Show Off Your Beautiful Curls With These 24 Curly Updos

We’ve got love for all the curly girls out there! Check out these amazing curly updos. Whether it’s your natural curl or you added it with a curling iron, we promise not to tell!

Soft Curly Upstyle

Soft Curly Upstyle hairstyle Instagram @kelleygingerhair

Q&A with style creator, Kelley
Hair Artisan and Colorist @ Vincent Salon in Eagan, MN

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a great upstyle for a bride, bridesmaid, or any special event.

What I love most about this look is the softness. By taking a small curling iron (one about the size of the curl pattern) to the client’s natural curl, we were able to create a more polished look without losing its authenticity.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

To achieve this look, a curl-enhancing regimen of shampoo, conditioner and mousse was used. I love the Living Proof curl line because it works wonders for fine/density challenged hair such as this. Before curling, I layered Living Proof’s Dry Volume Blast and Control hairspray. If humidity is a factor, layer Living Proof’s Humidity Control as well.

To finish, I added another round or two of Control hairspray. TIP: Use more hair pins than bobby pins to achieve a softer look. They tend to not disrupt the curls as much either!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Being that I’m a believer in enhancing one’s natural beauty, I feel this look is a great and flattering option for naturally curly girls. The iron size should vary based on the curl pattern and the hair should always be wrapped around the barrel for a more authentic look.

The final product is in the details. By taking into account the client’s features and face shape, we created softness by framing her face with cheekbone-grazing curls and neck brushing tendrils.

Relaxed and Textured Updo

Q&A with style creator, Stacie Goodwin
Moblie Wedding Hairdresser @ Stacie Goodwin Hairdressing in Suffolk, England


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a relaxed, textured updo. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a very versatile style. It can be worn simply by itself or you can add a number of accessories. You can try a band as pictured, a hair vine, small pins, or even fresh flowers would all suit this kind of updo.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

This look was created by mainly using the client’s own natural curls. I used a combination of products including Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil and Kenra Matte Texture Putty. I mixed the two and used it to define the curls.

My tips would be to not be too neat and structured when creating this style. It’s supposed to look effortless, as if it has been put up in a few minutes. Another tip is if you find you need to define the curls further, a small curling wand is a great tool. It curls the hair in a way that still gives a natural effect.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this hairstyle for anyone looking for a soft, relaxed style. It is suitable for a bride, adding fresh flowers and a veil, but equally suitable without  accessories if you were going to dinner with friends.

Although this client has naturally curly hair, it can be created easily with a curling wand on most hair types. I’d recommend having shoulder length hair or longer. I think this look suits most face shapes because of the relaxed, tousled feel of the style.

Soft & Timeless

Q&A with style creator, Brandy Godden
Hairstylist @ Studio 62 Salon in Victoria, BC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I feel this look is a soft, romantic and timeless updo that embraces her beautiful natural curls. It’s delicate yet elegant, and beautiful for a wedding or a graduation.

I love texture in upstyled hair becaise it adds such softness. I loved working with the hair vine as well. It was my first time using one and found it allowed so much room for creativity.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

I asked her to come in with her natural curls dry and set with her usual curl cream. I love Redavid Orchid Oil and I used it to smooth over her dry hair. I also used Sexy Hair 450 Protect and wrapped each curl around a 1/2-inch curling iron, alternating directions.

I created a low bun as a cushion and pinned the ringlets into the base. I pinned in the vine in at the end and sprayed with shine spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone with curly hair that would like to enhance their natural texture. It would be a great look for any formal occasion. It’s a perfect way for those who love to embrace their curls to feel elegant and still feel like themselves.

Romantically Elegant

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Aguilar
Stylist / Colorist @ The Style Bar in Stamford, CT


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a romantic updo. My favorite thing about it is how the curls give it a soft yet very elegant look.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

Start off by prepping the hair with a light oil to get rid of flyaways and give the hair some shine. I used a small amount of the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil. To finish, I set with a light hairspray so that the curls stay in place but don’t look crunchy or stiff. I used Bumble and bumble Does It All Hairspray with her because of she has fine hair, but you can always use something with a little more hold depending on the hair type.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

What I love about this look is that it’s very versatile and any woman can wear it. It looks beautiful on any face shape. I always pin the hair around the face last so that I can frame the hair around the face to flatter each individual. This look is great for any formal occasion!

Curly Smooth

Keep it interesting with both smooth and curly hair textures that make this hairstyle perfect for a night out.

Curly Updo with Smooth Texture

How To Style:

  1. Part hair deep to one side
  2. Backcomb hair near the scalp at the top of the head (crown) area.
    Smooth hair over that area so the backcombing doesn’t show through.
  3. Secure hair up and slightly to the side in a ponytail.
  4. Use a ¾-inch curling iron to add curls (or define your own) in the ponytail.
  5. Pin some curls near the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.
  6. Spray with medium or high hold hairspray for all night hold.

