Unless you live under a digital rock, you would have seen #curlyhairdontcare gain popularity like never before as women and men alike have unabashedly embraced their natural curly hair with pride and we love to see it continue as a trend in 2022 As people have become better at using hair care products the same way they use skin care or makeup, many of them have started learning more about the natural texture of their hair and learn to work with, not against, while staying chic and improving hair health no matter what haircut style they choose.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Yuba Khan, curly hair expert and co-founder of Manetain, shared from a women’s perspective, “People are looking for hair that says a lot about the future, rather than waves of identikit beach and one-length wicks. Now that we’re out of lockdown people are looking for hair with attitude, individuality, personality and a bit of rebellion and texture is everything in this case. Everyone’s had time to revamp their look and the shag draws inspiration from its 70s heritage to add a rock n roll twist to any tired hair that needs a makeover. ”
Highlighting how Euphoria star Zendaya, for example, had her shy, shoulder-skimming style paired with spiral bangs that hit her eyebrows for several of her firsts, Yuba Khan said: “This is not the first time the Euphoria star experimented with the retro hairstyle. At the Teen Choice Awards in 2017, she wore a similar textured look and I think this trend needs to stay in 2022 as well. This cut is done in layers and the locks are layered, which creates much more movement in the hair and enhances the shape and volume of your curls.
She added, “The Pixie haircut is a beautiful, modern and functional style. It is a very short cut on the top, sides and back of the head. It’s ideal for anyone in their 50s or someone going through a hair transition, for example. This haircut complements many face shapes, is simple to maintain, and gives off a youthful glow. This low maintenance curly pixie cut gives the illusion of fuller, voluminous curls. Other than that, you can have tapered hair, a long bob, cut layers, a blunt cut, a natural short, a side cut or an undercut cut. These hairstyles show off your curls, adding definition and volume to your hair.
Speaking from a men’s perspective, Arpan Madhai Beck, Founder of Treato, said, “Curly locks have been seen on men’s heads throughout history, from Michelangelo’s David to modern celebrities like Jason Mamoa and of course the Jonas Brothers, among other celebrities. This type of curly hair is unruly and difficult to manage and most unpopular among men. While some may believe that their curls need to be shaved or that they just don’t suit their face shape, any man can rock the look with the right cut, shampoo, effective styling products and a few minutes the morning. Of course, curly hair, by definition, requires more care than straight hair.
Curly hair with tapered fades is great fun to style, but it is high maintenance due to the hair’s delicate texture. Arpan Madhai Beck explained, “A taper fade involves gradually shortening the hair on the sides and back while leaving the top section longer. This creates an elegant contrast and contributes to a polished, masculine appearance. There are many ways to experiment with this fade, but curly hair is one of the best because it makes it neater and easier to style. The taper fade gives structure to your curls while highlighting them and making them the focal point of your look. It prevents hair from tangling or flying out of your ears or neck. It’s also a fantastic way to draw attention to your face.
He suggested, “You can also flaunt your curls while still being classic. A mini afro with short sides is a great choice. Regé-Jean Page, the actor in Bridgerton’s Duke of Hastings, holds his own in both the 21st and 19th centuries, with his mini afro and short sides. It has nothing to do with fads, trends or fades. It’s refined and healthy. Many actors, including Will Smith and Idris Elba, sport this hairstyle. Also, like Kit Harington or Robert Sheehan, I believe in embracing your natural curls. You can add definition to your natural curls by applying pomade or styling mousse with your fingertips. Start with a small amount of hair product and work your way up to using more if needed.