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Zest Up Your Look: 15 Curly Hairstyles for Summer

If you’ve been blessed with some natural curls, then you should consider yourself one of the very lucky ones! I know some ladies aren’t fans of their naturally spiraled locks, and this is likely because they aren’t quite sure what to do with them! We have laid out a few of our very favorite curly hair trends for summer. With these looks, you’re sure to get inspired and become a total lover of your naturally curly tresses!

  • Partially Pinned Princess

    When you have big, luscious curls, you can totally get away with a messy-ish style. It’s a super simple look that brings all the attention to your stunning face!

    Simple Curly Updo for SummerSimple Curly Updo for Summer Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a curl cream to your hair and then dry it using a diffuser.
    2. Take sections of your hair and begin twisting and pinning them in the back of your head, being sure to leave out the face framing pieces of hair.
    3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is perfect for those with medium length hair and an oval shaped face.

    Recommended Products:

    If you have curls and you don’t own a diffuser, you’re missing out! A diffuser is an attachment that cups onto the end of your blow dryer and diffuses the air so that your curls dry slowly and evenly. It’s a great investment for you curly beauties!

  • Fabulously Fancy

    This up-do-esque style is ideal for a fun, fancy night out.

    Fancy Updo for Curly HairFancy Updo for Curly Hair Back

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted as desired. If you prefer your bangs to be straighter, use a round brush or a flat iron to smooth them out.
    2. Use a backcombing brush and backcomb the top sections of your hair to add volume.
    3. Begin twisting the sections of hair at the nape of your neck up and secure them with a bobby pin.
    4. Gather the sections of hair that remain on the top of your head and gently twist them back to the middle of your head and secure them with a bobby pin. Be sure not to pull the sections too tightly.
    5. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is perfect for you if you have short to medium length hair that’s curly with plenty of layers. A round or oval face shape will be complemented by this look.

    Recommended Products:

    A strong hold hairspray is a great addition to your product arsenal if you don’t already have one. I love the Moroccan Oil Hairspray in Strong Hold. It smells delicious and will keep your hair in place all night!

  • Side Parted Sweetheart

    Showing off your curls with a side part is a great way to turn them into the main focus of your look.

    Curly Hairstyle for Summer with Side Part

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with damp hair parted to one side.
    2. Apply a combination of mousse and a smoothing serum to your hair and then use a diffuser to dry it completely.
    3. If you want to create a few perfectly spiraled curls around your face, use a small curling iron to curl a few small sections.
    4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is a great option for curly hair of any length! A square face shape would be complemented by this style.

    Recommended Products:

    Sometimes a great product option for curls can be the combination of a mousse with a smoothing serum. I love Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam mixed with Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum. It’s great cocktail to define the curls and reduce frizz!

  • Braided Beauty

    Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock a braid. Whether it’s a fishtail or a traditional braid, your curls can definitely be an advantage to your look!

    Long Curly Hairstyle with Braid

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Spray everything with a light working spray then gather hair to one side. Braid all of your hair into a fishtail braid and secure it with a clear ponytail holder.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is perfect for those who have medium to long hair and are wanting to keep their curls out of their face. If you have a round or oval face shape, this look will complement you!

    Recommended Products:

    Davines makes an absolutely fabulous working spray — it’s called their Medium Hold Hairspray and you will completely love it! It’s so light and an added bonus is that it smells amazing!

    Tip:

    If you aren’t sure how to create a fishtail braid, check on Youtube! There are a ton of great videos giving you step by step instuctions.

  • Big Hair, Don’t Care!

    If you love big hair, then consider this your go-to look this season.

    Big Curly Hairstyle for Summer

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Use a backcombing brush and backcomb your hair at the roots. If you want an even bigger look, back omb a bit on your hair strand all the way down to the ends.
    3. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have a square face, this look is a great option for you. Short hair will work best for this look. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, you will likely have trouble getting body.

    Recommended Products:

    Using a backcombing brush to backcomb your hair is a great alternative to using a comb. A comb can cause major breakage. Try the Spornette Little Wonder Brush. It’s much gentler on your hair and can handle bigger sections!

  • Totally Tousled

    This relaxed style is a perfect way to frame your face and bring all the attention to your beautiful features or a special makeup application!

