At some point in their lives, most curlies will endure the dreaded pyramid or triangle hair cut. This cut happens when there are no layers cut around the face, which causes the curls to stack up on each other, according to stylist Christo, who is the global artistic director of New York’s Christo Fifth Avenue salon. Fortunately, this look is preventable with a little knowledge and a conversation with your stylist.
Why does the pyramid cut happen?
This look occurs when curly hair is left all one length, which creates weight at the crown of the head. This creates a flatness that allows curls to expand on the bottom, hence the triangle shape. This issue occurs more in curly girls with thick, coily or corkscrew curls.
How can you avoid the triangle cut?
Start by finding a trusted stylist and sharing your fears with them, as well as what you hope your curls will look like after a cut. If you've had a bad experience with layers in the past, don't avoid them altogether going forward. Instead, know what to request. Ask your stylist to cut long, diagonal layers into your hair to frame your face. This will allow the curls to sit on top of one another and create texture and dimension. Some stylists will cut your hair wet to create more texture, whereas others will take a dry cutting approach so they can see how your curls lie as they're cutting.
Find the right stylist:
Each stylist will have their own ideas and techniques for creating layers, so the key is to figure out who is the best choice for you. Request a stylist with advanced training and experience in cutting curls so you can be sure they know how to handle your hair. When you meet with your stylist, make sure you discuss your curl care techniques, routine and what's going to work best for you so they know how best to help.