When you have super curly hair you usually don't want to go short. Short hair can frizz up on you more easily than long hair and you run the risk of major pouffy hair. The longer your hair, the more your curls will weigh hair down.
That said, the right short haircut can work on curly hair. In fact, short, curly hair can look absolutely amazing. These photos show off several curly hairstyles that work. They all feature long layers and while there is a bit of "pouf" going on in some of the pictures, I feel it really works on these women.
Can You Go Short?
If you have curly hair, you may wonder if short hair would look good on you and just how short you can afford to go.
Here are a few factors to consider:
- Your personality. Can you rock a short curly 'do that bursts forth from the head like fireworks? How do you want to present yourself? Funky? Sophisticated? Edgy? Unique?
- Your lifestyle. Are you a wash-and-go kind of woman or do you like straightening your hair with a blowdryer and flat iron, or pulling it into perfect place?
- Your head and shoulders. Short hair that hits at the chin or above can look absolutely stunning on a woman with a long neck. It's almost sculptural. But short, curly hair on a woman with a short neck isn't as flattering as hair that falls to the shoulders or just above it.
- Your body. Your hair should balance out your body. Large, curvy women look great with curly hair because the volume adds balance better than stick-straight hair.
I recommend consulting with a stylist about the factors above.
Pick the Right Stylist
While it's a myth that you should choose a salon that specializes in curly hair or a stylist who specializes in cutting curls, you should choose your stylist wisely, particularly when going for a drastic cut.
A good stylist can mean the difference between a horrible haircut and an enviable one. Do your research first. Ask other women with curly hair you admire where they go. Check out their reviews on Yelp.
The best stylists stay on top of trends. They know what cuts look good and which ones are dated. They also know about the latest techniques, for example, dry cutting hair or using razors to remove body.
One of the biggest mistakes stylists make when cutting curly hair is pulling on the curls during the cut, says Eva Scrivo in her book Eva Scrivo on Beauty (buy it from Amazon). "The 'secret' to creating beautiful and accurate curls is to cut the hair with very little tension," Scrivo writes. "Any experienced and skilled stylist should know this."