    Tousled Curly Hairstyle for SummerTousled Curly Hairstyle for Summer Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a curl cream to your hair and use a diffuser to dry your hair. Flip your head over so that you don’t have a defined part and you get a bit more body.
    2. Use your hands to diffuse any defined part and bring a few pieces of hair down to create a face framing effect.
    3. Apply a shine serum to your ends.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have hair of any length, this look will work for you! However, ideally you would have shorter layers around your face to create the face framing effect. A square or oval face shape will be complemented by this look.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Davines’ Oi Oil as a serum. You can put it on wet or dry hair and it’s a wonderful way to add moisture to your locks!

  • Adorably A-Symmetrical

    If you want a fun, funky look to show off your curly hair, this is a great option.

    Fun Curly Hairstyle for SummerFun Curly Hairstyle for Summer Front

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that has been dried using a diffuser.
    2. Gather a small section of hair that is framing your face and separate it from the rest.
    3. Begin pinning the rest of your hair up and underneath the rest of your hair to create a “faux bob” kind of look.
    4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray and add a hair flower or adornment if desired.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is awesome if you have a haircut with a lot of layers. If you have a square face, this look will complement you! Medium length hair is ideal for this look.

    Recommended Products:  

    If you want to really perfect this look (or any other curly hair look for that matter) don’t hesitate to “enhance” a bit of your natural curl with a small curling iron. A one-inch Hot Tools curling iron is a great option for perfecting just the curls around your face. Don’t over do it, but a little extra help is nothing to be ashamed of!

    Tip:

    If you have a haircut that has a lot of layers, you will find this hairstyle fairly simple to achieve! Leave the shortest layer out of your “faux bob” and pin all of the longer pieces beneath it.

  • Beautifully Bunned

    This stunning upstyle is a great option for getting your curls up and out of your face without compromising on style.

    Stunning Updo with CurlsStunning Updo with Curls Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted as desired.
    2. Backcomb the section of hair that spans the distance of the length between your eyebrows.
    3. Smooth out this section and secure it back with a bobby pin at the back of your head.
    4. Gather the rest of your hair and create a ponytail right beneath where you have just pinned the hair from the top of your head.
    5. Begin pinning sections of your ponytail up so that you create a soft but messy bun in the crown area of your head. Do the same with the section of hair you have pinned back from the top of your head.
    6. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is an awesome option if your hair is short to medium in length. An oval face will be complemented by this style.

    Recommended Products:

    If you have a bit of frizz, apply some Kevin Murphy Super Goo to your locks before you pull them back. This product makes your hair shiny and smooth. Don’t over do it though — little bit goes a long way!

  • Totally Twisted

    Want to add a little something different to your curly look? Here’s your chance…

    Curly Updo with Twists for SummerCurly Updo with Twists for Summer Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Apply a bit of gel to the first two inches of hair behind your hairline.
    3. Using a rattail comb, create a side part. On either side of the part, create one inch-wide subsections and comb some gel through the roots of each section.
    4. Tightly twist the hair in each section so it creates a flat roll. Secure the end of the roll with a clear, tiny hair band. Continue until each section is twisted back.
    5. Be sure to situate the hair in the back of your head so that it covers the small hair ties.
    6. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have shorter hair with a lot of layers, this look will be easier for you! An oval or heart shaped face will be complemented by this look.

    Recommended Products:

    Making your twists extra tight and without any frizz will require applying a little gel. Try Gelac by Bumble and Bumble. Start with a little, then add more if needed!

  • Deep Parted Diva

    Curls worn in a deep side part are the perfect way to frame your face or show off some glam accessories!

    Curly Hairstyle with Deep Side PartCurly Hairstyle with Deep Side Part Back

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with damp hair that’s parted to one side. Apply a mousse or a curl cream to your hair.
    2. Use a diffuser to dry your hair and add volume.
    3. Once hair is completely dry, backcomb the hair at your roots if more volume is desired.
    4. Gather all of your hair to one side and pull it over your shoulder.
    5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is ideal if you have an a-line haircut or an asymmetrical haircut. However, any short haircut will be complemented by this look! A square or long face shape will be complemented by this style.

    Recommended Products:

    I love a combination of Davines’ Volumizing Curl Mousse and Moroccan Oil for a soft, yet beautifully spiral curled look.

  • Bunned Beauty

    This combo of messy buns and flowing curls totally makes my heart go pitter-patter! It’s uch a fun look for ANY occasion.

