When it comes to special-occasion ‘dos, us curly girls have a built-in advantage over our straight-haired counterparts. When a straight-haired client wants an updo, stylists often have to create texture and volume, says Ouidad Master Artistic educator Chadwick Pendley, a recognized curl expert. Curly hair has built in texture, volume and movement, he says.

With the right products and a few tricks of the trade, you can create styles that will turn heads at holiday parties and family gatherings with relatively little effort.

Pendley shared some of his favorite, most-requested looks for wavy, curly and coily hair.

Wavy: My Tie

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  1. Evenly apply Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream or Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel to freshly washed hair.
  2. Diffuse the hair until it’s completely dried.
  3. Section the back of the hair from behind the left ear to the crown, repeating on the right side. This creates a diamond part.
  4. At the nape, twist the hair up toward the crown using hairpins to secure it.
  5. Spray some Ouidad Stylutions Going Up! Volumizing Texture Spray on the crown to create volume at the top of the head.
  6. Take the left side and move it to the back of the crown, using pins to secure it and repeat on the opposite side.
  7. Take the remaining top section and twist it into the back of the crown, tucking in all ends.
  8. Take two small sections of curls from the front hairline and move them to the very back of the head.
  9. Tie the two sections the way you tie your shoe. Take each end around and thru one additional time and gently pull outwards on each end.
  10. Finish up with Ouidad Stylutions Revive & Shine Rejuvenating Dry Oil Mist for added shine.

Curly: Side Swept Curly Bangs

  1. Start with dried, diffused curls. (To reactivate and refresh curls, spritz in Ouidad Advanced Climate Control® Restore + Revive Bi-Phase)
  2. Apply Ouidad Stylutions Clean Sweep Moisturizing Dry Shampoo to the roots from the mid shaft to ends to create expanded full curls.
  3. Twist the back and the sides up to the crown and secure it with hairpins.
  4. Apply Ouidad Stylutions Going Up! Volumizing Texture Spray and back comb to create more lift and volume.
  5. Bring all curls forward, letting them fall over one eye.
  6. Finish up with Ouidad Stylutions Revive & Shine Rejuvenating Dry Oil Mist for added shine.

Coily: Upswept Bun

  1. Start with dry hair.
  2. Apply Ouidad Stylutions Going Up! Volumizing Texture Spray at the roots and massage it in to create volume (the bigger the better!).
  3. Make a ponytail on top of the head above the crown.
  4. Make a bun, tucking in all pieces and securing them with a pin.
  5. Leave out your bang/fringe area and move it to one side.
  6. Finish up with Ouidad Stylutions Revive & Shine Rejuvenating Dry Oil Mist for added shine.

For extra bling, add some sparkly bobby pins or decorative clips. Don’t worry about every hair being in place. Textured styles look best when they’re perfectly imperfect.



About Chadwick Pendley: With more than a decade as a Ouidad Certified Stylist, Pendley trained at the Manhattan flagship salon with founder and with renowned stylist Ouidad herself. Today, in his role as Master Artistic Educator, he trains, inspires, and educates other stylists and is co-owner of the flagship salon, Ouidad by Chadwick and Igor, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.