Grab Your Hair Wand: 34 Curled Hairstyles to Try

Curled hair with blonde balayage color

Adding curls to any hairstyle automatically makes it feel more glamorous and put together. Whether you have short or long hair, luscious curls can be added to any length and look extra gorgeous. Take a peep at some of our favorite curled hairstyles and get inspired!

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Long Curled Hairstyle With Lowlights

Women with long hair thats curled with lowlights
Instagram @cos_by_kir

Stylist Kirsten Borst took this long and luscious brown hair and gave it some lowlights and curled it for a beautiful overal look.

Blonde Balayage With Curls

Curled hair with blonde balayage color
Instagram @cheveuxbleu

Featuring blonde balayage with curls for everyone who appreciates classic beauty! Amp up your mid-length chop and achieve this gorgeous color melt by hand-painting. Notice how highlights and babylights help out to form a dimensional illusion here.

Curled Asymmetrical

Curled hairstyle with 180 asymmetrical cut
Instagram @sarahsbeautyandglam

This curled asymmetrical hair isn’t your conventional cut and style. It’s a 180-degree chop with bright red ends to lighten up dark tresses.

Curled Hairstyle With Soft Layers

curled hairstyle with soft layers
Instagram @deeharkesshairstudio

Be a total babe by pulling off a long and curled hairstyle with soft layers. Match this with a bright blonde balayage to appear graceful all the time.

Silver Curled Hair With Purple Roots

curled hair with silver color
Instagram @beautybartay

A showstopper, indeed! This medium-length silver curled hair with purple roots offers so much vividness. The combination of voluminous waves and the popping colors will give you satisfaction.

Asphalt Grey Curled Hairstyle

Instagram @nanathelen

This asphalt grey curled hairstyle provides a smoking hot edge. Looking so stylish on mid-length chop, this is how you elevate your dark root and dense hair.

Swirly Blonde

Picture of a swirly blonde curled hairstyle
Instagram @ronascimento13

Spice up your tresses with voluminous waves and an added radiant shade! This swirly blonde works well with your cut that grazes your collarbones. It exposes the depth of your natural black base, showing off a dimensional result.

Purple Curls

Picture of purple curls curled hairstyle
Instagram @julieforsell

Q&A with style creator, Julie Anderson
Stylist @ Lucid Salon in Carol Stream, IL

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a kaleidoscope of purple. My favorite thing about it is the variety of colors and the way they don’t blend together, but actually smudge into each other creating a watercolor effect. The curls were achieved with a 1 and 1/4 inch marcel iron held open while the ends were left loose, adding to this edgy color with a modern finish!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is the perfect look for someone who has a vibrant personality and needs the hair color to match it!

These colors will look great on most skin tones simply by varying the base color.

This style works best on long layered haircuts.

This hair was prepped with Pureology Silk Bodifier and Alterna Invisible Roller, blown out with a round brush, curled in 1×2 inch sections and fingered through to finish once cooled. Kenya 13 Perfect Medium Spray was used to give a touchable hold.

Purple to Pink Curls

Picture of a pink and purple curled hairstyle
Instagram @winnipeghair

Q&A with style creator, Patricia Belding
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Chatters Hair Salon in Winnipeg

How would you describe this look?

I get a lot of my inspiration from what I see around me every day. Some of my favourite color combos are found in nature. I have always had a fascination with the galaxy and all the beautiful colors throughout it.  This is my take on galaxy hair. Deep purples and magenta definitely pair so well together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I honestly believe anyone can pull off color no matter what age. For vivid colors like this, I recommend washing in cool water and always use a color safe shampoo and conditioner. Heating tools also fade color, so a heat protector is a must. Most colors like this require lightening, so a treatment mask once a week is a wonderful idea.

Curled Layered A-Line Bob

Picture of a short and sassy curled hairstyle
Instagram @_ninamonique_

Q&A with style creator, Nina Monique
Hairstylist @ The Gallery Salon and Spa in Suisun, CA

How would you describe this look?