    Curly Updo with Messy BunCurly Updo with Messy Bun Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry, curly hair that’s been dried using a diffuser.
    2. Gather a section of hair that spans from your hairline to the crown of your head and ends about one inch above your ear.
    3. Pull this hair back to an inch or two behind your ear, and right above it, and secure it up using a ponytail holder. The messier the better!
    4. Use a rat ail comb or your fingers and gently pull out some pieces from the bun.
    5. Gather the rest of your hair and pull it over to the side of your face that the bun is on.
    6. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is ideal for you if you have long hair with minimal layering. Those with a bit of a natural wave instead of a curl may have an easier time achieving this style. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Bumble and Bumble’s Classic Hairspray to complete a style like this. It’s light and won’t make your hair sticky, but it will keep it in place all night!

    Tip:

    Don’t worry about perfection here! This look is a bit undone so not every hair needs to be perfectly in its place.

  • Supremely Sassy

    This sassy, sultry look is a must have in your curly hair arsenal! It’s incredibly easy to create and gets all of your hair out of your face in a stylish way.

    Sultry Curly Updo for SummerSultry Curly Updo for Summer Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair. Leave out bangs if desired.
    2. Gather the top section of your hair as if you were creating a half ponytail. Secure this hair up on the crown of your head with a ponytail holder.
    3. Gather the lower half of your hair into another ponytail. It should be directly beneath the one you created in step 2.
    4. Using bobby pins, pin sections of your hair to your head. Make sure you hide the ponytail holders.
    5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Those with a lot of thick, curly hair will have the easiest time creating this look. Medium length hair is ideal. If you have an oval or heart shaped face, you will be complemented by this style.

    Recommended Products:

    Before you blow dry your hair (preferably with a diffuser), be sure to use a heat protectant on it. I love Kevin Murphy’s Damage Manager. Spray it on when wet and it will protect your hair from heat styling!

    Tip:

    Be sure to use bobby pins that are a similar color to your hair. You will have a much easier time hiding them!

  • Completely Classy

    This classy, timeless look is a breeze to create if you have natural curls.

    Timeless Updo with CurlsTimeless Updo with Curls Back

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair and style your bangs as desired.
    2. Use a backcombing brush to add body to the crown section of your hair. Gently smooth it out to reduce any frizz.
    3. Gather the hair behind your ear and twist it back so it reaches to an inch or two behind your other ear.
    4. Gather the rest of your hair to meet with the end of the twist you have just created and begin pinning sections of it up to create a mass of curls below and behind your ear.
    5. Spray everything with a strong hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is ideal for you if you have shorter to medium length hair. This look is very versatile and any face shape will be complemented by it!

    Recommended Products:

    If you need some extra body when backcombing your hair, spray a dry shampoo on your roots before you backcomb it. I love Fresh Hair by Kevin Murphy. It smells delicious and it doesn’t feel too gritty in your hair.

  • Classically Defined Curls

    Using the right products and tools to define your curls is such a great styling option for a special occasion.

    Long Hairstyle with Defined CurlsLong Hairstyle with Defined Curls Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with damp hair. Apply a mousse and curl cream to your hair.
    2. Use a diffuser to blow dry your hair, then part it as desired.
    3. If you want a bit more definition in your curls, use a 1-inch curling iron on just the top sections of your hair.
    4. Spray a bit of shine spray on your hands and carefully wrap small sections of hair around your fingers and make them more defined.
    5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is great if you have a square face. Any length of hair will work for this style!

    Recommended Products:

    A little bit of shine spray goes a long way! Spray a little bit of Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Shine into your hands before you define your curls.

    Tip:

    Keep the shine spray away from your roots! It can potentially make your roots looks greasy and oily. From the middle of your hair strand to the end is all you need!

  • Perfectly Undone

    This perfectly “messy” look is a total head turner. It frames your face and shows off your curls at the same time!

    Messy Hairstyle with Curls for SummerMessy Hairstyle with Curls for Summer Side

    How To Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair. If your hair isn’t extremely curly, use a round brush to smooth out the top section of your hair. If your hair is super curly, run over the top section with a flat iron.
    2. LOOSELY gather each side of your hair back so it reaches just behind your ears. Secure it back with a bobby pin.
    3. If you have long hair, gather some sections of your hair and loosely pin them up around the nape of your neck. Pull some pieces out to create a messier look.
    4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look is ideal if you have medium to long hair. An oval face shape will be complemented by this look.

    Recommended Products:

    Be sure to hydrate your curls with a little oil or leave-in conditioner. I love Oi Oil by Davines. It’s so moisturizing and really improves the health of your hair.

    Curls are unique and special, so showing them off this summer is a must! There are plenty of styling options for a beautiful head of curls, so don’t hesitate to make them the forefront of your whole look. Happy styling!