Rules For Cutting Curly Hair

Whether it’s conservative or edgy, nothing complements great curls more than an even greater cut. To ensure that you get the cut you want, follow our five rules for a winning snip every time.

#1. Interview your stylist
You don’t have to become best friends, but if it’s your first time with a stylist, take the time to learn a little about him or her before you commit. For starters, get their perspective on cutting curls to ensure it meets your expectations. Don’t be shy. Ask to see examples of his/her work and inquire about techniques. If their answers don’t sit well with you, find another stylist who makes you feel more comfortable. To search for a Ouidad certified stylist use our salon finder here.

#2. Get a cut designed just for curls
No two curls are alike. Ouidad offers Carve and Slice, the only trademarked cutting technique for curly hair. Carve and Slice is our curl-specific angled cutting technique that removes the bulk from the sides so you aren’t left with the “pyramid look.” The cut also enhances the natural curl pattern of your hair and creates well-defined ringlets that fit gently into each other like puzzle pieces.

#3. Curls are better cut when damp
The Ouidad Carve and Slice technique is done on wet hair. The advantage of cutting on damp hair instead of dry curls is that it allows the stylist to better understand your natural curl pattern and, in turn, give a more effective cut. Our experts agree that most curl types should be cut on an angle. For tight curls, uneven layering works best. Make certain your cut doesn’t flatten your crown. To avoid a flat top, try a short layer under a longer layer to pump up the volume.

#4. Set up a trim schedule
Once you’ve decided on a stylist and have received your first cut, don’t be a stranger. Create standing trimming appointments with him/her. The value of scheduling your trims in advance is that you are creating a definitive plan to maintain your ends, which will help to prevent future knotting and strand splitting. On average, curls should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks. You know it’s time for a trim, when curls begin to knot easily.

#5. For color-treated curls only: trim damage
These days, most color companies make quality color that actually helps to seal the cuticle, add shine and enhance curl. However, if your strands become sensitized from color (and/or heat or climatic aggressors), they may be more susceptible to moisture depletion and therefore split or frayed ends. Once hair reaches this state, a healthy cut is the only solution. Schedule a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep damage at bay.