Haircuts for Coarse, Kinky Hair

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Haircuts for Coarse, Kinky Hair
A choppy cut will make hair more manageable. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

The key to finding the perfect haircut that not only looks great but is also manageable is to work with your natural hair type. Coarse hair that has kinks and waves can be difficult to style, but with the wrong haircut, the situation can be made worse. Resist the temptation to battle with what mother nature gave you and embrace your thick hair. Make life easier and keep locks in tip top condition by using a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for thick, wavy hair.

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Mid-length Layered

One of the most versatile styles that works well on coarse, kinky hair is a mid-length layered cut. Have your stylist layer your hair to remove some of the weight and bulkiness. Not only will this method of cutting make hair more manageable to style, it will also give it more shape. For those with larger foreheads, add side-swept layered fringe to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. Wear the cut with a deep-set side part for a sophisticated and stylish finish.

Razor Cut

Razor cutting is a trend that was embraced by the "emo" teen subculture and has now become mainstream. The cutting technique involves creating obvious, contrasting layers throughout the hair using a razor. Similarly to a natural layered style, the aim of the technique is to reduce thickness. This style works particularly well on those with natural kinks as the contrasting lengths will become more apparent without much effort. Accentuate choppy lengths with a little styling wax and the look is complete.

Chin-length Chop

For a low maintenance and timeless option, a chin-length choppy bob suits almost any face shape. Have your stylist add texture by cutting several layers into the bob to just below your ears. This will draw attention to your best facial features including your mouth and cheekbones. Poker-straight bobs work less well for hair with natural kinks as it takes a considerable amount of effort to force hair into the position. Instead, apply mouse to damp hair and blow dry with your fingers for a shaggy, boho effect.

Short and Textured

Coarse, kinky hair is full of natural texture and can be accentuated even more with a short, choppy cut. Keep several inches of length so that you can experiment with spikes and waves. Hair that is slightly longer on top and cropped at the sides is quick to style without loosing versatility. Have your stylist cut short wispy fringe or long-swept fringe to complement your face shape.

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