The Best Haircuts for Layered Curly Hair: Expert Recommendations

June 8, 2024

Are you ready to embrace your clients’ natural curls and add some layers for a stunning and voluminous look? Textured hair is beautiful and versatile, and with the right haircut, you can create a gorgeous style that will accentuate your clients’ layered curly hair and boost your bookings! Not every stylist feels confident when it comes to layering curly hair, but with our pro tips and styles that will suit all hair types, from wavy to coily, we have no doubt that you’ll feel inspired to get creative!  



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3 Great Haircuts for Layered Curly Hair

The Deva Cut

The Deva Cut is a popular choice for curly-haired individuals as it is specifically designed to enhance and define natural curls. This technique was invented by the Curly Girl Method hair master herself, Lorraine Massey. It involves cutting the hair dry, curl by curl, to ensure each curl’s shape is enhanced. Wet cutting stretches the hair so the final outcome and positions are harder to judge. A dry cut allows for a personalized and accurate result that focuses on the client’s individual curl pattern and texture. The result is a well-defined and bouncy hairstyle that showcases the beauty of your client’s layered curly hair. Try the RE/START Curls Multipurpose Gel-To-Oil to help to balance scalp microbiome*, while nourishing and defining curls. Infused with natural oils for extra bouncy curls, this 95% natural origin oil formula can be used as a pre-wash, definer or refresher.


Long Layers

For those with longer curly hair, long layers can work wonders by adding movement and dimension to your clients curls while maintaining length. Strategically placing layers throughout the hair (particularly focusing on the mids and ends) can achieve a more balanced and voluminous look and avoid that dreaded ‘triangle’ shape. 

Long layers also help to prevent excessive weight that can bring down the curls. Just remember that layered curly hair needs more care and moisture than straighter hair types so, if your client’s goal is to go longer, make sure you recommend this RE/START Curls Deep Nourishing Buttery Mask. It is formulated with jojoba oil to nourish curly hair, shea butter to replenish structural lipids and nourish, and vegan biomimetic lipids to restore natural hair oils.


Bob with Layers

If your client prefers a shorter and more manageable style, a bob with layers is a fantastic option. This haircut adds structure and shape to your client’s layered curly hair, creating a chic and sophisticated look. The layers in a curly bob help to enhance the bounce and texture of the curls while keeping the overall style manageable and easy to maintain. Try the RE/START Curls Next-Day Refreshing Tonic to nourish curls while providing long-lasting frizz control. It is formulated with jojoba oil and a mix of sugars for immediate definition and bouncy curls.


Expert Tips For Cutting and Styling Layered Curly Hair

To ensure the best results with your layered curly haircut, here are some expert tips to keep in mind:

  • Try our educational courses to become a specialist in cutting curly hair. Start with the basics and then make sure you experiment with models and willing clients to gain confidence! Recommend a haircut that suits your clients hair type, face shape, and personal style.
  • Advise your clients to book in for regular trims to maintain the shape and health of their layered curls. Trimming the ends helps to prevent split ends and keeps curls looking fresh.
  • Recommend curl-enhancing products such as leave-in conditioners, curl creams, and gels that provide hydration and hold. All of these can be found in the RE/START™ Curls range to nourish and define your clients’ curls in and out of the salon.
  • Embrace the diffuser! When drying a client’s hair, use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to gently dry their curls while maintaining the shape and minimizing frizz. For extra style points, show your clients this technique to replicate at home! Another pro tip is that the higher you hold the diffuser the more volume you will achieve. Just keep your diffuser on a low heat and low speed to avoid unwanted frizz.
  • Experiment with different styling techniques such as twist-outs, braid-outs, or finger coiling to enhance the definition and texture of your client’s layered curls.


FAQs of Haircuts for Curly Hair

Q: Will layering curly hair make it more voluminous? 

A: Yes, layering curly hair can add volume and bounce to the curls. The layers can help distribute the weight evenly, preventing the hair from becoming weighed down and creating a fuller look.

Q: Can I still add layers to my client’s curly hair if it is short? 

A: Absolutely! Even with shorter curly hair, you can have layers that add movement and shape to your client’s style. Consult with your client to determine the best layering technique for their hair length and texture.

Q: How often should I trim my client’s curly layered hair?

A: To maintain the style, the same rules of trimming apply! They should come in every 6-8 weeks to maintain the shape and health of their layered curls. Regular trims help prevent split ends and keep the curls looking their best.

Remember, every curly-haired individual is unique, and finding the right haircut may require some experimentation. Don’t be afraid to texturize the hair in different ways to really embrace your client’s unique curl personality! 

Q: How do I identify different hair textures?

A: Take a look at our article on how to identify and treat all curly hair types to find out more!

Q: Does curly hair care really matter? What makes a curl range different from a moisturizing professional range?

A:  Did you know that typically 6 out of 10 of your clients will have textured hair? RE/START CURLS helps target the specific needs of wavy, curly or coily hair while respecting the scalp’s microbiome thanks to its dual-action approach. The products are sulfate-free*, silicone-free**, color safe, use vegan formulas, and are skincare inspired and dermatologically tested.


Revlon professional products for curly hair

At Revlon Professional, we believe in empowering stylists and clients to embrace their unique style. Explore our range of hair care products specifically formulated for layered curly hair at our Revlon ProShop. For more expert recommendations and styling tips, visit our 24/7 educational platform, #AlwaysOn (for clients only). Sign up by leaving your contact details and join our community!


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