Recommended Products:

Visit an ULTA store near you to find the Cricket Amped Up Teasing Brush. It is perfect for adding volume to your styles!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is great for those with round and oval faces and who have thick and wavy or naturally curly hair.

Curls ‘N Sheen

Glam curls combined with red highlights make this hairstyle one that you and all your friends will love!

Glamorous Curly Updo with Red HighlightsGlamorous Curly Updo with Red Highlights Back

How To Style:

  1. Work curl defining cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Blow dry hair completely using a dryer with a diffuser attachment. Make sure the dryer is on a low or medium heat setting.
  3. Backcomb hair near the scalp and just above the forehead area.
    Smooth some hair from the hairline towards the back so the backcombing doesn’t show through.
  4. Secure hair up and slightly to the side in a ponytail.
  5. Spray curl setting spray on hair that will be curled.
  6. Use a 1 or ¾-inch curling iron to add curls (or define your own) in the ponytail.
  7. Pin some curls near the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.
  8. Spray with medium or high hold hairspray for all night hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Bed Head Foxy Curls Mousse which is an extreme curl mousse designed to condition and soften hair while maintaining shape and style!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is best for those with oval, heart, round and square faces who have thick, naturally wavy or curly hair.

Curls Curls Curls!

Curls are taking over the night in this updo inspired by embracing your hair’s natural texture and movement.

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How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a high hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Pull hair over toward sone side and use bobby pins to secure into a side style.
  5. Finish with medium to high hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

Use Curly Sexy Hair Full On Curls on damp hair for bouncy, well-defined curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is best for those with very naturally curly hair and who have oval, round, square or diamond face shapes.

High Style

Use accessories to bring this curly hairstyle down to earth and give it an ethereal feel.

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How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a medium hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Using various random sections, pull hair up towards the crown and use bobby pins to secure. Let some random pieces fall as this style is best left looking a little undone!
  5. Use light or medium hold hairspray for added style support.
  6. Pop in one or two skinny headbands to complete the look.

Recommended Products:

Accessorize with skinny headbands from Target or find a great handmade one by searching Etsy!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works best on those with very naturally curly or wavy hair and who have an oval, round, pear or diamond face shape.

French Twist Curls

Check out this great combination of curly hair in a classic updo.

Curly French Twist UpdoCurly French Twist Updo Back

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a high hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Pull hair into a one-sided French twist and secure with bobby pins. Allow the loose ends to come out of the top.
  5. Arrange curls along one side.
  6. Finish with medium to high hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hairspray contains wheat protein and an organic aloe blend that expands when hair is wet and retracts when dry to enhance curl or wave.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is best on those with naturally wavy or curly hair and who have an oval, pear, diamond or round shaped face.

Subtle Side Curls

Softly defined curls are the perfect complement for this flowing style and two-toned blonde color!

Soft Curly Updo with Braid

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry completely, smoothing with a paddle brush as you go.
  4. Add an inverted French braid about two inches away from your hairline. Begin the braid behind one ear, then work it over your head and down to the ends behind your other ear.
  5. Spray thermal heat protectant through the rest of your hair.
  6. Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the front of your hair, curling away from your face for a whimsical yet grown-up style.
  7. Use bobby pins to loosely secure hair to one side.
  8. Finish with a medium to high hold hairspray for style memory.

Recommended Products:

Try Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable, which is a light hairspray that supplies hydration to nourish and repair hair while offering UV and heat protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works best on naturally wavy or straight hair and those with an oval, square, diamond or heart shaped face.

Inverted French Twist

This style has flipped the script on the traditional French twist by styling the hair below the twist rather than on top.

Inverted French Twist HairstyleInverted French Twist Hairstyle Back

How To Style:

  1. Spray a light styling spray throughout hair to give it some grip.
  2. Gather hair to the top of one side and twist it down and towards the other side into an inverted French twist.
  3. Secure with bobby pins to hold the style in place.
  4. Use a ¾ or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the loose ends.
  5. Use additional bobby pins to arrange the curls around the open end of the twist to hide it and create lots of volume at the bottom of the style.
  6. Finish with medium or high hold hairspray for added style memory.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist is a lightweight, instantly absorbing mist that can be used as a treatment or a style primer to eliminate frizz, shield hair from heat styling tools, enhance shine, and protect color while boosting your hair’s health.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style works best on those with naturally curly or straight hair and on those with an oval, heart, or diamond shaped face.

In the Wild

Go crazy and have fun with more of a haute couture style in this naturally curly style that’s injected with tons of volume.

