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Rising Stars: Meet Hailey Nagel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hailey Nagel.

Hi Hailey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Perhaps you know me from years at Allure Salon on King St. or read mention of “Hailey Nagel the hairstylist” in Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, Return to Sullivan’s Island or Porch Lights.

A Charleston native, I had been coloring Lowcountry blondes for 11 years when I decided to specialize in textured hair in 2016 because a guest enlightened me of the need.

Always hungry for knowledge, I earned my Deva Curl certification through numerous trips to the academy in NYC, becoming one of the few Level 3 Deva Pros in the world.

I relocated to Brisbane, Australia in 2018 with my husband and 2 children, and continued to receive curly hair education from numerous sources (Lorraine Massey for Curly World, Nubia for Rëzo, Innersense Organic Beauty, and Mizani to name a few).

In 2022, my family and I moved back to my hometown after 4 years of perfecting my curl craft. Now this natural redhead is back to her wavy, South Carolina roots, and am an accredited global talent for curly hair, ready to help de-frizz and educate the Lowcountry on how to love their hair and themselves more.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
In my adult years, I have learned to go with the flow not against it, which is really how I have arrived here today with my current knowledge and experience.

I never intended on specializing in curly hair, I just sort of fell into it, then fell in love with it. The struggles to grasp a new skill later in your career or to change directions altogether can be very hard to deal with and there will always be self-doubt, but I could tell it was worth it.

With every sob story of a bad haircut, I learned more about the anxiety the curly person experiences and the caregiver in me earnestly wanted to help, so I was propelled forward.

Building a clientele of over 300 guests and leaving them to move across the world to rebuild another full clientele to just leave them and rebuild again from scratch has been an interesting experience as well but I have learned so much and know that the people who are meant to find you will.

Also, learning work/life balance has been a pickle being a mom and perfectionist but the personal growth that has come from that struggle has been huge, like invoking mindfulness daily to help center me and retain my energy/sanity.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a licensed cosmetologist who specializes in textured hair, meaning I am a hairdresser who cuts/treats wavy to curly/coily hair exclusively, always dry.

It’s like sculpting. In an appointment with me, I educate you on the science behind your hair and explain to you how to achieve the healthiest version of your natural texture, while artistically creating your intended shape. When a guest leaves my chair they are more confident and more in control of their hair than they ever have been in their life and that is what I am most proud of.

My eyes well up with pride when my guests have their “Aha!” moments because I know that what I have explained to them has changed their lives, in the same way, that learning how to cook properly does, you have leveled up and are now more confident and competent.

I believe I empower my guests and in doing so I bring more positivity into this world.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
So many people have helped me along the way! My husband and two children have been so supportive and excited about curls it’s been amazing and I could never do what I do without them.

The guest who led me down this curious path was Ilona Goltman whom I can never thank enough. The Rickmans, Amanda and Peter, in Brisbane, Australia nerded out with me on curly hair for a while, and for that, I am extremely thankful.

My educators Lorraine Massey, those at Deva Curl, Nubia for Rëzo, Loni for Desert Curl Studio, Innersense Oranic Beauty for all of the education as well as for allowing me to become an educator for them, and all the curly content creators out there on the internet for helping expand my brain.


  • $100/hr, first-time appointments last 2.5 hours on average.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @curlbyHaileyEizabeth and @HaileyElizabethStudio
  • Facebook: Hailey Nagel
  • Youtube: Hailey Nagel

Image Credits
Elizabeth Maleevsky

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