12 Ways to Style Naturally Curly Hair

Curly hair is very beautiful, but it’s not always easy to manage. Once you’ve found the best products that work for your curls, it can be tempting to stick to one or two basic styles, but you really don’t have to. Here’s a compilation of the 12 best ways to style your naturally curly hair. Keep reading!

How to Style Naturally Curly Hair

Sticking to one or two regular styles isn’t so classy. You should consider trying something new and different. Below are top trendy styles you’ll definitely love to try:

  1. Everyday Topknot
everyday topknot for curly hair
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To get this look, gather your hair into a ponytail and hold it with an elastic. Divide your hair into two sections, wrap one around the base of the ponytail and secure it with a bobby pin. Then, wrap the second section around the first and secure it with another bobby pin. Gently tug the bun into the ponytail with your fingers if necessary to give it a full, rounded shape.

  1. Braided Topknot
braided topknot for curly hair
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To get this look, leave a small section of your hair out while forming your topknot. Once the initial style is complete, braid that section and wrap it around the base of your topknot, securing it with a bobby pin for an entirely beautiful look.

  1. Braided Headband
braided headband for curly hair
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This style is simple, amazing, and easy to achieve. All you need to do is create a deep side part when your hair is damp and braid along the hairline toward the opposite temple. When you get past your ear, pin the braid firmly beneath the rest of your hair with bobby pins.

  1. Basic Braids
cornrows for curly hair
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You can try cornrows, Dutch braids, or French braids. It’s the easiest and most versatile protective style you can try on your curly hair. Applying a hair priming product like Bumble and bumble’s BB will help moisturize the hair. After that, you can detangle your curls completely to significantly reduce the amount of tension that will need to be used for braiding.

To start the braids, divide your hair down the middle into two sections and separate each section into three pieces. Beginning from the front and top, create a three-strand braid. Cross the piece on the right into the middle directly under the centerpiece, then repeat on the left side, gradually adding more hair as you braid down to the bottom. Do well to secure each braid with a clip or elastic.

  1. Slicked-Back Ponytail
slicked back ponytail for curly hair
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Apply a lightweight pomade or styling gel through your hair for this look. Then, use a boar brush to pull back the top section of your hair into a sleek ponytail and hold it with a hair tie. You can use your fingers to ruffle the back a bit for extra volume. This style is an amazing option as it allows you to wear your curls down while keeping them out of your face.

  1. Three Braid Updo

For this style, separate your hair into three parts and create a three-strand braid with each section. Then, hold the top section, pull it to the back of your head and secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat the same with the second and third sections, and secure loose pieces with bobby pins. 

  1. Victory Curls
victory curls for curly hair
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This is an epic style that’ll give you that classy look. To get the look, part your hair off to the side, twirl a section of the hair from the front, and pin it towards the back. Repeat on the other side. You can go further to add eyeliner to take make this vintage-inspired look more topnotch.

  1. Romantic Updo
romantic up do for curly hair
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This updo hairstyle is simple and doesn’t require heat styling. After allowing the hair to dry and applying a curl-defining cream of your choice, gather the hair into a ponytail halfway between the nape and crown of the head. Wind the ponytail around the base of the hair and tie it to form the bun. Use 4 to 5 bobby pins to bold the hair in place before misting with hair spray to lock everything in. 

  1. Sky-High Pony
sky high pony for curly hair
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The beauty of this hairstyle is how to dress it up to any event. Plus, it takes just about 3 minutes to finish up. Tease the hair if you need to create more lift and volume at the crown. Gather your hair into an ultra-high ponytail at the crown of your head and use an elastic to hold it. 

Stick 2 or 3 vertical bobby pins on the underside of the ponytail to keep the elastic lifted. To keep your curls bouncy and beautiful, enhance the ends with a curl-defining cream. Also, you can prep damp curls with a curl-defining cream if you plan to wash them before styling.

  1. One-Minute Side Braid
side braid for curly hair
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If you just finished washing your hair, get a curl-enhancing wave spray, scrunch it through your damp hair, and let the air dry. Part your hair naturally. Then grab a small section of the hair on just one side of your head and begin braiding back towards the crown of your head.

Once you get to the back of your head, pin the section of hair to secure the style before pulling the top layers of your hair over it so your curls cover the pins. That’s it. You’ve gotten your model-like hairstyle!

  1. Sleek Updo
sleek up do for curly hair
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This style is perfect for a summer party or festival. To make it even cooler, you can secure it with a chic and elevated scrunchie. Start by brushing your hair to ensure the texture is smooth. Brush it up into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic.

Divide the ponytail into half and twist those two sections into a thick twist. Use bobby pins to secure the bun to your head and adjust the size and shape to look more round. Add the scrunchie and wrap it around the bun until it’s firm. Hold down any flyaways with styling gel. Once that is done, mist the whole hair with hair oil and spray for a more shiny look.

  1. Messy Half-Bun
messy halfup bun for curly hair
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Gently pack your hair curl by curl from the center of your head down to where both ears are, to the center of your head just below the crown. Be sure to keep an eye on the silhouette to keep it balanced from side to side and avoid having uneven bumps all through. Also, ensure no partings or hard lines when pulling the hair back to keep the look natural and cute. 

Then, twist the ponytail around itself and coil it towards the base until you have your bun. You can use a barrette or clip to secure it.

Bottom Line

You should normalize trying out other hairstyles. Curly hair is a unique hair type, and if you’re able to style it in different ways, you’ll sure look more pretty and admirable. It’s no big deal. Just try out the styles highlighted above, and you’ll turn your eyes as you walk down the room.

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