A Guide To End All Guides
You may be here to learn how to trim your partner's curly hair, how to trim your own curly hair, or maybe you’re on the path to a budding career in professional hair styling. Whatever the reason, you’re here for the goods, the real JUICE on how to trim curly hair…and boy, do we have it.
It’s time to sharpen your shears, because this is the definitive guide on how to trim curly hair for men. HOWEVER, should you choose to embark on the self-trimming journey, there are a few things to keep in mind to aid you in avoiding certain peril.
The Struggle For Guys With Curly Hair
If I were a betting man I’d say that for you, the guy googling, “how to cut curly hair,” this is probably your first time with hair this long. You may be wondering, “what the hell do I do with this!?”
The struggle is real and we can sympathize. In today’s culture there is a very good chance you are lacking the hair knowledge that many of our long-haired sisters grew up learning, seemingly by osmosis.
The Woman With The Plan
In our effort to bring you the most exhaustive guide on how to trim curly hair, we’ve turned to Naomi Aragon, owner and operator of Evolving Hair Studio. She’s a lifelong curl-bearer and a legend at expertly trimming and shaping curls. In the tutorial below she walks us through every step of crafting a head of exquisite curls.
Before Attempting to Trim Curly Hair
- “Am I confident I can pull this off?”
- “If I totally eff this up, can I live with it for the next several months?”
- “If I look like a complete fool, how much will I have to take off to fix this?”
If your answers to these questions skew negatively, we encourage you to put the shears down and go see a professional. That being said, hair grows back—even the worst catastrophe can be amended in a few short months or years 😂
If you’re set on doing this on yourself or on someone else for the first time, here’s what you need to know.
DON’T Trim Curly Hair While It's Wet
One of the worst AND most common mistakes when learning how to trim curly hair is trimming while it’s wet, and thus weighed down with moisture. This lengthens the hair strands and when it’s dry you’ll be in for a rude awakening.
As hair dries it will shrink up to its natural length. By the time you realize you’ve taken too much off, the damage is done.
DON’T Trim Before Detangling Curly Hair
DON’T Trim The Hair As A Single Section
Different sections of hair fall in different directions around your face and head.
This front section is what frames your face, while the hair behind the ears is what gives your hair most of its length. Though you will be trimming in sections, the ends of these sections should all meet one another by the time you’re finished—so don’t take too much off of any given section.
Now Trim That Curly Hair
Before taking shears to hair, hold the ends loosely at the point of thinning (mentioned earlier). The section being trimmed (front left, front right, top, back left, etc.) will determine the direction in which you extend the hair.
The front should be extended to the front, sides to the sides, and the back towards the back, while the top gets extended upwards. This is where it gets challenging if you’re doing it by yourself. You’ll have a better understanding of this after watching the video tutorial.
When extending the hair, don’t pull it tight. Hold it loosely between your fingers at its naturally extended length. Begin by taking small snips from the damaged ends, making sure not to take off too much.
As you move on to the next section be sure to include a small portion from the previously trimmed section to make sure that you are connecting each one smoothly.
DON’T Keep Cutting
If there are noticeable disconnects, this is where you need to take a breath, calm down and reassess whether or not you’re going to continue. At this point you can easily get into the vicious cycle of trimming, checking, trimming, checking…and before you know it you look like lil’ Orphan Annie.
Not a super good look for dudes.
Shampoo and Condition
Use a quality shampoo to wash out the clippings and start with a fresh, clean mane. Follow that up with a hydrating conditioner in the lengths and ends, being sure to let it sit for a few minutes to really penetrate the hair shafts.
Epic Cleanse and Ideal Conditions is our go-to shampoo & conditioner with superior cleansing and hydration, but whatever you go with, don’t skimp on the quality.