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How to Style Curly Hair the Right Way

Curly hair is a gorgeous texture! It is a natural, built-in, fabulous style. Unfortunately, most people straighten their curly strands out of frustration because it tends to get unruly. Here are some ways to tame, style and bring out the best of your great texture. Learn how to style curly hair the right way and embrace that texture!

  • Perfectly Coiled

    These curls are shiny, frizz-free, perfectly coiled, and bouncy.

    Medium Curly Frizz Free Hairstyle Medium Curly Frizz Free Hairstyle Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Twist sections of hair according to the direction it naturally wants to curl.
    3. Use a diffuser set on high heat to dry the root area to 90% dry.
    4. Lift the ends of the hair with the diffuser to the scalp and dry until the hair is 90% dry.
    5. Set the diffuser to cool hair air and dry the hair 100%.
    6. Scrunch a product into the hair for more curl definition and shine.

    Recommended Products:

    Natural Curl Cream by Alterna’s Bamboo line is a conditioning lightweight cream that gives curls shape, definition, and control. It keeps the hair touchably soft and free of frizz and flyaways.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can achieve this look.

    Tip:

    If you have a hard time trying to figure out which way sections of hair naturally curls, you can just twist sections of hair in different directions.

  • Airy Curls

    A little messy and little more sexy is what these gorgeous curls look like!

    Long Blonde Messy Curly Hairstyle How to Style Curly Hair

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Scrunch hair to define curls more.
    3. Use a diffuser set on high heat to dry the root area to 90% dry.
    4. Lift the ends of the hair with the diffuser to the scalp and dry until the hair is 90% dry.
    5. Set the diffuser to cool air and dry the hair 100%.
    6. Separate curls into smaller sections by dividing them, starting from the root to the ends, with fingers.
    7. Scrunch a product into the hair for more curl definition and shine.

    Recommended Products:

    Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream by Alterna’s Bamboo line adds texture and shine when used on dry hair.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can rock this look.

    Tip:

    Once the drying process begins, try not to touch the hair with your hands as much as possible. Touching your hair causes frizz. Use the diffuser to lift your hair and only touch your hair when it is 100% dry.

  • Half Up

    This half up hairstyle is a perfect way to flaunt your curls while keeping them away from your face!

    Half Up Hairstyle with Curls

    How To Style:

    1. Gather dry hair into a half ponytail.
    2. Secure with a clip, elastic band, or bobby pin.
    3. Set the style with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Working Hair Spray by Alterna’s Caviar line not only gives hair long-lasting and flexible hold, but it also keeps it resistant to humidity.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can pull off this style.

  • Sleek and Curly

    This look is styled sleek against the headshape and flows into a beautifully textured ponytail.

    Sleek Textured Ponytail with Curls

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Gather hair into a ponytail.
    3. Secure hair using an elastic band.
    4. Air dry!

    Recommended Products:

    Natural Curl Cream by Alterna’s Bamboo line is a conditioning lightweight cream that gives curls shape, definition, and control. It keeps the hair touchably soft and free of frizz and flyaways.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can pull off this dual-textured look.

  • Faux Bob

    This is a great way to wear a chic, curly bob without the cut commitment.

    Chic Bob Hairstyle with Curls

    How To Style:

    1. Section out the shortest layers of dry hair.
    2. Gather the rest of the hair in a low ponytail.
    3. Instead of securing the ponytail at the base using an elastic band, secure it midway.
    4. Roll and tuck the hair to the bob length you desire.
    5. Secure the hair with pins.
    6. Release the sectioned out shortest layers and have them lay over the pinned hair.
    7. Detail the hair until it looks like a real bob by tucking longer pieces and teasing parts with fingers to shorten hair.
    8. Secure with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Extra Hold Hairspray by Alterna’s Caviar line is a quick-drying, ultra-dry hairspray that delivers long lasting hold that doesn’t make your hair look stiff.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can achieve this look.

  • Instant Glam

    While the rest of the world curls and sets their hair before putting it up in an updo, you just get to start pinning and be glamorous with your natural curls!

    Blonde Updo with Curls and Flower Blonde Updo with Curls and Flower Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Gather dry hair into a low ponytail.
    2. Secure with a clear elastic band.
    3. Start pinning curls up, leaving some pieces out around the face.
    4. Secure with hairspray and add some shine.

