With a new line of curl-specific brushes and tools, curl maestro Christo reveals his styling secrets for the ringlet set.
What’s the biggest challenge curly-haired girls face?
Frizz. The best way to beat frizz is to have healthy hair. Weekly treatments of deep therapy masks help revitalize and restore hair. Having curly hair means that your hair cuticle is always open, so you’re constantly losing keratin. A mask, not oil, will bring back keratin and restructurize hair.
How does your new line address their needs?
I wanted my tools to be as healthy as possible to hair. The brushes have holes so hot air goes through them, not directly on hair. The bristles are designed to be soft and to let air through so as not to damage curls. When it comes to the blow-dryers, I wanted them to do as little damage from the heat as possible. We’re using a new technology with the Ozone Dryer, which not only conditions the scalp but works faster to dry hair faster and also decreases dandruff and seborrhea.
How did your work in your salon inspire this line?
The problem I had before in the salon is that [brushes] used to break. Curly hair is stronger so you need a tool that takes a lot of weight and a lot of pulling. Our Thermal Brushes have a wood handle with a metal center that is planted into the wood so that when you’re pulling the hair to smooth it, it won’t snap.
What should women be on the lookout for when purchasing tools and brushes?
For brushes, don’t buy something attached with screws. The beauty of a good styling tool is that when you pull the brush through your hair a few times, you’ll start to see some shine.
What tool should women throw away for good?
Direct heat tools like curling irons and flat irons. If you don’t have to use them, don’t.
Curlisto Tools, $14-$295, Christo Fifth Avenue salon, 800-810-CURL, curlisto.com