In a perfect world, magazines and runways would reflect the reality about women’s hair with all kinds of different textures. Just think: Tips for curly and kinky hair would be everywhere! Until that rad day comes, we’re working to fill the void. It’s no secret that ringlets (whether they’re tight and boingy or big and loose) look gorgeous when left alone, but why not have a little fun with them?
Luckily, there are loads of options for styling curls that go beyond a basic chignon. Zahra Barnes, our model for this story, was glad to help learn and demonstrate those looks. “Now I know that I don’t just have to rely on buns when I wear my hair curly,” she says. Barnes is a whiz at playing with her natural texture. Sometimes she flat-irons her strands straight, and other times she’ll define her curls by setting them with DevaCare Arc AnGEL and perm rods, like she did the night before our shoot. “I use so much heat that my curls have lost some of their bounce. Setting my hair helps bring out the shape,” she says.
For other ideas on how to style coiled hair, we gave stylist Andrew Fitzsimons a ring. The best part about the fabulous looks he came up with: They’re all fast. Try one the next time you're about to head from work to happy hour, and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. Modeled by Zahra Barnes; Hair Styling by Andrew Fitzsimons; Makeup by Andi Yancey; Styling by MaryKate Boylan.