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Curly Cut: Which Curly Hair-Cutting Method Is Right For You?

May 9, 2019


Verna Meachum

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All curls are not one size fits all and finding a stylist who understands this can be work. Deciding on which technique you should try, depends on your personal preference, but most importantly, on your curls.

If you have curly hair, it can be hard to find the right curly cut. There are a few different ways to cut curly hair, and each one has its pros and cons. In this post, we’ll explore a few curly haircut methods.

To help you choose which curly cut may be right for you, I’ve included five curly hair-cutting methods that may work for you. Find a hair salon for curly hair that specializes in one of these methods and see which one works best for you.

Curly Haircuts

Deva Cut

The Deva Cut is a technique that was developed specifically for curly hair. It is a dry cutting technique that is used on dry curly hair, never texturizing or thinning the hair because slicing into the interior of a curly haircut has the potential to create frizz.

By cutting the hair dry, in its natural state, stylists can cut the curls where they live naturally, and therefore create a beautiful shape.

To determine where to start elevating and creating layers, the curl pattern and density are examined by your stylist. Your deva cut will be designed to match your requirements, lifestyle preferences, and help you achieve your curly hair objectives.

Photo of types of deva cuts for curly hair

Side profile of a deva cut

Ouidad Cut

The hair is cut wet using this method. The stylist determines where to apply the Ouidad Carve and Slice technique after the basic form has been established.

After the basic form has been established, the stylist decides where to apply the Ouidad Carve and Slice technique. This is accomplished by cutting vertical sections of hair beneath the parietal ridge, pulling it out, and gently shaking it to reveal thicker sections curls within the curls.

These thicker areas are then carefully “carved” or “sliced” depending on the desired outcome.

The philosophy behind this haircut is that by carving and slicing curly hair in a skillful way, the hairstylist can create a hair shape that causes the curls to fit together like pieces of a puzzle.

This technique is used to generate an appealing hairstyle and eliminate the “triangle” look.

Here are some photos of the Ouidad cut.

Rezo Cut

This curly cut was created by Master stylist and curl expert Nubia Suarez.

Suarez is dedicated to sharing her curly hair expertise with her customers and displaying the beauty in all hair types, which is why she established Utopia Salon and Day Spa in Westfield, New Jersey as a top-notch educator and curl specialist.

The most prominent difference between a Deva cut and a Rezo cut is that “The deva cut focuses on framing your face, while the Rezo cut maintains an even length all the way around your head.”

Master stylist and curl expert Nubia Suarez

The rezo cut liberates the curls from the root area, allowing them to move freely, which means that if you straighten a DevaCut, your hair may appear uneven, but with the Rezo Cut, it will be uniform in both curly and straightened states.

The rezo cut is ideal for curly ladies who adore their length since it maintains both length and volume while creating a form.

This is a curly hair cut, called Rezo cut

This is a before and after photo of a Rezo cut

Photo Credit: Nubia Rezo, Founder of the Rezo cut.

Tunnel Cut

This curly cut was developed by Jonathan Torch as a way to eliminate unnecessary bulk so that shaping and styling curly hair is easy and controllable.

Stylists employ this technique to remove bulk from specific areas in sections. This method also helps to prevent over-cutting and over-thinning, which encourages growth.

Here’s a great video on the process of a Tunnel cut.


Ricky Pennisi, known as “The King of Curly Hair,” created this curly haircut. He bases his technique on hair weight and density rather than curl pattern.

This technique works on wet hair and is effective on all types, thicknesses, and lengths. It begins by determining what the problem area is, followed by working in individual sections of hair, making cuts only when necessary.

The hair is shaken out after each cut to ensure that it lies properly before going on to the next section.

Note:  A stylist must always consider hair growth patterns, hair density, general curl type, and different curl types on various parts of the head as well as how to accentuate the color when creating a curly hairstyle.

Here is photo gallery of some Ri Ci cuts.

Questions to Ask During Consultation

The first step is to consult with your stylist about the best curly haircut for you.

During this consultation, you should ask a few questions to help determine the right method for cutting your hair and also consider the following:

  • What is your natural curl pattern?
  • How long have you been embracing your curls?
  • What kind of styling products do you use on


1. What type of training have you received for cutting curly hair?

Make sure he or she is a licensed professional with experience in styling, coloring, and cutting your texture of hair.

2. What products do you use during the service?

The stylist should have a thorough knowledge of everything used in your service—ingredients, benefits, and usage.

It’s a good idea to inquire about the stylist’s preferred products, that way you can express whether or not you have a preference.

Also, ask if it’s okay to bring your own products.

3. How should the client prepare for their service?

The stylist should take time to understand your lifestyle, hair care routine, and daily habits so they can customize the service and recommends products.

4. What are the benefits of a curly cut?

A good curly haircut will help to define your curls, remove bulk, and enhance your curl pattern.

5. How much time should I expect for this service?

Most curly haircuts should take no longer than an hour to complete, but it may take longer if you incorporate a hair treatment and some curl education.

