When deciding whether or not to get a short haircut, you can find a lot of advice warning people with naturally curly hair to steer clear of short cuts. But what they actually mean is that you need to choose a short cut that is able to work with your natural texture, rather than forcing you to style it into submission.
We've put together a list of five different haircuts that can do just that while looking beautiful at the same time. They're all right on-trend and can be adapted to work with your curl pattern.
Make sure you discuss your desired cut with your stylist before they reach for the scissors in order to get something that's tailored to you and your hair, rather than a carbon copy of the inspirational photo you brought along to the salon.
To start the ball rolling, scroll through our little list and who knows, maybe you'll find your new trademark style...
A classic bob cut is a great look for curly or wavy hair. With careful layering and enough bulk removed from the lengths, this style leaves plenty of room for natural movement.
To style - While your hair is still damp, apply L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream evenly throughout. Dry your hair with a diffuser, scrunching the ends and twirling small pieces around your forefinger as you go. Once dried, run a serum throughout to keep frizz at bay and you're all set!
Quiff / pomp
With buzz cut sides, this hairstyle isn't exactly for the fainthearted but it does make for a truly striking beauty look. The defined curls on top create a great contrast with the rest of this cut and they can be arranged however you want.
To style - Scrunch some Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse evenly through damp hair and dry with the diffuser attachment. Once dried, you can leave your curls as they are or use a curling iron to add more defined spirals. Either way, finish with a generous mist of Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to set your 'do.
If you're into retro beauty, vintage curls could be perfect for you. Though they will require some styling, this style will give you a pretty, polished look that will never not be on trend. If you aren't really down for much staying at all, you could always save this look for a special occasion instead.
To style - Define a side part then apply Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream to damp hair. Blow-dry with a round brush and spray liberally with LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray to finish. If smooth waves aren't really what you want, you can blow-dry the top half straight and leave the ends curly for a 1940s-inspired look.
Another bold look, the half-hawk is shaved on one side and left long on the other. This kind of style is huge right now thanks to celebrities including Rosario Dawson and Demi Lovato, and it could be just the look you didn't know you were waiting for! Feeling brave?
To style - Starting with either dry or damp hair, spray Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray evenly throughout the long section. Blow-dry in twisted chunks then shake your fingers through your hair once dried to reveal loose, tousled waves. Scrunch a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum through the ends to add texture and you're good to go!
Perfect for natural waves, this style is lightweight and easy to maintain. With lots of small layers, it won't need trimming every other week to keep it in shape and the overall styling time amounts to just a few minutes.
To style - Some of you will be able to get away with a rough dry and a little frizz banishing serum. Others may want to apply salt spray before allowing the hair to air dry naturally in order to achieve a tousled, piecey look. If you want to dress it up for a night out or even just a slightly edgier daytime look, all you need to do is smooth it back off your face with some Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum on your fingertips.
Which curly style do you like best?