Here's Exactly How to Style Your Curly Hair

Easy.

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There are many ways to wear curly hair. Whether you choose a mass of unruly curls (tamed with a bit of product, of course) or a shorter length with ringlets, there are myriad options for styling. Below, we've rounded up 12 curly hair styles, along with some of our go-to products for getting the most of your coif.

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Fashionable Curls

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Short on the sides and long on top is fun and fashionable way to ​sport curls. It's also a great way to more easily manage curly hair.

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A Mass of Curls

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Those with thick hair and tight curls have an opportunity to make it a defining feature of their look. A hairstyle like this would definitely require some sort of anti-frizz serum and perhaps a leave-in conditioner.

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A Bit Shaggy

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Hair that has a strong wave or loose curl (like that of a young Nick Jonas) can look great when worn shaggy.

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Fun Curls

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Whether you are going for a high-fashion look or growing your hair out, having fun with a curly hairstyle is the best approach.

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A Shorter Mop of Curls

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Letting your hair grow out just enough to let curls begin to form is a great way deal with curly hair. A hairstyle like this is also tidy for guys who need to look more professional.

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Beachy Curls

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There is nothing like that post-swim, sun-bleached look of having just come from riding the waves. A little mousse (try OuiDad's VitaCurl+ Soft Defining Mousse, $26) can easily help you achieve this look.

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Shiny, Chic Curls

Zac Posen
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Take a cue from designer Zac Posen and add product. A little pomade or serum can really add shine to your hair and help define your curls.

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A Little Longer on Top

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Keeping the hair shorter (but not too short) on the sides and back while keeping it longer on top is a great way to keep your hair tidy and show off a little curl.

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Clipped Short

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Some guys with curly hair opt to cut it short. This look works particularly well for those with tight curls, and is easier to style than a longer length.

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The No-Fuss Look

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Another easy way to handle curly hair is to let it grow just long enough to let curls form—this way, it remains loose but not untidy.

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Natural Curls

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Like I said before, guys with hair that is thick and with tight curls have an opportunity to make it a defining feature of their look. A hairstyle like this would definitely require some sort of anti-frizz serum and some leave-in conditioner (see our product picks, below).

Apply a lightweight hair oil (like argan or almond) after showering to help seal in extra moisture into your curls.

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Medium Length with Ringlets

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Leaving a little ​length so that your hair can form ringlets can be such an amazing way to show off your hair. If I had curly hair, this is how I would wear it.

Below, some products that are ideal for styling short, curly hair in a variety of ways.

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum $6
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Curl shampoo
R + Co. Casette Curl Shampoo $29
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how to style curly hair: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl (Style) Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer $28
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Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream
Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream $34
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Ouai Matte Pomade
Ouai Matte Pomade $24
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Deva Curl B'Leave In - leave in conditioner for curly hair
Deva Curl B'Leave-In Miracle Curl Plumper $20
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Kiehl’s Creme With Silk Groom
Kiehl’s Creme With Silk Groom $18
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