15 Beautiful Ways to Style Curly Hair

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15 Beautiful Ways to Style Curly Hair
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Whether you’re blessed with curly hair or turn to a styling tool to achieve ringlets, curls are incredibly beautiful, and way more versatile than you might think. The key, of course, is a supreme cut, amazing products and a style that you love. Who better to inspire you than your favorite curly hair-rocking celebs? These are the best curly hairstyles that will let you make the most of the gorgeous texture.

MORE: Tips For Caring For Your Curly Hair.

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A cut that hits right above or below the shoulders—like Taraji P. Henson's— adds extra bounce to big, bold curls.

Read more: Curly Hair Tips to Help You Love Your Texture

 

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If your hair is more wavy than curly, a medium-length haircut, like this one from AnnaSophia Robb, is the way to go. This style is short enough that it won't weigh down your texture.

Read more: An Owner's Guide to Naturally Wavy Hair

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Want amazingly shiny hair like Zoe Saldana’s? Finish loose curls with a nourishing hair oil to create a brilliant sheen.

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To get lifted curls like Beyoncé's, tilt your head to either side as you blow dry with a bowl-shaped diffuser attachment on your hair dryer.

Read more: Top 10 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

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Who needs a blowout? Natural, undone texture is totally on-trend right now. Just ask Katie Holmes.

Read more: 10 Perfect Hairstyles for Thick Hair

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How dreamy is this 'do from Dascha Polanco? Snag it by spiraling sections of your hair around a large barrel iron, then spritzing them with a light-hold spray.

Read more: An Owner's Guide to Naturally Wavy Hair

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Just because your hair is naturally curly doesn't mean you can't use a curling iron to touch up your texture and create perfect waves. When styled with hot tools, curly hair holds its shape better than any other hair type. We love this voluminous 'do from Selena Gomez.

Read more: 101 Hair Ideas to Try When You're Bored with Your Look

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To get this look from Kat Dennings, pull back the front and add a halo-like hair accessory to make spiral curls even more romantic.

Read more: 10 Gorgeous Wavy Hairstyles

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Sure, curls look amazing worn down, but they're just as head-turning in a high, tousled ponytail, as Rihanna demonstrated.

Read more: Tips for Every Type of Wavy and Curly Hair

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Want to make curly hair more manageable? Try a chin-skimming curly bob hairstyle like Charlize Theron's.

Try on curly hairstyles in the virtual makeover tool!

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Who says you can’t pair a curly ‘do with bangs? Keep fringe slightly textured, not pin-straight, to unify the look. We love this look from Jennifer Hudson, who balanced out the look perfectly.

Try on curly hairstyles in the virtual makeover tool!

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Because it doesn't weigh down hair, a shoulder-length cut works well for all types of curly hair, from loose waves to ringlets. Just take a look at Vanessa Hudgens, who masters loose waves perfectly.

Read more: Curly Hair Tips to Help You Love Your Texture

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These locks give Jess Glynne one more thing to sing about. Get her epic definition with a moisture-rich styling cream or gel.

Try on curly hairstyles in the virtual makeover tool!

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Cascading, tendril-like curls accessorize an updo and soften facial features. (Want to recreate Sarah Hyland’s look? Check out this how-to.)

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Less is often more when it comes to naturally curly hair. Let your spirals air dry for an effortlessly gorgeous look like this one from Gigu Mbatha-Raw.

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