Hairstyles for Curly Hair – A Broad Topic

Alright everyone… hairstyles for curly hair, a broad topic! Honestly, when it comes to how you want to do your hair, I’m all for you trying whatever you want to! Since there are so many different types of curly hair, no one single style is right for everyone. I will tell you what works best for me, though. =)

Long vs. Short

In the 6th grade, I had a thick nasty bowl cut. It wasn’t even curly, it was just BIG. I have grown my hair out ever since, and I don’t think I could ever go back and try to pull that look off now. I love having long curly hair, so I usually keep mine shoulder to shoulder blade length. But I have seen short and curly on other people and think it looks great! It’s just not for me.

Layers or One Length?

Layers all the way for me! I kept my hair all one length until a few years ago, and I always got the ‘triangle’ or ‘pyramid’ look, like Alice from the comic strip Dilbert. When I decided I wanted layers, I researched it a lot, and many people claimed that this was a huge no-no for curly hair. I say those people are crazy. As long as the top layers are a decent length and don’t frizz up, it’s a beautiful look.


The general consensus in the world of hair styling goes something like this: “Bangs? Curly hair? NOOOOOOO.” I have ALWAYS wanted bangs. I have tried. And asked. And been refused every time. No bangs for me. If you were to find someone willing to cut you some bangs, or you decide to do it yourself, I would suggest making sure they’re long, because your curls will bounce up and end up being shorter than you think. And pretty please with a cherry on top share stories if you’ve ever had them. I want proof that it can be done without having to straighten them every day. =)

Cutting and Styling Techniques

Popular hair cutting styles include the Deva cut and Ouidad techniques. If you’re not willing to spend $75+ per haircut, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…you don’t NEED your hair cut like that. I personally get my hair cut the way anyone would, however, I make sure to get a stylist who knows, loves and has lots of experience with curly hair.

The Deva cut involves getting your hair cut dry, and snipping pieces here and there so each and every one of your curls is defined at its best.

The Ouidad technique involves a specific kind of cutting of the hair that gets rid of the pyramid look and allows curls to fit together better. Ouidad stylists also do something called the “rake and shake” where they will quickly rake leave-in products through your hair a few times, then hold your hair at the tips and shake it to produce curl.

What works best for you?

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