Gorgeous Curly Hairstyles of the Stars

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Gorgeous Curly Hairstyles of the Stars

Taylor Swift
Hair texture type: Taylor Swift has baby fine hair but lots of it, with a generous amount of natural curl.

Going curly: First and most important, says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of DevaCurl and author of Curly Girl: The Handbook (Workman, January 2011), replace your shampoo with DevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser, which cleans without drying in the shower. According to Kevin Mancuso, Nexxus Celebrity Stylist, who has worked with Swift, "The thing that most women with curly hair want is a smooth surface, which will give your curls better definition." He recommends Nexxus ProMend Conditioner followed by ProMend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment Crème, because they add defined shape by repairing split ends and also help hair hold a curl longer. Work the leave-in from roots to ends. "It adds an amazing surface to the hair," he says. Celebrity curl secret: "Curling irons are always used on stars with curly or wavy hair on the red carpet," he says, "to add definition."

Making it straight: "The best thing to do is start with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner to soften hair, detangle, and cause the frizz in your curls to relax," Mancuso says. "That means you'll rely less on styling products to get it straight." Then blow-dry with a heat-activated styling spray. "The styling mist acts as a barrier to absorb heat and helps protect hair from breakage due to thermal styling, up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit!" he says. After misting this onto the hair, he recommends blow-drying and finishing the look by flat-ironing sections.

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Jennifer Hudson
Hair texture type: Jennifer Hudson has tightly coiled curls with a coarse texture, says curl expert Christo.

Going curly: Apply a hydrating, detangling leave-in conditioner to damp hair and let it air-dry. "My favorite leave-in is Unite 7 Seconds Condition Leave-In Detangler ," says Kiyah Wright, a stylist for Cloutier Remix, who has worked with Hudson.

Making it straight: "Start with damp hair and a good leave-in conditioner, like Unite 7 Seconds," she says. Blow until hair is just dry and follow with "a flat iron that gets to at least 450 degrees," she says. Finish with a silicon aerosol hairspray, like her favorite, B. The Product Spray Harder.

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Selena Gomez
Hair texture type: "Selena's hair type is wavy, thick, and gorgeous — she is a lucky girl!" says Jamal Hamadi, star stylist and creator of Hamadi Organics, who worked with Gomez recently, styling her for the People's Choice Awards.

Going curly: On wet hair, apply a leave-in conditioner like Hamadi Organics Shea Leave-In Moisturizing Styling Cream, and then let hair air-dry. "It's a great styling cream — it keeps the curls looking moisturized and tamed without feeling or looking like you have any product in your hair," he says.

Making it straight: "I always start off with a protector like Hamadi Organics Shea Spray. It adds a nice amount of moisture to help with frizz and creates shine, but it's so light and weightless," he says. "You won't feel like there's anything in your hair." Next, he uses a leave-in conditioner to smooth out the hair and add more shine as he blows it until it's just dry. He follows with an ionic flat iron: "The ionic tools are the only ones I use. They are so much better for your hair's condition and don't overheat it," he says. He finishes with a little more leave-in conditioner on the ends and runs it through with a natural-bristle brush.

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Beyoncé
Hair texture type: Beyoncé's hair is vulnerable to frizz says stylist Kim Kimble, founder of Kimble Hair Care Systems, who has worked with Beyoncé for 11 years. So Kimble makes sure to use moisture and hold to keep the celeb's hair soft and sleek.

Going curly: To style Beyoncé's curls, Kimble recommends a curling serum like Kimble Bounce Back Curl Revitalizer. It contains hydrating and conditioning agents to shape spirals and nourish hair. Apply it to wet hair after towel-drying it first. "If you have really, really curly hair, finger-comb it through and let hair dry naturally," she says. "Diffuse it if you want more volume or if you have wavy hair and you want more curl. If your curls aren't as structured, diffuse your hair with a dryer to bounce back in some curl."

