The best curly cuts

Friday, 21 September 2012

‘Fashionable hair’ used to mean flat, sleek, and stick-straight. But more women – celebrities included – are embracing their natural (read: wavy or curly) texture instead of fighting it.

The best curly cuts

Pixie cut

Forget everything you’ve heard about curls and short cuts. Halle Berry’s tough-but-feminine crop works on nearly any texture, and isn’t as high-maintenance as you’d think. Ask your stylist for a graduated pixie style. ‘You don’t want a precision cut,’ says Morgan Willhite, creative director at Ouidad. ‘It should be longer on top to show off the texture and choppiness.’ Let it dry naturally and use a frizz-control product to give the top separation and shine. Just be sure before you cut it all off: ‘When your hair is that short, you can’t hide behind it,’ Willhite says.

Afro

This is not your mother’s afro. Solange Knowles’s is an update on the iconic ’70s style. ‘It’s a refreshing silhouette that not many women dare to try,’ says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of Devachan Salon. This works better on coarse, tight textures than loose curls because you need the volume to get the fullness. ‘This is a modern, precision afro,’ says Willhite. ‘It’s a teardrop shape: round at the top and tapered at the ears to hug the jawline and give it more shape.’ And while this style best complements a round or square face (long face shapes tend to be exacerbated by the silhouette), it doesn’t have many other rules – just make sure it’s properly hydrated with a leave-in conditioner so that it has a healthy sheen.

LOB

Long bobs aren’t just for women with straight strands. Proof: Vanessa Hudgens’s sexy shoulder-grazing bob. Ask for a wedge cut; short layers in the back and long, face-framing layers in the front create an interesting angle. Bonus: The long layers can slim a round face. ‘And because the layers are long in front, you won’t have difficulty with curls bouncing up around the face and not blending,’ says Willhite. Just don’t let the back run wild.

The best curly cuts

Curly shag

Because this is about controlled chaos, it’s best for women with a curly texture, like Rihanna. ‘People often think using a razor is a total no-no with curly hair,’ says Willhite. ‘But when you want to achieve a piece-y, shaggy look like this – which is fuller towards the roots and wispier at the ends – a razor is the best strategy.’ To avoid letting this style get frizzy, skip this look if you fall into the overly coarse or unruly hair-texture category.

Tight curls and steep layers

Attention all curly-hair types: This is your cut. And don’t be afraid to go big, like Beyoncé does. ‘Getting it big with a diffuser is what’s fun about it,’ says Willhite. Ask for long and wispy (not blunt) layers using a slide-cutting technique. ‘If you put too many layers at the top, it will get too curly – you want it to be softer around the face,’ she says. Use a hydrating product like leave-in conditioner, and when hair is dry, go over random pieces with a curling iron.

Long, loose waves

Sarah Jessica Parker is practically the poster child for curly hair. And with good reason: Her polished waves are both smooth and bouncy. With fine hair and wavy to medium curls, it will be straighter at the roots and have more texture toward the ends. Apply a leave-in conditioner with a frizz-controlling serum while hair is still damp.

Written by Alexandria Owens, this article originally appeared on Allure.

Images: PRPhotos.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.

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  1. Nokulunga Nkabinde

    The LOB always works for me.

    3 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Halle and Vanessa’s hair just always look awesome!

    4 years ago •

  1. Claire

    I wish my hair was curly.. it looks so pretty and romantic.. really so lady like!! love it

    4 years ago •

  1. Riana Alexander

    Now I don’t feel so bad with my waves.

    4 years ago •

  1. Clueless_Cutie

    Going to try and get a LOB next time!

    4 years ago •

  1. Dyibishe

    Curly is always beautiful, you can never go wrong with it.

    4 years ago •

  1. Abby

    I need to get my hair layered but I don’t trust any of the hair dressers in my area! I love my hair too much!

    4 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Curls are just so feminine and romantic

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Love the “Lob”, wish I had curly hair!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Love the long loose waves wish my hair would hold this style in place!

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Pixie cut / LOB / Curly shag! These three styles are amazing!

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wish i had natural princess curls lol

    5 years ago •

  1. miss_hle

    I love all these hairstyles especially the long loose waves.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Love the “Tight curls and steep layers” look

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    LOB… Love it on Vanessa… Loose waves are stunning …

    5 years ago •

  1. khan

    i love long loose wavy curls.. however i got straight hair:(

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Jessica is a Stunner in her Long waves.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Vanessa Hudgens’s sexy shoulder-grazing bob is Awesome on her.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    The combo of the LOB and loose waves are Beautiful.

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    SJP is so gracefull. Everything about her screams class and style

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Loving all the curls!!!! Wish my hair was not so DEAD straight!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I love pixie cut. Looks so playful.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Love Beyonce’s tight curls and steep layers…

    5 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Leave-in conditioner is the best thing for long curly hair!

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I really dig Halle Berry’s pixie cut!! Just have to gather enough guts to do it!!

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love the pixie cut, Halle is rocking it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love long loose waves, i have them, and it means i hardly style my hair

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Vanessa Hudgens’ hair looks so cute!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I love SJP’s hair in that pic. Beautiful curly hair always looks amazing. :)

    5 years ago •

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