NEW YEAR! NEW HAIR! My Curl Pop Cut with Isabella


Hey NaturalLeeders!

I told myself last year that I was going to make it my point of duty to get my hair professionally cut and styled for 2018. After dealing with a serious case of hair shedding [I personally call it hair loss] for 5/6 months in 2017, I’ve been ready to update my look. Finally the day came and I’m still wondering what took me so long. Going to a professional was the best decision EVER!

I think every curly gal out there has had at least one hair cutting or hair styling horror story. Cutting curly hair is not as easy as taking a pair of scissors and cutting straight across to make sure everything is even. With curly hair, it has to be cut in a special way because every curl has its own personality. And while there are a few ways to cut curly hair [dry vs wet], many stylists have not fully mastered the skills to do so yet. For that reason we have trust issues with anyone touching our hair, so we wing it and DIY our hair cuts instead.

So for the past few years I’ve been taking matters into my own hands by giving myself a little trim here and there because I was yet to find someone who I could trust to do it to my liking. Until I found Isabella Vazquez on Instagram. The moment I scrolled down her feed and saw the amazing hair transformations and her obvious love for what she does, I was ready to make my appointment. Ever since that moment I’ve been waiting to visit Florida to get my first curl pop cut and I am so proud to say I finally did!


When making my appointment to see Isabella, I was told to wash and style my hair as usual a day or two before the BIG DAY! This is so the stylist could see the current state of my hair and also how the hair currently framed the face.

I was filled with a mix of emotions as I walked through the salon doors. But I was greeted by several big smiles and a very warm welcome. By the time I had my one on one consultation with Isballa, all my anxiety had whisked away and I felt very confident leaving my hair in her hands. During my consultation I shared my hair vision with her along with any problems I wanted her to tackle and focus on. Once, we were both on the same page she got her scissors and went straight to it.


I explained to her that I wanted any bad ends gone and for my hair to look like what it used to before all my hair troubles started. I also pointed out how patchy my hair looked in the lower layers of my hair while it looked choppy and sparse in some areas. It was also very uneven in general because one entire side of my hair was longer than the other. Though I knew it may not have been possible to get my hair back to what it looked like over a year ago, she reassured me that she’d do as best as she could to make my hair appear full and lush again.

On my dry hair, she went through section by section and cut my hair curl by curl. She handled my hair as if it were art; her technique was precise, smooth and graceful. It was obvious she knew exactly what she was doing from years of experience and not just following a procedure taught in beauty school.

All around I lost roughly 3/4 inches off my hair and already my hair looked more even and balanced.


Next she proceeded to apply a conditioning colorless gloss to my hair, followed by a detoxing wash and hair treatment. During this time the education process began. She explained what products she was using in my hair and also the reason behind the choice of product and how it would help my hair. And thankfully she did this because she genuinely was helping me better understand the products she was applying to my hair rather than just trying to sell them to me.


Once done, she applied only TWO products all through the length of my wet hair. Now you guys already know I love thick, creamy products and I also love to layer my products. At all times I have a creamy moisturizer of some sort in my hair followed by a product that defines and gives hold.

So when Isabella told me she was going to only use two lightweight products in my hair I was very apprehensive. But I’ve been following her on Instagram for months now and I’ve seen nothing but awesome hair transformations, so I kept my thoughts to myself and let her do her thing.


First she applied the Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel to my hair from my roots to ends. Then she raked Curls Blueberry Bliss Control Jelly into my hair followed by lightly separating my curls. Once she was done applying the products to my hair she grabbed her diffuser [something I still don’t own] to dry my hair. Once dry, I flipped my hair back and forth, after which Isabella proceeded to trim the final pieces of my hair off and complete the shaping process by further fluffing and picking out my hair.


By the look on Manny’s face I knew she was done and once again I was filled with anticipation. She spun the chair around and finally allowed me to view myself in the mirror!

I was honestly left in awe!


I can’t express enough just how pleased I was with my results. She achieved everything I wanted from my cut and so much more. And though I will admit it was pricey [US$250], I genuinely believe it was worth every penny. Plus the curl pop cut wasn’t just me walking into a salon and having a stylist cut my hair. It included an assessment, a conditioning colorless gloss, a detox and treatment, cut and shaping of the hair and hair education that included both styling and product usage, so you can easily recreate your new ‘do back home.

Oh did I mention she also has a mini photo studio in the salon?! AWESOME RIGHT?! I absolutely love the idea of allowing all clients to take glamour shots of their freshly washed, conditioned, cut and styled hair! Very innovative if you ask me. And since I was very much feeling myself I got my camera out and snapped several photos of my new look behind all the studio lights.

I am 100% satisfied with my results and I’m excited for my hair to flourish in the months to come. I learned so much information about my hair and what not to do. It was definitely an educational experience and this is something that I greatly appreciated from this entire experience. So not only did I leave with lustrous, defined hair but I also went home with a wealth of knowledge specific to my own hair, and I’m ready to start implementing the things I now know to my hair. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥

B.T.W. Isabella cut my hair dry but there are some stylists who cut curly hair wet while others prefer to blow dry curly hair straight to cut. The technique that reigns supreme is mostly up to one’s personal preference. Naturally curly or kinky hair stretches when wet, and when dry it shrinks and coils all the way up. So I much prefer the ‘Deva Cut’ way of dry cutting since it allows the stylist to better gauge how much hair should be taken off. What technique do you personally prefer? I’d love to know.
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  1. January 15, 2018 / 6:37 am

    I know this is a hair post and your hair really did turn out great but I love your makeup here!!!

    • January 15, 2018 / 11:38 am

      haha! Thank you so so much hun.

  2. Mary Martinez
    January 15, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Hey Natasha: Love the look but you always look nice anyway. That salon trip would have to be a treat for me….wow $250!!! It looks good though!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • January 15, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Hey Mary. Thanks a mil. This salon trip actually was a treat for me. It’s something I’ve been seeking out and prepping for quite a while now. xoxo

  3. Michelle G
    January 15, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Your hair looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing the details of your cut abs salon experience. Is there no stylist in Jamaica you would trust to give a similar cut? Just curious because I would be most likely following your recommendations while I am back in JA.

    • January 18, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      Hey Michelle. Thank you so much. Cutting curly hair is a tricky thing and though I know of many natural hair stylists, I don’t know of too many who are very experienced in cutting several different textures. Nonetheless, there actually are a few stylist I would recommend, @hairbybrittanyrae_, @rochellethestylist, @neahlis.

  4. Vanessa
    January 15, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    Your hair looks amazing…. so beautiful 😍

    • January 15, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you Vanessa ❤️

  5. Elle Will
    January 15, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Lets just say, your hair was awesome before, now its just simply amazing. I love it. I need to get mine some professional help too lol, when i can afford to. You are so beautiful, your makeup was everything, it just sat there looking bomb. Mine after a hair appointment is a mess. Keep inspiring!

    • January 16, 2018 / 12:21 am

      Thank you Elle. I really do think going to a professional makes the world of a difference. And as much as I wish I could do this 2/3 times a year, realistically I won’t be able to keep it up. So I already told myself it’s something I’ll try to treat myself to once a year. ❤️

  6. January 15, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    The curls are popping. They look fresh and juicy T! Btw those shoes 👀👀

    • January 16, 2018 / 12:18 am

      Thank you Jamus! Hehe I knew you would notice the shoes. Thanks bbe