6 Simple and Cool Styles for Naturally Curly Hair

Updated 06/04/19
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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 six simple hair tutorials. Each of these curly hairstyles takes less than five minutes, yet they somehow produce chic, Pinterest-worthy results.

Scroll through—there’s a 98-percent chance you’ll fall back in love with your curls.

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Side-Swept Updo

Corinne Bailey Rae

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This updo looks very cool, but it’s actually ridiculously simple. Even better, it requires zero heat styling. (If you're looking for more heatless options, try these styles for natural hair.)

  1. Loosely pull your curls over to one section, letting a few strands fall free.
  2. Bobby pin one side of your hair so your strands fall in the same direction. Loosely bobby pin the back of your hair.
  3. Apply a dollop of curl defining cream to the front half. Try Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl (Style) Defining Creme ($31).

That’s it! A chic, unique updo in less than three minutes.

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One-Minute Half-Up Hair

Alicia Keys

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Don’t be fooled by how pretty this half-up hairstyle is. It takes just 60 seconds.

  1. If you’re starting with freshly washed hair, grab a curl-enhancing wave spray, like Ouai Wave Spray ($26). Scrunch the product through damp hair, then let air dry.
  2. Part your hair where you naturally do. Then grab the top half of your hair, and let a few tendrils loose around your face.
  3. Split the top half of your hair it into two sections. Loosely twist these two sections to meet at the back of your head. Secure with three or four bobby pins. And you’re finished!
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Space Buns

Zendaya

@Zendaya

This adorable style perfectly suits a summer party or festival.

  1. Part your hair into two even sections.
  2. Brush one section up into a high ponytail, and secure with an elastic. 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.
  5. Smooth down any flyaways with a styling gel, like EcoStyler's Olive Oil Styling Gel ($3). For sheen, mist all over with a spray hair oil like Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine ($14).
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Sky-High Ponytail

Rihanna

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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 jeans for a casual, funky look. Or, go the evening route with a clean cat eye and an LBD. Either way, the style takes about three minutes 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 Hair Balm ($36). You can also prep damp curls with this product if you plan to wash it before styling.
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Half Bun

Dascha Polanco

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Half buns somehow look good on every hair texture and length, which is probably why the trend hasn’t gone away.

  1. Gather the hair above your ears into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.
  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.
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Faux Ponytail

Yara Shahidi

@yarashahidi

It doesn't get much easier than this faux ponytail. This style actually works better with unwashed hair. For a visual, you can also check out this video version of the tutorial (which includes three other easy styles for curly hair).

  1. Grab sections of hair from 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.

Voilà! Now if only managing frizz were this easy.

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