Curly-haired gals, we salute you. We know that maintaining that mane is no easy task: Every shower presents the brutal choice of either spending a lot of time (and product) defining and styling each coil or taking a gamble and quite possibly ending up with a frizzy pouf on top of your head.
But when they behave, curls are a gift. And you already know at this point that the right haircut is probably the most important factor of manageable, pretty texture. The best haircuts for curly hair shape your mane in a way that allows your tendrils to naturally fall in a face-flattering way with bouncy definition—and minimal styling time.
You'll need two things: a stylist experienced in curly cuts and an idea of the kind of looks that work best with your hair. We've got you covered on the latter—just take a look below.
First things first: It's essential to see a stylist who has experience with curls, since expertly cut layers ensure that your coils remain light and bouncy despite your overall length.
We love how bangs add even more dimension to this already shapely chop.
If you want a bit more length to your bob, a layered cut provides a beautiful shape that makes for more laissez-faire styling. This haircut is perfect for girls looking to painlessly grow out their bob into a lob or longer.
For a more editorial look, lean into your natural volume to play with different shapes.
A slightly grown-out crop is always chic and looks especially lovely with hydrated curls. Try a moisture-boosting conditioner (like Shea Moisure Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie Conditioner, $4).
The good news: Your natural texture eliminates the awkwardness of transitioning from short hair to long. Opt for a shapely structure, or switch it up by brushing your coils out. (Either way, make sure your hair is hydrated and healthy with a regular leave-in treatment like Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, $6.)
This story was originally published on November 1, 2016, and has been updated.