A Slideshow of Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair

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Best Hairstyles for Curly Hair

Maggie Q
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If you were born with curly hair, maybe you hate it. You don't like that it frizzes with the first sign of humidity.

You hate that your styling options are limited.

You're afraid to go short because you don't want to look like a poufball on a stick. (Although there are some short hairstyles that look great on curly hair, as seen in this photo gallery.)

But the truth is you have amazing styling options and yes, you can go shortish (find out your best haircut options here). You can straighten your hair with a flat iron, or Japanese or Brazilian straightening procedures. You can get your hair dry cut into the most gorgeous shoulder-length styles, as seen on Lisa Edelstein here. And you are so lucky because chances are you only have to wash your hair once or twice a week.

Let's focus on the positives, shall we? After all, straight haired women covet your curls. Many own four curling irons.

There are 10 secrets to styling curly hair, and once you know them, managing your curls will be easy.

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Rachelle Lefevre Curly Hair

Rachelle Lefevre
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 Rachelle rocks some easy breezy beach waves.

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A Short, Curly Hairstyle

Julia Garner
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Julia's curls call to mind the '90s.

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Kimberly Schlapman Curly Hair

Kimberly Schlapman
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A gorgeous super-long hairstyle.

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Sofia Milos Curly Hair

Sofia Milos
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 Long, dark spirals work for Sofia Milos.

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Love This Red Color

Jennifer Ferrin
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 These waves are a little bit limp.

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Giusy Buscemi Curly Hair

Giusy Buscemi
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These curls are so perfect looking they must have gotten help form a curling iron or curling rods.

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Julianna Marguiles

Julianna Margulies
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 Julianna has beautiful hair, but she rarely wears it natural anymore.

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Tanika Ray Curly Hair

Tanika Ray
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 Ray is known for her big hair.

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Super Tight Curls

Yoga Instructor Seane Corn
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Get this hairstyle by letting hair dry naturally wavy. Apply damp hair with a sea salt-spray and scrunch the ends.

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Michelle Pfeiffer's Curly Hair

Michelle Pfeiffer
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This is a gorgeous hair cut on Michelle Pfeiffer. See more amazing hairstyles on older women in this gallery of The Best Curly Hairstyles for Women Over 50.

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Mollie Dent-Brockelhurst Curly Short Hair

Mollie Dent-Brockelhurst
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These curls would pop with more definition. 

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Michelle Pfeiffer's Hairstyle is Naturally Super Curly and Super Gorgeous

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This is a lovely style on Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Alex Kingston's Shoulder-Length Hairstyle

Alex Kingston
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 Curls are red carpet appropriate.

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A Super-Long Hairstyle

Eliza Doolittle
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 These waves are amazing.

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AnnaLynne McCord Curly Hair

AnnaLynne McCord
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 What thick hair.

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Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks
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 Jordin's hair really suits her.

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Ginevra Elkann Curly Hair

Ginevra Elkann
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The bleached curls add dimension to this hairstyle.

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Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein
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Lisa's waves soften her facial features.

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Anna Shaffer

Anna Shaffer
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You, too, can rock perfect spirals with the help of curling rods.

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Shania Twain

Shania Twain with curly hair
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Shania's waves give her a beachy vibe.

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Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick
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Kyra Sedgwick has had curls for years. She doesn't straighten her hair all the time, like so many other celebrities.

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Another Shot of Solange From Instagram

An Evening of Ailey And Jazz 2016 Opening Night Gala
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If you're a black woman, your natural hair requires special maintenance that can result in some beautiful styles.

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Sofia Milos

Sopfia Milos
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These long beautiful curls inspire hair-envy.

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Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes
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Melina Kanakaredes has beautiful locks.

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Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw
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Kate Capshaw's curls are lush.

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Madison Pettis

Madison Pettis
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Madison has stunning locks.

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Madison Stubbington

Madison Stubbington
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Curls blown out.

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Genny Lis Padilla

Genny Lis Padilla
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Genny has supple curls.

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Janet Dacal

Janet Dacal
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 Janet has arguably the best curls on this list.