Curly hairstyles are all about length, volume, texture, and versatility. This type of hair should allow you to express yourself freely, whether you have natural curls or get them every day with the help of a curling iron and some hairspray.
With that idea in mind, we put together a list of celebrities who either have or have donned the best curly hairstyles ever to inspire you in your everyday life!
1. The Shakira
It’s no secret that Latina singer Shakira has some of the best and most enviable curls in the business. We love how she always wears them in a natural and untamed way, to express how she feels inside.
2. The Salma Hayek
Here’s actress Salma Hayek at the Chime for Change – The Sound of Change Live Concert in London wearing a head full of her natural curls which she doesn’t do very often. She looks absolutely stunning!
3. The Taylor Swift
This sweet songstress appears wearing curls all the time, but did you know they are not her natural kinks? She does have naturally curly hair but, in reality, it’s a lot unrulier than that, and she tames it using products.
4. The Zendaya
We don’t get to see Zendaya with her natural hair a lot either. This actress is slowly but surely building a brand for herself by using weaves, wigs, and extensions and creating a whole new look every time she makes a public appearance.
5. The Sarah Jessica Parker
The Sarah Jessica Parker has, in fact, come to be synonymous with the Carrie Bradshaw. You know what we’re talking about. It’s the mane of messy blonde and long curls that Carrie can never seem to tame.
6. The Julia Roberts
She is, probably, the owner of the most famous curly hair of all time. Julia Roberts’ image back in the 90s is immensely famous thanks to her wildly curly hair which she now has been straightening for a number of years.
7. The Ariana Grande
This is a rare pic of singer Ariana Grande out of her usual character with the long, high, and slick ponytail which she gets by adding numerous extensions to her hair. In fact, Ariana has medium length curly hair.
8. The Rihanna
Rihanna has naturally curly hair as well, but she loves to flaunt it a lot more than many of the singers and actresses we’re going to see on this list of curly hairstyles. Somehow, RiRi managed to include curls in all her looks.
9. The Jennifer Lopez
JLo doesn’t actually have curly hair, but she surely loves curly hairstyles. The singer and actress has a fantastic head of hair which she always puts to good use for the pleasure of us all. She has even been in ads for hair care products.
10. The Blake Lively
Another actress who doesn’t have curly hair per se but does curly hairstyles like none other is Blake Lively. Why is it that curly-haired girls hide it and non-curly haired girls like Blake parade it in all its glory?
11. The Gigi Hadid
Here’s supermodel Gigi Hadid posing for Allure Magazine in a superb photoshoot. She’s wearing Expert Wear eyeshadow in two shades called Blue Blazes and Constant Toast and, of course, she opted for these very bouncy curls.
12. The Jenny Slate
This lovable girl next door has done a few things we’re totally jealous of. She voiced Gidget in The Secret Life of Pets, dated Chris Evans, and and is stil sporting one of the best curly hairstyles known to us.
13. The Mariah Carey
Long before she became the diva we all know today, Mariah was a sweet girl with a big voice and a head full of curls. She used to wear very little makeup and tamed outfits, letting the music do all the talking.
14. The Alicia Keys
When it comes to Alicia Keys, we support her in her decision of not wearing makeup anymore, since that makes her feel better and empowers her. We are also happy that she now wears her natural curls all the time.
15. The Beyonce
Even though Beyonce has naturally curly hair, she still uses extensions and weaves to get the perfect look we all crave. She then carries around a hair curler to tame the curls and give them a nicer finish.
16. The Lindsay Lohan
Here’s actress Lindsay Lohan donning a trend called mermaid chic. You can see why. This type of curly hair looks like something a mermaid fresh out of water would wear – only fitted for a red carpet.
17. The Halle Berry
Another actress who decided to embrace the natural curl rather than hide it away under a straightener and lots of product is Halle Berry. This is what she looks like now with her natural curly hairstyles in place.
18. The Lorde
Singer Lorde has become a little synonymous with the idea of big, curly hair. That’s the image that made her famous in the first place, so now her fans around the world expect to see it everytime she makes an appearance.
19. The Marion Cotillard
French actress Marion Cotillard opted for a haircut that’s halfway between a short bob and a long pixie cut, all the while showing off this mane of messy and unruly curls that make her look like the modern version of a flapper girl.
20. The Kerri Washington
Natural hair is the best, isn’t it? Kerri Washington surely seems to be thinking so because she is embracing what nature gave her more and more. That plus the natural makeup makes us love her for her originality.
21. The Chrissy Teigen
Another celebrity that has very curly hair in real life and hides it from us? Is this a trend? Even though she wears curls that she gets with a curler, this is not what her natural hair looks like.
22. The Solange Knowles
Beyonce’s little sister has never been afraid to show her true colors in more ways than one. She has a huge personality and a colorful look that deserves to be celebrated and appreciated in all its natural glory.
23. The Viola Davis
Actress Viola Davis wore a wig or a weave for a very long time hiding her natural way. However, in recent years, she decided to ditch it and be who she truly is, both on the inside and out.
24. The Janelle Monae
When you’re as beautiful and sophisticated as Janelle Monae, there’s very little you can do wrong. The singer who always wears black and white is gorgeously crowned in her natural curls.
25. The Jennifer Hudson
We absolutely adore the fact that Jennifer Hudson decided to pair her curly hairstyles with a set of baby bangs. This takes courage, and not a lot of ladies go for it, but Jennifer looks stunning in her choice.
