Inside Oribe: Natural Hair Tips & Tricks
Embracing your natural hair has never been easier thanks to Stacey Ciceron’s latest collaboration with Oribe. Not all hair products are made equal, and those with type 4 curls definitely know what we’re talking about. Oribe’s Moisture & Control collection tames your tresses in the most flattering way. We sat down with Stacey Ciceron, a natural hair expert and celebrity hairstylist, to discuss her everyday hair routine, must-have hair products, and inspiration behind the collection. Read on for her take on the hair movement that will bring your curls come to life.
Q: Tell us about yourself and your experience in the hair & beauty industry.
A: I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for 19 years and have enjoyed being involved with hair and beauty for as long as I can remember. I would style my friends, family and neighbors long before deciding to become a certified professional. I’ve worked with all hair types in film, TV, print, and on the runway, and I’ve also owned my own salon. I decided to specialize in textured hair when I noticed the buzz circulating around the natural movement about five years ago. I had no idea that it would last, but when I realized it was here to stay, I decided to take on the calling and lead the industry in the correct way. This took a lot of research, practice and self reflection.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the collection?
A: Oribe already offered products for curly hair, but the brand noticed there was a gap in the offerings to consumers with highly textured hair—those who have specific hair care needs. We were able to add the essential products needed to supplement the Moisture & Control collection and give consumers with this hair type a great foundation to get going on their healthy hair journey. Up until now, consumers had little to no options in this market. These consumers wanted to experience the luxury feel that Oribe has been offering for a decade.
Q: Can you explain the hair types with an emphasis on type 4 hair?
A: Years ago, a number system was developed that a lot of people with textured hair use. It ranges on a scale from 1 to 4 (1 being the straightest and 4C being the tightest coil). People can have multiple curl patterns/hair types happening on their head. Type 4 hair, or hair that is tightly coiled or highly textured, is prone to dryness because of its shape and pattern. The hair has a course, strong appearance, but is actually often dry and fragile. This hair type needs to be handled with TLC. I suggest using products that will hydrate, nourish, strengthen and protect.
Q: What started your love for hair?
A: My love for hair started at an early age. One of my first experiences or observations was the transformation of confidence and the way people carried themselves after getting their hair done. I wanted to create this reaction—I love transformations of any kind.
Q: Can you tell us about your own natural hair journey?
A: I went natural more than 5 years ago. I was working behind the chair at the time and clients would come in and ask about transitioning to natural hair. I would give them advice from knowledge, but not from experience. When I realized that this movement wasn’t a trend, but a revolution, I wanted to be a part of disseminating information that was accurate and could help a lot of people along their journey. I knew the only way to do this was to go natural myself. So, I basically did the “big chop” on my own by shaving all my hair off one day. It was the best decision I ever made.
Q: What does your hair routine look like now?
A: Wash Day is real! I have my routine down to less than three hours, but it takes a whole day or two to naturally air dry. Wash Day took a while to master—in the beginning I would use at least five different products on my hair, which took at least six hours. Now I shampoo, condition, treat and style. Moisturizing my hair and keeping moisture in my hair is key.
Q: What are your favorite ways of using these HTH products?
A: I always start with Oribe Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler on myself and on my clients. I follow the Priming Lotion with a styler like Oribe Curl Gelèe for Shine & Definition or Oribe Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Crème. These products can create a twist-out style, a wash-and-go style and so much more.
Q: What is one hair product you would bring on a deserted island?
A: I’ve actually tried this—I went on vacation with only one hair product! I chose Oribe Cleansing Crème for Moisture & Control, which I used to wash and condition my hair every day. Talk to us about the ingredients in the collection. It was important that these formulas were filled with nourishing oils and butters like macadamia seed oil, apricot oil, neem seed oil, avocado butter and shea butter, just to name a few.
Q: What are the most important things to remember when it comes to hair?
A: The most important thing is to know what you’re working with. You have to learn your hair (type, texture, density and porosity) in order to choose the right tools and products to achieve your hair goals.
Thank you, Stacey. We’re so excited about these products and are so grateful for your expertise!