Cutting Curls: The Different Curly Hair-Cutting Methods
Are you blessed with curls but do you always go to a regular hairdresser? Then it’s very good that you’re reading this article. Because curly hair is nothing like straight hair, there’s no one size fits all in terms of cutting curls. So when stylists try to use the same techniques, the result will be uneven, chopped up, unnatural cuts. That’s why it’s best to go to a hairdresser that specializes in curls. There are a few curly hair-cutting methods, like Curlsys, DevaCut, CC1 Technique and the Global Curl Concept. Curious about the differences between these cutting techniques? In this article we’ll tell you all about it!
Also read: Everything you need to know about curls
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The different curly hair-cutting methods
Which method you should try, depends on your curl type and personal preference.
To help you choose, we’ve compiled four curly hair-cutting methods that are proven to make your curls look their best.
See for yourself which one matches your curls and preferences, and find a salon that specializes in that method.
What is the Curlsys cutting technique?
The Curlsys cutting technique was developed by Brian McLean in 1995. This is the European way of cutting curls. This technique is suitable for all types of curls, providing more curls, more definition and less frizz. It can even create more volume in straight hair!
In the Curlsys cutting technique, the stylist assesses your face shape, curl pattern and texture before making cuts.
After that, your hair is washed and cut in a “normal” way. After that, the Curlsys cutting technique will be applied on wet hair.
The idea of this method is to cut the individual curls in a special way so that the individual hairs in each curl stick together at the ends.
Special Curlsys scissors with a curve are used.
The benefits of the Curlsys cutting technique
- It calms naturally curly hair
- The hair becomes easier to detangle
- Less split ends
- More curls
- More volume
- More definition
- Less frizz
What is the DevaCut cutting technique?
The DevaCut technique was created in 1994 by Lorraine Massey, the one who invented the Curly Girl Method.
This is the American way of cutting curls. It’s a special technique for cutting curly, wavy or coily hair.
This dry-cutting technique is based on the idea that we wear our hair dry, so why not cut it that way too?
Also, it can be harder to tell where the curls are going to lie when your hair is soaking wet.
The advantage of dry-cutting is that the natural curl pattern is clearly visible.
The hairdresser assesses your face shape, curl pattern and texture before making cuts.
The hair is cut curl by curl, allowing the stylist to follow the natural curl.Each curl is therefore cut differently. It’s more about making each curl look its best and not just a way to “tame” the curls. After cutting, the hair is washed, cared for and styled.
The benefits of the DevaCut cutting technique
- Because the hair is cut dry, the hairdresser can pick and choose where to cut so that the curls lie on top of each other just right
- Each curl is individually cut, which prevents strange length differences
- It can make a big difference in whether you like the end result
Interested in more about the Deva Cut technique? You can read more about it in our blog where we’ll give you all the tips you need!
What is the Rezo technique?
The Rezo Cut is a dry cut that protects the curly’s length but still produces an extensive volume at the head.
This haircut works on every different kind of curl type, even on straight hair if done correctly. The Rezo Cut ensures that the curls move freely and it’s more flexible then other curly hair cuts.
The benefits of the Rezo technique
- Suitable for all hair types
- It is suited for women who wants to maintain hair length.
- The Rezo Cut is used to maintain both volume and length when creating a shape.
Interested in learning more about the Rezo Cut technique? You can read more about it in our blog where we’ll give you all the tips you need!
What is the CC1 Technique?
The CC1 Technique, also called the Curl Cutting Technique, was only created in 2019 and therefore is a relatively new cutting technique. The hair is first washed and cared for, then cut wet.
The hair is cut vertically instead of horizontally, creating volume and air in the curls. This will ensure that the entire hair has the same length.
This especially is nice for people who want to wear their curls but sometimes also want to straighten it.
The benefits of the CC1 technique
- More volume and air in your curls
- You can wear your curls but also straighten them
What is the Global Curl Concept?
The Global Curl Concept is more than a cutting technique, it’s a total concept.
A specific treatment plan is made per person, based on your wishes and curl type. Subsequently, the perfect curl is created with the help of the special techniques of Global Curl.
The hair is cut dry, curl by curl, so the frizz can be cut from the curls. After that, the hair is cut into shape.
The benefits of the Global Curl cutting technique
- More volume
- Less frizz
- More shine
- Easier to comb through
- Your hair dries faster
How often should curly hair be cut?
By regularly having your curls cut, you ensure that they stay in shape and don’t become too heavy. Especially with curls, the length and layering of your hair makes a big difference.
Because the shorter your hair, the firmer your curls. So if you have long hair, the weight of your hair will also make you lose some curl.
Always consult with your hairdresser about what you would like, so that they can take your curls into account and choose the best cutting technique. If you have healthy hair, it’s best to have your hair cut at least twice a year.
A healthy routine for curls is the Curly Girl Method. This means that all products you use are free of sulfates, silicones, waxes and mineral oils. You can read all about it in this article
My hairdresser has retired….
I’m not sure how to find another, Love the article, suggestions on the “correct” questions to ask shops???
Thank you for your message.
We’re a Dutch-base company and we’ve done some research for an article about the best Dutch Curl Specialist hairdressers. Maybe in the future other countries will follow.
I would actually recommend to get in contact with your previous hairdresser our some of the clients that you know, to find out what they recommend. Or of course you can ask friends, colleagues our people around you who have curls as well!
I hope you’ll find your new favorite hairdresser!!
Hello, My granddaughter has/had long beautiful curly hair. She is four. Yes it takes time to comb her hair out with conditioner. Of course she yells a lot unless she is distracted by a toy. The other gmother had her hair cut by about four inches and had it thinned. I am am talking she went from an adult hair band to pull her hair back to a baby hair band. The last time she had her hair thinned it napped and tangled almost right next to the scalp. And looks like a dandelion around her face. I don’t feel her hair needs thinned but it does require someone with patience when it does get washed. Any advice?
There is also the Curl on Curl ™
Which is an internal curl cutting methodology designed by Ilona Walton in the UK that is gaining popularity. Curl on Curl ™ can be used on wavy – curly, coily and textured hair. Curl on Curl ™ supports the external shape and balance of the style, reducing the weight of the curls to create defined, bouncy natural curls that are easier to manage and style.