Highlighting American Idol's Curly Contestants

Highlighting American Idol's Curly Contestants

American Idol's finalists are rife with wavy, curly and kinky hair. As the season moves forward, will their stylists encourage them to go straight or will they stick to their curly guns?

Ladies first

Karen Rodriguez

Karen Rodriguez—Type 3a

Spotlight on Karen Rodriguez
New York City native Karen Rodriguez, 21, auditioned for American Idol via MySpace, but Karen knows her way around a stage too, having previously appeared on a Spanish-language television singing competition. In awe of Jennifer Lopez during her original audition, she even sang J. Lo's "If You Had My Love" at auditions in Hollywood—while J. Lo sang along silently. Telling J. Lo, "You don't know how much you inspire me" probably wasn't a bad call, either. Certainly, she made an impression on all the judges.

More Curly Women

Tatynisa Wilson

Tatynisa Wilson—Type 3c

Lauren Turner

Lauren Turner—Type 3a

Ashton Jones

Ashton Jones—Type 3c

Thia Megia

Thia Megia—Type 2b

Kendra Chantelle

Kendra Chantelle—Type 2a

Haley Reinhart

Haley Reinhart—Type 2b

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As co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the NaturallyCurly.com® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

So of those ladies are wearing weave. But I did realize how many curly heads Idol had.