What to tell your hairdresser

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When I get to know someone new with curly hair, we’re talking about how to take care of our curls and especially where there’s a good hairdresser for curly hair. Well yeah, I love talking about curly hair… However, finding a hairdresser who knows how to cut curls certainly is one of the most difficult parts of being a curly!

Especially if you live in Switzerland where there are no hairdressers specialized in cutting curly hair like Devachan in the US. Therefore I’m really lucky to have found my current hairdresser – Markus from Haargenau in Zürich! He’s a great hairdresser and knows how to handle my curls.

Before I knew him I absolutely hated going to the hairdresser, because it took me 5 hours! Obviously nobody likes sitting at the hairdresser’s for such a long time and frankly I didn’t even like my haircut afterwards: My previous hairdresser insisted on straightening my curls (which took about 1.5 hours!), because in his opinion it’s not possible to blow-dry curly hair and get it to look nice – well I guess he should’ve read my tip about diffusing….

However, I’m glad I’ve now found a hairdresser I like! Because he’s been cutting my curls for quite a while now, I don’t need to tell him how he should cut my hair. But if you’re trying a new hairdresser make sure to tell him exactly how you want him/her to cut your curls. In my opinion the following is the most important information you should tell your hairdresser about cutting your curls:

 Be informed:

  • If you see another curly with a nice haircut, just approach her to learn where she’s getting her hair cut. There’s no need to be shy as it’s a really nice compliment to get!
  • If you think you’ve found a good hairdresser ask him/her about how he/she cuts curly hair. You’ll get a lot of information about the hairdresser just the way he/she’s talking about curls. Of course it’s best if your hairdresser cuts your curls while they’re dry, but someone cutting them wet can also do a great job! Therefore I suggest going with your instinct about whether the hairdresser likes cutting curls or just does it for the money.
  • Walk out of the salon when the new hairdresser is welcoming you with the sentence: “Wow, I’ve never seen or cut so much hair before!” No kidding, I’ve been told that a few times before and never walked out, but believe me I’ve regretted every single time I didn’t dare to just run..


  • Curly hair should be cut in layers to avoid the triangle-head. If your hairdresser is telling you how your hair will look even more voluminous this way that’s ok, because the volume’ll be evenly distributed. If you don’t get layers your top will look kind of flat while your ends are way more voluminous, making you look like a triangle or a pyramid…
  • Your curls also shouldn’t have exactly the same length right around your face as they have at the back. It looks nicer when your curls “frame” your face, meaning when they’re a bit shorter.
  • So you should tell your hairdresser to not only cut layers from the top, but also from the front to the back. These two kinds of layers combined already get you a really nice haircut!

Different curl patterns:

Many curlies have different curl patterns. If you’re going to a hairdresser who cuts your curls when they’re dry this isn’t an issue you need to address. For example the curls framing my face are more like a 2c than like a 3a. If your curls also don’t curl the same all around your head, make sure to let your hairdresser know. I usually tell my hairdresser not to cut the curls around my face too short, because when they’re dry they won’t curl as much as the curls at the back of my head.

Straightening your curls:

Last but not least I strongly suggest to tell your hairdresser not to straighten your curls. It’s not only bad for your curls, but not straightening them also enables you to really check the haircut you’ve just got. Don’t be too shy to ask your hairdresser to re-cut an area you don’t yet like. If you get your hair straightened you won’t be able to examine your new haircut until you’ve washed your curls the first time.

That’s it for today! I hope you’re a bit closer to finding a hairdresser you like and especially to getting a haircut you really like for your curls.


  • Rachel
    February 6, 2015

    Hey, after browsing a bit more on your site I was able to find out that you go to Markus from Haargenau! Great, I’ll call him tomorrow. Hopefully he can make time for me in the next couple days and hope he speaks english 🙂 thanks again for your great blog

  • Amberly
    August 28, 2015

    What’s your opinion on thinning out the hair? I’ve had it done before but I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s a comb on one side and a razor blade looking thing on the other side. Do you think this damages the curls in any way? It definitely adds different layers and volume.

  • Yvonne
    August 27, 2017

    I argue every single time with every single hairdresser about layering my curly hair
    This has given me the confidence to stand my ground. Thank you

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