Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Keys, Rebecca Gayheart, Charlize Theron, Audrey Tautou, Scarlett Johansson

Ever heard the advice to “write what you know”? Well, beauty editors do that BIG TIME, as you might have guessed. You’re always going to hear more about the products the editor in question is using herself, or her own particular beauty issues. In my case, it’s lipstick and volumizing products lately—could you tell?

One thing I don’t know much about is naturally curly hair. And after posting yet another photo of a hairstyle I’m coveting for my fine, straight hair (Sienna Miller’s new bangs), reader Marilisa (from The Chic Storm) put in a request to PLEASE cover some curly ‘do ideas. And she’s right—I do tend to neglect you naturally curly-haired folks. So let’s take a closer look at six styles I’m digging right now… and then you can vote for which is your fave!

First up is AnnaLynne McCord:

AnnaLynne McCord controlled waves Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

What I like about this is that she left it super curly all the way through—most celebs will straighten their curls out, then do the dime-a-dozen flat iron curls that EVERYONE has these days. I like deep side part with the shorter layers around the face and the finger-combed, almost 1920s-style waves on top.

Next we have Alicia Keys:

Alicia Keys curls Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

So gorgeous, right? What makes such voluminous, tight curls work is the flat bit on top along with the deep side part. VERY glam.

Here’s Rebecca Gayheart:

Rebecca Gayheart side bun Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

This is probably my favourite ‘do of all. I’m a huge fan of the side updo of any kind (also the side braid) and having naturally curly hair is a big asset—it gives your hair the texture and body you need to make the bun look substantial. Check out this how-to I got straight from Herbal Essences rep (and Leighton Meester’s hair guy) Charles Baker Strahan.

Now here’s Charlize Theron:

Charlize Theron wavy bob Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

Unless you have a super-skilled hairdresser, this one will work best with wavy hair (not tight curls). No matter what, be prepared to put in a bit of time with flat irons and curl-defining products to get your curls to play nice (you don’t want the dreaded Triangle Head). But the end result looks great, don’t you think?

Now here’s Audrey Tautou:

Audrey Tautou short hair Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

This is a great example of a short cut for curly hair—isn’t it adorable? I love the flirty curls around the face and the tousled volume on top. Perfection.

And finally Scarlett Johansson:

Scarlett Johannson long curly hair Reader request: Haircuts and styles for naturally curly hair

These curls were definitely helped along by a flat iron, but I’m loving them all the same. Notice the texture: like I’ve been saying (and Kevin Murphy too), that dry-looking, slightly messy finish is totally in style right now. Also love the very modern centre part.

Now tell me what you think!


Friday, June 4/2010 at 6:27 pm

Thanks Beauty Ed!! xx


Katherine Dale
Thursday, July 8/2010 at 11:38 pm

Thanks for this article. There are so many of us curly-haired gals out there searching for tips on how to look more stylish & in control! I am always searching for good curly-hair hairdressers, yet even when I meet stylists with curly hair, they straighten their hair daily. What is it people have against our curly locks? Embrace the Twistery!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, July 17/2010 at 4:25 pm

Oh I hear you! Not sure where you’re located but there is a certain billboard in downtown Toronto advertising a salon that specializes in curly hair… and the styles look just awful! Really 80s.
I’m with you – people should embrace their natural hair texture. Sadly there really are few stylists who get this. Most of the time they cut your hair into a style that can only be achieved when you blow dry it straight or use certain products. Even the “top” ones do this! Rare is the stylist that gives you something that will look great even if you air dry your hair. My guy (Bill Angst) does this – he’s a rare gem.


Tuesday, August 10/2010 at 8:35 pm

This drives me crazy too, since my hair is wavy and looks way better that way. I forced my hairdresser to dry cut my hair so she could see the way it sat in its natural state!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, August 11/2010 at 7:12 pm

Good for you – sadly not too many hairdressers know how to work with curls. (Or fine, straight hair, for that matter… as I talked about in today’s post!

I think the key is to get a cut that works with your natural texture so that you’re not married to certain styling tools/products all the time. You should be able to let it air dry and still look okay.


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