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Curly hair styles create a sense of charm and youth for those who know how to wear it well. It is important to realize that not all haircuts are great for those with curly hair and straight blunt cuts will create a bulbous mushroom effect as will hair that is cut too short. i think many of us with the curly hair have gone through this in our early teens (looking back at high school photos for me is not always a pleasurable experience, mushroom head anyone?)

Curly Hair looks best when it is from medium to long length with long laers cut in.

Curly Hair looks best when it is from medium to long length with long layers cut in.

To have your natural curly hair looking shiny, glorious and up to date it is best to wear your curly hair from medium length to long and get long layers cut into the hair. When you go to the hairstylist be weary of hairdressers that send you straight to the washing basin before observing your hair and the natural directions your curls take. The directions of your curls must be taken into consideration before being able to cut the right layers into your hair.

Naturally red hair with soft big curls look great with layers cut into the hair.

Naturally red hair with soft big curls look great with layers cut into the hair.

Long curly hair looks very beautiful and feminine.

Long curly hair looks very beautiful and feminine.

Adding layers to curly hair adds volume and shape to the hair. This look is great for an eveing out on the town.

Adding layers to curly hair adds volume and shape to the hair. This look is great for an evening out on the town.

This is a beautiful simple updo you can create with curly hair that has been layered. This hairstyle is fantastic for formal occassions such as proms and weddings.

This is a beautiful yet simple up do you can create with curly hair that has been layered. This hairstyle is fantastic for formal occasions such as proms and weddings.

Curly hair that is not cut into layers can create a mushroom effect with the hair flairing up on the sides of the face.

Curly hair that is not cut into layers can create a mushroom effect with the hair flaring up on the sides of the face.

Dark curly layered hair frames the face nicely and makes the eyes pop.

Dark curly layered hair frames the face nicely and makes the eyes pop.

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65 Responses to “Hairstyles for Curly Hair – Just Add Layers”

  1. Amanda says:

    I have had curly hair my entire life… and i could never imagine having any other hairstyle. When i was younger, i was extremely blonde.. i’m still blonde, but it has gotten slightly darker from the years. after i learned to manage my hair it has been a breeze controlling my ringlets. I use paul Mitchell styling mousse, leave-in conditioner, and a frizz control serum… it works wonders for me.. when i get my hair cut, i get it trimmed and then i get long layers. it helps keep it bouncy and full, but not in an ugly pyramid shape. I really hate having to only brush my hair when its wet only.. it drives me crazy!

  2. Jordan says:

    I have naturally curly hair about shoulder length. I love it so much but i cant figure out how to make it bouncy and soft! Whenever I get out of the shower and style it, it always dries with some crunchy parts. The ends are so soft and so are my roots but in the middle its always crunchy! Does anyone know how I can get the crunch out? Please let me know!

  3. Kris says:

    I have naturally curly hair that I’ve worn everywhere from shoulder length to the middle of my back. Jordan, I’ve had the same problem for years, my stylist introduced me to a great product that gives my curls the structure I want without making them “crunchy”- it’s called Small Talk by Bed Head. It’s a little pricey, but it absolutely works wonders. I was skeptical at first since it’s a sort of cream (and I was sure that anything that wasn’t a mousse or gel would not be able to tame my hair) but it works great!

  4. Mandy says:

    Response to Jordon:

    I used to have the same problem with my curly hair…what seems to help is to blow dry my hair upside down but only dry the roots….this eliminates the crunchy roots and helps in styling! The ends will feel a little stiff in comparison, but they will dry soft. Good luck!

  5. aliyah says:

    I have naturally straight hair an really want big curly hair, ive always dreamed of having my hair that style but just dont know how?

