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A Side Shave Style On Naturally Curly Hair?

Okay, lately I've been desperately itching to make a big change with my hair. You know when you just have that urge? But cut wise I feel, /personally/, that you can't do much with curly hair naturally. I can't cut my hair to a short style and expect to style it neatly because my hair wouldn't go straight or wavy, it would curl up more. Ive loved and always admired the partial side shave hairstyle, I think it's gorgeous, but I've never seen it done on naturally curly hair. Do you think it would look odd on mid-back length, 3a/3b hair? Of course I know, there's no way to know for sure until I try it but it's obviously not the easiest thing to commit to in case it looks bad lol. Though I plan on doing it more to the side where if I would like, I can move my part over and cover it a bit, but I'm getting it for it to show right? So I thought I'd just ask you wonderful people your thoughts. Yay or nay on curly hair? Would it look off? I dont plan on shaving too far back either, it would stop right at the front of the top of my ear, so right where my ear begins basically. Thank you in advance <3 pictures of my natural hair can be provided. I wear it natural and out just about every day, or just up in a bun when Im too lazy to wash and refresh haha

*Also, I plan to shave it down to a 3 or a 4. Not completely buzzed.
Hair Type: 3a/3b, dark brown, blonde highlights, normal - high porosity, fine - medium strands
Low Poo: Live Clean Moisturizing Shampoo (lowpoo)
Condish: Aussie Moist or Tresemee Naturals
Leave In: Giovanni DLI or Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine LI
Styling: Curls Rock Amplifier, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse (HG)
My hair loves protein!:love5:

Comments

  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Honestly I don't like the half shaved look on anyone's head, curly or straight haired. I recently saw a little girl with it and I thought it looked awful. She even had a star shaved into it. But it's ur hair so good luck with whatever u do
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:
  • GotitorDontGotitorDont Posts: 26Registered Users
    That look can be achieved with most (if not all) hair textures, whether straight or curly. But before you go cutting it off, I suggest you just make a deep side part and do side flat twists on the side that you would like buzzed off.

    It's sort of like a cheat, so that you can get an idea of what you would look like with it, but the great thing is that you can always take the flat twists down! You can't immediately grow back buzzed of hair.

    I got the idea from Cutegirlshairstyles.com, I've been going to their website regularly for a long time because they come up with great hairstyles (and a lot of them can actually be done on curly hair, it just looks different). Here is a page they have on their website demonstrating the side flat twists: Side Flat Twists | Back-to-School Hairstyles | Cute Girls Hairstyles

    You could also do cornrows instead of flat-twists, they would stay in longer but take a little longer to do.

    I'm not a fan of the buzzed side look. But to me the side flat twists/cornrows can be pulled off.
    Hair type: 4b with 3c on top
    High density, medium porosity, thick with medium width strands, back grows faster than front

    Length: APL | BSL | MBL | WL
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    I don't care for the look either, but if you're serious about it, I think trying the braids first is a good idea - the shaving is quite a commitment that you'll be stuck with for a long growing out period, whether you end up liking it or not. No one's likely to like the shaved look long-term so dealing with that growing out is something you're eventually going to have to contend with.
    2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

    Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

    HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    WurlyLox wrote: »
    I don't care for the look either, but if you're serious about it, I think trying the braids first is a good idea - the shaving is quite a commitment that you'll be stuck with for a long growing out period, whether you end up liking it or not. No one's likely to like the shaved look long-term so dealing with that growing out is something you're eventually going to have to contend with.

    I agree. If you shave straight away and don't like it, you're screwed
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:
  • BylizxoBylizxo Posts: 15Registered Users
    You don't have to shave it to achieve the look you want, like the girls have said you can just braid/twist it to achieve the look and save your hair. You might regret shaving it off later and want to have it long again.
  • SarxhSarxh Posts: 114Registered Users
    Thanks for all the thoughts/advice everyone :) Also super massive thank you to GotitorDont for that tutorial link! I am honestly pretty terrible with braid styling hair so it took me a while to get it right but I got it done mostly right after a while and I LOVE the way it looks. Definitely affirms my desire for the side shave. I am very okay with waiting for my hair to grow out/going through the long process of growing the shaved area out, should I want my normal hair again, otherwise I wouldn't really be considering this style :P As a nice bonus it is all very very easy to hide/conceal should I want to do so, it takes a simple switch of the side you part your hair on and ta-da :) Also my hair is very thick so that makes things even easier to cover, which I can do when I decide to grow my hair out again. I totally get that the style isn't for everyone, and that it will definitely bring a lot of judgement as do most more "out there" styles but I've always loved it, for years, so it's not an issue to me. It is for me anyway, to make me happy, since lately I've just been very unhappy and bored with my hair, and overall wanting a change in my look (I've just lost a lot of weight, and my entire appearance is really changing so now is the best time for this). So thanks again, I appreciate it :)
    Hair Type: 3a/3b, dark brown, blonde highlights, normal - high porosity, fine - medium strands
    Low Poo: Live Clean Moisturizing Shampoo (lowpoo)
    Condish: Aussie Moist or Tresemee Naturals
    Leave In: Giovanni DLI or Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine LI
    Styling: Curls Rock Amplifier, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse (HG)
    My hair loves protein!:love5:
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    I personally think it can be a great look. Please post pics when you get it done!
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

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  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    I don't personally like the look, but it could look great I think. I don't know if having curly hair makes a difference if it is shaved. I guess trying it out is the only way to know. But I think trying the braids first was a great idea. I was wondering the same about an asymmetrical bob. I have been wanting to do something way different with my hair, but I'm not as brave. =)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • mustangbunnymustangbunny Posts: 1,033Registered Users
    wavydaze wrote: »
    I personally think it can be a great look. Please post pics when you get it done!

