9 Easy On-the-Go Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair
If you have curly hair, odds are you either embrace it wholeheartedly or wish to the hair gods that it were different. After all, big curls are a blessing, but they’re not always easy to manage. That’s why we swept the blogosphere to put together these nine hair tutorials. Each of these styles takes less than five minutes, yet they somehow produce chic, Pinterest-worthy results. Scroll through to the end of this list; there’s a 98% chance you’ll fall back in love with your curls.
This updo looks edgy AF, but it’s actually hilariously simple. Even better, it requires zero heat styling. (Click here for three more heatless styles for natural hair.)
1. Divide your hair into two equal sections: one in front and one in back.
2. Create a tight side ponytail with the back section of your hair.
3. Apply a dollop of curl defining cream to the front half. Try Living Proof's Curl Defining Styling Cream ($28). That’s it! A chic, unique updo in less than three minutes.
Don’t be fooled by how pretty this half-up hairstyle is. It literally takes 60 seconds. Need a visual? Follow along with hair guru Mimi Ikonn in this helpful video.
1. If you’re starting with freshly washed hair, grab a curl-enhancing wave spray, like Ouidad’s Wave Create Sea Spray ($26). Scrunch through damp hair, then let air dry.
2. Part your hair where you naturally do. Then grab a small section of hair from either side of your head (toward the front at about eye level). Bring these sections to meet at the back of your head.
3. At the back of your head, tie these sections of hair into a regular knot (just as you would to begin tying your shoes).
4. Create another knot about a half-inch below the first one. There should be a gap between the two knots, creating a circle shape.
5. Pin the style in place with a couple of bobby pins, and you’re finished!
Here’s a genius hairstyle that only natural-haired beauties can pull off. For images of each step, click here.
1. Start with air-dried hair. If it looks a little frizzy, no problem. That actually works for this look.
2. Part off a triangular-shaped section of hair right in front at your hairline. You’ll be parting off two more sections to execute this look.
3. Section off a middle section of hair from the top of each ear, and tie into a ponytail with an elastic.
4. Create a third section of hair in back, and tie off into a ponytail. Make sure to leave a very small section of hair loose in the very back.
5. Take that leftover section and twist it up to the nape of your neck. Pin it there with a bobby pin.
6. Use a hair pick ($6) to create extra volume.
So what if this hairstyle takes just three minutes and no expertise? You could totally wear it to a summer wedding and pretend that you spent an hour on the look.
1. Take a small section of hair from one side of your head. For a messier finish, leave a few face-framing strands loose.
2. Twist that section toward the back of your head in an upward direction. When you get to the back, secure the twist to your head with a bobby pin.
3. Repeat steps 1–2 on the other side of your head, and voilà!
This adorable style perfectly suits a summer party or festival. To make it even funkier, spray the buns with a wash-out hair color, like Joico's Instatint ($10). Watch a video tutorial of the style here.
1. Part your hair into two even sections.
2. Brush one section up into a high ponytail, and secure with an elastic. Then repeat on the other side.
3. Divide each ponytail in half, then twist those two sections into a thick, messy twist. Coil each twist around the base into a bun. The buns don't have to be identical.
4. Use bobby pins to secure the buns to your head and adjust their shape.
The beauty of this hairstyle is how easily you can dress it up or down depending on the event. Pair it with a bright lip and some overalls for a funky casual look. Or, go the evening route with a clean cat eye and an LBD. Either way, the style takes about three minute to execute.
1. Gather your hair into an ultra-high ponytail at the crown of your head, and secure with an elastic.
2. Stick two or three vertical bobby pins on the underside of the ponytail to keep the elastic lifted.
3. To keep your curls nice and bouncy, enhance the ends with a curl-defining cream, like Hairstory’s Hair Balm ($36). You can also prep damp curls with this product if you plan to wash it before styling.
Half buns somehow look good on every hair texture and length, which is probably why the trendy look hasn’t gone away.
1. Gather the hair above your ears into a high ponytail at the crown of your head. Don’t worry about keeping it neat. Not the point here.
2. Twist the ponytail around itself, then coil it toward the base until you have your bun. Use a few bobby pins to secure it to your head and pin down any rogue pieces of hair.
It doesn't get much easier than this faux ponytail. This style is great, as it actually works better with unwashed hair. Click here for a video version of the tutorial (as well as three other easy styles for curly hair).
1. Grab sections of hair from below the nape of the neck, and pin them up to your head with bobby pins.
2. Repeat, section by section, until you've created the illusion of a ponytail.
Okay we admit, this style takes a little more practice. But it's certainly easier than the braid witchcraft you see all over Pinterest. If you love the look of curly braids, but have no braiding aptitude, give this style a try! (Find step-by-step photos here.)
1. Gather back a section from the top of your hair, and secure into a half-ponytail.
2. Separate the ponytail into two equal sections, one on top and one underneath.
3. Let the section underneath drop. Now grab the section on top and split it in half, one on the left and one on the right.
4. Now pull up that lower section you dropped in between the right and left sections you just created on top. Temporarily secure it there with a hair clip.
5. Secure the left and right sections with an elastic.
6. Release the now upper section from the clip, and split it into a left and a right section, like you did in step three.
7. Repeat steps four and five, pulling up the lower section in between the right and left section, and securing those together with an elastic.
8. Repeat until you reach the end of your hair. Secure the end with a final elastic.
9. Carefully tug sideways at the loops of the braid to fatten it up.
10: Optional: To hide the top elastic, grab a small section of hair from right next to it, wrap it around the elastic, elastic and tuck it away it with a bobby pin.
For more easy hairstyles, check out these simple braids for the braid-inept.