This cut is called a “Layered A-line Bob.” While considered a short haircut, you can extend the length in the front based on what is desired. The nape (back neck area) is taken in nice and tight to the head, while the top layers are left longer to create volume and movement. This style gives it a very sleek, yet sassy look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is great for almost any face shape. The way the front of the hair shapes and slims the face makes it a great cut for round or square face shapes.You can wear this style straight or curled. Products that create volume and texture are going to be the best to use for this cut.  This style is great for just about any hair type. How long it takes to style depends on your hair type. It will take less time for someone with fine and thin hair to style then it would for someone with thicker and fuller hair. Natural curly hair works great for this style as long as it’s properly cut according to the amount of curl in the hair and styled with the right products. This really is a great style for anyone looking for a fun, short haircut!

Highlighted Curls

Q&A with style creator, Karilyn Turley
Professional Hair & Makeup Artist / Cosmetologist @ Pretty Makers Lane in Dallas, TX

How would you describe this look?

These are blendable highlights for a medium length brunette.

This look is gorgeous on all hair types since it’s a mixture of balayage (hand painted hair) and baby-lights. I used the Matrix color line 5A and 505N (for extra coverage and it’s great for covering greys or color correcting). Mixing up the babylights and balayage techniques throughout the hair gives it a natural sun-kissed look that peaks out from all angles. As I toned her hair, I smudged the roots with a level 7p (pearl) toner and the middle/ends with a 9A toner then with a wide tooth comb and blended it down together.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice is to go to a professional hairstylist who has done the balayage technique before. Ask them to note where you have the most grey coming through and to do a few babylight foils in those areas so the regrowth will blend and look more natural.

All highlights look breathtaking when your hair is curled with a 1 1/4 inch hot barrel. My favorite styling products for this look are:

Cat Walk root lift

Kenra thermal styling spray (when hair is wet + dry)

Redken spray wax before curling to keep the hair looking smooth.

Finish with Sexy Hair finishing spray!

My favorite trick to achieve this volume is putting Velcro rollers in my client’s hair after I blow dry, letting them cool for a few minutes, then watching their eyes pop and how much lift they achieve!

If you’re the type to go every 4-6 weeks, you can do just a root touch up to cover greys with a solid color or if you’re the type to go in every 4-6 months, keep the base close to your natural color and the regrowth will blend nicely!

Red Curls

Picture of red curled hairstyle
Instagram @detrashalee

Q&A with style creator, Detra Smith
Artistic Director @ in Moulton, AL

How would you describe this look?

Modern glamour waves. My favorite thing is that it looks like controlled natural curls there is volume without frizz.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use a 1″ wand or the Curl Bar by Hot Tools.

Use a heat protective setting spray for firmer curls.

To get wide waves, spread the curls horizontally instead of brushing them.

Fun & Bouncy Curls

Q&A with style creator, Bethany Prickett
Mobile Makeup Artist / Hairstylist @ in Brisbane, QLD

How would you describe this look?

These are fun and bouncy curls! I love that the client has layers of various purples tones through her hair. This creates depth and adds pizazz to this common hairstyle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider getting different foils or block bold colors in your hair to create a pretty but vibrant look like the client in this photo.

To recreate this look, you will need fairly long hair because when curling your hair the curl will end up a bit above your natural length. This look was created with a normal GHD (not thick plate) iron, curling the hair all in one direction. If you have frizzy but soft, thin hair like this client, you will need to blow dry White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold into the hair. This will ensure the curls do not drop too much and stay perfectly bouncy without the crunch.

This look will hold best indoors, not in a windy, humid environment.

Sexy Textured Beach Waves

Sexy Textured Beach Waves hairstyle
Instagram @sonila1

Q&A with style creator, Sonila
Stylist @ Gjeto’s Salon & Day Spa in Novi, MI

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this curled hairstyle as sexy textured beach waves. My favorite thing about this look is that it looks effortless and anyone can wear it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Some advice I would give a client who wants this look is to use a 1-inch wand to curl, leaving the ends out. Add some texture spray for the finishing touch.

