3 Holiday-Ready Styles For Curly Girls

We have to admit that we're totally envious of our curly-haired friends and how their gorgeous natural texture is a beautiful style in itself. It seems that, even with minimal styling, God-given curls frame the wearer's features like nobody's business. Whether left wild or perfectly defined, we love curls of all shapes and sizes.
That being said, we know that even the proudest curly girls may want fresh ways to style their swirls, especially around party season. So, we worked with Yessenia Reyes, hairstylist at Hair Rules, to come up with three styles that make the most of all of that beautiful natural texture.
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From a convincing faux bob to a braided, French-twist bouffant (it's easier than it sounds!), we'll show you the step-by-step to getting each look right. Click through, watch and learn — and promise us that you'll mix it up with those beautiful locks this year, okay?
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The Triple Braid

Recognize this look? It's that awesome braided faux-hawk that we saw recently on Kate Bosworth — made even cooler with the addition of extra texture from Michelle's curls.

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Start with sectioning. Grab the hair from your forehead to the crown of your head and clip it out of the way.
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Next, section off the hair at the back of your head with a clip, leaving the side sections loose.
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Pull the sides down under the back section. Use an elastic to secure the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
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Braid the ponytail into a simple three-strand braid, and secure with an elastic.
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Next, unclip the two clipped-off sections. Divide the hair down the middle and start French braiding the hair on the right.
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Continue French braiding all the way down the back of the head. Finish with a regular braid, and tie off with an elastic.
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Repeat the French braid with the second section so that you end up with two braids at the crown of your head.
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Pinch the two braids together and pin to connect.
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Take the middle braid that you created first and lift it straight up the center of your head. Pin into place with bobby pins and tuck the ends of the braid in. Pin them down as well.
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Take a second braid, lift it up, and pin it to the head in the same manner.
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Lift and pin the last braid.
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The finished look appears complicated, but no one will know that it was created with only three simple braids! If you're looking for extra sleekness and definition at the hairline, Reyes recommends using a bit of Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom.
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Pretty and punk — the perfect festive style for any party on your iCal.
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The Counterfeit Crop

Little-known hint: Curly hair is the perfect candidate for a faux bob, as the extra texture makes the style less stark and more genuine-looking.

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Begin with hair that's been prepped with Hair Rules Wavy Mousse for extra volume and definition. To start, sweep your hair down as if you were going to create a low ponytail, and begin to pin the hair at the nape of your neck.
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Continue pinning until you have pins running across the back of your head, from one earlobe to another. This will be the anchor for your "bob."
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Start creating your bob. Gather a section of hair, scrunch it up to your scalp, and secure it to your head. This is a great time to use a criss-crossing technique with your pins, which will ensure a long-lasting style.
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Continue gathering, scrunching, and pinning hair, moving from one side of the head to the other.
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Don't be too specific with this style — it's much more believable if it's a bit messy. (All the better to show off your ringlets, my dear!)
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Finish your last section, pin, and give your "bob" a thorough look from every angle with a handheld mirror. Are all of the sections pinned at relatively the same level, so the hair appears to be cut to a uniform length? If not, add more pins to lift hair, or alternately, tug sections down.
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To finish, shape the hair around your face so that it frames your mug nicely, and pin into place.
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And, just like that — your natural curls just got a new lease on life!
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Michelle wondered how many pins are in her hair. Answer: a lot.
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The Braided Bouffant

This look may seem a little out there — but, trust us when we say that it's the perfect way to dress up ringlets. It's easy, too!

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Begin by...sectioning! Surprise, surprise. Separate out the hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.
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Next, section off the hair at the back of your head, leaving the sides loose.
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French braid the hair at one side of your head, moving from your temples straight back.
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When you can't French braid any more, switch to a three-strand braid and plait all the way to the ends. Tie the braid off with an elastic.
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Repeat with a braid on the other side.
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Gather all of your hair (braids included) over your right shoulder and insert large bobby pins slightly to the right of the back of your head. This is going to be the anchor for your French twist.
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Next, gather all of your hair and begin twisting up and to the left, so that the French twist covers the pins that you already inserted. Add more pins, criss-crossing them as you go so that the twist is securely in place.
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Continue twisting and pinning up the back of your head. Stop when you get to the crown of your head.
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Next, let the hair at the crown of your head loose. Scrunch the hair and pin randomly into a bouffant shape — no need to be super precise here!
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Boom! This style is fresh, fierce, and totally gorgeous.
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Best part? That braid going straight across the back of your head. Pat yourself on the back, reader — you are a DIY hair master!