The five things I ask my stylist for before getting a curly haircut with bangs to maximize volume and retain length.
Amidst the chaos of the pandemic, many of us have had to become our own hairstylists, bravely wielding scissors and attempting to maintain our hair’s shape and style at home. It worked for a while, but three years later and my fine, 3B/C bleached, naturally curly hair and bangs had taken on a shape of their own. To revive my curls and restore my shape circular and voluminous shape, I visited curly dry cut specialist Martha Ellen Mabry, owner of Headchop Studio and Lil Chop Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York. Let’s dive into what you should ask your stylist to try a naturally curly cut with bangs.
Talking to your stylist about the perfect cut for natural hair with bangs:
As the stylist and I discussed my hair goals and concerns, we landed on a few things she would do during the cut, for me to add to my daily routine at home, that would maximize volume and curl integrity, and retain some length while adding shape with layers. Martha Ellen crafted a personalized cut that would meet the goals we discussed and educated me on everything she was doing throughout the process. These conversations with your stylist are integral to leaving the salon with the style you want, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions!
1. Curly Cut With Bangs
The first thing I ask for is short curly bangs. I like mine to sit right at or just above my eyebrows. These face-framing bangs will accentuate your eyes and add a touch of playfulness whenever you put your hair up. If it’s your first time getting curly bangs, make sure you ask about their bang trim policy (some salons offer free bang trims), or the best ways to trim your bangs at home.
2. Face Framing Layers
To create compliment your look, request face-framing layers that seamlessly blend with your curly bangs. These layers will help to soften your face and highlight your natural features. The shorter layered curls look great left out with a half-up half-down style, and are one of the best ways to level up a lazy hair day.
3. Rounded Shape
Volume is key if you have fine hair or have experienced hair loss. I have both! I asked my stylist to shape my curls in a rounded manner. This technique adds volume and bounce, especially when utilized with a curly cut with bangs and layers.
4. Shorter Layers at the Crown
To enhance your natural curl pattern, ask for shorter layers at the crown. This technique adds lift and definition, enhancing the rounded shape and making it easier to maintain even while growing your hair out when sporting a curly cut with bangs.
5. Long Curly Layers in the Back
Since my hair goals include getting rid of dead ends and retaining length, long layers in the back allow me to do both. Long curly layers also blend well with the other techniques above and contribute to maximizing volume and making your curly hair look good from the back. These layers will add movement and dimension, giving your hair that enviable bounce.
After months of self-styled haircuts, my curls found their shape again. Thanks to Martha Ellen’s skillful hands and our thoughtful consultation pre-appointment, my custom curly dry cut with bangs completely transformed my hair. The carefully executed bangs, face-framing layers, custom rounded shape, shorter layers at the crown, and long layers throughout contributed to increased volume, defined and healthy curls, and voluminous shape, while retaining some of my lengths. If you’re seeking a curly haircut with bangs or any other curly hair service, I highly recommend finding a curly-cut specialist and discussing your hair needs and goals. And if you don’t know what to ask for, save this page to bring with you the next time you get a curly cut with bangs.
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