curly hair style

Curly hair can be prom ready in a cinch. In fact, with just a few twists and turns, you can have fresh prom curls for this special day without spending a lot of time, money or effort. Here are some of our favorites from Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook.

The Twist Up

This is an easy, elegant way to give hair a lift – especially perfect for warm spring or summer nights — and it works well with both long or shoulder-length curls.

  1. Pull all your hair together at the back of your neck as if you were going to put it in a low ponytail.
  2. Gently twist your hair, directing it upward toward your crown as you twist.
  3. When you’ve twisted your hair as much as you can, hold it in place with one hand while you using your other hand to slide bobby pins into the crease formed by the twisted hair against your head.


  • If you have shorter hairs that frame your face and want a softer look, take a few of those curls out before beginning The Twist Up.
  • For a fancier look, use bobby pins decorated with gems, rhinestones, pearls or other pretty goodies.
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The Yin-Yang

This hair style is a fun and funky look that gives you two completely different textures of hair — sleek on top and an explosion of lively curls in the back. As a result, this style allows your curls to be the star of the show.

Before you start:

  • Make sure hair is totally dry so you can get more of the bigness out of the curly part, which is what you want for this look.
  • Fill a spray bottle with ¼ cup of an alcohol-free, silicone-free gel and ¾ cup of spring water.

To get the look:

  1. Spritz the top, front section of hair with the gel/water mixture and then slick hair back by grazing it gently with your hands.
  2. Gather hair at the center back of the head in a medium to high ponytail.
  3. Use a fabric or cloth covered ponytail holder to tie the gathered hair back into a ponytail. Fabric or cloth covered ponytail holders are less damaging than elastic or rubber bands.
  4. Take the curls that are coming out of the ponytail and lightly piece them open with your fingers to create a big explosion of curls coming out of your ponytail.
  5. To cover the ponytail holder, take a piece of hair that’s coming out of the right side of ponytail and lift it out to the side.
  6. Bring that piece of hair underneath your ponytail and out to the left side of your ponytail. Then wrap it around your ponytail holder to hide it.

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The Top Knot

This easy as 1-2-3 style takes a mere minute, but is an unfussy way to make curls look gorgeous and give them a change from their day to day look.

  1. Take a section of hair that’s at the nape of your neck and underneath the rest of your hair and divide it into two sections. Hold each section out to the side.
  2. Cross the two sections on top of the rest of your hair, which should be down.
  3. Pull one section under the other and pull in a way similar to the first step in tying your shoes.
  4. Secure the tie with a bobby pin. Massey suggests a fun, decorated bobby pin or a simple ribbon.

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