Naturally Curly Hairstyles: Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration

Cute styling ideas for curly-haired girls.

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Naturally Curly Hairstyles: Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration

Naturally, Curly Hairstyles is a magical gift to this world, and what’s better than embracing those curls in every way possible? Our natural texture makes it incredibly easy for us to braid or style our hair in any number of ways, and that texture is uniquely our own and should be loved.

Need some fresh ideas on what to do with that beautiful head of curls? With these go-to easy hairstyles, you’ll be sure to look your curly best every day of the week.

Sidenote: Some of these styles work best on long curly hair. If you rock shorter curls, don’t worry! We’ve also written about the best hairstyles for short curly hair.

Loosey Goosey

My Curly Hair Routine 🙂

One of the most freeing hairstyles is just to let your natural curls hang loose. Depending on your hair type, it requires minimal to a decent amount of effort, and the best way to go about this look is to really learn about your hair.

Discover what type or types of curl patterns you have. Do research on different products and try ones that you think might work for your hair. A lot of drugstores carry samples of high-end products, and LUSH is always handing out free samples. It may take some trial and error, but you will find the perfect products for your curls.

A lot of the time, curls do require more effort and maintenance than other hair types, but believe me. The results are worth it.

High Bun

On the contrary, sometimes, all I want to do is throw my hair up in a bun and forget about it for the rest of the day. I personally try to go for a messy bun–where some of the curls come out of the bun–, but sometimes it does take me a few times to get the exact look I want.

For this hairstyle, I recommend working with looser hair ties if you’re looking for a “messy” bun and tighter ones for a cleaner look.

Sleek Low Ponytail

For an effortlessly cool look, try this sleek ponytail by Curl Queen Jasmine Brown. The trick to this look, like many others? Tons of hair products.

Take a cream, gel, serum, or combination of these products to smooth down your curls, brushing the product down your hair to get a sleek look. Brush the product through to the back of your hair, making sure to create a side part, then tie your hair into a low ponytail. Finish the look with more products as needed.

Space Buns


I love space buns. You love space buns. We all love this beautiful galactic look. Space buns with a half-up look have an amazing way of bringing out your curls. It’s a cute way to keep some hair out of your face but still let your natural texture show through.

For a super-polished look, try creating two sleek buns using a gel or pomade of your choice. Remember: a little goes a long way! If you’re going for a loose, fun look, then forget the product and just pull the front of your hair into two sections, twist, and form two small buns at the top of your head. If you’re feeling extra bold, then rock the space buns with your full set of hair.

Tips on How to Maintain Naturally Curly Hair

Here are some tips on how to maintain naturally curly hair:

1. Moisturize regularly:

Curly hair tends to be more prone to dryness, so it’s important to keep it well moisturized. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for curly hair. Additionally, consider using a deep conditioning treatment once a week to provide extra moisture and nourishment.

2. Avoid excessive washing:

Washing your hair too frequently can strip away its natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. Aim to wash your hair no more than two to three times a week. On non-wash days, you can refresh your curls by spritzing them with a mixture of water and a leave-in conditioner.

3. Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers:

When detangling your curly hair, avoid using a brush or fine-toothed comb, as they can cause breakage and disrupt your natural curl pattern. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or simply run your fingers through your hair to gently remove knots and tangles.

4. Apply products while hair is wet:

Curly hair is most receptive to styling products when it’s wet. After washing your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner or a styling product that suits your hair type, such as a curl-defining cream or a gel. Distribute the product evenly from roots to ends to ensure each curl is properly coated.

5. Avoid heat styling:

Heat can damage curly hair and cause it to lose its natural bounce. Minimize the use of heat-styling tools such as straighteners and curling irons. If you must use heat, always apply a heat protectant spray beforehand and use the lowest possible heat setting.

6. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or use a satin bonnet:

Traditional cotton pillowcases can create friction and cause frizz and breakage. Switch to a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce friction and help preserve your curls overnight. Alternatively, you can wear a satin bonnet or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed.

7. Protect your hair during exercise:

When working out, tie your hair up in a loose ponytail or a bun to prevent excessive sweating on your scalp. Sweat can contribute to frizz and dryness. Consider using a sweatband or a headband made of moisture-wicking fabric to keep sweat away from your hairline.

8. Regularly trim your ends:

Split ends and breakage can be more noticeable in curly hair. To maintain healthy curls, schedule regular trims every 8-12 weeks to remove any damaged ends and promote healthy hair growth.

9. Embrace natural drying methods:

Instead of using a rough towel to dry your hair, gently squeeze out excess water with a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt. Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously, as it can cause frizz. Alternatively, you can let your hair air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a low heat setting to dry your curls gently.

10. Embrace your natural curls:

Finally, embrace your natural curls and work with their unique texture. Experiment with different hairstyles that enhance your curls, such as twist-outs, braid-outs, or a pineapple updo. Embracing your natural hair will help you maintain its health and beauty.

Remember, everyone’s hair is unique, so feel free to adjust these tips according to your specific needs. With proper care and attention, you can have healthy, beautiful curls!

Which of these hairstyles is your favorite?

For more on naturally curly hair, be sure to see our post on one writer’s natural hair experience and how she learned to love her natural texture.

These looks will keep you and your curls happy and healthy for days. Remember, your curls love you, so love them back!

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