Can you ruin curly hair by cutting it?

Asked by: Hayley Gleichner DDS  |  Last update: September 19, 2022
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Cutting curly hair will not make it curlier, but could help enhance your natural curl pattern. And while it's true that cutting your curls can make them appear bouncier and springier, your final results will still come down to your unique curl type and how your hair is cut.

Does cutting hair ruin curls?

If you cut at a peculiar spot, one's curls may appear to change but it is a temporary issue that will return to normal once the hair has grown back. Whether it's the weight of one's hair or the reduction in volume from the shears, cutting your hair changes the shape, size, and bulk but it does not change the texture.

Why did I lose my curls when I cut my hair?

Heavy products applied after your cut may be weighing your hair down, causing it to look less curly. Try washing those out and styling as you normally would to see if you gain any curl back. Removing length could also remove ringlets, which leaves your hair with a straighter look.

Does curly hair go into shock after haircut?

Hair cut shock can manifest in the following ways in curly hair: 1. Unruly clumps – The longer your hair is, the more weight there is to hold it down into position. When the weight is removed, hair is not as controlled.

What happens to curly hair when you cut it short?

When you cut your hair, your curls become lighter and springier, which contributes to a curlier appearance – it's basic curly-girl physics. As it grows in length, the weight of your hair starts to pull down and stretch out your curls, making them look looser.

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Does cutting curly hair make it curlier?

Cutting curly hair will not make it curlier, but could help enhance your natural curl pattern. And while it's true that cutting your curls can make them appear bouncier and springier, your final results will still come down to your unique curl type and how your hair is cut.

Is it better to cut curly hair wet or dry?

It is best to cut curly hair in its natural and dry state. Cut curly hair after it has been washed, dried and detangled. Cut curly hair down the middle for an even and balanced haircut.

Why did my curls disappear?

Hormonal changes like pregnancy, puberty or menopause can cause your curl pattern to change drastically. The shape of your hair follicles defines your curl pattern and texture, so when your body goes through a major hormonal overhaul, it can also change the shape of your follicles, thus changing your curl pattern.

How is curly hair supposed to be cut?

Curly hair shouldn't be cut uniformly in the same way straight hair is; each curl needs to be cut individually. When hair is dry it's also easier to recognize the curls' spring factor (how much each curl will spring back into shape after it's been pulled down).

Does hair grow back curly?

Frequently, hair comes back curly, which can be extremely surprising when someone has had straight hair all their life. Equally bewildering is the fact that new growth is quite often darker, too.

Will my curly hair come back?

The bad news: Once hair is burned, there is no way to fully repair your curl pattern until new hair grows in to replace it. Unfortunately it takes only one bad burn to fry your hair, but repeated heat exposure has the same effect.

Why won't my natural curly hair curl anymore?

Your Hair Needs Moisture or Protein

Your hair may be in need of a strong dose of moisture or protein. If your hair is not healthy and balanced, the curl pattern will suffer. Moisture and protein are very important for hair health, especially for more fragile curls.

Why is my curly hair becoming straight?

Others have curls and straighten them out. But for a few people, their hair actually changes shape and texture on its own — and not just because of the weather. Scientists don't know exactly why this happens, but it probably has to do with a combination of genetics, hormones and body chemistry.

How long does it take for curls to come back?

Short crop length (six inches) at one year. Medium length, hair touches the nape of neck when wet (ten inches) at one and a half years. Shoulder length (twelve inches) at two years. Reaching the middle of your back (sixteen inches) at two and a half years.

How often should you cut your curly hair?

On average, curls should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks. You know it's time for a trim, when curls begin to knot easily.

Should curly hair be cut straight?

Curly hair should not be cut the same way as straight hair. This seems obvious, but a lot of stylists don't know what to do with a head full of ringlets. If a stylist tries to cut your hair wet, this is a warning signal.

Should curly hair be cut in layers?

Do Layers Enhance Curls? Layers are a great way to define your curls, coils, waves, and ringlets. Layered hair allows curls to gain movement and retain bounce. Adding layers to naturally curl hair will promote definition, add texture, and help to shape your hair.

Does your curl pattern change after big chop?

While you're transitioning you may think you know your curl pattern but the big chop may change everything. Think of how farmers scorch the earth to produce more fertile soil for new crops. The same happens when you big chop. You may notice a difference in your curls and see a more defined pattern than before.

Is it better for curly hair to be short or long?

"Curly hair looks best when it's shoulder length or longer, and with a few layers cut in to keep it from looking bottom-heavy or boxy," says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York salon.

Should I cut my hair short if it's frizzy?

If you have dry, frizzy hair

A short haircut can do wonders for hair that is on the dryer or frizzier side, but it's important to keep it on the longer side and avoid tons of short layers so that the hair can sit nicely without going poufy.

Should I cut my thick curly hair short?

“If you have thick, coarse or frizzy hair my advice is to avoid cutting your hair too short.” This type of hair is even more prone to frizz post-cut. If your tresses need a bit of love your hairdresser can help work out a style that will work best for you.

What do 3A curls look like?

3A hair is made up of well-defined and springy curls that have a loopy, “S” shaped pattern. Their circumference is the size of a piece of sidewalk chalk. 3A ringlets have a fine to medium texture. This curl type benefits from lots of body and movement, but is prone to frizzing and dryness.

Does hair get less curly with age?

“As every inch of hair grows, the hair pattern changes.” And since hair grows at a rate of four to six inches per year, that's a ton of change. “Our curls tend to drop or loosen as we get older because of one thing: gravity,” Troisi writes.

Why is my curly hair so frizzy?

One of the main causes of frizzy curly hair is lack of moisture. When curly hair lacks moisture it will reach out into the atmosphere to find it instead. Author of Curly Girl: The Handbook, Lorraine Massey, famously says that “frizz is just a curl waiting to happen”, and that all it needs is moisture.