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Switching to curly hair


I have been permanently straightening my hair for 5 years now, and usually do the process every year since my hair is long and weight of my hair pulls the roots straight when it grows out.

Due to dry hair, i switched to a sulfate and harsh chemical free shampoo and conditioner for the first time this winter and found that my roots began to spring to life, becoming really curly. And they look nice, so i started reading up on how to manage curly hair and thought i would make the switch at the end of this month (March) or April 2013.


I have about 5 to 6" of my hair grown out, so to go natural i'll have to chop my hair, which is just below my armpit, off since my hair is curly for 5" at the roots and wavy/straight for the rest of it.

According to a website called naturallycurlly.com i'm somewhere between a 2C and 3A curl (http://hairtype.naturallycurly.com/?mid=89#quiz).


Also i live in downtown Toronto, my question is a) where is a good spot to get curly hair cut this drastically? b) what is a good curly haircut without going too short? c) is switching back a bad idea?


I figure that i'll give curly hair a go, and if i can't handle it, i'll just permanently straighten it again. No harm done, right?
Mar 15, 2013 @ 10:10 am

9 Replies


Curly Hair Cuts

You and I are in the same boat! I have a similar curl but my hair was just a bit longer, like mid chest. Cutting curly hair is different for sure, the way curls fall determines how the hair is shaped. I don't know about your curls, but mine also constantly change with how I dry my hair. It's always different. If I let it air dry its one way but blow dry it's a total difference.

I just cut my hair to just about shoulder length and I'm loving it! I went to the Aveda Institue on King East: http://www.chickadvisor.com/store/aveda-academy/ I did a sort of long bob ish type cut. When I went in and explained what I wanted though, the stylist told me that normally a blunt bob won't work on curly hair but he cut it in such a way that when my hair is curly, my cut will work better. But, I can also wear it straight. My cut was inexpensive too- 40 with tax I believe and then tip on top of that. They're all students, but don't let that scare you. My stylist, Gabo seemed to know what he was doing and he got what he shouldn't do with curly hair. If you have any doubts, you can always call the salon before and ask if there is someone who specializes in curly hair.

If you're looking for a cut to try for curly shorter hair, maybe try something like this:

Or this:

Mar 15, 2013 @ 10:38 am


Ahh!! Love Vanessa Hudgen's look here. Hair, makeup, that colour - everything!
Mar 17, 2013 @ 09:58 am


Thanks these are great. I was considering something like this, maybe an elevated bob even to i can go from curly to straight if i get tired of the curls one day.... (are elevated bobs still in?)

Anyway, these are great and thanks for the salon recommendation. I'm open to hearing more suggestions from others :) i usually go for the same long cut, and am trying to venture outside of my comfort zone.
Mar 18, 2013 @ 09:19 am

Care today, curl tomorrow....

With curly hair like ours, its so hard to manage it and maintain it in a way that doesn't dry it out completely (ie.straightening) or make it too oily (ie.masks and treatments overboard).
I like to keep my hair at a specific length (I call it the buffer length0, so that if I wanted to leave it curly one day, it would look just as good when straightened.
If you have had shorter hair before, and you know you didn't like the look or the amount of care it took to maintain it, then go for something that isn't too short, maybe mid-length. You sound like you know what you want, you just need the place to get it done. Since you live DT, try somewhere, if you have the funds for it, on Cumberland (Yorkville). Fiorio is a pretty good salon, and they actually do what you want! GASP! Can you believe it!? I had my hair cut there a few months ago, and my curls are a 3B. The man who did my hair really paid attention to my needs, and concerns. I have cancer, and my hair falls like crazy. I also have trichotillomania as well, so finding a stylist who actually understood how to cut hair according to health illnesses and such was like finding a diamond in the rough!
As you may know, Fiorio is also a school/college for hair and aesthetics, so it helps because there is a bit of science involved in the process, as they take experience, theory, and biology to give the customer the best result possible.
Drop us a reply so we know how you fared along in your hair cutting endeavour!
Mar 18, 2013 @ 06:03 pm


Vanessa's hair looks flawless! I really love that style.
Mar 18, 2013 @ 08:33 pm

Best curly hair cutter!

I love Nikol at Coupe Bizarre in Toronto and she's who I go to get my curly hair cut. She has very curly hair herself and teaches her cutting technique to other hairdressers. When I'm not in Toronto I miss her so much. No one has her touch.
Mar 18, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

before and after

So here are the results:

I went to Nicole at Sears Hair Studio out at Sherway Gardens. Well worth the trip. Nicole was trained with Lorrain Massey's curly girl hair routine (author of Curly Girl the Handbook) and worked at Curl Ambassador. So she has a lot of experience with curly hair and has great reviews on naturallycurly.com. PLUS it was only $50 for the haircut. Nicole sat me down, looked at my hair texture both dry and wet (to see the new growth) and discussed with me what I wanted while looking at a couple photos I brought in.

I've had some good and tough hair days as i'm getting use to my new texture and routine. Nicole showed me how to care for my hair and showed me how she styled it. She also said my hair will get curlier as the hair gets its natural elasticity back. For now i'm testing out different hair products to see what works best for me

Apr 10, 2013 @ 09:44 pm


I had a before and after, but it keep getting an error when posting them. SORRY!

Apr 10, 2013 @ 09:45 pm

Don't like the idea

I think you should keep your hair as it is. Don't go for a curly hair because straight hair is in trend of fashion. And most important thing is if you are continuously changing your hair styles then your hair may get harmed with lots of chemicals.
May 23, 2013 @ 02:55 am

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