“Fashionable hair” used to mean flat, sleek, and stick-straight. But more women—celebrities included—are embracing their natural (read: wavy or curly) texture instead of fighting it. Here, the top looks and how to get them.
PIXIE CUT – FEATURED
Forget everything you’ve heard about curls and short cuts. Halle Berry’s tough-but-feminine crop works on nearly any texture, and isn’t as high-maintenance as you’d think. Ask your stylist for a graduated pixie style. “You don’t want a precision cut,” says Morgan Willhite, creative director at Ouidad. “It should be longer on top to show off the texture and choppiness.” Let it dry naturally and use a frizz-control product, like Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Totally Baked Volumizing and Prepping Hair Meringue, to give the top separation and shine. Just be sure before you cut it all off: “When your hair is that short, you can’t hide behind it,” Willhite says.
CURLY SHAG – FEATURED
Because this is about controlled chaos, it’s best for women with a curly texture, like Rihanna. “People often think using a razor is a total no-no with curly hair,” says Willhite. “But when you want to achieve a piece-y, shaggy look like this—which is fuller towards the roots and wispier at the ends—a razor is the best strategy.” To avoid letting this style get frizzy, skip this look if you fall into the overly coarse or unruly hair-texture category. Use a serum or pomade, like Kinky-Curly Gloss, when hair is damp, let it dry naturally, and don’t touch it!