The Importance of Cutting Curly Hair

Curly hair care involves getting the perfect haircut for your curl type and knowing how to style and manage your hair to achieve its maximum potential. Hair cutting techniques for curly hair are very different from cutting techniques for straight hair. Cutting straight hair requires an accuracy and tension that predict where the hair will fall. When used on curly hair, the ‘S’ formation of the curl is overlooked. Traditional layering techniques cause the unwanted ledge – a mistake that could take years to grow out. Many curly hairstyles cut curly hair too short not allowing for shrinkage. The results are a drastic loss of blend and hair length which we call ‘cutting shock’.

Cutting curly hair is the most complicated of all hairstyling procedures. The creative concept of cutting curly hair is all about understanding the correct distribution of bulk, where to eliminate the excess bulk to add volume movement and bounce, where to help enhance facial features or cover-up others and create easy to maintain fashionable hairstyles for all curly hair types. Before changing your long or short curly 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 need the most volume control. Understanding the shape of your face, bone structure and profile will guide you to the right curly hairstyle.

We all know it’s a challenge to find a great hairstylist, especially a ‘curly-savvy’ stylist. Start by booking a consultation with a recommended salon. It’s important to have a consultation with a hairstylist before deciding on any drastic changes to your curly hair, this will determine if your cut is a success or a failure. Having a consultation will allow you to ask the stylist about his/her cutting techniques and the stylists will get a sense of your ability to style and manage your own curls. Collect photos of people with similar curl types and identify what you like and dislike about their hairstyle. Pictures are a great way to help your hairstylist get a better understanding on the look you want to achieve and will help bridge the gap in communication during the consultation.


  1. Is there any hairstylist who knows how to cut curly hair in Ottawa? I have been looking for more than 5 years now and I keep on getting the same pixie cut?

    Million thanks,

    1. Thank you for your question Nicole. Unfortunately, I do not know of any curl stylist in Ottawa that are experienced in cutting curly hair. However, I do strongly suggest if you are ever in Toronto to make an appointment at the Curly Hair Institute with Jonathan Torch, creator of Curly Hair Solutions product line. You definitely won’t regret it!

  2. This is a great article that i wish all natural and curly hair stylist would read. I just had 2 very bad haircuts on my shoulder length hair, and I’m getting over it. But wished they knew what to do. I live in in south Florida, with extreme heat and humidity. So this is headache, and can’t wait to get to Toronto!

  3. I’m a stay at home mom of five trying to fall in love with my curls after years of fighting it. I live near Scott musgraves in Cary North Carolina but can’t afford to go there. How can I find a stylist that won’t break my budget and won’t butcher my hair?

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