Curly Hair and Layers

Girl with curly hair
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Q: I always find myself wishing I had straight hair because I just have a cut and no style and I was thinking about putting some layers in my hair, just for a change and just to have something.
But I read in a question that someone had layers and said that her hair never looked good anymore with layers and let's just say my hair is really curly also. Are layers something people with curly hair shouldn't get?

A: Whether or not a person with curly hair will look good with a layered haircut depends largely on how curly the hair is, the texture of the hair, and the hair’s density, and the kind of layering that is done.
A lot of women with really curly hair are afraid of shorter layered styles because the hair ends up looking more “bubble-like”. Since the hair tends to curl more when shorter (because there’s less weight to pull the curl out). The result in some cases is a rounded silhouette. For example, the “afro” style is a short layered cut.
However, a number of women with very curly hair dislike having their hair blunt cut because the curl creates a "triangular" shape when the hair is all one length, becoming more voluminous at the ends. In this case, adding layers can help to create a tapered effect allowing the hair to lie closer to the face.
As a general rule, people with curly hair who want a layered style want longer layers. Your best course of action, if you are thinking of changing your style to one with layers, is to sit down and have a talk with your stylist and discuss exactly what you want from the cut/hairstyle.
Be specific. Talk about the amount of time you have each morning to perform your daily styling, and the amount and types of hair products you feel comfortable using. A good stylist will be straightforward and honest with you about the potential results of what you want to do with your hair, and will be able to make suggestions for options that will help you achieve the most flattering look.
See also:
Curly hair and hairstyles
How to layer long hair
5 ways to make the most of curly hair
Would cutting my hair into layers make it easier to maintain?