Haute Couture Curly UpdoHaute Couture Curly Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a medium hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Using various random sections, pull hair up to the crown (top of your head) and use bobby pins to secure. Let some random pieces fall, as this style looks amazing when it’s purposely left a little undone!
  5. Use light or medium hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

AG Hair’s High & Dry matte volume and finish spray is a versatile, high-grip spray that infuses hair with natural lift and a matte texturized finish. The non-powdery and non-sticky spray creates the perfect balance of volume and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle looks great on those with naturally very wavy or curly hair and those with a petite, diamond or oval face.

Sweet ‘N Simple

This style may look difficult, but it’s really all about simple weaving and pinning!

Sweet Simple Curly UpdoSweet Simple Curly Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry hair completely.
  4. Starting in the middle back, use a 3/4 or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout.
  5. Weave curls in and around each other and pin loosely to create lots of volume. Leave some tendrils to hang down for a romantic feel.
  6. Finish with a medium hold hair spray for additional style memory.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press thermal protection spray protects fragile strands from damage caused by heat styling and also boosts hair’s strength, fights frizz, and provides flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is best on anyone with naturally loose, curly hair or straight hair and on any face shape!

Tip:

Always curl hair away from your face. This gives curls more of a sexy swirl than a schoolgirl curl.

Red Carpet Ready

Capture the essence of the red carpet in this hairstyle which combines just enough formal flair as it does casual chic.

Formal Curly UpdoFormal Curly Updo Back

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry hair completely.
  4. Starting in the top back, use a 3/4 or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout.
  5. Use a teasing brush to tease some of the sections before curling. This adds volume and gives you something to pin your curls to when securing them.
  6. Weave curls in and around each other, pile them up, and pin loosely to create lots of volume. Leave some tendrils hanging down in the front for a romantic feel.
  7. Bring the bottom sections up and use bobby pins to secure them just above the bone at the back of your head (the occipital bone). Creating the volume from there on up will help the finished look work great on lots of face shapes!
  8. Finish with a medium hold hairspray for additional style memory.

Recommended Products:

You can find different shades of bobby pins – from blonde to brunette to black – at Sally Beauty! Choose the color that best matches your hair so they blend in with your hairstyle.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works really well on those with naturally wavy, curly, or straight hair and any face shape!

Platinum Plait

Add a unique touch to your style by using a braid in the front as a headband!

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How To Style:

  1. Work styling mousse through towel-dried hair.
  2. Blow dry hair with a small round brush, turning continuously as you go to create waves and curls.
  3. Add a regular or inverted French braid to the front as your headband.
  4. Work a bit of matte texture cream through curls to separate and define.
  5. Finish with medium or high hold hairspray for added style memory.

Recommended Products:

Apply OSiS+ Mess Up to dry hair for a matte finish with definition and a bit of hold. Add OSiS+ Elastic or Freeze hairspray for additional hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works on those with short, naturally straight or wavy hair and who have an oval, petite, or diamond shaped face.

Piled High

The volume right in the front of this style makes it perfect for balancing out wider face shapes.

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How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Blow dry hair completely, turning your head upside down and really lifting at the roots as you go to create internal volume.
  3. (If your hair is straight) Starting in the middle back, use a 3/4 or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout.
  4. Weave curls in and around each other and pin loosely to create lots of volume. Leave some tendrils to hang down for a romantic feel.
  5. Finish with a medium hold hairspray for additional style memory.

Recommended Products:

AG Hair Spray Gel thermal setting spray can be used with curling irons, hot rollers, or a round brush and blow dryer to create soft or firm curls. Loaded with silk and keratin protein for strength, Spray Gel also acts as a thermal protector and will not stick to irons.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is best on anyone with naturally loose, curly hair or straight hair and on any face shape, but especially those with round or pear shaped faces.

Glamour Curl

This curly updo is the perfect hairstyle for that formal event you have coming up!

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How To Style:

  1. Part hair deep to one side.
  2. Smooth front fringe section to one side with a flat iron.
  3. Use a ¾-inch curling iron to add curls (or define your own).
  4. Pin curls up and to the side as shown in the picture.
  5. Spray with medium or high hold hairspray for all-night hold.
  6. Add an accessory to glam it up for your night out!

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Hold Me Tight finishing spray secures any style with a strong, long-lasting hold and dries fast without stiffness or buildup.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works really well on those with naturally very wavy, very curly, or straight hair and any face shape!

Casual Chic

This hairstyle is so versatile that you can change from a day at the office to your night on the town, and not have to worry about changing your hair!

Casual Updo for Curly HairCasual Updo for Curly Hair Back

How To Style:

  1. Part hair in the middle.
  2. Use a 1-inch curling iron to add curls throughout (or define your own).
  3. Secure hair up into a semi-high ponytail.
  4. Pin some curls haphazardly near the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic.
  5. Spray with medium or high hold hairspray for all-night hold.

