Haircutting techniques for curly hair are very different from the cutting techniques used on straight hair. You can always blow dry or flat-iron curly hair straight, but it is very difficult to dry a straight haircut curly. Straight haircuts require an accuracy and tension that predict where the hair will fall. When these techniques are used on curly hair, the "S" formation of the curl is overlooked. Traditional layering techniques cause an unwanted ledge of hair - a mistake that could take years to grow out. Many hairstylists cut curly hair too short, which does not allow for shrinkage as the curls dry. The results are a drastic loss of blend and hair length. We call this "Cutting Shock".
How to Avoid Cutting Shock:
We study the shape and bounce of each curl and determine where the volume and bulk should be distributed to best suit the shape of your face. Cutting curly hair is all about transferring the bulk from one area to another in order to show off ringlets, create movement and let the cheekbones show through dense curls. Before changing your hairstyle, try to examine the shape of your face. Take note of where the widest parts of your hair are, as these are the areas where you will need the most volume control. Understanding the shape of your face, bone structure and profile will guide you to the right hairstyle. Collect photos of people with a similar hair type and identify what you like and dislike about their hairstyle. Pictures are a great tool, and will help your stylist when you discuss a new cut or style. Be realistic and determine what would suit you. A successful hairstyle relies on your ability to manage and create the style while controlling the frizz. Mastering the art of frizz control will help you avoid "cutting shock". Be sure to have a consultation before deciding on any drastic changes to your curly hair.