  6. Priscila says:

    Hey FELLOW CURLY HEADS!!P
    I have brown/natural copperish hi.lights THICK HEAVY(supposedly heavy) curly hair.its wierd cuz i used to have almost straight little wavy-ish hair but its gotten curlier with time although its like flat curly . . . get me??LOL.I have never had layers and my hair is like4 inches from my waist(NOW:))My hair is also…CRUNCHY!but its wierd cuz it only happens in the middle underneath part.When i look at myself with my hair down in profile angle it SERIOUSLY looks like it was inflated! NO LIE! Its “heavy” and POOFY! I have tried gels and mouses but no luck:( I used to do the shampoo&& conditioner combo but recently ive quit the conditioner and im getting a little improvement…any recommendations? PLEASE DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLES WELCOME W/ STEPSS! BTW ive worn straightened bangs like the over your forehead kind, since as lonqq as i can remembber. . . sorry this is lonqq…

  7. Priscila says:

    RE: TO ALIYAH
    UMm well if you have fine hair i would recommend John FReida Collection:CURLY , DOVE CURL& SCULT , or Palmers Olive OIl if your hair is dryish . Ikno ‘Isnt she askin for help???’ Well YES but My problem is frizz and POOFINESS:P

  8. Ella Jane says:

    RE: Priscilla
    I had a problem with frizziness when i was younger, but i washed it everyday and combed it in the shower with a wide toothed comb so it didn’t separate the curls too much and then applied a leave in conditioner straight away before even drying my hair and then a hair anti-frizz serum. DON’T BLOWDRY!!! it will only make it worse, let it dry naturally. I hope that helps…

  9. Brooke says:

    I have red curly hair. I have rhis awfull hair cut thats Short AND looks like a pyramid. But i use redken curl wise14. It really helps make my hair look alot better. But it make my hair a little stiff…. Is there any products that help tame my hair, but still leaves it nice and soft?

  10. Diane says:

    I always hated my curly hair growing up, but only because I didn’t know how to style it. I recently discovered DevaCurl products, and now I LOVE my curly hair! I only have it shoulder length and plan on growing it long. I have my dark brown hair highlighted by a stylist who knows curly hair well, and I have a good hair day every day now! I highly recommended reading the book “Curly Girl- The Handbook” by Lorraine Massey (creator of DevaCurl products) from cover to cover. Even comes with a great instructional DVD! You’ll have great hair after reading it!!!

  11. roxxy says:

    I have phone cord ringlets, i find the best way to tame is only brush when wet, i just squeeze the extra water out of it after my shower, then i mousse it, leave in conditioner, then blow dry, and once its about half way dry i use a little more product, then dry untl its almost all dry, often i dont dry it fully, just let it sit! works wonders… however i would love biiiig curls!

  12. Jessica says:

    I have Taylor Swift hair. Not the kind where she’s on the red carpet and looks fab. but her natural hair. It’s long I would say but for whatever reason I’ve have bad hairday after bad hairday after bad hairday. Is there anything I’m dong wrong?? What I do every morning is below.

    Take a shower, brush through my hair to get the dead hari out. When I’m done I get out and put my leave in conditioner in and put it in a towel. I do this so I’m not going to school with wet crunchy hair. After I think it’s dry I take it down, take a wide tooth comb and part it only going a couple inches away from my roots where I’m not looking like a walking fuzzball. I spray with hair spray and take my diffuser and blow it dry until it’s about 80% done. It air drys the rest of the way.

  13. Swati says:

    @Jessica

    I think what you are doing wrong is combing your hair after you are done styling. this will kill your curls.

    My suggestion is to comb your hair with wide tooth comb of your fingers while you condition them during shower.

    And try to scrunch your hair one you are doing applying your leave in conditioner. This way your dead hair will be out of the tangle, and you will have more styled curled for the rest of the day.

    You can try this on an off day, when you are not going to step out. if this works for you, you can try it again and again.

  14. Alyn says:

    @ Jessica
    I think that the towel drying process is where you go wrong. I have done many different things with my curly hair, but the key (for me) is to comb (or brush) it out when it is very wet, almost dripping and use a leave-in conditioner. I smooth the hair flt, and then add product and scrunch, then either air-dry or blw dry at roots upside-down with a diffuser.

  15. Kara says:

    Hey! I have curly red hair (a bit like the second photo). And trust me I’ve been through those bulbous mushroom effect years, basically I had my hair up in a ponytail 24/7. But after I got layers and started using a curl product, mousse works also, everything started woring. Of course, I never blow dry my hair or brush it when it is dry. But I’m just so glad I can leave my hair down. Go layers!!!

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