In case you didn’t get the memo, when it comes to the latest hair trends, the shorter the cut the better. Lobs, bobs, and blunt cuts are seeing a lot of love lately, and many fashion influencers have been reaching for the scissors (or, you know, booking a hair appointment). For curly hair, the short-cut trend brings a lot of potential when it comes to revamping your style.
A shorter length, cut above the chin, can give curly textures a lot of extra body and volume. The cut can be carefree and, if you fancy, give off “sexy bedhead” But as most curly-haired folks know, it can take some work to make your curls do as they’re told. Can short curly hair be low-maintenance?
No matter your curl pattern, density, or face shape or whether you have loose waves or tight coils, short curly hair can work on everyone with a little effort.
"A style that is short and curly is easy to style and manage, but it is one that requires maintenance," says Daniele de Angelis, international artistic director of Toni&Guy.
The 2020 London Hairdresser of the Year recipient explains how the short curly cut can be achieved.
"You should be sure to make regular visits to your hairdresser, especially if the length is above jaw level, in order to keep its shape," de Angelis tells Who What Wear.
"A short hairstyle can absolutely suit multiple curl textures, but your stylist must adopt the correct cutting technique for the required texture," he adds. "For example, tight curls shrink a lot, so you need to be careful when deciding how much you want them to take off. Curls are also heavy, so weigh the shape down. If you’ve got a longer length, you may find the top of your hair becomes flat and wide and forms a triangular shape like a Christmas tree! Layers will help solve this and add bounce back into your hair."
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Rich in nourishing plant oils and free from nasties (the "suspicious six," including silicone and alcohols), this conditioner is a great addition to your curly-hair arsenal. It's great for detangling washdays.
Chloe's bouncy, carefree curls are her signature and flatter her face shape. When it comes to styling a short curly 'do, de Angelis recommends the Label.m Curl Cream, which is great for definition and achieving that soft, '80s curl.