Waves & Curls

I could never wrap my head around why my friends, who are blessed with gorgeous, bouncing curls, would even think about straightening their hair. This is coming from the naturally stick straight haired girl who got herself a perm several years ago. True story. It actually turned out beautifully, despite the noxious and arduous experience. Alas, the grass is always greener – we’re always wanting what we can’t have. So of course, I’m contemplating ditching the curling iron for another visit to the salon for some permanent waves. Change is a good thing, no?

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  1. Paula wrote:

    I LOVE this idea! You should totally do it – all these pictures are amazingly beautiful. Curling irons never hold the curl in my hair so I think I would HAVE to go with something more permanent 🙁

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Lauren wrote:

    I’ve tried to curl my hair and million times and it always falls out, my hairs to thin and straight. If love a perm, didnt know you could get one that doesn’t make you look like an 80’s throwback or old woman?
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  3. Having curly-wavy hair isn’t so dreamy and bohem. There are days that my hair are like a nut’s one, curls everywhere, even in my eyes. In other words, I am like a lion strolling in the city.

    tsiou, from  In Whirl of Inspiration

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  4. Rachelle wrote:

    Love it, Marion’s look is my fave.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  5. I have naturally curly hair and for two years, I straightened it every day. But now I embrace my curl and I love it! It definitely has good days where it looks perfect efortlessly, but there are absolutely days where it is a frizz ball. However, I supose that is what makes it unique. I say go for it! Get that perm!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  6. Nomadic D. wrote:

    Oooh, if you do it you have to show us the before and after! I have stick straight hair myself and ever since I can remember I’ve wanted curls. I got my perm when I was 10. Yes, ten years old. No, not smart, not cute. Still lusting after the waves and curls though…

    http://www.nomadicd.com

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  7. uhhh nice! i´ve got wavy hair but too short! hehe…xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  8. Isa wrote:

    It’s the perpetual female affliction – we all want the hair we don’t have. I’m the same way, but all my curly-haired friends are so jealous of my straight hair.

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

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  9. Reptilia wrote:

    I think changes are a really good thing! You should try 😉
    Love all these images!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

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  10. Veva wrote:

    Amazing waves!

    MY WHITE IDEA DIY

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  11. Serenity wrote:

    Just remember when getting a permanent all the harsh chemicals they put in your hair. God gave you straight hair for a reason and after you damage your hair with a permanent, it cannot be undone, no matter how hard you try, even with all the products in the world. Plus you risk shocking your hair so bad, it may fall out. Yes, I understand the allure of waves of curl, but you were given the hair you have for a reason and it makes you shine with your natural born beauty and grace! ツ

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  12. Denisa wrote:

    I like that hair style, looks great.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  13. Julie wrote:

    I have naturally wavy hair and I can say, with years of experience dealing with textured hair, that the models in these photos are not realistic representations at all. They have been worked on by the best professionals in the beauty industry, and some of them don’t actually have naturally textured hair. Believe me, if I had some world renowned stylist coming to my house every morning to do my hair I would look pretty dreamy and ethereal, too. Alas, I just have my own two very amateurish hands, and the results are at best, good, at worst, a disaster. Throw in the humidity, rain or wind when I walk out the door, and I resemble Medusa. Just as most women do not look like Giselle when sporting a bikini at the beach, most curly haired women do not resemble the models in these photos at all. It is a fantasy. Really embracing your textured hair is a process of good products, an appropriate cut, time, patience and the cooperation of mother nature. For me, the Universe aligns these factors perfectly about maybe ten times a year, the rest of the 355 require a ponytail.

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  14. I recently discovered how easy and glamorous old fashioned bobby pin curls are… definitely going with waves as the weather warms up!

    <3becky
    http://www.loosefromthezoo.com

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  15. Kat wrote:

    @Julie AMEN SISTER! I was just thinking the same thing. If I had a half ton of extensions added in and a pro styling me I would love my curls too! The thing about curly hair is that you can do the exact same styling routine from day to day with wildly differing outcomes. This really sucks if you have an important night or event, you can’t be sure it will turn out well. I think that’s one reason curly girls go straight, you know exactly how it will turn out if you blow it out!

