How to prepare curly hair for a haircut: tips from an expert

laughing woman

Help the stylist understand your unique curls (Image: Getty Images)

Getting even a simple cut can be an ordeal if you have curly hair.

For some reason, in the year 2022, finding a salon that knows how to handle curly hair is to work.

I’ve long since made peace with the fact that trying a new barber will probably leave me searching for scissors on my own at home or saying to myself, ‘Well…it’ll grow.’

While it won’t magically make finding the perfect salon any easier, Kim, Curl Specialist at Creative Hair Studio and Ambassador for Only Curls, has tips for people with curly hair on how they can get to the salon to get things done. much easier.

Be as tangle free as possible

Yes, brushing your curls before you head out into the world doesn’t look great, but try to arrive with a minimum of tangles.

“I recommend arriving with either wash day or day two curls,” says Kim.

‘This way there will still be plenty of spring in your curl for the stylist to understand your curl pattern, and they won’t all be tangled up.

“If the stylist is going to do a dry cut, the tangled curls would make the process difficult.”

Make sure your hair is dry

Arriving with your hair in its normal, finished state can help the stylist understand how your specific strands work.

Kim said: ‘A lot of specialist curlers will cut your dry hair.

“So arriving with completely dry curls will allow them to see the curl pattern better and allow them to start cutting without having to blend first.”

Portrait of laughing young woman with curly hair against white wall

Stay out of the brush (Image: Getty Images/Westend61)

Don’t brush your hair before

Kim says you don’t want to get too tangled, but beyond the point above, your hairdresser will be better off seeing your hair in its final form, rather than with the curls fully brushed out.

“We all know that brushing curly hair when it’s dry breaks up the curls,” says Kim. ‘The stylist will need to see how your curls are grouped, and if he does a curl-by-curl dry cut, he will cut each group of curls individually.

“So refrain from using a brush, comb or comb once your hair is dry and in its natural state.”

Don’t arrive with your hair up

Again, this will help your stylist see your hair in its most natural state.

“The better your stylist understands your natural hair and how you want to wear it, the better results you’ll get,” Kim explained.

“So don’t arrive with your curls in a ponytail, bun, twist, or any style that stretches or changes your hair’s natural curl pattern.”

Do not use heavy styling products.

Try to keep products light, because you don’t want to seal in moisture from treatments you may be receiving.

“Styling products that are excessively sticky, greasy, or oily can weigh down curls and lock in moisture,” says Kim.

“Use something light like Only Curls Hydrating Curl Creme to get your hair in a beautiful, natural state ready for cutting.”

Don’t be shy about having your hair touched up when it’s dry.

If possible, try to have your stylist do the cut while your hair is dry.

“If the barber decides to cut your wet curls, I recommend asking them to dry your hair after the cut,” adds Kim.

‘This will allow them to review your hair shape, so you walk away with hair the way you plan to wear it. If any strands look out of place, your stylist should be able to dry cut them to finish shaping.

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission for purchases made through one of these links, but this never influences the opinions of our experts. Products are tested and reviewed independently of commercial initiatives.

Have a story to share?

Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

MORE: Eight of the Best DIY Hair Masks for Curly, Frizzy, and Oily Hair

MORE: TikToker criticizes trolls who accuse her of ‘black fishing’ because of her curly hair

MORE: The Five Essentials You Should Pack to Protect Your Hair on Vacation

Leave a Comment