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    Tips for Cutting Curly & Kinky Hair

    The rules for maintaining straight or wavy hair and taking care of curly manes are different. The textures require different products, techniques, and tools, and this applies to everything from shampoos to trims and haircuts. Cutting curly tresses requires a certain level of detailed knowledge about your hair, along with a little know-how.

    First and foremost, always cut curly hair dry. Never try to trim curls or kinks when they are wet! Wet curls will frizz at the newly shorn ends. Also, curlier hair types can play tricks on the eye; some types of curls shrink when moistened, leading you to cut too little to achieve the desired style, while others look longer wet and only shrink during the drying process, leaving you with a much shorter look than you wanted. Cutting dry hair eliminates this element of surprise and keeps hair from splitting up the shaft or frizzing.

    To go along with that idea, try cutting hair BEFORE washing. Before the shampoo is the best time to catch hair in its natural state, just as long as it normally is and styled the way you like. Alternatively, you can wash tresses and let them air dry.

    Also make sure to snip curls in the smallest sections possible. Unlike straight lengths, curly hair does not take too well to being lopped off in big chunks or sections. This is because each curl has its own pattern and structure, and different areas on your head will likely have different textures. What’s good for one section of hair may ruin the one next to it. For best results, divide the hair into at least five or six sections – on the sides, middle of forehead, crown, nape, and back – and then trim. Alternatively, you can two-strand twist or braid your locks and trim the braids or twists.

    Always use super-sharp tools to trim away excess length, but consider using barber’s clippers to give curly or kinky tresses a quick, even cut. Clippers are more efficient for cutting hair at just the right angle to prevent splitting and frizzing than scissors. Also, clippers can cover a larger area without requiring you to pull hair into sections and out of their natural shape and length. This gives you a truer cut with less guesswork, and certainly takes less time!

    Cut all hair, no matter how short it is. Many women with curly or kinky hair shy away from trimming their ends, fearing losing the length they have achieved or stunting growth. Ladies, trims are necessary! Even the shortest strands need regular trimming. Dead or split ends are one of the main reasons curly hair won’t grow or stay healthy - so get rid of them!

    Following these tips will help keep your curly or kinky tresses healthy, happy, and in the best shape you’ve ever seen them, whether you cut your hair yourself or go to a professional stylist. Make sure to spread the word to other curly girls, and tell them Perfect Locks told you!

    Take care of yourselves,

    PerfectLocks

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