Curly hair can be difficult to cut and many stylists recently have only begun learning specifically how to do it. These stylists, however, can run your bill up quite a bit more than your neighborhood mall or nail salon’s chops. Trimming your end helps keep your curls looking healthy and neat, and your purse full of cash.

Trimming Basics

Trimming is the easiest way to freshen your look without drastically changing it. However, mastering the technique behind trimming curly hair is a professional talent!  Be sure you know what you’re doing before you cut, or else that big chop you planned for next year may happen today!

1. Trim your curls while dampMany stylists believe that cutting wet hair gives you better control, but the trouble with cutting hair wet on curlies is that our hair has a tendency to shrink. Our wet locks are by no means the length of our dry ones. Often times, trimming hair while wet can result in over cutting. As a rule of thumb, the curlier your hair, the more it will shrink as it dries. Instead of cutting hair wet or dry, trim your tresses while they are damp. Make sure that you scrunch them to add the true texture to your locks. The slight wetness of your hair will help to give you more control, yet the slight dryness will help you to visualize the actual length and reduce shrinkage.

What You'll Need


  • Shears
  • Comb
  • Pins or clips
  • Thinning shears
  1. Try dusting instead of full-out trimming. Dusting is a technique that is easy and fast. It allows you to snip off your dead ends, and keep your current curly hair style. Start by detangling the hair with a comb. Twist the hair into several pieces around the head. The ends of the twists will show the dead ends that need to be trimmed. The dusting technique is executed best when the hair is dry or slightly damp. This allows you to see where the hair needs to be trimmed. If the hair is too wet, it isn’t as noticeable where to cut.
  2. Optional: Add texture! Adding texture to your hair is a great haircutting technique that removes hair and bulk without shortening the original length of the hair, thus helping you to maintain your current style. You can add texture to your curly hair with thinning shears. Be sure to never use a razor when adding texture as this can often create frizz and weakens the hair overall. Razor cuts on curly hair are best left to the professionals. Women with fine curls should never use a thinning shears, either. Thinning on fine hair will only create thinner hair, as you might imagine.

Avoid the Trim Altogether!

Taking care of curly hair doesn't have to be a full time job. Simply following some basic tips to avoid hair breakage will keep your locks looking freshly cut, longer.

Final thoughts

Ultimately, trimming your hair will prevent frizz, split ends and an out-of-control look. Be sure that you determine what type of trim you are looking for, though, before you begin. Dusting and adding texture is easily done on your own, but for more drastic cuts, be sure to consult your stylist.

Where is this picture from? Do you have photo credits? The little girl looks like me when I was a little girl so I'm curious. Thanks Rachel
Thinning shears on my hair was a NIGHTMARE. I had to go back in and recut the ends due to how the curls ended up having so many lengths per curled piece. Some curls had two pieces of long hair in them that stood out while others had more!
i think i agree with multicultcurly... its hard to say actually. depend on hairtype..
Never use thinning shears on curly hair, especially fine hair. This is a horrible article, and the photo doesn't display wavy, curly or kinky hair. Weird.