Easily Duplicated Hairstyles for Medium-Length Curly Hair

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

When it comes to styling medium-length curls, it's all about knowing your texture and figuring out how to make it work for you. Many people get this confused, so let's clear this up. Wearing your hair curly is not a singular style. In fact, there are countless hairstyles for curly girls that are great for work, play, and beyond. Don't get us wrong, we're total advocates of letting your curls roam free as they please, but there are just some moments that may call for a bit more creativity. For those looking for a bit of inspiration, we've come up with a list of some cool styles that you're definitely going to want to try.

All curl grounds are covered: loose, spiral, barrel, and natural. Below are the celeb hairstyles for medium-length curly hair currently occupying space in our camera rolls.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron stunned the red carpet premiere of Sleepwalking with these tightly coiled waves. You can use a one-inch curling wand, like this one from Remington ($16), to re-create these curls.

Nathalie Emmanuel

Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel's tousled curls add amazing dimension to her overall look. This style is actually super easy to create. Simply sweep your curls over to one side and secure with a few of these Conair bobby pins ($7).


Rihanna's golden blonde curls and bangs frame her face perfectly. This is a style that works great with either natural or heat-wanded curls. After your curls are in place, be sure to secure the look with a hairspray like Morrocanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish ($24).

Taylor Swift

For a more Old Hollywood–appropriate occasion, pin your curls up into a classic updo like Taylor Swift’s. These Goody spin pins ($6) will help keep the look in place.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is forever giving us hair envy. Rough up your waves by running your hands through them with a pomade, like this one from SexyHair ($17) to add extra volume. She created more structure by tucking one side behind her ear and pulling her hair to the side.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba looked radiant in these big, bouncy curls. Add movement and body to your shoulder-length hair by using Drybar's self-grip velcro rollers ($10) to shape the look.

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg added this glorious silver headband to their natural curls. So regal, no? Recreate this look by adding your own headband ($18) or standout accessory.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe’s ever-changing hairstyles never get old. If you’re looking for a no-fuss style, try double buns like these, using Goody elastic hair ties ($5).

Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter looked like a walking vintage glamour ad in these waves. And that shine! Duplicate the look by spritzing with Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum ($21).


Just as free as her music is her hair. Solange exuded etherealism with her free- flowing curls. Keep your curls in their natural state as you dry them by using a diffuser attachment like DevaCurl's DevaFuser ($29) at the end of your blow dryer.

Jourdan Dunn

A cool way to elevate a classic half-up, half-down curly hairstyle is by adding braids like Jourdan Dunn’s. Use a rattail comb ($7) to create perfect parts.


Zendaya, a living, breathing goddess, wore these voluminous curls like they were made for her. The Euphoria star's coppery highlights add extra depth and dimension to the layered look. You can ask your stylist to recreate Zendaya's chunky bits of colors or do it yourself with an at-home kit like Revlon Color Effects Frost & Glow ($11).

Jaime King

Actress Jaime King arrived at Variety’s Power of Women event in these defined spiral curls paired with sleek bangs. Using a flat iron like this Babyliss Pro Nano ($23) will totally help you perfect the look.

Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber gave us glamour in her fairly long lob accompanied by effortless waves. Mimic this style using a large barrel curling wand like Conair's Infinity Ceramic Iron ($13).

Sailor Brinkley-Cook

Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s glamorous curls just might be our favorite hairstyle on her. Finished with a side part and soft waves, this simple and sophisticated style can be held in place with a simple spray of Bumble and Bumble Does It All Light Hold Hairspray ($32).

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi should honestly create a rule book on how to fabulously wear curls 24/7. We absolutely love the way her coils peek out of this effortless topknot. Give curly bangs extra definition with As I Am Curling Gel ($18).

Issa Rae

Issa Rae is another shining example of inspiring Black women who wear their curls in beautiful ways; her endless updos always take the cake. Before styling, cleanse and nourish your natural ringlets with DevaCurl's No-Poo Conditioning Cleanser ($18).

Jasmine Sanders

Who says messy buns don’t belong on the red carpet? Jasmine Sanders totally rebukes the notion with her chicly undone style, which is simply jaw-dropping at any event. Start this look by adding volume with Tresemme's dry texture finishing spray ($5).

Jennifer Lawrence

Another imperfect style for the win, worn by the stunning Jennifer Lawrence. This look is living proof that messy hair is more fun. Give your curls some extra oomph by using Conair's spiral curling iron ($15) in random areas.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is such a queen and her natural curls are just the best. This time, she gently pulled half of her hair back, bringing more attention to her flawless makeup. Using a small claw clip ($8) to secure the top portion is an easy way to tame her curly hair.

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