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Swirly Hairstyles for Curly Hair

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Blessed with natural curls? Don’t worry, we won’t throw another ‘you-are-so-lucky’ compliment your way. Although, the fact that you (even with all that frizz) have a clear edge over your vanilla straight and confused wavy sisters is not up for a debate.

Since finding a hairstyle for your fierce mane always seems like a lifelong search, here are some of the easiest and most impact curly hair styles for all you curlacious goddesses. But first, let’s establish that you won’t blame us if your new coif exudes the come-hither vibes. Deal?


  • Curly Hairstyles for Short Hair
  • Curly Hair Style

    1. Crown braid

    Feeling flirty? This seductive curly hairstyle is exactly what you need to paint the (mane) city red. (Psst, we meant green with envy)
    Step 1: Begin by taming the frizz with the BBLUNT High Definition Curl, Curl Defining Leave-In Cream for defined soft curls.
    Step 2: Create a crown French braid and secure the end of the braid with an elastic.
    Steps 3: Seal the deal with bobby pins to keep the braid in place.
    Step 4: For a braid that stays in its place, finish off with a few spritzes of Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray Strong Hold Styling Hair Spray. That’s it! Looking good, girl.

    2. Loosely Swept Up

    There is something about loosely swept up hair that shouts out to all curly hair women.
    Step 1:Give your naturally loose curls a little boost by running the Schwarzkopf Osis+ Curl Honey Curl Cream from the roots to tips.
    Step 2: Swoop up and pin your hair at the back of head with an oversized bow clip.
    Step 3: Set your wild curls free. Nail this look by not aiming for perfection.
    Step 4: Hairspray wizardry is key to ensuring that the glam quo of this coif stays intact through the night. Mist your hairdo with Enzo Red Hair Styling, Hard Hold & Set Spray so it can survive your long hours without breaking into a sweat.

    Hairstyles for curly hair
    Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair

    3. Center Parted

    You will realize how a single hair parting can really change the game. Opt for this romantic loose curls hairstyle for the long due date.
    Step 1: Since you’ve chosen a basic center parted style, adding character to your locks is a big first move. Scrunch your spiral curls with Osmo Curl Spray Volumising Curl Enhancer.
    Step 2: Use the Gorgio Professional Carbon Pin Tail Comb to create a bold partition at the center.
    Step 3: For obedient tresses that stick to their side of the parting, control the sway with a spritz of hairspray along the parting line. (P.S. Spray it from a distance.)
    Step 4: Up for a classified tip? Don’t overwork your hair, ruffle up the length of your hair and strut out the door.


  • Curly Hairstyles for Medium Hair
  • 1. Man bun

    While most men are still struggling to pull it off, why don’t you join the man bun camp and show ‘em how it’s done, eh? Swap your regular curly bun with the quirky man bun for wavy curls.
    Step 1: Comb through your tresses and gather them on the crown of your head. We swear by the Filone Handle Comb for detangling your locks sans the usual stress.
    Step 2: Create a half ponytail. Secure it with an elastic.
    Step 3: Swirl the length of the ponytail around its root and fix it with a hair tie.
    Step 4: Play up the drama by defining your curls with Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.

    Curly Hairstyles for Women
    Curly hairstyles for medium hair – Scarf Braid

    2. Scarf Braid

    Whoever said braids can get boring clearly never gave the humble scarf a chance. Try this variation of braids with curly hair and you will find yourself escaping a style rut.
    Step 1: Swoop all your hair to one side and divide it into three sections. You will be weaving a regular French braid but with a quirky scarf as an addition.
    Step 2: Tie one end of the scarf to the root of the middle section and begin braiding like how you would usually.
    Step 3: When you reach the end, secure the braid with an elastic. Pancake your braid by tugging at the sections.
    Step 4: Now wrap the braid into a bun and secure it in place with bobby pins. The Franck Provost Xpert Pro Assorted Bobby Hair Pins secures your bun without weighing it down.