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  16. beautiful curls!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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  17. Jenni twigg wrote:

    I have lots of waves and curls and have also blow dried and straightened but for the last year have also just left mine, everyone loves it, some days are def not good days, wow wake up with huge hair, good old mousse does help and there are so many bandeau s and goodies for hair, I have become quite experimental,so finally after 53 years I am enjoying what I got naturally 🙂

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  18. You literally just described my life. Ahhh the woes of a girl with stick straight hair. That perm didn’t turn out so well for me though, so I’m sticking to hot rollers! Beautiful, inspiring pictures!

    XXOO,
    Mary
    The Classy Cubicle

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  19. Tasneem wrote:

    I used to have wavy hair and loved it. But, now after my pregnancy my hair is straight. I just braid my hair when it is wet to still get the texture I miss.

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  20. I really love the style in the picture number 15!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

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  21. i.s. wrote:
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  22. I love a good curl. I like them more when they are messy, beachy and windswept looking. I think they are the most sexy this way because if the curl is too tight then you start to look like Shirley Temple.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

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  23. Chila wrote:

    I want this hair style… I just can’t.
    It is so so cool.

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  24. Juicy wrote:

    Cara is our obsession this season.
    And we love love love love curls.
    Giu&Si

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  25. Anna wrote:

    I love curls too but I just don’t have the patience to curl my entire head of hair! haha

    http://www.beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Nensi wrote:

    Don’t forget all this models have a hair extensions

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  27. Andrea wrote:

    If only my naturally curly hair looked this good! Alas, it has usually gone from curls to frizz halfway through the day.

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  28. oh yay! some ideas for my naturally curly hair 🙂
    thanks for including trends for all hair types

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  29. Shelley wrote:

    Love the curly hair! Mine is so straight and just kind of hangs there. Getting a perm though is just so bad for my hair. It makes it feel like straw!
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthChildArt?ref=si_shop

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  30. Oh the romance of it all!! Dreaming of some pre raphaelite curls for spring… only if I could extendo-grow this pixie cut out. I’ll just use this post as Wig-spiration! Thanks xo

    http://www.yeoldeslothbear.com/

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  31. Laura wrote:

    Love this hairstyle !!
    New post up: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/
    Love from Paris

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  33. Wish i had curly hair!!

    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

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  34. When I was young I wanted to have curly hair
    now i prefer slick style.

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  35. anhen wrote:

    I was always thinking about getting a perm on my long hair!!

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  36. Ambyr wrote:

    I love the red curls. It’s so bold, daring and beyond sexy. I wish I had the guts to try it. Hmmm. Good inspirations. My hair is naturally curly, so all I need to do is embrace the curls. Working on it!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  37. So beautiful photos of curly haired women, I am inspired! I have naturally curly hair, and for many years I cursed the fact, but have grown to embrace it. When it comes to curls, it’s all about styling and KNOWING your own hair, which products works with your hair etc. 🙂

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  38. HouseCat wrote:

    Love, love, love your site. Please consider showing more hair & beauty stories with more diversity. I am mixed race, olive skin, hazel eyes, masses of thick curly hair. ‘D like to see more models reflecting my image, as well as Asian, Indian and dark skins, in the mix of a very Nordiclly skewed beauty ideal.
    Diversity and inclusiveness that reflects how we live today. Thanks

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  39. Marianne wrote:

    I HAVE to agree with Julie here. I have VERY coily little curls, sometimes when I have a day where they clump well together (it’s also very fine) they even look like artificial tight Shirley Temple curls except frizzy.

    I have always had to wear it curly. Straight looks ridiculous on me, and my hair is actually so stubborn and curly that I can’t dictate the size and length of the curls either. It’ll do what it wants to do.

    That said, I’ve learned to embrace them. There’s about 8 days in 10 that I’ll wish I had a more wavy pattern, instead of my tight curlies, especially because I’m fair-skinned and dark blonde, but that’s never going to happen. It last happened when I was 8, I think. I love curls, but as most curlies, I just hate mine half the time. 😉

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