Undone Curls

Q&A with style creator, Kendall Bowers
Hairstylist @ Legendary Body Lounge in Sherwood Park, AB

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this curled hair as effortless. It’s more of a wave pattern than the traditional ringlet style curl.

The “undone” look is trending right now and this style is one of my favorites. This look combines red carpet waves with an undone twist.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To achieve this look, I recommend using a mouse or gel on towel dried hair and blow drying the products in. Then, use a 1-inch or larger curling wand to achieve the waves. The key to the wave is twisting the hair as it revolves around the barrel of the iron as opposed to wrapping it flat. Once the technique is mastered, it can be done on most lengths of hair!

Recommended products depend on how much texture you’re wanting in your end look. Using a light hold hairspray is perfect for a sleek look, and for more texture, use a spray dry wax or even pomade to give more of a distressed appearance.

This look is very versatile for everyday wear or even a girls night out. It can be the perfect finishing touch to your style!

Vintage Glam Style

Q&A with style creator, Kait Norcross
Cosmetologist @ Mia Bella Spa in Leominster, MA

How would you describe this look?

This look is for someone who wants to replicate that vintage Hollywood glam style. Whether it’s going out on the town, or in my client’s case, attending a semi-formal, you want a style that’s going to last, look classy, and make you feel beautiful.

What I love about this style is that once you’ve curled every piece and pinned them up, you can go straight into doing makeup. For someone replicating this look at home, you can allow it to set while you get ready for your evening!

Any advice for someone considering it?

In order to achieve this vintage Hollywood glam style, you definitely need the length of your hair to touch your shoulder or longer. The whole point of the style is to have big, soft, luscious curls. I also recommend this look for medium to thicker haired clients. Thin-haired haired clients can still achieve this look, but you may want to consider clip-in extensions to really create that fullness!

I am a stylist at an Aveda concept spa, so naturally I used all Aveda products! I also work for a traveling bridal beauty company and I take all of my Aveda favorites with m. For this look, I used AirControl, Texture Tonic, and Brilliant Spray on Shine, all by Aveda! For styling tools, I used Drybar’s 1-inch Three Day Bender curling iron.

To create this style, I sectioned the front and sides away from the back. I started at the nape or bottom of the head and clipped the rest of her hair out of my way above the section. The reason I start at the bottom as opposed to the top is so I don’t bump into pieces that are already curled, which could lead to re-curling everything again. Starting at the bottom allows for quick, clean styling. Each section going up the head was about an inch thick and an inch wide.

To prep the hair, I sprayed the whole section with Air Control both prior to curling and after. I took inch-thick sections and curled each piece a different direction. This allows each piece to be defined and makes it so you won’t just have one giant curl. After a whole row is curled, you can pin each individual curl up. I used pin curl clips, but if you’re replicating at home, bobby pins will do!

The pinning process doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the shape of the curl is maintained while pinning. You continue this process until you reach the top of the head. When you start the sides, keep in mind that the pieces around the face should be curled back so they aren’t falling in your face all night long. Once the whole head was curled and pinned, I misted everything with Air Control. The amazing thing about Air Control is that it is so lightweight you can keep building on as you go!

I let the curls set sit for a half hour while I did her makeup. When we got back to the chair, I again started at the bottom and took each individual curl down, twirling them as I took them out to keep their shape. Once all the curls were out, I had her flip her hair upside down while I misted her hair with Texture Tonic and Brilliant Spray on Shine. I avoided running my fingers or a brush through her hair because we did not want to stretch the curl out.

This style should last you the whole evening and well into the next day, depending on what you’re doing and how well your hair does with humidity and holding a curl. I highly recommend this style to anyone who wants to dress up their look for a night out.

Versatile Curls

Versatile Curls hairstyle

Q&A with style creator, Lauren Adame
Stylist @ Special FX Salon and Day Spa in San Jose, CA

How would you describe this look?

I love this curled haircut and I feel like it is really versatile. This look can work for a simple girls night out, date night, or even for an elegant evening event.