    3. Curly Space Buns

    If offbeat could be your middle name, your tress choices should include space buns for sure. Life is too short for boring hair (read ordinary curly bun hairstyle) anyway.
    Step 1: Part your hair in the middle and create two high ponytails. Secure them with elastics.
    Step 2: Twist the length of a ponytail like a rope and wrap it around the base, mimicking a bun. Secure with a hair tie.
    Step 3: Repeat on the other side.
    Step 4: Once you’re done with your space buns, set them using a few quick spritzes of Schwarzkopf Professional Osis + Session Label Flexible Hold Hair Spray.

    Hairstyles for curly hair – Space Buns

  • Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair
  • Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair – Fused Triple Braid

    1. Fused Triple Braid

    Please the braid buff in you with the fused triple braid hairdo. Don’t worry about how complicated this look, this long curly hairstyle grows on you with time.
    Step 1: Rub a few drops of L'Oreal Professionnel X-Tenso Care Serum between your palms and work it through your locks.
    Step 2: Split your hair into three equal sections.
    Step 3: Taking one section at a time, create basic three-section braids.
    Step 4: Now take the three individual braids and loosely weave them into a thick, combined one.

    2. Pineapple Updo

    Take the #IWokeUpLikeThis look a notch higher with the pineapple updo and bless yourself with some spare me time in the AM. Also, not to forget, this updo is an ideal pick for curly hair with bangs.
    Step 1: Use your fingers to run a dollop of Tresemme Curl Care Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse through the curls.
    Step 2: Clip your bangs loosely for the time being so they don’t get in the way of your updo.
    Step 3: Gather the rest of your locks at the back of your head and slip in a loose scrunchie. Add a feminine spin with the Toniq Earthen Treasure Scrunchies.
    Step 4: Use bobby pins at the base of the ponytail to keep the hairdo in place. Let the loose tendrils be.
    Step 5: Unclip your bangs and let them fall naturally along your forehead.

    Curly Hairstyles for Long Hair – Pineapple Updo
    Hairstyles for Long Hair – Side Ponytail

    3. Side Ponytail

    Flaunt those badass curls with this curly hair ponytail and your perm squad will be taking lessons from you in no time.
    Step 1: Show your tight curls some love with the Kevin.Murphy Lotion Curl Enhancing Weightless Lotion. Use the formula to scrunch your curls effectively for greater definition.
    Step 2: Swoop all your hair to one side and create a high ponytail. Secure it with an elastic.
    Step 3: Managing all that volume on one side won’t be easy so the Osmo Extreme Xfirm Gel Spray to deal with the frizz.
    Step 4: Set free a few curly hair fringes loose on either side for a more effortless vibe.


Tips for managing curly hair

The underlying truth is that rebellious curls can be merciless at times. Fret not, we’ve got your locks covered. Here are a few tips to keep your mane sane.

  • Skip frequent shampooing as it can dry out already-thirsty curls. Don’t follow suit just because the shampoo routine of your straight-haired friends is more intense. Instead, make the conditioner your shower time BFF.
  • Wash your tight curls section by section. The result? Your hair scores more tangle-free points. Depending on the thickness of your mane, divide it into 2 or more sections and, shampoo and condition each section thoroughly.
  • Want in on a secret? What you sleep on can make or break your soft curls. Replace cotton pillow covers with silk cases. If you don’t have one, you could simply wrap your curls in a satin scarf while you sleep.
  • This is non-negotiable, no warm water rinses. We repeat, no. Don’t subject your tresses to the Frizz Gods because you’re craving warmth . Allow cold water to lock in moisture and reduce frizz.
  • Make snag-free combs your tress mate. Detangle your hair section wise with a wide-toothed comb. You don’t want to mess up your natural curl pattern.
    Nykaa Recommends: Vega Wide Tooth Wooden Comb
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