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Long curly hair: natural never goes out of style

Hollywood waves and beachy hair might be this season's top hairstyle trends, but long cascading curls never go out of fashion. Natural-looking and classic, they add a touch of femininity to the longest locks around.

Curls, yes, but contemporary!

These days, when we talk about curls, we don't mean large, usually unnatural-looking (if left unstyled) ringlets. Now, curls have loosened up, bordering on wave territory. Whether they be natural, semi-permanent or created using a hot iron, it's important to master their contours and curves. Curls should be as supple as possible, without losing their spring.

A question of mass

Even though the look suits round, long, triangular and square faces, as well as all hair colors, there are nonetheless some requirements to be taken into account beforehand, if you haven't got naturally curly hair. According to Delphine Courteille, hairstylist at L'Oréal Professionnel "Only medium to thick hair, with a good amount of mass, can really pull off long curls." All the texturizing products in the world won't compensate for fine hair, unfortunately.

The importance of drying for natural curls

For straight or wavy hair, these cascading curls are only achievable with the help of a hot iron. For naturally curly hair, however, it's the blow-drying step that's crucial. Delphine Courteille specifies that a diffuser is indispensable in order to spread the hot air throughout the hair and achieve the most equal-sized, bounciest curls ever.

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