Curly hair updos for
girls with natural curls

Embrace your ringlets to dramatic effect by sweeping them up using this guide to stunning curly hair updos.  

Natural curls don’t need to flow loose to have a flawless impact. Get creative with a curly hair updo, playing with your locks to your heart’s content. The beauty of natural corkscrews is they can step up an ordinary style, adding texture and volume with ease.  

Whether you’ve got a mane of super-tight ringlets, unruly coils or gentle waves, let those gorgeous natural curls rule your style. It’s time to demonstrate the power of naturally curly hair and rock what your mama gave you.

Get inspired with these curly hair updos, perfect for a show-stopping look.

French twist

Best for: Wedding guest wow

If it’s an elegant style you’re after, try your hand at a French twist. Curly hair adds extra dimension to this traditional look and the natural texture helps the updo stay locked in. Sweep your locks to one side, twist and pin in place to create an oh-so-chic style. 

Power ponytail

Best for: Evening luxe

Set the style bar high with an ultra-glamorous ponytail. Sweep your curls back into this sassy updo and let them do their thing. To take the look one step further, wrap a small section of hair from your pony around your hair tie and accessorise with a simple pair of earrings.

Tip: For a power ponytail with bags of volume and a fizz-free finish, dry your hair before styling with the ghd air® hairdryer and ghd air® diffuser

Faux hawk

Best for: Gig glam

Inject a dose of punk glamour into your style with a faux hawk. Natural curls lend themselves perfectly to this edgy updo, adding plenty of texture and volume. All you need to achieve the rock star look is a series of pinned loops, then you’ll be ready to dance the night away.

Bow bun

Best for: Girls’ day out

Go playful with this undeniably cute updo. It’s a bold look that’s guaranteed to turn heads, wherever you may be. Once you’ve mastered the bow bun, it’ll become your go-to style. 

Tip: Let tendrils fall naturally loose at the front to frame your face. 

Messy Straight

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Twisted ponytail

Best for: Date night

Twists are one of the simplest ways to add a touch of romance to your hair. Try them out on your locks with this radiant twisted ponytail. Natural curls will up the ethereal feel of the style and are guaranteed to blow your date away.

Tip: Use the ghd narrow dressing brush to gently tease the ends of your ponytail for an extra boost of volume and soft texture. 

Pinned and twisted

Best for: Party style

Make a splash at your next party with a twisted and pinned updo. Natural curls add an intricate dimension to the look, not to mention plenty of texture. Win extra style points by embellishing your updo with a statement hair clip.

Tip: Party through the night without a hair falling out of place by spritzing your curly hair updo with ghd final fix hairspray

Wraparound braid

Best for: Off-duty beauty

Everyday glamour is easy to achieve with a wraparound braid. Sweeping from one side of your head to the other, this updo lets you show off your plaiting skills and mane of natural curls all at once. 

Polished Pony

Image: @gagashairstyles

Plaited bun

Best for: Dining out

Cause a stir with a statement plaited updo. The dynamic duo of a chunky Dutch braid and a tightly coiled bun puts simple styles in the shadows. Use this stunning hairdo to dress up a laidback outfit and finish with pair of bold earrings.

Tip: To make your updo pop, add more body to your hair with ghd total volume foam. Apply 2-4 pumps to damp tresses before blow-drying and styling.  


Best for: Desk diva

The chignon is the unsung hero of the beauty world and natural curls give it a beautiful contemporary edge. Stick to this classic style when you need an easy-to-create work look that’ll last all day, twirling and pinning your curly tresses in place at the nape of your neck. 

Fishtail braid

Best for: Festival season           

Nothing says boho chic like an ultra-cool fishtail plait. Team mussed up natural curls with this edgy braid and you’ll hit festival style gold. Add a stylish finish to your festival look with an on-trend flower crown.

Embrace your hair type and play to your style strengths. Get to grips with these curly hair updos and let your locks do the talking.


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