“I wish I had curls like yours!”
You hear it all the time, don’t you? And it’s nice at first—your curls do rock. That is, until you get caught in the rain, sleep on them unevenly, or walk outside on a humid day. Then, instead of reveling in your luscious locks, you’re wondering how to hide the ball of frizz on top of your head.
Well, don’t reach for the flat iron just yet—your ringlets are the perfect base for a ton of cute hairstyles, because they have great texture, natural hold, and plenty of volume. So when you need a quick hair fix, try one of these six simple styles.
1. Twist-and-Pin Updo
This style from the Luxy Sisters may look complicated and time-consuming, but lucky for you (and your penchant for sleeping through your alarm), it’s far from it. The key is simply repetition: Twist, pin, repeat. Multiple twists and bobby pins will keep your style in place long into happy hour.
2. Braided Bun
Kate from The Small Things Blog is like the older sister you always wanted—cute clothes, great makeup, and absolutely genius hairstyles (and luckily, she’s willing to share). You’ll notice that she curls her hair before creating this style, but you can skip right to the styling section to achieve this cute variation of a standard bun.
3. Curly Side Ponytail
OK, so you probably associate side ponies with the ’80s, but since this style is swept low to the side (and sans neon pink scrunchie), it’s perfectly acceptable for the office, happy hour, or Saturday brunch. (Want to add a little sophistication? Try twisting the ponytail into a low bun.)
4. Braided Headband
This style allows you to show off your curly locks, but also keeps them pulled back from your face—which is essential for a busy day at the office (or when you need to hide your too-greasy-for-public bangs). Bonus: It works on any hair texture, from super-tight ringlets to smooth and straight.
5. Messy Curly Updo
While the Luxy sister in this video curls her hair pre-styling, naturally curly girls can skip to the middle of the video (4:35 to be exact) for the actual styling portion. Leaving a few tendrils down to frame your face makes this a very soft, romantic style for a date, or tucking a few more curls back transforms it into a messy-but-put-together office look.
6. Modern French Twist
Hairstylist Daven Mayeada demonstrates a quick-yet-chic updo that’s perfect for hair with lots of texture (especially day-old hair that could use a little taming). Considering this style takes less than five minutes, it’s a definite go-to on those days you hit the snooze button a few too many times.
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