Recommended Products:

Finish with Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray which is a multi-tasking working and finishing aerosol spray that adds dimensional texture, shape and movement to all hair types.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle works really well on those with naturally wavy or straight hair and any face shape!

The Softer Side

A softer take on the French Twist Curls from above, this style is the best option for a more romantic finish.

Curly Hair UpdosSoft French Twist with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a styling cream throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, to blow dry hair completely.
  4. Pull hair into a one-sided French twist and secure with bobby pins. Allow loose ends to come out of the top.
  5. Add curls with a ¾ or 1-inch barrel curling iron.
  6. Arrange curls at the top of the twist and along one side and bobby pin into place. Let some tendrils fall loosely at the bottom.
  7. Finish with medium to high hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray allows for unlimited heat styling without the damage. Spray on each section before curling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle is best on those with naturally wavy or curly hair and who have an oval, round, diamond or pear shaped face.

Up Up and Away

Live life on the edge with this simple take on the updo if you have naturally curly or very wavy hair.

Naturally Curly Updo

How To Style:

  1. Wring excess moisture from freshly washed and conditioned hair.
  2. Work a high hold curl defining cream or gel throughout hair.
  3. Use a blow dryer, set to medium heat, with a diffuser attachment to blow dry hair completely and enhance curl.
  4. Taking various random sections, twist hair up to the crown (top of your head) and use bobby pins to secure. Let some random pieces fall around your forehead.
  5. Use light or medium hold hairspray for added style support.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer intensifies curl, tames frizz and boosts shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle looks great on those with naturally very wavy or curly hair and those with a petite, diamond or oval face.

Sweeping Beauty

This romantic updo would be amazing paired with a flowing gown or a dainty top and jeans!

Romantic Curly UpdoRomantic Curly Updo Side

How To Style:

  1. Work styling mousse through towel-dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Blow dry completely using a round brush or large paddle brush to smooth and turn under the front fringe section.
  4. Secure hair to one side using bobby pins.
  5. Add loose curls through the ends with a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Spray each section with thermal setting spray before curling.
  6. Arrange two curls one one side as shown in the picture and secure them in place with bobby pins that match your hair color.
  7. Finish with medium hold hairspray for style support.

Recommended Products:

Redken Iron Shape 11 is a reparative thermal hairspray that preserves color vibrancy without leaving hair crunchy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is best for those with medium to thick naturally straight or wavy hair and any face shape.

Fishtail Fun

Incorporate a fun fishtail braid into your updo for a funky twist on formal styling!

Fishtail Braid with Curly Hair

How To Style:

  1. Work curl defining cream or spray through dry, curly hair.
  2. Scrunch curls in the top.
  3. Gather hair over to one side.
  4. Loosely start a fishtail braid behind one ear, leaving the shortest and topmost layers of your hair out so they hang loose.
  5. Braid all the way down to the ends, then secure with an elastic.
  6. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep makes styling curls easier and helps maintain them longer while leaving hair soft, not crunchy.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is best on those with thick, naturally curly hair and who have an oval, round, heart or diamond shaped face.

Fringe Focus

This curly updo is kept casual with a soft side-swept fringe.

Curly Updo with FringeCurly Updo with Fringe Back

How To Style:

  1. Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.
  2. Blow dry fringe with a medium-sized round brush. Blow dry this section straight up and out, then sweep hair to one side once completely dry.
  3. Dry the rest of your hair completely.
  4. Add curls with a ¾-inch barrel iron.
  5. Gather random sections of hair up to the crown of your head and secure with bobby pins.
  6. Finish with a medium or high hold hairspray for additional style support.

Recommended Products:

Browse folica.com for round brushes and paddle brushes. They are essential to getting salon-quality styling results at home!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks best on those who have medium to thick, naturally straight or wavy hair.

Faux Curly Bob

If you have long hair but occasionally want a short ‘do, this hairstyle was made for you!

Faux Curly Bob HairstyleFaux Curly Bob Hairstyle Side

How To Style:

  1. Work curl defining cream or spray through dry, curly hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Starting on one side and working your way around, take sections of hair and tuck the ends under, securing them near the back of your neck with bobby pins. Hide the pins so they’re not visible on the outside of the style.
  4. Finish with a medium or high hold hairspray for added style memory.

Recommended Products:

OSiS+ Elastic or OSiS+ Freeze Hairsprays are flexible and high hold hairsprays that are guaranteed to give you the support you need.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

You can rock this style if you have medium to thick naturally curly hair and an oval, heart or diamond face shape.

Celebrate the beauty of natural curls and texture! The biggest tips for styling curly hair is to use great products that enhance and define your curls and to choose a style that best fits your unique hair type. This will make styling so much easier. Now get out there and rock one of these curly hair updos!