    I second this!!


    Low-poo: Looking for a new one.
    Condish: V05 Tea Therapy, Body Shop Banana
    Leave in: Giovanni Direct Leave In
    PT: My hair needs very little. I use Suave Naturals Coconut when I need a little bit and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
    Styler: Giovanni LA

    Go Red Wings!
    :hockey:

  • SortaRicanSortaRican Posts: 310Registered Users
    Sarxh wrote: »
    Okay, lately I've been desperately itching to make a big change with my hair. You know when you just have that urge? But cut wise I feel, /personally/, that you can't do much with curly hair naturally. I can't cut my hair to a short style and expect to style it neatly because my hair wouldn't go straight or wavy, it would curl up more. Ive loved and always admired the partial side shave hairstyle, I think it's gorgeous, but I've never seen it done on naturally curly hair. Do you think it would look odd on mid-back length, 3a/3b hair? Of course I know, there's no way to know for sure until I try it but it's obviously not the easiest thing to commit to in case it looks bad lol. Though I plan on doing it more to the side where if I would like, I can move my part over and cover it a bit, but I'm getting it for it to show right? So I thought I'd just ask you wonderful people your thoughts. Yay or nay on curly hair? Would it look off? I dont plan on shaving too far back either, it would stop right at the front of the top of my ear, so right where my ear begins basically. Thank you in advance <3 pictures of my natural hair can be provided. I wear it natural and out just about every day, or just up in a bun when Im too lazy to wash and refresh haha

    *Also, I plan to shave it down to a 3 or a 4. Not completely buzzed.

    I know a curly girl who did the half shave and while it's not a look I desire I thought it looked cute on her. I think it was a shock to most and took a little getting use to but it's your hair so go for it! Besides, it'll grow back! right? :).
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • lauralindsaylauralindsay Posts: 1Registered Users
    DO IT. I'm curly I wanted something different I did the side shave. It's fabulous and I love it. I can straighten and curl you can style in so many ways. Trust me I get people giving me their un solicited opinions on my side shave but they just have no edge. Xxx
  • KurlyKitty16KurlyKitty16 Posts: 3Registered Users
    Ah, please don't do it. IT's so played out. Like honestly, almost every girl on my campus did the Cassie look (shaved sides). It's soooooo unoriginal. If you want to do something different, how about an ombre on curly hair with abnormal colors like purple or something? or a curly a line bob?
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    TheCurlyStace on YouTube has a similar sort of style and I think it really suits her. You can see it in this vid:
    Second Impressions: DevaCurl Styling Cream - YouTube
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    This would so totally work with my crazy curl pattern that I keep thinking about doing it.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    TheCurlyStace on YouTube has a similar sort of style and I think it really suits her. You can see it in this vid:
    Second Impressions: DevaCurl Styling Cream - YouTube

    I love her curls :o
    Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    TheCurlyStace on YouTube has a similar sort of style and I think it really suits her. You can see it in this vid:
    Second Impressions: DevaCurl Styling Cream - YouTube

    I love her curls :o

    I know! So bouncy and gorgeous!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • VelociraptorVelociraptor Posts: 6Registered Users
    I think it would look really good :) I have a few friends with this cut and it always looks great (even on curly hair) :) Definitely go for it as even if you don't like it, it isn't too difficult to cover up! The style possibilities are endless!
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    TheCurlyStace on YouTube has a similar sort of style and I think it really suits her. You can see it in this vid:
    Second Impressions: DevaCurl Styling Cream - YouTube

    I absolutely love her hair! So gorgeous!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • jolene.byforjolene.byfor Posts: 1Registered Users
    Do you have pictures of how it turned out? I'd love to see a side shave on naturally curly hair!
  • heartincloverheartinclover Posts: 33Registered Users
    I've had the back and sides of my hair shaved since my freshmen year of high school (2005ish) when I first started cutting my own hair (I was sick of idiot hairstylists saying I had more "cowlicks" than they'd ever seen right before the brushed my hair into a frizzy pouf with a fine tooth comb). I guess a lot of people here/in general think the look is played out/unattractive, but it's the only way I can deal with my thick & coarse head full of 3b curls. :happy3: I suspect that the hair on the back of my head/sides might actually be closer to 3c. It tends to start curling after it grows longer than 1/4 inch (whereas the hair on top starts curling a little before it's 1/2 an inch long). The only downside is, with the rate my hair grows, I have to shave it every 2ish weeks (if I want to keep it shaved looking, if not I can sometimes wait a month). Here are some pics I posted in my day 3 hair or later picture thread. Depending on how I style it, it's really easy to hide or show off the shorter length.
  • NaturallywhirlyNaturallywhirly Posts: 9Registered Users
    TheCurlyStace on YouTube has a similar sort of style and I think it really suits her. You can see it in this vid:

    Wow, I didn't think it would look good but that is so cute!
    Good luck