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This Hoboken ‘hair fairy’ specializes in curly hair


Adopting your natural hair isn’t always as easy as it seems, especially when you have naturally curly, curly or wavy hair. These hair types come with a learning curve, as well as lots of product trial and error – and learning how to care for curly hair can be daunting. Over the past few decades, there has even been a movement for natural hair, led by black women, who have always faced prejudice for their nnatural coils. The movement encourages those with curly hair to wear it in its natural form – instead of straightening it or covering it up – as a way to express self-acceptance. Yet many people find it difficult to embrace their hair’s natural curls, especially if they tend to frizz or don’t know where to start. Fortunately, Hoboken has Katey McClintock – aka The Hoboken Hair Fairy – conveniently located at the Up & Out Beauty Salon, located at 1106 Washington Street. Katey is a curly hair and balayage specialist, certified in deva curl, rezo cut and rezo lite. Hoboken’s Daughter sat down with Katey to learn more about her journey and learn more about caring for curly hair. Read on to see the magic created by Hoboken hair fairy Katey McClintock.

(Photo credits : @Hobokenhairfairy)

hoboken girl: What prompted you to get into the beauty industry?

Katey McClintock: I have always loved the beauty industry. I think we have the rare ability to change the way a person feels on the inside by changing their outward appearance. The two are linked, especially with curly hair. It’s a special feeling of self-acceptance and confidence that comes when you see the full potential of your natural hair.

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GH: How long have you been in the industry? What has you professional path been ?

KM: I’ve been in the industry since 2016. I started helping first near my hometown, then in New York, before moving to Hoboken. I started my career with a focus on color. It wasn’t until I came to Up & Out in 2019 that I really started getting into curly hair. While hair color and balayage were my first loves, curly hair now has my heart.

H.G.: Tell us about your work with curly hair. What do you do differently when working with curly hair versus straight hair?

KM: I specialize in coloring, cutting and styling curly hair. The biggest difference when working with curly hair is education and the client-stylist relationship. Typically, a new guest is just starting to wear their hair natural and really doesn’t know where to start. My job is to put them at ease and show them how to recreate at home what I did at the salon. I also tell them why I’m doing what I’m doing – because let’s be honest, if they can’t replicate it, then what’s the point? There’s a good chance they’ll start blowing it again or straightening it again, which could lead to more damage, which is something we’re trying to avoid in the first place.

Hoboken hair sample one

(Photo credits : @Hobokenhairfairy)

GH: What is a curly cut and why should you have one?

KM: A curly cut is a haircut done on dry hair to accentuate the client’s curl pattern and make it easier for them to wear it at home. Generally, a curly cut is only recommended for someone who wears their hair curly pretty much all the time – about 80-90% of the year. A dry cut is 1000% necessary because anyone with curly hair knows that shrinkage is real and curly and wavy hair looks longer when the curl is stretched and weighed down with water. Dry cutting it allows me to see exactly what is going on and what spring factor I need to consider when determining the length and layering pattern.

GH: How should a client prepare for a curly cut?

KM: For any curly service, I recommend that the client come with their hair natural, completely dry and detangled – no ponytails or buns. Product is ok as long as I can run my fingers over it and you must not have washed it more than 3 days ago. The purpose of this is for me to see how your hair behaves naturally so that I can give you the best look to suit your face shape, curl pattern and lifestyle. I also like to see how the client does their own hair at home, so I like post-service photos, which allow me to see if further adjustments are needed as curly hair can behave differently depending on of everyday life and style. .

Hoboken Hair Sample Two

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GH: Why is hair care so important?

KM: Hair and scalp care is of the utmost importance because this is where it all begins. If you don’t cleanse properly or use products with harsh ingredients that don’t penetrate the hair, you’ll end up with buildup and your hair and curls will never live up to their full potential.

GH: What is it about your work that might surprise people?

KM: What’s surprising about my job is that they don’t teach you any techniques for cutting or styling curly hair in cosmetology school, so it’s really up to the stylist to educate themselves if curly hair is something they want to pursue. This is why finding the right curly hair specialist is so important. At most, they spent two days learning how to straighten naturally curly hair with pressing, relaxation, and keratins. This is definitely something I would like to see changed in the near future.

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GH: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

KM: One of the highlights of my career has been learning tighter curl patterns and how to properly cut and style someone with a frizzy texture. It was important for me to learn this because I feel like to be called a curly hair specialist, it should include ALL textures and all types of curls. I want everyone who sits in my chair to feel confident, no matter [whether] they look different to me. Ultimately, someone with a tighter texture shouldn’t feel ostracized or rejected from a salon just because of their hair texture.

Hoboken Hair Sample Three

(Photo credits : @Hobokenhairfairy)

GH: What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into cosmetology?

KM: The advice I have for someone wanting to get into this, especially with curly hair, would be to take every class you can find and pick up some models. Models are a great way to practice your skills and build your confidence.

Currently, Katey is very happy to have her first baby girl and will be on maternity leave until the fall. Upon her return, she will focus solely on curly hair, while continuing to work with her existing clients.

You can follow Katey on instagram or make an appointment via Up & Out Lounge.

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