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New year, new goal, new plans, new style — that’s what New Year’s is all about for most people.

But, a new year may also mean a new ‘do, right? Not necessarily! As we move into 2012, we won’t forget some of our favorite curly hair styles from 2011.

Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite curly hair styles for all curly hair types.

Wavy (Type 2 ) Styles

Lauren Conrad

Let’s face it, Lauren Conrad (or “LC”) can look good in just about any hair style. Whether she’s sporting it straight or wearing it in its natural wave, we just love her hair. She’s pretty much the epitome of type 2 hair, and we love watching what she does with it.

While in previous years she looked great sporting a low bun, this year she seemed to wear it down quite a bit. Whether she was showing off her spring collection or roasting a turkey (as she tweeted a few weeks ago, though we know pretty much no one looks that good while slaving over Thanksgiving dinner!), the girl's hair looks gooood!

To get her hair down look, just part your hair down the center and pull back a little hair from both sides in the front, then secure either right in the middle of the back of your head. Easy!

Carmen Electra

Another type 2 celebrity we love to watch is Carmen Electra. She shows how easy it is to do a wake-up-and-go hairstyle with this side-swept ponytail. LC sported this one for several years too. Not that we were counting!

To get the look, after brushing your hair, pull out any bangs you want to keep in the forefront, then gather the rest of your hair low (near the neck) to be sure you’re satisfied with the bang/ponytail ratio. When you’re happy, just scoot the pony on over to the side just a bit, still keeping it low. This isn’t the 80s! Secure with a hair elastic.

You can adjust the pony so that it always falls on the front of your shoulder if you’d like.

Curly (Type 3) Styles

Jennifer Freeman

Many times, type 3 curly girls are in the midst of transitioning, so this is often a harder stage to recommend hairstyles. Still, we found some hot curly hair styles for you girls!

Jennifer Freeman looks just fantastic with her extremely long locks! This year, she often wore it straight (though we won’t begrudge her since we know there are plenty of natural ways to get straight hair as type 3 or 3c).

However, we think she looks just fantastic with her tresses flowing down, and this hairstyle requires next to no maintenance. It truly is a wash-and-go look.

That’s the thing about type 3 curlies — they can get away with doing nothing special with their hair and it’ll still look marvelous.

If you’re not sure you want to wear it down so much, try finger-combing your hair, then pull it off to the side gently and wear a pony tail. Alternatively, you can pull it all up together into one ponytail in the back of your head. Either way will still look great going into the New Year!

Kinky (Type 4) Styles

Corinne Bailey Rae

If types 2 and 3 had any trouble finding great hairstyles, we know those of you with type 4 hair probably have the hardest time finding something that works. Type 4s are the ones usually quick to hit the relaxers, but you don’t have to do that to enjoy your hair!

Corinne Bailey Rae is one celeb who gives us major inspiration for type 4. Her hair is actually a mixture of 3C and 4 (note the tiny, kinky roots followed by a distinct s-curl), but she definitely shows us how to do it. As she says herself, just go ahead let your hair down, even with somewhat kinky hair, whether it’s long or short.

To get her look, try bantu knot outs — she is KNOWN for them!

If you’d prefer to wear your hair up, try brushing it up into a high ponytail/poof. Although most other hair types look casual and sporty with a high ponytail, type 4s can make it look professional (since it almost looks like a bun) or fun!

Want More?

Check out our celebrity photo gallery and let us know which style you like best!

Final Thoughts

What were your favorite curly hair styles of 2011?