Have you ever seen or heard of curly hair losing its curl after a haircut?

Dear CurlySuzy: Have you ever seen or heard of curly hair losing its curl?

I'm 27, no children, not preggo and have what I believe to be 3b curls. I've been growing my hair out to get my natural color back. I recently chopped it to take away a big chunk of color and thought my hair would have more volume since it's short. But the 3-4 inches of natural color I have seems to be more straight than the rest of my hair. I will add that I was born with straight hair and as I hit puberty, it turned wavy then curly.


Dear Cynthia: Sometimes when you cut curls they do go into shock. Weird, I know, but true. The curls can be lifeless and confused for a few days following a hair cut . They should get with the program soon, though.

You might consider using a mousse. Sometimes mousses can activate curls in a more powerful way than other styling products. You could try these over a leave-in conditioner or on their own.

Most mousses dry with a glaze or crunch. They are meant to be scrunched out. These three mousses survive the scrunching exceptionally well.

Out-of-the-Shower Tips

  1. Gently pat your hair dry.
  2. Try not to rub or scrunch hair. Any friction on the hair will get the frizz started.
  3. Curl Like Us Cloths are a good towel for that. The instructional video on the product page is great!
  4. You can also use an old t-shirt (no texture is what you want).

Drying Tips

  1. You will want to use a diffuser on your hair dryer to really get your curls activated.
  2. Try not to touch your hair at all while it is drying, as that causes frizz and destroys curl formation.
  3. Dry curls until they are almost dry (80%-90% dry).
  4. When your hair is completely dry, gently scrunch a few times for soft defined curls.

I am sorry that your haircut wasn't what you intended. I feel like there is hope, though. Please keep me posted.


That happened to me too! A couple months ago I got my hair cut a little below chin length and it went from 3a to 2b/2c, all my ringlets were gone! Now it's 3 again.

EXACT same thing happened to me when I got my hair layered (and dyed for the first time) last year. I wasn't sure if it was the hair dye or hair cut but it took about 8 months for the curls to get back curled. My hair was curly to the point where mid way through it was ringlets! (mind you i keep my hair long waist length) and then it wasn't anymore...sad times. But thankfully it's back to normal! Advice: like growing the color out -your hair needs time and importantly the curls at this stage will be defined by the way it drys.

Dear Reader, So i am 19 years old and i have a real problem with my hair :/...anyways i will try to tell you my story and maybe you can help me out please? So i have the 3b curly hair. you know the goldylock curl type..kinda frizzy. Anyways I have been straightening my hair for probably about 3 years going on 4 and i dye it every now and then since about a year ago.Also a year ago i let one of my friends cut my hair to kind of make it choppy looking and she shortened the length :/ it used to be around the top of my rib cage long..and ever since she cut it it is like shoulder length hi. I REALLY want it to grow and i put it up into a pony tail from time to time but when i wear it down and i straighten it i wear clip on extensions because i cant stand the way it looks and im self concious as it is. Hmmmm im just trying to get my hair to get healthy again..and i can wear it curly comfortablly when it is longer but until then im not sure what to do :/ i wanted to do the brazilian blowout but i also wanted your take on that...anywaysh please let me know asap :] thank you much :]

The same thing happened to me when I cut my hair. I have never dyed it, but last summer it was pretty long so I went to get it cut. After, the top layer of my hair lost almost all it's curl! It went from my natural curl to stick straight. Not even wavy.