My favorite part of this look is how the curls reflect the light, really accentuating the depth of color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like anyone could pull off a version of this look with their own hair. Product use depends on the client’s texture. My client in this photo has straight, fine hair. I used all Unite products in her hair.

I started off by cleansing and conditioning the hair with the Boosta shampoo and conditioner, then detangled with the 7 Seconds leave-in conditioner. I used the Boosta spray all over the hair and Liquid Volume on her roost. I completely rough dried her hair and curled with Max Control hairspray.

Blonde Curls

Blonde Curls hairstyle
Instagram @hair_by_emmah

Q&A with style creator, Emma Hodder
Freelance Hairdresser in Leopold, VIC

How would you describe this look?

This is a full head of blonde foils on a concave bob, finished off with some curls.

I love the way the blonde and natural color sit so nicely together in the curls. This look suits curled, straightened, or naturally textured hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When choosing a blonde, always think of your skin tone. There are many shades of blonde and not all shades suit everyone. Pick a shade that suits you and your skin tone best!

The curls were done by using a hair wand. The wand is an easy and quick way to add curls and you can create a range of curls with one. I recommend using a hairspray after curling. If you use it before curling, the hair might be stiff and crunchy.

Go-To Curls

Go-To Curls hairstyle
Instagram @brandiebmw

Q&A with style creator, Brandie Wilson
Stylist / Owner @ Trendie’s Salon in Mexico, MO

How would you describe this look?

This is my favorite go-to hairstyle with curls for clients with straight hair that just want a little something different. This client was going to a wedding, so I used a 1-inch iron to create the soft curls.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for clients wanting to achieve this look would be to use a heat protecting setting spray. I love Redken Hot Sets! I sectioned the hair into four parts, then took one-inch sections to curl.

This look is a little time consuming, but it’s well worth it. It works on any hair type and looks great with short hair as well!

Flirty & Pretty

Flirty & Pretty hairstyle
Instagram @beautyby_mick

Q&A with style creator, Micaela Troyer
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Le Rouge Salon + Beauty Bar in Grand Blanc, MI

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as flirty and pretty because the pastel pink is very soft and feminine, but also sassy and out-of-the-box.

My favorite thing about this style is how the different colors throughout the curls catch your eye and add more texture and dimension to the look

Any advice for someone considering it?

I definitely recommend creating this look on day two or three hair because slightly dirty hair usually tends to hold curl better. However, if you prefer to wash your hair daily or every other day, I recommend dirtying up your hair a bit with a good texturizing spray or flexible hold hairspray. Regardless of what day you wash your hair, I always recommend using a thermal setting spray/heat protectant. I used Hot Sets 22 Mist by Redken and her curls lasted all night!

All you need to do is spray the thermal setting mist on dry hair before curling, lightly comb through if needed, and curl! For this look, I used a 1-inch Sam Villa Marcel curling iron, but a curling wand or normal spring-loaded curling iron would work well also. I typically alternate direction of curls, always curling away from the face around the hairline. Finish with a little texturizing spray or flexible hold hairspray and you are good to go. Happy styling!

Curled, All-Over Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Amanda Black
Hairstylist @ John Fredricks Hair Studio in Glassport, PA

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

I describe this look as universal hair. You can wear it to work, out shopping or out for a night on the town. This style fit just about anywhere!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I washed her using Kenra Color Maintence shampoo, followed by the color conditioner. Then applied California Smoother Creme to her ends, along with some mousse from Kenra at the roots. I blew her hair dry with a large round brush and just before each curl, I used Redken Hot Sets 22 to protect from heat and to lock in curl.

I used a 1 1/2-inch Marcel Hot Tools curling iron to create the waves, curling away from the face. I ran my fingers through the curls once the whole head was curled and cooled. We set the finished look with Kenra Hairspray #25.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I’ve created curls like this on all hair types, even kinky curly hair. Hair that is shoulder length or longer is recommended for this particular look.

