The Cut Life recently chatted with texture expert Reece from Styles Beauty Lounge in New York City about short hairstyle tips for curly tresses. Check out what jewels the stylist and MIZANI haircare educator shared with us.

Does curl pattern matter when picking a haircut?

It definitely matters. Those with a wavy to loose curl pattern should try a disconnected cut, which is basically two different haircuts in one. A disconnected cut is when the cut has more volume at the top and leaves length at the bottom to create balance and shape. Those with a coil curl pattern should get a taper cut for shaping your locks. A tapered cut is tighter or closer at the back and sides of your hair, and longer in the front. If your curl pattern forms a ringlet – whether a loose or a tight curl, they can get either of these haircuts.

Are there any cuts to avoid?

I wouldn’t say there are any cuts to avoid, but consider this: never curly cut or wet-cut your hair, unless you only plan to wear it in its curly state every day. If you plan to wear your cut both straight and natural, curly cutting can create a look only suited for your curls with no room for style versatility.

What tips do you have for shaping?

The basis of a hairstyle is the haircut and having the right shape is key. If you have a wider face, try a diamond haircut to slim the face. Lengthier faces can wear any shape, from diamond, to rounded-square, to heart-shaped. If you want a curly bang, take shrinkage into consideration. Those with a smaller face should keep in mind that bangs have the potential to cover and overwhelm your entire face, so be mindful when cutting.

How do you maintain your cut?

Maintenance trims are necessary. I wouldn’t go beyond three months without getting a trim. Learning to style your hair is important and using the right type of products will make your haircut look better. If you have a wavier or a looser curl type, use gels and foam products for hold and styling. Creams and puddings are better stylers and moisturizers for those with a tighter, coiled hair type.

Final dos and don'ts?

Don’t DYI. Do see a specialist. Also, use Instagram or Pinterest to find someone with a similar hair type as you for some inspiration.

Hopefully, these tips helped. Happy cutting curlies!

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