Apart from the right products and techniques, one of the important deciding factors for how your curly hair looks and behaves, is the right haircut. Most parlours in India cut curly hair like they would cut straight hair. That makes it all the more important for us to know and tell them what kind of a cut we want. I really dream of a day when there is a salon in India solely for curly hair where we walk in and there are curl magazines and curl products on the shelf 😀 And they don’t try to detangle our hair before the haircut with a comb. *Ouch!*. And they don’t end haircuts with a blow dry and brushing! Till then, here are haircuts that are perfect for curly hair.
Layers. Lots and lots of layers.
The layers should start below the chin so that the curls are tamed and don’t look like a lion’s mane. Most curls, including mine are more prominent as length increases. That is because the curls have enough weight to hang down. So opt for long layers. The cut should give you a tapered look at the ends with layers.
Say NO to any kind of texturing/razor/bulk removal as this causes curly hair to go frizzy.
Layers are very very important in curly hair because in if it was all one length, your hair would be too heavy at the bottom causing the dreadful triangle effect (no volume on top, too much volume at the bottom) which is a big no-no.
Bangs that aren’t too short and are side swept to either the left or right side of your face can solve the problem of your hair looking flat on the top of your head. They are also great for hiding large foreheads. This is also best suited for wavy and curly hair and better avoided on coily hair.
Lob(long bob) with wedge cut
It’s a cut for those who don’t want to wear your hair long. A wedge cut which has short layers in the back and long layers in the front will tame your curls.
Remember that since your hair is wet when they cut, the length will drastically change when your hair dries and curls up. Keep that in mind when you tell them the length you want your hair to be at.
After your haircut, you may have an adjustment phase before your curls start behaving normal – Curly haircut shock – Adapting to your new haircut
This is my haircut –
You can see more pics here – PhotoDiary