3 Questions to Ask your Hairstylist
BEFORE your First Curly Cut
Getting a curly cut can be scary...especially when you’ve never had a curly cut before or are going to a new stylist.
But wait, what even is a curly cut?
A curly cut is a dry cut. Why are curls best cut when dry? Because curly hair is in its truest form when dry!
If you think about your curls when wet, they are long and stretched out. If cut wet, the stylist has to try to imagine how they'll shrink up and curl up when dry. Kind of a shot in the dark, ya know?
Cutting curly hair while dry guarantees your curls are shaped precisely, since your curls are in their truest state. In most cases, curly cuts are layered so the curls cascade down in a rounded shape. Goodbye triangle hair!
Now you may be wondering, "should I get a curly cut?" A curly cut is best done on clients that wear their hair curly 90-95% of the time. So, if you're thinking, "I wear my hair curly ALL the time!" then, my friend, it sounds like a curly cut is for you!
Now, you may be thinking, "I can't trust anyone with my hair. NO ONE cuts is right!".
We get it. We've been there. It's scary AF trusting a stranger with your precious mane. But as it becomes more and more normal to wear your curls naturally, more and more stylists are being trained on all types of curly cuts with all types of different products.
To make things a little less scary, here is a list of some important questions to ask and things to do before scheduling your curly cut appointment.
1 .What certifications does the stylist you are interested in have?
This is extremely important in the process. Stylists without continuing education in curls, don’t usually understand what curls need. This then leads to lack of trust and frustration for you as a client. Ask the front desk what certifications the stylist has, and seek out their social media portfolio.
By taking a look at a potential stylists portfolio, you will be able to see what specific textures that stylist works with most often, and what their cuts look like. You can also see what types of curly cuts they are familiar with. Most often, you will see Deva Cut specialists. This is a great place to start, but there are many other curly cut styles such as the Rezo Cut, Curly Hair Artistry, etc.
2. Will the stylist be cutting my hair wet or dry?
Although there are many different methods your stylist can use to cut your curls, knowing whether or not it will be done wet or dry gives you insight on their understanding of curly hair. When curls are wet they are stretched, which would make it easy to forget how much shrinkage is involved and where the curls will actually lay onced styled and dry. When curls are cut they should generally be cut in the most natural state -dry untouched hair. When curls are dry you can see exactly where they will fall. This allows the stylist to easily identify where to cut so that those curls are shaped perfectly.
MOST curly certifications teach stylists to cut curls dry.
3. How does your stylist want you to come prepared for your appointment ?
Be sure to ask if this was not addressed in the initial phone call or online booking when making your appointment. Most stylists want to see your natural texture with minimal product and no other manipulations!
Coming with your hair in a bun or manipulated with different protective styles could prolong the process since the stylist won’t be able to get a true sense of how your hair looks and feels. After all, your curly cut appointment is typically to address concerns you have with your hair, whether that is styling, product recommendations, or shape. The stylist can typically come up with solutions right during the consultation if you come following their specific instructions.
Finally, always remember to keep an open mind!
It’s important to be patient with your hair and the stylist. It can take months to see progress with your curls and a year or two to fully understand your hair needs and how to properly care for them. Understand that one appointment with no follow through at home can not reverse years of damage, stress, and buildup.
Sometimes true change can take a while. In the end, it will all be worth the wait...especially when you have hair you always dreamed of!
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