Hello my curly gals and guys!
Curly hair is impossible to cut the right way. You can't just simply go to super cuts and get your hair done for $15 like our straight-haired friends. Now as much as this pains me to tell you this, I pay $90 for a hair cut. I do not get my hair colored either. $90 for a cut, wash, and style.
Why the heck do I pay that much? (and the most I spent was $140 by the way)
It is all about the knowledge the hair dresser has. He or she needs to know that wet hair behaves differently than dry hair. This is very important when it comes to curly hair.
1. Dry cut. This is the most important step. If your hair dresser does not do a "pre-shape" "pre-cut" or "dry cut" then you are in trouble. The dry cut allows the stylist to see how your curls fall. They will cut them into shape and make sure each curl is cut at the right bend. If it is not cut like that, your hair will be lop-sided.
2. Wash. My favorite part.
3. Trim. This stage is where the dresser makes sure you are even, she or he doesn't have to do much because the dry cut gave you the shape you need.
4. Style. This where you see the glorious results and you leave with major confidence.
If your hair dresser does not follow these steps, in this order (some might skip the trim step, which is fine) then you need to find a new dresser. Fast.
This brings me back to why I pay so much. She is the cheapest and still the best quality I can get for my hair cuts. I only get a hair cut every 6 months. She gives me such a good shape, I look good for months before I start noticing a slight triangle shape.
This brings me to my next point, never ever see your hair dresser again if they leave you with the dreaded triangle shaped hair. No one deserves to suffer through that hair style. Even if they follow all of those steps and still give you a bad shape, you know you are in the wrong place.
Typically the best hair dressers will have curly hair themselves, but don't judge too quickly. My hair stylist has very straight hair. Her mother however has natural curls. So she knows what to do with curly hair. Last time I got it cut, she even asked to take a picture because it came out great so she could show future clients that she knows how to cut curls. There are Deva Curl Salons that specialize in curly hair. You can go there knowing you will get a great cut. But if you don't live near one, it is a trial and error process.
- You can call and ask if the salon has a curly hair specialist
- Ask the salon who gets the most curly-haired clients
- Ask friends, and look up reviews on the salon as a whole
- Not all 'fancy' salons will give you a good haircut, most stylists rent their space in fancy salons, so their skills will differ
Let me know in the comments if you have a great hair dresser, and how long it took to find him/her!