

As your curly hair guide, I'm here to support you through every twist and turn of your natural hair journey. 

Whether seeking professional advice, hands-on treatments, or simply chatting about embracing those lovely curls, don't hesitate to reach out.

Visit Me at My Salon

For those in or visiting Georgia, I'd love to assist you personally at my salon. 

Here are the details:

Address: Salon Lofts, 2570 Blackmon Drive, Decatur, Georgia.

If you're considering making the transition in the middle of it or just looking to give your natural curls some TLC, pop in. 

We can discuss your hair goals and devise a tailored plan.

Stay Connected on Social Media

Join our growing community of curly hair enthusiasts on social media.

 From hair tips to behind-the-scenes peeks at the salon, it's a space dedicated to all things curly.

Instagram Handle: @Salon SOI

Your journey to embracing your natural hair is uniquely yours, but you don’t have to walk it alone. 

Whether through a salon visit or a quick DM on social media, I'm here to help every step of the way. I look forward to connecting with each and every one of you. Until then, keep those curls bouncing!

curly hair guide and the supportive salon environment

Online Booking Is Essential

In this fast-paced world, I understand the value of your time and the importance of planning ahead. My commitment to providing the best care for every client means my calendar fills up quickly. And while I wish I could accommodate spontaneous visits, there are only so many hours a day.

Why Online Booking?

Guaranteed Slot: Booking online ensures you secure a spot in my schedule, so there's no uncertainty.

Flexible Planning: You can choose a time that best fits your schedule and make changes if something comes up.

Efficiency: Online bookings help streamline the process, ensuring I'm prepared and ready for our session, maximizing the value of our time together.

No Wait Time: Say goodbye to waiting times or potential scheduling conflicts. When you book online, your time is reserved just for you.

Please utilize the online booking system to make the most of your curly hair journey and ensure you receive the attention you deserve. It's user-friendly, quick, and will give you immediate confirmation. It’s the easiest way to get one step closer to embracing your natural hair with a little help from yours truly.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and participating in your transformative journey. Remember, every curl is worth celebrating, and with the right care, the possibilities are endless!

Stay Tuned for More

Embracing natural curls is filled with discoveries, challenges, and transformations. While this post offers a glimpse into my approach and the strategies I recommend, there's so much more to explore!

Ways to Stay Connected:

Podcast Subscriptions: Make sure you're always in the loop by subscribing to my podcast channels. Whether it’s on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or even (fingers crossed) I Heart Radio soon, you'll be the first to hear the latest curly hair secrets and advice.

Social Media: Dive deeper into the curly hair community by connecting with me on social media platforms. It's a space where I share behind-the-scenes looks, answer questions, and engage with all of you amazing curl enthusiasts.

Engage and Share: Your experiences, feedback, and stories drive this community forward. Don't hesitate to share, comment, and reach out with your curly hair tales.

In collaboration with Private Label, I'm fortunate to craft wigs that mirror the authenticity and beauty of natural curls. Their high-quality hair and state-of-the-art studio space have been instrumental in my endeavors.

As we part ways until the next post or episode, I want to leave you with this thought: Every curl you possess is a testament to your uniqueness. Nurture it, celebrate it, and let it shine. Here's to empowering and emboldening your curly hair journey! See you soon.

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