If you have naturally curly hair then you have probably flipped through your fair share of magazines looking for "easy hairstyles" and been met with a plethora of styles that would never work on your curls (without the use of some serious heat or manipulation).

That is why we created this quick cheat sheet of hairstyles that every curly girl should know and try. You may have to tweak these steps for your unique curl pattern, but you may also find a go-to style that will save you time on your rushed mornings.

The High Puff

This style may look different on you depending on how tight or loose your curls or coils are, how dense your hair is, and how long it is, but the general steps will remain the same. It may look simple, but once you have mastered it it will be a lifesaver for your active lifestyle. 

  1. Start with moisturized & defined hair to make your style last longer. Use a nourishing conditioner like the Aunt Jackie's Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser on wash day and follow up with the Elongating Flaxseed Gel for definition. 
  2. Pull all of your hair towards the crown of your head.
  3. Secure it with a large elastic.
  4. Smooth the edges with Tame My Edges Gel. Couldn't be simpler!

Tucked French Braid

One of the perks of having curly hair is that it holds a braid really well, and curls naturally have so much movement that braids never look boring! This one is much easier to do than it looks.

  1. Start with detangled and moisturized curls to make the hair easier to work with. Use a detangler like Knot On My Watch Detangler follow up with a leave-in conditioner like the Half & Half Silkening Hair Milk.
  2. Create 3 small sections at crown and begin a French braid. 
  3. Braid all the way to the end and secure your braid with an elastic (this will not be visible once you're done).
  4. Tuck the bottom of the French braid under and secure with bobby pins. 

Two-Strand Twists

This must-know technique can work on all curl patterns from loose waves to tight coils. The key is the smaller the sections of hair, the tighter the resulting curls will be. If you are using this technique to stretch your curls use larger sections, and if you are trying to create a tighter curl pattern than you naturally have use smaller sections.

  1. Start with moisturized hair to prevent frizz from ruining your style. Try a moisturizer like the Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk.
  2. Take a 1-2 inch section and divide into two. 
  3. Apply a small amount of a styler like Defining Curl Whip and begin twisting the 2 sections around each other. If you have loose curls or waves take extra care not to use too much product here. 
  4. Repeat this until all of the hair is twisted, and either air dry or use a hooded dryer.
  5. Once the hair is 100% dry, separate the twists with your fingers. It is extremely important that you wait until your hair is dry, otherwise you will end up with a frizzy twist out and your curls will not be defined. 
  6. Unravel the twists. For a more defined look do not separate the twists once you have unraveled them. For a larger, voluminous look keep separating and fluffing with your fingers until you have the look you are going for!

This post is sponsored by Aunt Jackie's.