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Top 5 Ways to Tame your Curls
Personal Expressions Hair Studio is a unique salon specializing in managing curls while using natural and organic products.

by Julie Shannon

CURLY  HAIR—IT’S PRETTY  TO LOOK  AT, BUT FOR THOSE BORN WITH THESE LUSCIOUS LOCKS, IT CAN BE A NUISANCE. Curls tangle easily and frizz is  a daily struggle. Although there’s been a recent explosion of products made for curly hair, without certified stylists who know how to work this texture, getting a good haircut is hard to find; but there is a local salon that specializes in treating curls using all-natural and environmentally friendly products—Personal Expressions Hair Studio. Owner Diane Hazelwood takes pride in knowing she and her staff educate their clients on how to replicate the same style at home.

“Ninety percent of people in this world have some variation of curl  in their hair, but only a handful know how to achieve a smooth and  defined, naturally curly look,” she says. “It’s rewarding to teach people how to embrace what they have naturally. We want you to work with it, not fight it.”
What also sets Personal Expressions apart from others is offering an ammonia-free organic color line. Derived from fair trade ingredients, this line is also packaged in refillable amber bottles. As part of the Sustainable Haddonfield group and a designated certified green business, it’s important to Hazelwood to be a s eco-friendly in as many way s possible.
 “We are continually looking for ways to make a smaller footprint on the earth,” Hazelwood says. “We aim for simplicity, and in doing so, we are taking the salon experience to a whole new level.”   
1. DevaCurl  
This line of products is free of sulfates, parabens and silicones, and eliminates frizz and dryness. Personal Expressions’ technique when using these products on their clients? Cutting the hair dry—this allows the stylist to see the hair’s natural curl/wave pattern. “You wear your hair dry, not wet. So why are other salons cutting you wet?” Hazelwood says.
2. OWAY Color  
Organic Way (OWAY) is ammonia-free organic color made from oils, minerals and plants cultivated on fair trade, chemical-free acres of farmland in Italy. Say goodbye to burning scalp and strong odors of traditional hair color—only a natural, relaxed and comfortable experience while using this line.  
3. Smooth Rituals  
This  alternative  organic  product is for customers having a hard time with unruly hair. Keratin, amino acids and jojoba oils calm frizz and soften texture to create smooth, frizz-free manageable hair that can last up to four months.
4. Hair-loss Remedies  
Personal Expressions is one of the few salons in  the area certified in Hotheads—a human hair extension line that adds length, density and fullness. They also carry a topical treatment for thinning hair sufferers. It reduces breakage and promotes hair growth by delivering strength and elasticity to the hair and scalp du ring the anagen (growth) phase. Additionally, a wide variety of human and synthetic hair wigs are available to choose from.
5. Certified Green Business
Personal Expressions has strived to become as green as possible, and the effort continues. “We are currently as paperless as possible and have recently invested in reusable foils,” Hazelwood says. “And starting in 2019, there will be a refill back bar station where clients can bring their previously purchased bottles back to have them refilled for a lesser fee than purchasing a replacement. This service helps us produce less waste not only in our salon home, but in our customers’ homes as well.”
Personal Expressions Hair Studio
23 Kings Highway E. | Haddonfield
(856) 857-0090
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 6 (August 2018).
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