Book of Curls All about curly hair from A to Z

For all those who want to celebrate the curly hair uniqueness, for all those who truly believe in their inspiring femininity, for all those who desire to enhance their curl beauty potential, for all of you…comes a new curl era.

After years and years of straight hair domination, the time for curls has come. Curls are everywhere, in every part of the world, creating a new state of mind. The true expression of a strong femininity, the curl movement walks through the ages with iconic representation from Greek Mythology to the Venus of Botticelli, or the audacious disco haircut from the 70s/80s. In all ages, curls have been synonymous with freedom: forbidden sometimes, they have always threatened the conventional world with their energy and their apparent freedom of expression. Discover your curl type with Kérastase…

A [Anatomy]

After years and years of straight hair domination, the time for curls has come. Curls are everywhere, in every part of the world, creating a new state of mind. The true expression of a strong femininity, the curl movement walks through the ages with iconic representation from Greek Mythology to the Venus of Botticelli, or the audacious disco haircut from the 70s/80s. In all ages, curls have been synonymous with freedom: forbidden sometimes, they have always threatened the conventional world with their energy and their apparent freedom of expression. Discover your curl type with Kérastase…

A [Anatomy]

Like the most delicate cashmere scarf, curly hair needs maximum care, especially when it comes to washing it. In fact, curls have a thin and irregular hydrolipidic layer which is the natural protection of the fibre. Repeated classical washes can prove too harsh on curls and weaken this layer. The fibre becomes dry and rigid. Morever, the delicate texture of curls means also delicate gesture. Repeated frictions generated by traditional shampoo are one of the worst enemies of curl discipline. Frictions break fibre cohesion thus misshaping the natural curl pattern and producing this unmanageable fluffy hair effect.

B [Bath]

Historically, hair types were classified according to ethnical origins: African, Asian and Caucasian. Research led by L’Oreal in 22 countries on 7500 women has identified 8 frizz levels based on fibre morphology parameters: curve diameter and number of curve repetitions.

C [Classification]

There are as many types of curls as there are curly-haired women. The classic categories are outdated and our multicultural world permits all kinds of blends. The borders between frizz, curls and waves are no longer so rigid…The ancestral beauty secrets have travelled far and wide. Each woman can choose her own type of curl and benfit from this new vagueness in definition to wear the curl which suits her. Pluralistic beauties in a pluralistic society can give rise to a wide range of emotions.

D [Diversity]

The (flat) world envies your curls. You may be focussed on your imperfections, while the rest of the world sees you differently. You are a symbol of freedom, beauty and strength. The world collective imagination surrounds curly haired women with numerous attributes, kindling extreme jealousy at each turn.

E [Envy]

The femme fatale is a seductress who fully assumes her femininity. She recalls the beauties of the 50s with her style and curves, where Joan Holloway of Mad Men would reign supreme. Mysterious and sensual, the femme fatales hair is captivating. Smoothed down at the roots and perfectly defined at the tips, this femme fatales curls perfectly defined at the tips, this femme fatales curls perfectly encapsulate her curvaceous, voluptuous physique.

F [Fatal]

Every woman wants her hair to look perfect and move naturally, whether she is a professional dancer or a businesswoman. To create Discipline Fluidealiste in 2014, Kérastase began studying hair-in-motion with an amazing machine called ‘Move Hair’ that can analyse thousands of hair movement parameters. Today, Kérastase’s expertise reaches new heights; disciplining curls without losing any of their charm. This new approach has enabled Kérastase with Discipline Curl Ideal to define the optimal curls profile, based on two key factors; definition and manageability.

G [Shape-in-motion]

From the dawn of time, curls have been considered as the most natural means of representing hair. Throughout the ages and different civilizations, and despite ephemeral fashion trends: the curl has always been an attribute of beauty. A symbol of emancipation and power, curls have often been the perogative of indomitable and rebellious women.

H [History]

We all have in our minds figures of curly-haired women whose aura transcends the passing of time. From queens to fairy tale princesses, iconic women have marked our spirit and something tells us their curls played no small part in that.

I [Icons]

Your alarm has just gone off, you run to the bathroom and discover the state of your curls: they’ve been completely flattened by your pillow and look dull and dejected. Your curls look chaotic but you’ve got no time to fix them. You’re in a rush: you need to be elegant and ready to go immediately. What do you do? In just minutes you must recover bounce, volume and shine.

J [The day after tomorrow]

Kattia Solano has spent more than 20 years as a professional Stylist in New York and was recently named one of the top four Stylists in Manhattan, and the only woman on the list, by Allure magazine. Solano opened Butterfly Studio in 2001 and has since amassed a devoted following due to her knowledge of hair textures, insight into trends and pop culture, down-to-earth charisma and natural talent. Kattia Solano is the new Kérastase K-Master for the launch of Discipline Curl Idéal, making her skills and expertise available to curly-haired women everywhere.

