The Best Haircuts for Girls With Extremely Curly Hair
Curly-haired gals, we salute you. We know that maintaining that mane is no easy task: Every shower presents the brutal choice of either spending a lot of time (and product) defining and styling each coil, or taking a gamble and quite possibly ending up with a frizzy pouf on top of your head.
But when they behave, curls are a gift. And you already know at this point that the right haircut is probably the most important factor of manageable, pretty texture: A good curly cut shapes your mane in a way that allows your tendrils to fall naturally in a face-flattering way, with bouncy definition—and minimal styling time.
You'll need two things: a stylist experienced in curly cuts, and an idea of the kind of looks that work best with your hair. We've got you covered on the latter—just take a look below.
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This model-loved trend works very well for your texture, as the length gives your curls some weight but the layers still define them beautifully, giving the entire look a very flattering (and very versatile) shape. Ask your stylist for curl-defining layers throughout, with shorter pieces framing your face. At home, use a strong leave-in product that combats frizz and offers non-crunchy hold, like Oribe's Curl Control Silkening Crème ($43).
Take that shag cut just a couple of inches shorter and you're officially in bob territory. Expect a little more volume and bounce to your spirals, since your layers are even more lightweight.
For years, a triangle shape has been something to avoid, but we're struggling to remember why. The way we see it, the geometric look perfectly straddles the line between retro and modern. The trick is to go with an asymmetrical part (like the one seen here), which is a little more wearable than a centre-parted 'do. Ask your stylist for a bottom-heavy blunt cut parted off to one side.
A TWA (teeny-weeny Afro) is always a solid choice (it was a runway favourite last season), but we love a more grown-out version, too. Opt for the shapely structure seen here, or switch it up by brushing your coils out. (Either way, make sure your hair is hydrated and healthy with a regular leave-in treatment, like John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque ($13).
Not only do your curls give a super-short crop beautiful texture, but they also make it a lot less painful to grow out, since the natural kinks in your hair make an awkward length look styled without any effort. Our tip is to embrace and enhance the undoneness of it: Just scrunch some pomade (like Bumble and Bumble's Semisumo, $43) into your strands and mess with the shape until you like where it falls.
Which curly cut is your favourite? What are your go-to tips for defined texture? Tell us in the comments below!