When it comes to curly hair, there is one thing you want to avoid: having poofy hair.
Sure, sometimes you embrace the poof, even enhance it. But on most days, even though you love your curls, you just want them to be manageable.
And when it comes to layering your hair, how are you supposed to do it without creating too much volume – aka poofiness?
Well in this article, we’re going to explain how to layer curly hair and still have it be manageable enough to wear every day without driving you crazy.
Why it’s hard to cut curly hair
One of the main challenges when it comes to layering curly hair is that, unlike straight or wavy hair, it tends to have more volume.
This can make it difficult to cut without creating even bigger curls that are hard to control or manage. In addition, many stylists lack the experience or training needed to properly cut and style curly hair.
As a result, it’s often hard to find a stylist who knows how to cut curly hair without making it poofy.
But don’t despair – we’re here to help.
Thick hair is a challenge
If you have thick curly hair, it can be even more difficult to find a way to layer it without making it poofy.
Thick curly hair often has a mind of its own and can be tough to tame – even with the best products and styling techniques. This is why you usually don’t see many people with thick curly hair wearing it in a layered style.
One option is to thin out your hair a bit, but we’ll go over that in a later section.
If you have long curly hair, you have less to worry about. Layered hair (like most hairstyles), always works better on long hair.
Tips for cutting layered curly hair
But there are ways to make it work. Here are some tips for cutting and layering thick curly hair without making it poofy.
Identify your natural curl pattern
The first step is to identify your natural curl pattern. This will help you determine how your hair will respond to layering and what kind of style will work best for you.
If you have wavy hair, it will be easier to layer without making it poofy than if you have curly or coily hair. This is because wavy hair has some of the same properties as straight hair, and it tends to have more shape than curly or coily hair.
So if you have wavy hair, you might be able to get away with cutting your curly hair in a layered style, whereas if you have curly or coily hair, you may want to avoid layering it altogether.
In other words, the tighter your curls, the harder it’s going to be to layer your hair.
Pay attention if your hair is dry
Curly hair is more likely to be dry hair, all other things being equal. So when giving yourself a layered haircut, you want to avoid the same pitfalls that occur with curly locks that are especially dry.
For one thing, you’ll probably want to take notice if you have split ends or not. Most curl texture is prone to frequent breakage as a result of its natural shape. We’ll talk more about this in another section, but always try to use moisturizing products like hair masks, conditioners, and serums on curly hair.
And don’t forget to use a heat protectant!
Use the right products and techniques
In addition to choosing the right type of style for your hair, you also want to use the right products and styling techniques to help cut down on frizz and poofiness while keeping your curls looking their best.
These might include using a curl-enhancing mousse or gel, diffusing your hair, or using a curling iron or hot rollers.
If you’re not sure how to style your curly hair, it’s best to consult with a stylist who specializes in cutting and styling curly hair. They’ll be able to help you choose the right products and techniques for your specific type of curls. You can also read our article here on how to style curly hair.
Determine your hair’s density
In addition to your natural curl pattern, it’s also important to determine the density of your hair.
Hair with more density tends to be harder to layer than thinner, less dense hair. When you layer thick curly hair, you need to make sure that you don’t cut too much off because this can lead to more poofiness and frizz.
One way to determine your hair’s density is by looking at the number of strands you see when you part it. If you can easily see more than 10 individual strands, then your hair is likely on the thicker side and will be harder to layer without making it poofy.
Go for short layers if you have fine hair
If you have thin hair, on the other hand, it may actually be easier to layer without making your curls poofy. This is because fine curls are usually more manageable and can be layered without taking off too much length.
So if you have fine curly hair, consider getting short layers. These tend to work better on thinner/finer hair because they tend to add more volume than longer layers. They’re also a great way to add texture to hair, assuming there is enough weight or a strong enough curl pattern in the hair to give it enough oomph.
This type of hair styling should be done by a professional – unless you’re very brave!
Thinning out your hair
If you have thick curly hair, you may want to consider thinning it out a bit before getting a layered cut. This can help prevent your hair from looking too poofy.
There are a few different ways to thin out your hair, such as using thinning shears or a razor. Your stylist can help you decide which method is best for your hair and the style you want.
Ultimately, whether you have thick curly hair or fine curly hair, it’s all about finding the right products and techniques for your specific type of curl. This will help you achieve the style you want while also keeping your hair looking healthy and shiny.
Try a curly shag
One option to consider if you have thick curly hair is a shag haircut. This is a slightly shorter style with lots of layers throughout that give your curls more movement and texture without making them poofy.
So if you’re looking for a way to layer your curly hair without making it look too poofy, try a curly shag. Just make sure to talk to your stylist about the right length and number of layers for your hair.
Experiment with a curly bob
If you have thick curly hair, you may want to consider a shorter style like a bob. This can help prevent your hair from looking too poofy.
A bob is a great option for those with thick curly hair because it’s a shorter style that still allows you to keep your natural curl pattern. Just make sure to talk to your hairstylist about the right length and number of layers for your hair, as well as which products and techniques will work best for your specific type of curls.
Use thinning shears to reduce poofiness
If you have them, thinning shears can be a great way to reduce the amount of frizz and poofiness in your hair. These are scissors that have teeth on one side that help to thin out your hair.
You can use thinning shears all over your head or just in specific areas, such as around your crown or temples. Just make sure not to go overboard, as once you cut off too much hair, you are going to have to wait for it to grow back!
The trick with this is to start by cutting individual curls and see what the effect is on your overall hair shape. Start with shorter pieces towards the back of your head, so any mistakes will be more easily hidden.
Try cutting shorter layers
Another way to reduce poofiness in thick curly hair is to cut shorter layers. This will help reduce the amount of length that you have while still allowing your hair to have movement and texture.
When cutting shorter layers, make sure to work slowly and carefully so that you don’t accidentally take off too much hair, which can leave you with a choppy and uneven look.
Go see your hairstylist if you mess up
If you decided to take matters into your own hands and accidentally take off too much hair or you’re not happy with the way your haircut turned out, don’t panic! Just make an appointment to see your hairstylist as soon as possible so they can fix it.
It’s always better to get a professional opinion before making any major changes to your hair, so if you’re not sure how to layer your curly hair, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
So there you have it! These are just a few tips on cutting curly hair into layers without the dreaded poof!
Just remember to talk to your stylist about the right length and number of layers for your hair, as well as which products and techniques will work best for your specific type of curl.
With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect layered look for your naturally curly hair. Layer your hair using these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a cut that looks great and reduces frizz and poofiness in no time!