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Short curly hair and bangs is ever-trendy, and stars like Rhianna and Katy Perry have been rocking this look on the red carpet. The cut generally is sweet and feminine, but can be extremely edgy if styled correctly. For a short haircut, curly hair and bangs is surprisingly versatile, and if you're someone who fancies changing her hair on a whim, this could be the right hairstyle for you. To take your look from girl-next-door to Hollywood starlet doesn't take all that much effort.
Turn Up The Volume
Thick, voluminous hair will help take your soft curls to the next level. To get this look, ditch straightening and frizz-reducing products. Instead, apply a volumizing mousse to your roots and blow-dry your hair with your head upside-down. According to Kristin Ess, stylist and co-founder of The Beauty Department, this helps set your hair out and away from your scalp. Once your roots are dry, flip yourself right side up and blow-dry your hair without a brush. You can use a brush on your bangs because they're prone to cowlicks and sometimes are difficult to style. If your hair is a bit too puffy after you blow-dry it, apply a small amount of smoothing cream.
One of the simplest ways to style short, curly hair with bangs is by giving yourself soft, sultry waves. This 1920s-inspired style works with the natural texture of your hair. To get the look, apply a texturizing spray directly after washing. Make a deep side part and sweep your bangs to one side. Scrunch the ends of your hair to enhance your natural waves, and then blow-dry your hair with a diffuser. Once your hair is dry, separate 1-inch sections and use a curling iron, curling them away from your face. Once the curled sections are cool, brush with your fingers to soften the look. Add hairspray for hold.
Straight and Blunt
For a style 180, you can transform your curly, soft hair into a straight, blunt, dramatic cut. Rhianna and Katy Perry have both sported this look on the red carpet, but it's versatile enough for everyday wear. NYC-based hairstylist Sarajane Lynch suggests applying a silicone-based product onto wet hair from mid-shaft to ends. After applying product, blow-dry your hair with a flat brush until it's completely dry, starting with the bangs. Style your bangs straight across your forehead. Once your hair is dry, run over it with a straightener to get that smooth, sleek look, and apply spray gloss to amp up the shine.
Funky and Razor Cut
If you want a stand out look for a special occasion or party, experiment with colored extensions and razor-cut bangs. Extensions allow you to switch up your color without permanently changing it, and the texturized bangs will give your soft curls an edgier look. To get this cut ask your stylist to razor-cut your bangs, but not your whole head, because this technique leaves your hair prone to frizz. Once you've got your haircut, pick removable clip-in extensions in a bright color. Cut them to be the same length as your hair and clip them in wherever you want a highlight.