    Recommended Products:

    Luminous Shine Mist by Alterna’s Bamboo line is a weightless shine spray that gives hair a mirror-like shine while eliminating frizz and flyaways.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can wear this style.

    Tip:

    Just start pinning away. Don’t overthink it!

  • Accessorized Waves

    These beautiful natural waves are taken a step higher with a stylish hair accessory.

    Long Hairstyle with Waves and Headband

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Scrunch hair.
    3. Use a diffuser set on high heat to dry the root area to 90% dry.
    4. Lift the ends of the hair with the diffuser to the scalp and dry until the hair is 90% dry.
    5. Set the diffuser to cool air and dry the hair 100%.
    6. Apply a shine serum.
    7. Put on your favorite hair accessory!

    Recommended Products:

    Kendi Dry Oil Mist by Alterna’s Bamboo line is a lightweight serum that instantly absorbs into the hair. It reduces frizz and adds shine when applied to dry hair.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally wavy to loosely curled can achieve this look.

    Tip:

    Great hair starts in the shower. To keep your curls looking great, use a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I recommend Repleneshing Moisture Shampoo by Alterna’s Caviar line. You will seriously notice a difference after one use!

  • Waterfall Braid

    Waterfall braids look great on curly hair. This texture on texture look is amazing. It’s a beautiful and stylish way to keep your curls away from your face!

    Long Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Long Curly Hairstyle with Waterfall Braid Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Diffuse or air dry.
    3. Wrap sections of hair that aren’t as curly around the barrel of a curling iron that is similar to the size of the natural curl.
    4. Begin to do a waterfall braid on one side of the hair, just few inches higher from where the hair is parted. Secure temporarily with a clip.
    5. Do the same to the other side but secure with fingers.
    6. Join both sides and continue to braid.
    7. Secure with a clear elastic.

    Recommended Products:

    Perfect Iron Spray by Alterna’s Caviar line is a heat activated thermal protection spray that protects the hair up to 450 degrees. It not only protects hair from heat, but also locks in moisture to eliminate frizz and split ends. It also locks out humidity, which is perfect for curly hair!

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can recreate this style.

  • Beachy Waves

    You can change your natural texture as easy as you change outfits with this really cute hairstyle!

    Beachy Waves with Natural Texture Beachy Waves with Natural Texture Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Scrunch the hair to define curls.
    3. Use a diffuser set on high heat to dry the root area to 90% dry.
    4. Lift the ends of the hair with the diffuser to the scalp and dry until the hair is 90% dry.
    5. Set the diffuser to cool hair air and dry the hair 100%.
    6. Scrunch a product into the hair for more curl definition and shine.

    Recommended Products:

    Boho Waves by Alterna’s Bamboo line is gives hair a beachy, tousled look with texture, volume, and shine.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally wavy or loosely curled can achieve these beachy waves.

    Tip:

    If some pieces seem too curly, you can loosen them up by quickly running a flat iron over them on low heat.

  • Braid Away

    Why settle for a clip or pin when you can keep your hair away from your face by plaiting your hair into a cute braid? The contrast between the sleekness created by the braid against the volume of the curls gives the curls more intensity.

    Curly Hairstyle with Front Braid

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a styling product to wet hair.
    2. Twist sections of hair according to the direction it naturally wants to curl.
    3. Use a diffuser set on high heat to dry the root area to 90% dry.
    4. Lift the ends of the hair with the diffuser to the scalp and dry until the hair is 90% dry.
    5. Set the diffuser to cool hair air and dry the hair 100%.
    6. Scrunch in a product into the hair for more curl definition and shine.
    7. Part hair, braid it to the side and secure with bobby pins.

    Recommended Products:

    Natural Curl Cream by Alterna’s Bamboo line is a conditioning lightweight cream that gives curls shape, definition, and control. It keeps the hair touchably soft and free of frizz and flyaways.

    Face Shape and Hair Type:

    All face shapes with hair that is naturally curly can rock this braided look.

    Tip:

    When drying curly hair, try to gently dry it with a towel. Too much friction causes frizz! If possible, use a towel made for curly hair. Old t-shirts work just as well if you are on a budget.

    Now that you’ve learned a few tips and how to style curly hair, it’s time to leave your flat iron in the bathroom drawer and wear your hair naturally fabulous! Enjoy!