Best Curly Hairstyles for Your Face Shape
Want to flirt with a curly look, but unsure which one to try? Find the curly celebrity hairstyle that's right for you
You see, we know you've had visions of yourself strutting down the street -- Manolo-clad -- to the jazzy saxophone stylings of the "Sex and the City" theme song, as your volume-full ringlets effortlessly bounce to the tune. Okay, maybe our imaginations just got Carried away (pun intended), but still, we know we're not the only ones lusting after Big (sorry, we'll stop with the puns now), sexy curls. Cut to real life, where styling your curly hair can be a royal pain. Achieving perfect curls can sometimes feel like the quest for the Holy Grail. Which is why we went to "Curl Queen," aka celebrity hairstylist Ouidad, to find out how to achieve gorgeous curls. She recommends before you even pick up an iron, to use her tried and true technique: the rake and shake. What is the "rake and shake" you ask? It's Ouidad's signature styling method that, "strategically sets your unique curl pattern into place," giving you beautiful curls every time you style, she says. Here is the method in easy-to-follow steps. Oh, and if you're not a curly girl, it will still bring out any bit of texture or movement your hair does have, then you can enhance it further with an iron:
1. Gently squeeze excess water from your wet hair by blotting with a towel -- don't rub or you'll create frizz.
2. Comb through a leave-in conditioning spray to moisturize curls.
3. Divide hair into four sections.
4. For each section, rub a small amount of styling product between your hands, separate fingers on one hand like a "rake" and rake through from roots to ends, spreading the styling gel through the section.
5. When you reach the ends, gently "shake" hair back and forth to create wave or curl, then drop the section. Continue until all sections are gelled, raked and shaked.
6. Diffuse hair or let it air dry.
Now that you know how to bring out your natural curl pattern, determine your face shape by looking in the mirror at your hair and chin line. Draw a few dots on the mirror with eyeliner around the perimeter of your face to help you see the shape --then decide if it is round, oval, square or heart. Then check out the curly hairstyles that are best for your unique face shape.
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