What to Know About Cropping Curly Hair
There’s something about Fall that impels us girls to start to make some beauty adjustments. We eagerly swap the breezy dresses and distressed denim for leather and layers. Buckle up the blackest boots we own. Darken our lips and rouge up those cheeks. But, for most of us, the biggest and most sought-after change is our hair. For the next few blog posts, we’ll be focusing on what you can do to alter your hair to work with the change in season and revamp your look, whether subtly or dramatically, with a few things to keep in mind, such as taking the plunge and cropping your locks. Making the big chop can already be an anxiety-inducing experience, amplified even more so by those with curly hair. A few things to keep in mind if you have that beautiful god-given texture and want to go short:
1. Have realistic expectations
It’s important to know your curls at their natural state. You may be pining after a smooth-out bob with blunt bangs, and with the right product and tools, you can achieve that look–but it won’t be your mainstay style. In order to keep from being disappointed for how your everyday hair falls, work with your texture instead of against it. Look for cut inspiration from people who have a similar texture to you.
2. Curls will be curlier
The longer the hair, the lighter the curl. Longer strands weight down the curl, so the shorter you cut it, the curlier your hair will become. As well, when you’re going for the crop, realize that your hair will shrink up and appear shorter than it is. When suggesting length to your stylists, make sure to keep this in mind.
3. See a curl expert
We’re heard of many horror stories of curls and stylists who just don’t know what to do with them. We have a number of curl-savvy stylists (some who also work with the texture themselves) who can be an amazing resource for ways to style your hair, what products to be using to create the best natural look and tips for how to work with your texture, from the quick morning routine to something more formal. Booking consultations with us is the best way for us to pair the right stylist with your hair needs.
4. Get ready to see your stylist more often
One benefit of having longer hair, is the urgency for a haircut or trim can easily be masked by a topknot, pulling it back, or giving into a wilder texture for a while. However, once you go shorter, you may not be able to hide under hats forever. Keeping up with a regular clean up or trim schedule is key. Depending on how short you go, we recommend you see your stylist every 4-6 weeks.