Cut for curly hair: what is the best option?

To enhance the beauty of curly hair, some people invest in specific cuts, which can vary from the simplest and easiest to make, to the most complex and difficult to execute.

During this time, it is common for several doubts to arise about which cut is best suited to your profile and type of curls.

With that in mind, Hickey solution selected cuts for curly-haired owners who are trends in the world of beauty. Check out


What is the best cut for curly hair?

The best cut for curly hair will depend on some factors, such as the classification of curls it belongs to, the structure and density of the strands.

In addition, it is important to take into account the desired objectives with the cut, such as increasing and enhancing the volume, reducing the volume, facilitating the definition, decreasing the frizz, among others.

It is important to know that regardless of the chosen cut, it is necessary to adopt special care and techniques throughout the process. This is because curly hair tends to be more fragile due to the fine and curly texture of the strands.

Therefore, in order to guarantee a beautiful cut that does not harm the locks, it is ideal to look for a specialized professional and make the cut in an equipped and sanitized environment.

Short curly hair

The cut called Tapered haircut is one of the most sought after for those who want a short hair.

Those who want to shorten their curly hair can opt for a more classic or modern and daring cut. Check out some options:

Big chop

The big chop style cut is ideal for the capillary transition phase (the period when the hair returns to be curly or curly), as it removes all the smooth and chemically styled ends, leaving only the natural strands on display.

Because it is considered a radical cut, the big chop must be planned in advance to start preparing the hair for the cut as soon as possible.

Before making the cut, it is necessary to adopt some attitudes, such as, for example, intensely hydrate and nourish the hair, since two different textures (curly / curly at the root and smooth in length) on the same hair affect the capillary structure, which can worsen after cutting.

Therefore, it is important to invest in products that stimulate the health and definition of hair after the big chop. After the cut, care must continue, for that it is recommended to define a capillary schedule that promotes hydration, nutrition and reconstruction of the threads daily.

Tapered haircut

The tapered haircut is a bold cut that gives more volume to the top of the head and reduces the presence of hair on the side and back. The cut is ideal for those who want more volume, and is suitable for both curly and curly hair.

The tapered haircut style is versatile and practical, as it combines with any type of face, yarn texture and coloring. And like all short cuts, it facilitates cleaning, finishing and hair care routine.

In addition, in this model it is possible to opt for the complete scraping of the wires (side and back), being also a good cutting option for those in hair transition.


Popularly known as joãozinho, the pixie cut is made in an asymmetrical or peaked manner, leaving the length of the strands close to the nape of the neck.

However, for curly hair, the length is usually a little longer to highlight the curly locks. The cut is great for adding volume to the hair and highlighting the texture and coloring of the strands.

In addition, it is seen as a super free cut, as it allows for several variations such as, with or without fringe, shorter or shaved on the sides, peaked or not in the front, etc.

The negative point is that, because it is an extremely short cut, it grows quickly causing the cut to be lost, however, it is possible to adopt other styles as it grows, such as short bob.

Short bob

Short bob is the name given to the frayed chanel style, which is characterized by keeping the length of the strands slightly elongated at the chin line, which can leave, depending on preference, the most peaked hair on the back.

This style provides more full-bodied and voluminous locks, which is great for those who have thinner curls and want to have a more striking look.

Heart shaped cut

To do this, it is necessary to leave the root fuller and the tips longer and with less volume, which, consequently, gives a heart shape to the hair (hence the name).

This style is considered to be very versatile and modern, being indicated mainly for curly locks, but it can also be an option for more curly and short curls.

In addition, the cut is recommended to give volume to the top of the head, therefore, it is necessary that the cut is rounded at the top and with enough layers on the sides.

It is possible to add a short or long fringe depending on personal taste.

Long curly hair

Who has long or medium curly hair and wants to cut the strands, but still keep the length, can choose:

Blunt cut

This style, considered retro, proposes a completely straight cut, without any graduation, being a simple and practical cut to be made.

In general, the cut is made at the level of the shoulders and can be, according to personal taste, slightly above or below. The base of the hair is cut completely straight, as well as the length strands and the ends.

In people with curly locks, the blunt cut usually creates a triangular symmetry, giving greater volume at the ends and promoting the opening of curly wires.