K [Kattia Solano]

Linda Celeste Sims has been a core member of the famous Alvin Ailey Company since 1996. She began her dance training at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. She won the Outstanding performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessies”). Today, she teaches classes around the world and is a certified Floor-Barre instructor. In 2016, she became the new Kérastase muse for the Discipline Curl Idéal line.

L [Linda Céleste Sims]

Each face has its own beauty, and it’s up to you to choose the haircut that will enhance it. According to the shape of your face, there are some general guidelines to follow. A haircut which suits your face will highlight your hair’s beauty and your overall look. You can rejoice, our era allows for all the fantasy and imagination of current trends. Also, the fall of your curls is primarily defi ned by your haircut. But before taking the leap, don’t forget to demand that your hairstylist use “piquetage” (or texturing), a technique which respects your curls and allows you to give them the shape you desire.

M [Morphology]

You’re quietly reading under the covers… its the perfect moment to drop off to sleep… but you can’t relax into your dreams. You’re worried about the state of your curls after a good night’s sleep. Relax, we have some tips to keep your curls from becoming a nightmare.

N [Night]

Explore Kerastase's must-have tools for curly hair: large detangling comb, clips, a double raw comb, a microfibre towel, a diffuser and bungee bands…

O [Tools]

Perms are detaching themselves little by little from their marked association with the 80s look, and are making a comeback as a beauty trend that women are choosing to follow. Timidly at first, with the soft wave chosen by American actresses, this trend is now fully accepted and we see it paraded on the celebrity podiums. Nowadays, perms have a lower concentration of ammonia and allow women with straight hair to wear a light wave or a tight curl. With the right care treatment applied at the right time, your perm will last for several months without causing excessive damage to your hair. A perm is a delicate, but affordable and satisfying technique to obtain beautiful, well-defined curls full of bounce, if you respect the golden rules.

P [Perm]

When it comes to your curls and choosing the right quantity of product to apply, questions burst forth: « How much of this do I use? », « How much is a hazelnut-sized dollop? », « It says use a small amount, but my hair is long … Is it the same then? » . How do you properly measure out your hair care product so you don’t weigh down your hair, over-moisturize it or, on the contrary, use so little that the effect is disappointing? Without bringing out the kitchen scales there are a few tips to quickly and skillfully measure your product!

Q [Quantity]

Cascading curls, rounded and gleaming, frame her face, bringing to mind the Madonnas of the great masters. Endless curls which gracefully stand the test of time. The young romantic woman with abundant curls holds her head high, does not hurry, and advances serenely toward her future. Her curls are the source of her strength and her calmness, her determination is built upon them

R [Romantic]

Your hair is shampooed, conditioned and detangled and you’re proud to have completed the cleansing conditioner application like a pro! But now comes the crucial stage of drying. Particularly long and laborious, this last stage remains essential to the beauty of your curls. Worry no more: in this chapter you will find the key to a drying ritual adapted to your curls and your lifestyle.

S [Dry]

The modern, vibrant woman lives life to the full and looks on the bright side of life. This real 21st century adventurer loves taking on challenges and discovering the world. Her curls follow, full of enthusiasm: whether pinned-up or flowing unrestricted.

T [Tonic]

She embraces perfection and her curls are endlessly elegant: the young ultra-sophisticated woman disciplines her curls as per her working-girl lifestyle. Sculpted and avant-garde, her curls are her favourite accessory. They confer an innate Parisian chic (“rive droite”, of course!) notably seen on the ultra-sophisticated woman who gracefully strolls along the rue St Honoré.

U [Ultra-Sophistiquée]

Between you and your volume it’s a bit of a struggle: “when you want me I’m gone, when you don’t I’m right here!” You love volume, but, being versatile and capricious as it is, you never know what lengths it will go to. You wonder again and again, how can I have the freedom to choose the ideal volume?

V [Volume]

Your partner suggests a romantic get-away, you are bursting with impatience and enthusiastically pack your bag. Chase away all worries about your curls with a few well-chosen products in your toiletries bag. Your curls are your strength in seduction, go forth happy and confident to explore the 3 following places…

W [Week-end]

The moment of stepping outside is always tinged with apprehension. What will be the state of your curls after facing your « greatest enemies »? Natural enemies, of course … but enemies nonetheless! Wind, humidity, the sea, rain or even wearing a helmet can breed chaos in your hairstyle. But certain care products and tips will allow you to face life in the open air with serenity and live in communion with nature without dreading it.

Z [Zero enemies]