Curled Away

Curled Away
Instagram @burlesquehairco

Display the subtle layers of your ombre locks by slaying a curled away hairstyle. If you have olive skin complexion, the light brown shade will look flattering on you.

Curled Bob

Curled Bob
Instagram @sassyhairbeautique

So easy to fall in love with this curled bob. The added texture truly makes a difference. Thanks to the hair colorist Samantha Pooser from Virginia Beach, VA for sharing her work. She popped some “teasy highlights and a deeper glaze for added dimension and warmth.” Wait no more! Go for this balayage and wear a sassy neck-length hair now.

Tousled Waves

Tousled Waves
Instagram @amandaapplebyhair

A messy-textured style will do you great! Incorporate tousled waves to your golden blonde mane, and you’ll not regret it. These bring out unpredictable flows, giving your mid-length chop a life.

Curled Half-Up

Curled Half-Up
Instagram @theupdodarling

It’s the diamond infinity braid that makes a curled half-up even better! Extra texture creates a softer finish, ideal for a dark-rooted platinum blonde shade.

Q&A with style creator, Sydney Hardy
Hair Stylist @ Infinity Artistry in Annapolis, MD

How would you describe this look?

This look causes people to double take! My favorite thing about the diamond infinity braid is that you have a hair accessory made out of your very own hair! The diamond infinity braid creates a point of interest in a simple half-up half-down look without having a bulky accessory pinned into it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this look, you would need to have relatively long hair. This half up half down look accentuated by the diamond infinity braid will complement the natural beauty of your hair. I used mostly Kenra products to create this look including but not limited to Kenra Super hold finishing spray, Kenra platinum texturizing taffy, Kenra shine spray, Kenra thermal styling spray, and Kenra sexy hair powder play lite.

Retro Curls

Retro Curls
Instagram @ruubyapp

When you say voluminous hairstyles, retro curls are at the top of the list. They’re unbeatable, especially if done on long, smooth, and blonde tresses. Its luscious result is totally a hair goal!

Side Swept Curls

Side Swept Curls
Instagram @noemicurls_

These side-swept curls are ready to make a statement! Achieve this stunning look to grant you a more defined, less frizzy hairstyle. Cut your black hair where it reaches beyond your collarbones for a better shape and bouncy edge.

Lightly Curled

Lightly Curled
Instagram @jessicascotthair

One of the easiest and most nifty methods to show off your long hair’s dimension! Here’s a subtle brunette balayage that works well with a lightly curled style. Staring at its movement feels pleasing!

Polished Curls

Polished Curls
Instagram @adrianajadehair

Very appealing to look at! Choose these polished curls to carry out movement and more body to your hairstyle. This is the look that will secure a lavishness to your lengthy, dark locks.

Vintage Curls

Vintage Curls
Instagram @muah_kristiinatiimus

The best thing about vintage curls is they can amp up your natural beauty without wearing a regular look. Inspired by an old Hollywood trend, these are a lovely upgrade for your long and platinum blonde hair.

Chic and Carefree

Pin Curls
Instagram @beautybyskye_x

Pin curls on your opulent blonde tresses? This idea is such a gorgeous hair inspiration. Optimum for your long and thick locks, the richness of your blonde will make them look fuller and neat.

Long Loose Curl

Long Loose Curl
Instagram @poznan_hairstyle

A hair trend made by long loose curls grants a dramatic finish, and that’s true! Take it from this style, which can complete your ultimate bombshell look. You’ll be amazed by how the light brown shade appears remarkable with so much volume.

Bob with Bangs and Curls

Bob with Bangs and Curls
Instagram @thepaintedlotus_

Craving for a bouncy-looking short hairstyle? This chin-length bob with bangs and curls will satisfy your needs. Hair foam and gel will be ideal for adding definition to your dark locks.

Big Loose Curls

Big Loose Curls
Instagram @king.karenn

Time for balayage and curls! A dimensional blonde isn’t too exciting if not paired with a stylish look. Get some big loose curls to emphasize texture and the hair’s mid-back length.