Accept That Shrinkage Is Real
Shrinkage is that all-too-familiar phenomenon of curly hair appearing much shorter than it really is. When curly hair is wet or straightened, it may reach halfway down your back; but, when in its natural state, it might barely touch the shoulders.
Work With A Stylist
We know that it can be very daunting to entrust your curls to someone, but in this instance, it's probably a wise move. Curly hair expert and Devachan founder Lorraine Massey says, “In my experience with curly hair, any sort of a fringe (bang) can potentially lead to frizz and extreme shrinkage. It’s best that you get another set of eyes on your curls to help determine how they might react.” This is not the time for you to try out your scissor skills for the first time. Once a stylist has given you the initial cut and shape, you can learn to trim your bangs at home. But, leave the first cut to the professionals, please.
Think About Style Time
As I said before, curly hair can be stretched, straightened, twisted, or worn natural, so you have plenty of options when it comes to styling. Before you get bangs, be realistic about your habits. It’s easy to say, “I can blowdry them every morning.” But, if you have a five-minute morning routine right now, then it's unrealistic to think that you'll suddenly be willing to add on a lot more time to style your new 'do. Fortunately, curly bangs look gorgeous framing the face, which requires little hands-on styling time. And, curly hair is often thicker than straight hair and can hold a style easily, so when you’re short on styling time, a twist and a few bobby pins will keep those bangs up and out of your face all day long.
Find Your Hair Twin
Before you take the plunge, find someone with a curl pattern similar to yours who has bangs. With social media, this is now easier than ever. If you have Type 2 wavy hair, take a look at Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky, who rocks a sideswept bang with lots of volume. Elizabeth says she’s not a morning person and needs a low-maintenance style: “Most days, it's just wake up, make sure it's not doing anything too wacky, maybe fix some wonkiness, and go.”