Spring is here and with seasonal changes, comes the desire for a new look for your locks. The longer waves and curls from winter are getting tired and dull, and spring may just be that time to change it up a bit and go shorter. But, can you pull off the short-hair look?
Here are a few helpful hints to find out if short hair is for you:
Do Your Homework
Change is good, just make sure you know exactly what kind of change you’re getting into first. With Type 3 curls and textured hair, shrinkage is always an important consideration. If you have a trusted stylist see him or her first , and be sure to bring some visuals with you. Having a photo of what you like, color and all, will be very helpful.
Looking for inspiration? Check out our short hair user gallery full of real women with real curls.
- Square face: show off your jawbone with a graduated bob (shorter in back and longer in front).
- Round face: try a longer bob with an inch or so that is cut just below the jawbone.
- Longer/oval face: needs longer lengths below the chin by 2-3 inches
The inverted bob
Ask your stylist about a “non-traditional” bob; that is, one that is cut a bit shorter in the back and kept longer in the front. When hair is cut all at one length, and shorter, it tends to make the face look fuller.
You may also consider having it cut a bit above the chin, if your hair is finer, so as to avoid making your face look wider.
Pictured: NaturallyCurly user scorbett
Keep long layers
You may opt for short hair, but with Type 3 curls and texture, keeping the layers long is always advisable. Curls will shrink with any layer, therefore, longer layers help to keep curls from shrinking too much.
Pictured: NaturallyCurly user babydollcurl
Avoid volume on top
Short curls may begin to shrink up and pile up on top of the head, until they grow out and become longer. In order to avoid this, be sure to ask for longer layers and use clips (duck bill clips work well) when drying or diffusing your curls. You may also opt for a headband or scarf , worn at the crown of your head, to achieve a more enlongated look.
Pictured: NaturallyCurly user guapaluna
Stylists will over-emphasize that having a clear idea of what you want is very important before taking scissors to your locks. Find photos of the style that you want your short curls to look like. Do you want to change the color? Bring that in too. Do you want something that’s versatile for work and casual outings? Find out what your short curly look can do (like wearing it up or blown out, etc.).
When choosing an inspiration cut, be realistic about your hairtype! A Type 2A cut won't look the same on your Type 3 curls, and vice versa. You can view user photos by hairtype in our NaturallyCurly gallery, check there for realistic inspiration.
Short curls and waves do come with benefits - like the ease of a “wash and go.” Adding a bit of your favorite styling products can be a lot simpler with shorter locks. Typically 2nd and even 3rd day, hair looks great with shorter curls as the natural oils build and add sheen too. Plus, any pieces that aren’t “working” can be easily coaxed and fixed with a simple finger twist and some pomade, or even a quick styling with the curling iron.
Going shorter this spring may be easier than you think. Gather your photos and ideas, get to your stylist and let the changes begin!
Pictured: NaturallyCurly user emueller16