Top texture experts share their predictions on what will be this year’s hottest trends in curls.

Veronique Morrison

Director of Education at Mizani

Curly and textured-hair clients, both male and female, are embracing their natural beauty and finding new options for their curls, twists, and locs. They are rocking both trendy and conservative looks with confidence and ease of maintenance. Male clients are moving into the professional forefront with locs and braids.

Alanna York

President of Use Me Products

Bigger is better and frizz is fine too, even for everyday wear. With color I really love the ombre technique of lightening the ends. To get a similar effect on textured hair, lighten six to eight (depending on hair thickness) large, vertical panels at the nape of the neck with varying color placement. This creates an edgy look for a youthful, rocker feel, while staying in the realm of age-appropriate trends.

Morgan Willhite

Stylist Ouidad Santa Monica

Usually we are fighting the pyramid effect in a curly bob, but a curly, chin-length bob, all one length with no layering is now hot. A full, curly blunt fringe is also hot. Bangs look great with a bob as well as with a layered, long hair cut. Don’t be skimpy with the density. I’m talking blunt, thick, chunky bangs! Short hair can be feminine—finally—and this works for curly hair as well. But there is no in between — it’s all or nothing. When going short with curly hair, you must go short enough in order for it to not look like a Q-tip.

Diane Cole

Stevens Nioxin Design Team member, Owner of Cole Stevens Salon in Washington, DC

For trend-loving clients who aren’t afraid to go with the style flow, the bright colors and look-at-me shapes this season will be a nice change from long locks and ombre color. Many women Level 6 and below have inspired spring’s trend of depth, shine, texture and movement. Bold, deep rich color — almost liquid lacquered black and dramatic, dark brown with violet undertones will be beautiful. Rounded geometric shapes for shorter lengths with shattered ends will be worn by the women who don’t mind a lot of attention. Finishing for these geometric shapes will have lots of natural-looking wavy textures.

Efrain Leiva

Farouk Creative Artist/Texture Specialist

This year, I expect to see evolution of the styles from 2011; luxurious revivals that will bring re-enforcement to last year’s styles. We will go from long and bouncy homemade curl styles to the quickie hair style, the perfect combination of homemade and not-finished look. It will be stylish and careless at the same time. These styles will range from long to medium and, of course, short pixies will be fashionable as well. Side parting will continue and some side bangs; however, center part and very short fringe could be a great option. I see a lot of texture coming back with braids, side ponytails and softer looks with a little traditional French twist.

Heath Grout

Creative Director for TIGI Academy of Advanced Hairstyling

There is a fusion of new technology in products with a return to traditional hair styling techniques. Setting and styling meet to transform retro waves and texture in new directions.

Allen Ruiz

Owner of Jackson Ruiz SalonSpa

Women with straight hair want to jump on the texture trend, too. Sometimes, the challenge in texture comes not from working with curly hair, but creating it. Ruiz demonstrates how to get bombshell texture from perfectly straight hair.


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