6. What is the cost of a curly cut?

The cost of a curly haircut can vary depending on your location, the salon, and the stylist.

7. Will the stylist recommend products for me?

Many stylists are either trained or carry their own line of products, but it is important to know when they are recommending something outside of their scope of expertise.

8. Will this service damage my curls?

The right service should enhance the health of your curl pattern. Any time heat tools are used, there can be a chance of some damage, but it should be minimal.

9. Do you offer a guarantee?

Many stylists offer a guarantee on their services to help ensure client satisfaction.

10. How can I maintain my curly haircut at home?

Your stylist should provide you with a customized hair care routine and teach you how to style and treat your hair.

11. Do you have pictures of hairstyles or cuts you have performed?

Bring photos of someone who has a similar texture and the style you want to achieve. Because everyone’s hair is different, the texture is essential. The upkeep may be different depending on the texture of your own hair.

12. Is the style I want a true possibility with the current state of my hair’s color, texture, and overall health?

Let’s not deceive ourselves. We’ve all wanted something that isn’t good for our curls at some time or another. It’s natural to want everything.

However, you need a stylist who will be honest and guide you to the best options that complement your face, skin tone, and lifestyle. Be open to the stylist’s suggestions, as well.

A great stylist understands how a hairstyle will stand the test of time and whether it’s a good fit for you. It’s one thing to be happy with your new look when they’re walking out the door, but it’s another thing entirely to make sure you’re just as happy a month later.

13. Do you have a preferred cutting technique?

Ask the stylist what their favorite way of cutting curly hair is because that may be the same technique they use on you.

Knowing what technique the stylist uses will allow you to determine what type of styles they may be able to achieve and their approach.

14. What is your least favorite style to cut on curly hair?

This question will help you to understand if the stylist has a specialty in cutting a certain type of curly hair.

15. How often should I get a curly haircut?

Some people go years without a trim, while others go every two months. If you use styling tools regularly, it may be advised to get a haircut every four to six weeks.

Remember to consider the current state of your hair. If your curls are damaged, then permanent color may not be the best option; getting a haircut may be the only way to save your curls.

This is why consultations and open, honest communication with a potential stylist is so important.

16. How will this cut and style impact my curl pattern?

Curl patterns may not stay the same after a service, but understanding how it will impact your curl pattern is important.

17. Do prices vary based on length and texture?

Never skip this question. Stylists should not charge more for longer hair or tighter textures. Nothing dulls the thrill of a killer new cut, or kills a great relationship between stylist and client, like an unfriendly, unexpected cost on the bill.

18. What length do you recommend for me?

A great stylist will be able to show you what styles look best on you and how to maintain them, regardless of your hair’s length.

19. Can you recommend a good hair care line that is compatible with my curl type?

A great stylist will carry the proper products for your hair type.

Choosing a salon is an important step in creating, maintaining and enjoying your curly haircut. It’s important to find someone you trust and feel comfortable with. The questions above will help you to find the perfect stylist for you.

Other Tips

Be Upfront and Clear About What You Want

There’s nothing wrong with being assertive. If you absolutely want your hair cut on dry hair and your stylist is uncomfortable or inexperienced doing that, then you need to find another stylist.

I’m not suggesting you or I know more than the experts, but you should never feel like your service is being decided for you. Be honest and upfront about what you like, and what you don’t like.

If you are not happy with the outcome, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. A good stylist will work with you to correct the situation.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions

Feel free to ask as many questions as needed in order to determine if this styling session and salon is a good fit for you. Show pictures of what you want as well as what you don’t want.

Get their perspective on cutting curls to ensure it meets your expectations. Ask questions and lots of them.

Inquire about cutting techniques and ask for samples of his/her work. If their answers don’t appeal to you, look for someone who makes you feel more comfortable.


Take the time to discover about a stylist beforehand. Check out their portfolio, what others are saying about them. Experience is really important.

Another thing to consider is how your stylist treats you and others.

  • Do they listen to you?
  • Do they take time to answer your questions?
  • Are they courteous and professional?

Check out their social media profiles (what kind of energy do they exude, how do they get along with others in the community), and so on.

These are all important to consider.

Do they pay attention to your requests?

The most significant act of listening you’ll experience is during the initial consultation. Are they clear as to exactly what you want from their service?

Before you commit to a service, it is imperative that you and your stylist have communicated clearly and are on the same page.

If You Get a Bad Vibe, Leave!

Go with your gut or first impression. If you’re not comfortable with the stylist, keep moving.

Always remember that no two curls are alike and the right cut will enhance the natural curl pattern of your hair.

A good stylist will help you to embrace the curl, not fight it. The best way to obtain a great haircut is by working with a stylist who understands how to cut curly hair.

Curly is not a one-size-fits all, so finding the right person for you is the key.

Finding a qualified stylist who can cut your hair should be an enjoyable, educational process.

Remember to have fun with it!


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  1. I’m so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

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