Q: Hi, I have really frizzy hair, and a round face, and to add to that I am short. I have very thin hair (but when it is curled,
it seems thicker) and it goes down to a quarter way down my back – past the shoulder length stage. I would really like to cut my hair
short but I know that it would not suit me because of my height. I usually cut my hair in layers and have been blowing and ironing my
hair straight. I really want to “give in to the curl” but don’t know how to have my hair cut. My hair tends to be drier and thinner
around my face, and does not “drop” nicely. Instead it stands out like a fan. Please help, I want to work with my curls but I want a hairstyle to suit my face ...
A: First of all, you should remember that in cutting the hair, “short” is a relative term. What is short for one person is medium
length to someone else, depending on their frame of reference. A woman whose hair has always been a few inches past her shoulder
considers her hair to be long. Yet, her friend - whose hair hangs to her waist – thinks of her friend’s hair as medium length. So,
stop thinking in those terms. You say you are short, but that doesn’t preclude your having shorter hair, so long as you keep the
“size” of your hairstyle in proportion to the rest of your body.
Now, to address the frizzy portion of your hair complaint: Many times, fine, curly hair that is
thin is prone to dryness, and therefore frizz. You should be sure you are using a shampoo designed to smooth the hair to fight frizz,
and keep your hair well conditioned. (You should condition the hair daily, even if you don’t shampoo. In many cases, your conditioner
is sufficient to remove the soil found in the hair after a day’s exposure to the environment.)
You might also need to get and use a leave-in conditioner and an anti-frizz serum. It can
significantly help to keep the hair smooth and healthy, especially to protect it from damage caused by heat styling. Furthermore, I
suggest that you start giving yourself weekly deep conditioning treatments, by applying your favorite conditioner to the hair, covering
it with a plastic cap and wrapping your head in a dryer-heated towel for 20 minutes.
Once you manage to get your hair in better condition, you should take a good look at your hair in
its natural state. After shampooing and/or conditioning the hair, allow it to air dry (or wrap it in a towel turban fashion and allow
the towel to wick away the moisture, then let it air dry) and take a look in the mirror. From what you’ve described of your hair, you
should be able to get a shorter, flattering style by cutting the length as desired and using thinning shears or notching shears to
remove bulk toward the bottom of the hair.
To style your curly hair and combat frizz, use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer and your
fingers to lift the hair while drying. Be sure to apply styling gel and anti-frizz serum to the hair to protect it and hold the hair
smooth during drying. Just be sure not to let the hair get too dry and break up the curl too much or you’ll still end up with frizz.