When it comes to curly hair some people don’t realize curly hair has a mind of its own, and is very delicate. If you have curly hair and someone cuts your hair wrong, it can turn out to be a real nightmare (frizz ball mania)
Growing up with real curly hair my family and friends always called me Shirley Temple. My hair was always in small ringlets, no matter what my mother done to my hair. Remind you my mother was a professional beautician for many years, and knew how to handle my curly thick hair the right way, so it didn’t like Medusa.
When I became 10 years old I knew I wanted to be just like my mom and do hair. I am very fussy when it comes to my hair, so I had my mother teach me for years how to cut curly hair, how to handle the curls, and certain cutting techniques to take the bulk and heaviness out of my hair.
After my mom was all done teaching me all of these curly hair secrets, I was old enough to take up Cosmetology in my High School. The course was for 2 years. At that time, I didn’t have to pay to become a beautician I lucked out. Now a days you have to pay to learn how to do hair.
In cosmetology class I learned quite a bit about hair, skin, makeup, shaving, waxing, and even fashion, but it was never enough for me. I needed to learn more, because I love being creative when it comes to hair. I then worked for various hair salons picking up different cutting and coloring techniques, earning coloring awards, and creating unique styles for individual hair salons.
After having enough experience and talent, I went on my own and opened up a hair salon with a good friend of mine. Where I was located so many of the clients had natural curly hair or wore perms. This gave me a huge advantage knowing what I know about curly hair. I had an expert in curly hair come to my salon and teach me the different curl patterns, curl textures, and new ways of cutting curly hair.
After experimenting on my own hair, I then taught others. People don’t realize curly hair is different on every single person. Nobody’s hair is identical when it comes to curls.
When you visit a hair salon and you have curly hair. The stylist you ask for MUST understand how the curl pattern goes, and the texture of the curl before cutting. If the stylist has no experience with curly hair, do NOT allow them to come near your hair with a scissor, unless you want a botched up job.
You need to identify the curl first. Is your curl loose, curly, slight S wave, tight curls, spirals, or kinky curls? Once you know the type of curl you can then move onto the texture. These are the two most important things to know before cutting curly hair.
The texture for curly hair can be medium, fine, frizzy and thick, or course. Unfortunately, mine is very coarse, and extremely curly, but I can straighten my curls using a flat iron or blow-dry and it totally changes the texture and my appearance.
Ask your stylist about different cutting techniques they use only on curly hair. If the stylist looks dumb founded then opt for another one who knows what you are talking about. A good hairstylist should give you at least 2-3 different ways of cutting curly hair. Here are some curly hair cutting techniques to ask for:
Dry cut- When you hair is dry it allows you to see the actual pattern. Where the hair is going, the full thickness, texture, and how it curls up. Cutting the curly hair dry will give you full advantage of the hair, and the actual length. A good hairstylist should be able to cut dry curly hair.
Slicing the curls- This is one of my favorite techniques. This can be done using a scissor or razor. Slicing the curls will help reduce the heaviness, give the hair more texture, and define the ends of each curl.
Thinning or whittling- This curly hair cutting technique helps remove heaviness from the hair, adds great texture, and brings life back to each curl, especially at the very ends. Tip: Make sure the stylist twists each section of hair, and only snips into the top, middle, and bottom without taking any length off the hair.
Slide cutting- This cutting technique will help reduce the heaviness in the curls, soften the curls, gives curls a true definition, and take away a lot of the frizz.
Curly hair should never really be cut straight in my opinion. Always use a slant or a layering technique.
Sources: Professional beautician/personal experience