Thus, if the goal is not to have more volume, the style is not indicated.

Long bob

Long used, the long bob type is a cut of medium length, with a straight base and shorter ends in the front. The style usually suits well for any face shape and is indicated for curly hair, because it is practical and enhances the strands.

In addition, it is possible to adhere to the long bob in different ways (which makes the cut very democratic), with or without bangs, straight or in layers, with the shortest length, etc.

However, these several variations, makes it necessary to seek a professional specialist in curls to help in the best choice that meets your goals.

Shag hair

Those who like to have a more modern and disheveled look will identify themselves with the shag hair cut, also called shaggy. The cut was widely used during the 80s and 90s, and has returned with everything in recent years, conquering many curly fans.

To have the messy effect that characterizes this style, the cut is made from the height of the eyes to the middle or ends of the strands. In general, the cut accompanies a fringe to give greater volume and concentrate it on the top of the head.

The shaggy style is considered stripped, easy to maintain and helps to enhance the texture and volume of curly locks, being a good option for this type of hair.

What is the correct way to cut curly hair?

Each bunch is unique, so the need to understand the behavior of the wires before cutting them.

To cut curly hair in the right way it is important to start by identifying basic aspects such as texture, length, volume, among others. Thus, it is possible to avoid errors when cutting and unwanted effects, such as breaking the wires and increasing frizz.

In general, the correct way to cut will depend on the purpose and style of cut that is desired, such as:

Trimming: just comb the curls and put them forward, then with scissors trim the damaged ends. This type of cut does not change the length.

Definition: wrap the curly strands around your finger and cut only the tip that is dry or double. Depending on the number of curls, cutting may take longer.

Layers: to make a cut in layers, it is necessary to divide the locks in two parts, then divide the top part again into three layers and, finally, carefully pass the scissors over the top of the threads.

Short cut: just divide the hair into two parts and, in sequence, fasten the top part and bring the rest of the hair forward and go cutting the strands in a twisted way, so that they are aligned.

Longer front part: split the hair in half, then pull it forward and tie the ends with a rubber band until the height you want to cut. After that, pass the scissors under the elastic, in a straight line.

Anyway, it is legal to always seek professional help to perform the cut and avoid damage to the hair.

Which cut helps to decrease the volume?

The recommended cuts for those who want to reduce the volume of curly hair should be done in a frayed way, as they help to create thinner layers, making the locks lighter and compacting the strands.

Another way is the layered cut that reduces the volume, without making drastic changes in the length of the hair. Therefore, this style of cut is suitable for those who want to decrease the volume, but have curly, long or medium hair.

How to cut bangs in curly hair?

The curly bangs follow the style of the cut, so it is necessary to define the cut of the length of the hair to then cut the bangs. In general, the fringe of curly hair is cut diagonally, sideways or in a peaked manner, as these shapes adapt and combine better with the rest of the hair.

It is important to remember that if the cut is done with wet hair, it is nice to cut a few fingers below wherever the fringe is. Thus, it is possible to avoid mistakes and ensure that the wires will not get too short. If you feel the need, pass the scissors again.

How to cut curly hair alone at home?

It is necessary to be very careful when cutting curly wires.

It is worth mentioning that it is always recommended to perform the cut with a professional (preferably a specialist in curly hair) in an appropriate environment. Only then is it possible to guarantee that the cut will be done correctly and without damaging the wires.

However, if you want to cut or trim your curly hair at home, some tips that can help you are:

  • Wash your hair: it is   recommended to make any cut with clean, combed and still damp hair, as it is more practical and allows greater mobility with the scissors. However, curly hair tends to shrink after drying, so it is necessary to be careful when ironing the scissors.
  • Identify the division: move the hair to the right or left side, according to your preference ;
  • Divide the hair: define where the layers are after cutting them;
  • Make a guide strand: select a strand of hair to cut the way you want. This strand will serve as an example to cut the others;
  • Cut the layers: based on the guide strand, cut the rest of the hair in layers, with the scissors vertically and following an average angle of 90º;
  • Cut the length: after leaving the layers well defined, cut the length of the wires according to the desired model as the final result.

With the cut completed, just finish according to your preference.