The search for a hairdresser who understands your wavy, curly or textured locks can be a harrowing one. Many folk with luscious kinks and coils spend years barber-hopping or salon-sampling before finding their ‘curly whisperer’. And, once found, their loyalty to the one who can turn their afro-textured locks into envy-inducing ringlets is fiercely protective.
But with so many self-proclaimed curl experts (with the most common red flags being that they promote chemical straightening, extensions and every other standard salon service) it’s hard to know who to trust. Fortunately, true specialists have well-honed principles that prioritise helping you rather than selling products. They also provide knowledge and results that align with your personal style, challenges and lifestyle preferences.
The Melbourne High Priest of kinks and coils, Neel Morley, can transform the most unruly ringlets into envy-inducing curls at his cult-favourite salon in the heart of Melbourne. After learning the Deva Cut technique in the US, Morley returned home to open Melbourne’s first dedicated curly hair salon. He has since built a devoted client base and even travels interstate to deliver his signature ‘4C’s Cut’, which is a curl-by-curl precision dry cutting method. He calls his clients ‘curlfriends’ and their loyalty to him is evident from the before-and-after shots that flood his Instagram page. best curly hairdresser melbourne