Check out the many pretty ways in which celebrities with thick hair wear their tresses!
26. The Tori Kelly
Here’s a look for the books. Singer Tori Kelly opted for volumized curly hairstyles with a single braid on one side and a deep side part that shows off her incredible profile. Her crimson lipstick compliments her platinum white hair.
27. The Gwen Stefani
Speaking of platinum white hair, it was impossible not to mention Gwen Stefani. Extreme blonde might have been the reigning color this year, but this songstress has been wearing it for as long as we can remember.
28. The Nicole Kidman
Did you know this actress has naturally curly, red hair in real life? Here she is beautifully and artistically photographed by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, showcasing her amazing curly hairstyles.
29. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She was Jerry Seinfeld’s sarcastic counterpart for ten years, with a sense of humor and a whole range of curly hairstyles hard to match. Nowadays she straightens out her hair to get away from the Elaine image as much as possible.
30. The Andie MacDowell
Between Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day, who couldn’t love this amazingly lovely actress back in the 90s? Her natural curly hairstyles have served as an inspiration to millions of women.
31. The Lady Gaga
This master of transformation doesn’t have curly hair of her own, but that doesn’t stop her from getting what she wants. Therefore, it shouldn’t stop you either. We love the volume and colored tips of this hairstyle.
32. The Sarah Hyland
This Modern Family actress has been straightening her hair since she was a little girl. Therefore, it came as a shock to everyone to find out she actually has curly hair in real life when some candid photos of her emerged.
33. The Taraji P. Henson
We love a girl with courage and edge when it comes to curly hairstyles, and actress Taraji P. Henson has those in spades. Here she is with a disconnected haircut. The bottom part is dark brown while the top is copper.
34. The Katherine Heigl
Let’s face it. Nobody can pull off vintage Hollywood curls quite like Katherine Heigl. She just has the face of an old screen siren that came to life in the 2000s much to our amazement and pleasure.
35. The Scarlet Johansson
Before she went for the eternal long pixie cut she now wears, Scarlet Johansson used to approach more classic styles, most of them involving curly hairstyles, such as this 1930s inspired hairdo.
36. The Olivia Wilde
It’s wild indeed, pun intended. For this photoshoot, Olivia Wilde’s curly hairstyles were volumized on purpose to show her untamed side. We absolutely adore the smoky eye dabbed with a little gold in the corners.
37. The Thandie Newton
The world rediscovered Thandie Newton and her delicate beauty thanks to the massive success of the hit TV series Westworld. Here, she went for some of the prettiest curly bobs we’ve seen and generally, she has that kind of beauty that doesn’t require makeup.
38. The Natalie Portman
Speaking of ladies of the big screen that are amazing natural beauties, Natalie Portman should definitely ranks among the highest-rated. Although she doesn’t have natural curly hair, she can still pull it off.
39. The Christina Aguilera
Let’s take a look at a theatrical example of curly hairstyles which made headlines back in the day. This is Christina Aguilera’s blonde afro for the video of Lady Marmalade. It’s a wig, of course.
40. The Christina Milian
This is a hairstyle that you can wear if you need to attend a wedding, a special party, New Year’s Eve or your prom. For extra volume and body to your hair, add some extensions that will help you secure the look.
41. The Nicole Scherzinger
Speaking of extensions and weaves, here is how great your curly hairstyles can look if you use them wisely. Singer Nicole Scherzinger gave herself a huge head of curls that resembles a lion’s mane.
42. The Denise Richards
We’re totally living for this color, which is an amazing caramel blonde. It packs even more of a punch because it has been treated to some shinning oil or spray. And look how it highlights her blue eyes.
43. The Debra Messing
It’s always fantastic to see a woman with naturally curly hair embracing it and making the most out of her curly hairstyles. The rest of the population, who were not blessed with such a thing are definitely envious.
44. The Lupita Nyong’o
This short and spiky hairstyle is all you need if you have a fantastic bone structure – such as actress Lupita Nyong’o. There’s no need to hide it away under layers of hair that will do you no service.
45. The Kelly Rowland
This look might be the product of hair extensions, but who cares when your curly hairstyles game is on point? Kelly Rowland looks as fierce as ever in this photoshoot all thanks to that massive curly hair.
46. The Jennifer Lawrence
Even though she has straight hair in real life, Jennifer Lawrence couldn’t pass on the opportunity to shine with the help of a few well-placed curls. This is a hairstyle that you can easily copy at home. Part your hair down the middle too to obtain the same face-framing effects.
47. The Emma Watson
To be fair, this is Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, a character who is described as having a mass of bushy, brown, curly hair which she can barely contain or hold in place.
48. The Emma Stone
From one Emma right to another without being able to make up our minds who looks better with curly hairstyles. Emma Stone has been wearing red hair for the longest time now, even though she’s a natural blonde.
49. The Emilia Clarke
This is a look that we want to wear for a special occasion and, actually, every day of our lives. That’s how amazing Emilia Clarke looks with this set of Old Hollywood curls and dirty smoky eye makeup plus berry lipstick.
50. The Lily James
Actress Lily James is the proud owner of the beach curls of our dreams. Her curly hairstyles are to die for, and we really wish we knew what her secret is. Maybe it’s the fact that she is an actual Disney princess!
One thing is certain when it comes to curly hairstyles: girls who have them like to straighten their hair, and those who don’t do everything in their power to get curly hair.
But there is now an increasingly higher number of ladies who celebrate their gorgeous bouncy tresses. Which type are you? Let us know in the comment section below!