What is a Rezo Cut? – The Curly Hair Trend that Took The Internet by Storm

by Stephanie Yankova

Having a curly hair can be both a blessing and a curse. It is just as marvelous as it is unruly and the amount of effort that women usually put into maintaining their luscious locks is worthy of a gold medal! A common obstacle that women with type 3 and type 4 hair run into is finding a hairdresser who is experienced in cutting buoyant curls. The difficulty with this hair texture comes when you have to maintain length as well as shape. So what’s the solution? The Rezo cut is one of the most revolutionary hairstyles that has been having a roaring success amongst the beauty community, and it’s not unjustified! What exactly is it? Is it going to work for me? What does it look like? Keep reading to find the answers to all those questions and more!

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What’s a Rezo Cut?

Rezo cut, also known as RëZO cut, is a popular hairstyle achieved by a dry-cutting technique for curly hair. The Rezo cut creates volume while maintaining an even length and allows unrestricted movement to the curls. It was invented in 2011 by Nubia Suarez – a curly hair guru and professional stylist. The reason why she felt the urgency of coming up with a new cut for textured hair is that her clients wanted a hairstyle that allows them to have both a face-framing, voluminous effect and length without having to sacrifice one for the other.

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What is the Difference Between a Rezo Cut and a Deva Cut?

The Deva cut is a face-framing, low-maintenance method performed by cutting the hair curl by curl. It’s best suited for women with natural curls who don’t normally do much styling on their hair. The downside is that when straightened, it will appear uneven. This limitation is the reason why fewer people are choosing to go for this haircut. The Rezo cut uses a technique that parts your hair in even sections, so when you cut it you’re left with an all-around balanced hairdo. That way, if you ever decide to straighten it, your hair will be cut in even sections and layers which won’t distort its appearance. Overall, the Rezo cut is more suitable for a wider range of hair textures and is much easier to style and maintain.

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Rezo Cut on Curly Hair: Before and After

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The Rezo Cut aims to create a fine balance between an overall shape and volume while maintaining an even length. It’s best suitable for people with curly and kinky hair, so if you’re someone with wavy hair texture unfortunately this cutting method won’t be suitable for you. Take a look at the before and after pictures below and see for yourself the mind-blowing transformation this cut can give you!

Revitalizing Type 3 Curls

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As you can see, the Rezo cut elevates the curls without taking away from the overall length of the hair. This cut creates volume in the roots which allows the curls to flow freely without any need for additional styling.

Rezo Cut on Coily Hair with Bangs

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The Rezo cut is also suitable for women with shorter hair, like this shoulder-length hairstyle. The hair is lifted from the top of the head with a face-framing shape that immediately transforms one’s appearance. The playful straight bangs are a great addition for people with a high forehead as it helps create a more balanced look.

Kinky Hair with Side-Swept Bangs

before after type 4 coily hair rezo cut side bangs maintaining length volume shapeA face-framing Rezo cut with side-swept bangs is great for people with an oval-shaped face. It immediately opens it up and highlights your features. As you can see, with this cut the length of the hair still remains the same, however, it appears more layered which also makes it easier to style and maintain. If you’re wondering what bangs are the most suitable for your curls, we’ve put together a quick guide that shows you choose the perfect bangs for your curly hair!

Tame Your Frizzy Hair with a Rezo Cut

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You can easily breathe life into your frizzy, dehydrated curly hair with this cut. What it aims to do is highlight your natural curls in the best way possible. The Rezo cut shapes them in a way that allows them to fall flawlessly every time with very little to no additional styling, which is a huge weight lifted off your shoulders!

How to Do a Rezo Cut at Home?

For those of you who feel confident enough to take the hair-cutting process into your own hands, here’s a video that shows you step-by-step how to do the Rezo cut at home all by yourself! It may look a little bit intimidating at first, but trust me – once you get the hang of it, it’s a child’s play! Here’s what you’ll need to do before you start:

  • Prepare your tools and materials – you’re going to need a comb, some hair clips and hair ties, hair cutting shears, or just a really sharp scissors.
  • Get your hair ready – we suggest you apply conditioner on your hair before you start cutting it as it will make it easier for you to comb through your hair and separate it into different sections.

How to Maintain a Rezo Cut?

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The great thing about having a Rezo cut is that the upkeep is incredibly easy. Because the hair is cut in even layers it grows out quite evenly, so you won’t have to trim it for at least a couple of months. We recommend using non-sulfate shampoos because they are much more gentle on the hair. Because curly hair retains much less moisture than straight or wavy hair, it’s good to introduce deep conditioning methods to your hair routine. Another great way to keep your hair moisturized is by natural hair masks. Try out making a DIY shea butter mask, which is extremely helpful for restoring the structure of the hair follicle.

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