It’s no secret that ringlets (whether they’re tight and boingy or big and loose) look gorgeous when left alone, but why not have a little fun with them? Luckily, there are loads of options for styling curls that go beyond a basic chignon.
The Curly Updo
This style gives you the best of both worlds: It's a look that keeps your hair off of your face and draws attention to your lovely curls. Score!
The first thing you need to do is separate the crown of your hair and clip it out of the way. Next, grab the back of your hair and twist it upward, keeping a tight grip. Secure the twist with a U-shaped hairpin. By the way, there’s a trick to securing a hairpin just right: Stick it into the hair, then rotate it back in the opposite way and tuck it in.
After you budge-proof your twist, release the front and sides of your hair. Loosely grab the top middle section and pin it down so that it still looks poufy (think Janelle Monáe). Twist the sides up (you can do this in two separate sections if your hair is super-thick), but leave a few inches out at the ends.
Gently fluff and finger-style your curls until you get a shape that makes you smile. Add a few more pins around the ringlets to hold them in place.
The Retro Roll
The 1940s-inspired bangs are so unexpected for curly hair, yet much more low-maintenance than you might think. The brushed-out texture adds a modern quality and stops it from looking costumey.
Kick things off by sectioning out the front middle part of your hair. Then, pin away the left and right sections of your hair.
Tie the rest back into a ponytail. Wind the ponytail into a bun and secure it by sticking in pins all around. This bun should be neat and put-together.
Okay, you’re ready to tackle the front. Roll the front middle section under until you’ve made a hollow tube shape. Secure with a pin. Time to bring the sides into the mix. Pull them up tightly and twist them together towards the crown. Criss-cross the sections over each other and pin the hair down at the top of your head.
Working your way down the length of the twist, continue to pin it down the middle of your 'do. Tuck the ends around your bun.
The Faux Bob
When you want to wear your hair down, but you’re craving some structure, try this sneaky 'do. “This is really great way to change your look without cutting your hair.
Start by parting your hair as you normally would. It’s easiest to work in quarters, so section your lower half from the top, and then separate each of those into halves. Start with the lower left section and tuck the ends in, using a U-shaped pin. Continue working around your head, pinning as you go. If you have shorter layers in the front, it’s fine to leave them out, as long as the bob shape is defined overall.
To add a little extra something, stick in a metallic or colored bobby pin on the side. Simple styles can be stunning.
The Braided Topknot
Nobody expects you to give up your go-to bun entirely, but may we suggest adding an adorable braid? This style is great if you've slept on your hair or if your curls are a little frizzy, because all of the hair is contained.
The beginning of this will sound familiar: Separate the front and side sections of your hair. Leave about a two-inch perimeter of hair around the crown. Pull the rest up into a ponytail. With the front section, create a loose cornrow braid around your head. Hide the ends underneath the ponytail with a U-shaped pin.
Twist the ponytail around itself into a bun. Lock it down with more pins.
Modeled by Zahra Barnes; Hair Styling by Andrew Fitzsimons; Makeup by Andi Yancey; Styling by MaryKate Boylan.
Photo Credit: Culled from Refinery29
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