Curls can be a pain to maintain, but with the right cut, they can be an absolute dream.
We think you’ll all agree: having curly hair is both a blessing and a curse. Even at the best of times, maintenance and styling can prove tricky. You see, there’s no such thing as bad hair days; only disastrous ones – which is why getting the right haircuts for curly hair is so important.
Oh how we kinky-haired ladies have long envied those with sleek, straight locks, prompting us to often reach for the straighteners in desperate attempts to eliminate our problems! But if you’re ready to start embracing those beautiful, natural textures (and you should be, seeing as 2016 is all about making the best of what your mother gave you!), then the key to pretty, manageable tresses is getting a great base cut.
Whether you have wavy, curly, kinky or coily locks, a good-shaped cut won’t only help frame and flatter your face, but will also work to enhance – rather than hinder – the contours and textures of those curls. Of course, a seasoned stylist who has extensive experience with curly hair is essential, but if you want to get an idea of the kind of styles that’ll work, look no further. Here’s our round up of 6 of the best haircuts for curly hair you can try now.
The best haircuts for curly hair
1. Grown-out pixie
You may have been told at some point that curls and pixie cuts don’t make for a very amicable pairing, but here at All Things Hair HQ, we beg to differ. Because if you have subtle waves or kinks, a cool, grown-out pixie crop can actually work very well. Just be sure to ask for a more graduated cut, keeping the front fairly long to account for the waves bouncing up.
The great thing about this cut is that it’s low-maintenance, too. Simply work with the subtle kinks in your hair to style the top and front messy.
2. Fashionable lob
The lob is still very much in vogue, and good news: it’s perfect for women who have fine to medium hair, and soft, undulating waves. Ideal for showing off your naturally wavy texture, this collarbone-grazing length feels ultra modern, too.
If you have a rounder face, go for subtle layers at the front and back, and try and keep more length throughout. As for those who have longer face shapes, opt for more dramatic long layers (with the shortest hitting just below your cheekbones) that’ll help frame the face and add definition.
3. Loose, long waves
If you have fine to medium hair, in combination with wavy to medium curls like Sarah Jessica Parker, this effortless, sophisticated cut is for you. Normally straighter at the roots, and kinkier at towards the ends, your texture works well with long, face-framing layers built in as well. The key to pulling off this look is to maintain body, volume and bounce. Styling tricks? Make volume-boosting products, like the TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray (£5.50*) your new best friend, and try using a light-hold hairspray to help tame flyaways and static strands.
Time to put those coarse, kinky, coily textures to good use. Well, if Solange Knowles is rocking an afro, then we all should follow suit, right? An updated version of the ’70s favourite, this year’s silhouette makes the afro feel more modern than ever. Remember, the tighter your curls, the easier it is to get the shape to hold.
Tip: if you have a round or square face, ask for your afro to be cut rounded at the top and more tapered at the sides and back. But if you have a longer, oval-shaped face, a more rounded shape all the way around will help flatter.
5. Wild, curly layers
Finding your thick, lioness-esque mane tricky to control? Then don’t! If your hair texture is medium and you have tighter curls – think Shakira, Keri Russell, AnnaLynne McCord – the best advice we can give you is to embrace your wild, sexy tresses. Keep it long in length, with layers built in to thin out the ends and give your hair a more defined shape. Make good quality curl-enhancing products, like the VO5 Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousse (£3.99*) and Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*) your BFF and leave your hair to air-dry for best results.
6. Bob with bangs
This cute, softly textured bob has garnered quite the celeb following – think Marion Cotillard and Emma Stone – and what’s more, it’s perfect for those of you who’ve been blessed with fine, natural waves. Being a super versatile cut, how short you go is entirely up to you. We recommend keeping it somewhere between the tip of your chin and just above your shoulders – this will help maintain that playful bounce you’ve got going on. As for the fringe, keep it piecey (either centre-parted or swept to one side) for the chicest results. Worried about your bangs not playing ball? Just a quick blowdry with a round brush will sort that out in seconds!
See? With the right knowledge, getting perfect haircuts for curly hair is easy-peasy!
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