Making it Straight: The key to locking out frizz is to hydrate strands and seal out humidity. Use a serum like Kérastase Nutritive Sérum Oléo-Relax , with shorea and palm oils plus a little silicone, to wet hair (or use a leave-in conditioner that's not too heavy) and then blow it out with a paddle brush. To smooth flyaways, run over them with a flat iron, and then touch up with a dab of finishing serum (staying away from the roots to avoid flatness) to smooth split ends.

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AnnaLynne McCord
Hair texture type: "AnnaLynne McCord has medium-textured hair with a soft curl. It's long, below the shoulder blades," says Kaz Amor of the Warren Tricomi salon in Los Angeles, who is McCord's colorist.

Going curly: "Apply a defining curl cream like L'Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Spirale Extreme to superwet hair," he says. "Mix a dime-size drop of product on your hand, and work it through the curls section by section, applying more product as needed. Let hair air-dry, or use a blow-dryer with a diffuser, holding the dryer close to hair to avoid creating frizz."

Making it Straight: "Use a smoothing lotion like L'Oreal Professionnel Smooth Velours on damp hair and blow out with a large round boar-bristle brush," says Kaz. "The product helps straighten hair and closes the cuticle to keep the straightness."

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Emmy Rossum
Hair texture type: "She's got gorgeous curls; they are regal!" says curl expert Ouidad, who describes Rossum's hair as a mix of fine- and medium-texture curls.

Going curly: Ouidad recommends her "rake and shake" styling technique. Start out by blotting water from hair with a towel. Next, apply Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner on damp hair with fingers or a wide-tooth comb. It contains botanicals like prickly pear extract, green tea, and arnica that condition and shine.

Divide hair into four to six sections. Dispense a nickel-size dollop of a styling product for your hair type (either gel, mousse, or cream). Rub hands together, and working one chunk at a time, rake fingers through from scalp to ends, distributing the product. When you reach the ends, gently shake hair back and forth to encourage curl, and let fall. Repeat with each section, using a dot of product for each. Diffuse hair or let it dry naturally.

Making it straight: Christo suggests beginning with wet hair and a spritz of his Curlisto Protein Boost leave-in conditioner, with rice, wheat, and corn protein to restructure. Next, apply a heat-activated frizz fighter, and blow dry. The finishing touch is a light, nonoily finishing spray.

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Sarah Jessica Parker
Hair texture type: "She has a great head of baby-fine hair," says Ouidad, eponymous founder of the curl-oriented salons and product line (ouidad.com).

Going curly: "As the years go by, the curl pattern loosens," she says of the actress. To shape curls on hair like Parker's, Ouidad recommends using a hydrating deep conditioner in the shower to prevent frizz. Then apply a light leave-in gel, with botanicals and collagen, such as Ouidad Tress Effects Styling Gel , to wet hair to smooth the cuticle and help shape the curl. "For more waves, apply the gel to bigger chunks of hair with your fingers. For a tighter curl, apply the gel to smaller sections of locks," says Ouidad. Let hair air-dry or use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment just near the scalp.

Making it straight: Prepare hair with a leave-in conditioner like Curlisto Repair Styling Cream , says stylist Christo, the self-titled "King of Curls". Blow dry hair until just dry, and then divide into eight sections and set it in 2-inch hot rollers, starting from the nape of the neck. Roll the top layer of hair toward the back. Spritz rolled hair with a finishing spray, such as nonsticky Suave Professionals Touchable Finish . Remove curlers and part hair as desired. Run fingers through curls to separate. Spray on a nonoily finishing serum like Citre Shine Mist. "If you want a pin-straight look, then simply use a flat iron to smooth curls,&uuot; he says.

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Celebrity Curl Inspiration

From the outside looking in, curly haired girls would seem to have the best of both worlds: They can wear their hair in gorgeous ringlets or lush waves or opt to style it straight and sleek. But if you have curly hair, you know it's not as easy as it looks: Frizz is a constant enemy, and straightening your hair can take hours - and leave your strands more fried than a crispy 10-piece bucket.

To make it easier to achieve the look you crave, be it curly or straight, we found asked the stylists who work with the most iconic curls. For style inspiration, check out some of our favorite curly haired celebrities, including Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the new queen of curl, Taylor Swift. We've got the straight story on how to re-create their curly and straight hairstyles.

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