If you have curly hair, finding the right haircut can be a real challenge. Curly hair can be unpredictable on good days. On bad days it can be downright unmanageable. Even if you find a haircut you like in a magazine, it may not look right on you. If you’re thinking of getting a haircut for your curly hair, here are some styles that work well with your hair type.


Shag

A shag is a very popular hairstyle because of its low-maintenance reputation and the ease in which it can be adapted to any hair length. This style first caught on in the 1970s and has been popular in variations ever since. This style is particularly suited to curly hair because of the messy, tousled appearance that shaggy hair portrays. For a curly shag, consider a wavy shag haircut with long layers, as shorter, curly layers may appear too frizzy and be unmanageable.

Bob

Long before women were burning their bras to show independence, they were cutting of their hair in sleek, stylish bobs. The bob has been a popular haircut since the 1920s, when the sight of a woman with ear-length curls was considered shocking and scandalous. For curly hair, consider a longer bob. Shorter bobs may be tamed with hair pins and styling products, but without the use of these items, curly bobs may stick straight out from the head.

Long

Longer hair lengths are the option of choice for women with loose curls and wavy hair. Long hair with a fringe of bangs looks great when parted on the side and worn sideswept. A center part is less severe when worn with bangs, however without a fringe to break up the line of a center part, it can look as if a woman has drawn a line that points right down the center of her face.

Graduated

On curly hair, layers are not as striking as on women with straight hair and can create unwanted volume in the wrong places. But if your hair is so curly that it is heavy, thick and unmanageable, graduated layers may be your best option for reducing volume and taming your mane. Layers in the right place, such as the kind used in a graduated haircut, can add volume without adding bulk, the way that thinning the hair can.

Natural

Women with extremely naturally curly hair, such as African-American women, are increasingly forgoing weaves in favor of their own natural hair texture. This type of hairstyle works best for longer hair, since longer, naturally curly hair is easier to tame than shorter hair. If you are considering a natural look, tell your stylist to only cut your hair with scissors. A natural cut maintained with razors will be more frizzy than one maintained with scissors. You can style by creating loose ringlets with hot rollers, and reduce washing by wearing a silk head covering to bed.