Tips on How to Cut Curly Hair

Tips on How to Cut Curly Hair


Cutting curly hair requires special considerations to ensure a flattering and well-shaped result. Here are some tips to help you cut curly hair effectively:

  1. Cut When Dry: Curly hair should ideally be cut when it's dry. Cutting wet curly hair can lead to shrinkage, resulting in a shorter length than desired. Dry cutting allows you to see the natural curl pattern and work with the hair's texture more accurately.
  2. Work with the Natural Curl Pattern: Take into account the curl pattern and how the hair naturally falls. Curly hair tends to spring up when dry, so it's important to consider the anticipated shrinkage when cutting. Cut the hair in its natural state to achieve the best results.
  3. Section and Comb Carefully: Divide the hair into sections using clips or hair ties. Comb each section gently with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to detangle and separate the curls. Avoid using a fine-tooth comb or brush, as it can disrupt the curl pattern and cause frizz.
  4. Cut Curl by Curl or in Sections: Depending on the desired style and level of precision, you can cut curl by curl or in sections. Cutting curl by curl allows for more control and precision, while cutting in sections helps ensure overall balance and shape. Experiment with both methods to determine what works best for the specific haircut.
  5. Start with Small Trims: It's recommended to start with small trims rather than cutting off a significant amount of length at once. This approach allows you to make adjustments gradually and avoid cutting too much. You can always trim more if needed, but it's harder to add length back.
  6. Consider Texturizing Techniques: Curly hair can benefit from texturizing techniques to remove excess bulk or enhance the natural shape. Thinning shears or point cutting can be used sparingly to create texture and remove weight if necessary. However, be cautious not to overdo it, as too much thinning can result in frizz and loss of definition.
  7. Check for Symmetry: Regularly step back and assess the haircut's symmetry as you go along. Check if both sides are balanced and adjust as needed. It's helpful to have the client face forward and look in the mirror to ensure evenness.
  8. Embrace the Bounce: Remember that curly hair tends to bounce up after cutting, so avoid cutting it too short. Be mindful of the hair's elasticity and anticipate the natural spring when assessing length.
  9. Finish with Styling: Once the cutting is complete, style the hair using curl-enhancing or defining products. Scrunch the products into the hair using your hands to encourage and enhance the curl pattern.

If you're new to cutting curly hair or are unsure about the technique, it's always recommended to seek guidance from a professional hairstylist with experience in cutting curly hair. They can provide personalized advice and ensure the best results for your specific hair type and desired style.

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