Cool and Quirky Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair

Hairstyles for curly hair
Curly hairstyles are not new. They can be traced to about 30,000 years ago, when Venus of Willendorf was carved out with a braided hairstyle. Here are some trendy curly hairstyles...
Naturally curly hair is quite unique as compared to other types of hair. Styling it is mainly about reducing frizz and defining the curls. Some people fret over the frizz and the wilderness that comes with curly hair, but if maintained carefully, it can be the most striking feature of one's personality! What's more, it also tends to give a flirty look, for which today's youngsters are crazy. Hair styling is fast becoming popular, and today we have numerous hairstyles to choose from. Prominent celebrities like Debra Messing, Beyonce, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell are perfect examples of those who have successfully tried innovative hairstyles for curly hair.
Hairstyles for Women
Top Knot
woman wearing top knot
If you have naturally curly hair, then here's a hairstyle for you that is not only simple but elegant as well! For creating this look, use a curling iron to add volume to your hair. You can even use the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer to achieve this effect. Next, tie a high ponytail at the top of the head, with all your hair pulled back, and secure with a hair tie.
Then make a braid and wrap it around the hair tie to form a bun. You can even simply wrap the ponytail hair without making a braid. Now, secure the bun with another hair tie. For a neat look, use hair pins to secure the loose strands of hair. Use a little amount of hairspray to add shine, and you are done!
Loose Braids
loose  braids
This is one hairstyle that looks pretty and feminine, and at the same time, is very easy to make. Also, there are a variety of braids for you to try out! For this look, rub some styling cream on your hair. Next, make three sections of the hair and start making a braid, fastening the end with a hair tie.
Allow the loose strands of hair to fall free for a soft and romantic look. You can even twist the braid around the hair tie and fasten it to create a braided bun. If you are adept at making braids with perfection, you can try your hand at making French braids, Dutch braids, fishtail braids, reverse braids and more!
Half Up Half Down Hairstyles
half up half down hairstyle
You can either use hair pins or hair clips to fasten this section of hair, or use it to create different styles such as a bouffant, braids, twists, and many many more. You can even use pretty hair jewelery to accent your updo. So, we see that the half updo is one of the most versatile hairstyles. What say?
Curly Bangs
curly bangs
Bangs or fringes, if done correctly, can look great on curly hair. Once you get this look, it is important that you keep your hair moisturized at all times, to avoid frizz. Note that you should get this haircut done on dry hair, in order to get the desired length of the bangs.
If you feel that short bangs are not for you, then you can safely opt for long bangs that can be swept to the sides. You can either wear your curly bangs naturally or style them to create different looks! For starters, you can use a flat iron to straighten your bangs, or wear a pretty headband for a cute look.
Hairstyles for Men
Afro Style
afro style
One of the most popular hairstyles for men with curly hair, is the afro style. Although it was popularized in the 60s and 70s, its origin dates back to the early Egyptian times. This hairstyle does not come naturally; rather, having very curly hair is one of its prerequisites. It is a hairstyle in which the hair extends out from the head like a halo or a cloud.
Hair Braids
hair braids
Braid, also called a plait, is another very common and popular hairstyle. Sections of hair are interlaced together and sported by children and adults. There are many styles of braids such as box braids, French braid, Dutch braid (inverted French braid), etc. It can be sported as a casual hairstyle.
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Dreadlocks
dreadlocks
Dreadlocks, also known as locks or dreads, give your hair a matted look. For this hairstyle, let your hair grow naturally, without combing or conditioning it for a long period of time. Later, the hair strands are interlocked by various methods like backcombing and hand rolling, to bring about a matted look. This style was popularized by Bob Marley in the seventies, and lately by Lenny Kravitz.
Cornrows
cornrows
This hairstyle was most recently sported by David Beckham who popularized it. However, it has been there for long, and was first seen in Africa. It is a form of hair braid that needs little care or maintenance. For this style, the hair is plaited into a series of French braid-like locks, close to the scalp, which run down the back of the neck. As the name suggests, they look like straight lines but can also be given various geometrical shapes and curves.
Curly hair is generally dry. This type of hair lacks moisture, so it is very important to keep it moisturized. When we shampoo, we strip our scalp of moisture, resulting in dehydration of the hair shafts. Hence, a good moisturizing shampoo works wonders for curly hair. Also, the best way to style this hair type is to style it while it's wet. By using shampoos and styling creams, one can avoid dryness and frizz. One should not use blowers, as they further devoid the scalp of moisture. Daily shampooing is a strict no-no; instead, curly hair should be washed every 2-3 days with a good moisturizing shampoo, and conditioned with a moisturizing conditioner.

Curly hairstyles generally suit faces that are oval, diamond, oblong, or square-shaped. These hairstyles are attention grabbers, and moreover, sensual and cute. So, if you have naturally curly hair, embrace its true nature, and enjoy the attention.
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