Naturally curly hair is beautiful, but finding the perfect style is not always the easiest task. Considering several key factors will narrow the range of choices and help you settle on one that is flattering and works well for many different occasions. Keep these four specifics in mind and it won’t take long to find the style you like best.
Loose or Tight Curls
Your hair’s texture plays a major role in determining the style that is the most flattering. Perhaps your hair is thicker and the curls are tighter. The texture may also be more coarse. In this scenario, you may want to have a look at natural curly hairstyles that are shoulder length or longer.
While some think that tighter curls call for styles that are shorter, going with a longer style actually makes it easier to control the curls. You’ll also find that a longer basic style provides you with more ways to dress your hair for special occasions.
When your curls are looser, you’ll find that shorter hair that you can use to frame the face is often a good idea. You’ll also find that going with a style that is above the shoulders only places less weight on your hair. That makes it easier to ensure the curls are not weighed down and tend to lose their wavy shape.
The Contour of Your Face
Your face also makes a difference when it comes to choosing the right style. Start with the general shape and go from there. Maybe your face is rounded or perhaps more of a heart shape. In this instance, you want something that helps to create the illusion of a longer face. Opting for a style that is a little higher on top and somewhat broader on the sides will accomplish the goal.
If your face is somewhat narrow, you need a style that will help soften the sharpness of the chin and help to bring out the cheekbones. In this instance, a style that includes curly bangs will help. Shoulder length or longer will add more body and frame the face in a way that provides more softness. A bonus of this approach is that a combination of bangs plus curls that settle around your shoulders will call more attention to the eyes.
Remember layering is helpful, especially if you have angular features like a prominent jawbone or a Roman nose. The right layering will also make it all the easier to use a wide-tooth comb to keep the curls exactly where you like.
Easy to Maintain
Another factor to consider is how easy it will be to maintain the style you ultimately choose. Since ease is subjective up to a point, you must decide what constitutes a lot of effort to maintain versus maintenance that you consider to be reasonable.
A good point of reference is how much time you would spend getting your hair ready in the morning. If you like to spend time on your hair, feel free to choose a style that requires more attention. People who would rather be able to comb and fluff their hair and have it fall into place with ease would want to go with something that is layered and more manageable.
While everyone will have opinions about your hair, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what’s flattering and what isn’t. There are so many styles out there, and you are likely to get advice to go with several difference ones from several different people. While advice is great, it can never take the place of your own instincts.
Don’t be afraid to try more than one style. Even when you are great at visualizing how a certain style will look, it takes trying one to really know if it’s the right choice. Start with longer styles and see what you think. If they aren’t quite what you want, it will be easier to change to something that is slightly shorter and see how that one works.