I recently added a few layers to the top half of my curls, and thought you may want to see a before and after. Having blunt cut hair is very easy to care for, yet having layers is much more flattering in my opinion since my curls are still grazing collar bone length. I know I mentioned in my most recent hair regimen article that I was only going to do minor trims, but I really desired a shape up so I went for it.
Shrinkage is such a huge reality for curly hair. Depending upon how I set my curls, or if they are stretched after my hair sets, the length of my hair varies greatly. You will see a difference in my hair length in all of these photos.
I also realized after this recent cut that my wash and go hair style looks longer than my twist out because my natural curl pattern is smaller than the size of the twists that my twist out was set in. I have yet to do a braid out which stretches my hair differently than both styles, but you can get an idea of the transformation with a few layers in the pictures below.
I always cut my hair dry in its curly state. I feel that cutting my hair this way is the best way to see how it will actually fall, and it’s true shape versus cutting my hair straight. I hardly straighten my hair. In fact I got rid of my blow dryer and flat iron before we moved this summer.
When I cut these layers I didn’t cut much at all. Maybe 1-1.5 inches for the shortest layer, yet it made a huge difference. I’ve been cutting my own hair since junior high. I like having complete control over how my hair looks which is why I cut it myself.
It has been a learning curve cutting my hair in its curly state, yet I’ve really enjoyed the process. I also think having a few layers in more me than the blunt cut. If you are interested in more articles on cutting curly hair go here.
Do you cut your own hair?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)