It took me a while to learn that when it comes to curly hair, it's all about the cut. I've spent most of my life wearing my natural rizos blown-out straight and getting my hair cut to meet my straight style needs. And then I wonder why it took me so long to tame this unmanageable mane. Luckily, I work in an industry (thanks job!) where I'm constantly meeting hair stylists and experts that have taught me a thing or two about curly hair cuts. Trust me, once you have one you'll never look at your hair the same!

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The right curly hair cut perfectly frames your face, fights frizz and keeps curls perfectly defined. I'm telling you, a good cut can literally change your hair around. So how do you know what's the right one for you? Well, for starters, I always suggest you get your cut done with a curly hair specialist. But it also helps to bring a picture of a style you're really loving. Don't know where to start? Don't worry girl. Here are the top 10 haircuts for curly hair to try this fall!

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Pixie cut 1

Pixie cut

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Forget everything you've heard about pixie cuts and curly hair because it's simply not true. Morena Baccarin's gorgeous crop is elegant, face-flattering and surprisingly low maintenance. The choppiness shows off her natural texture and the volume makes her hair look thicker and healthier. The key is to keep the style as frizz-free as possible. Try Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream ($34).


Afro 2


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Coarse, coily hair like Esperanza Spalding's looks amazing with a round, afro-like cut. Just make sure to keep curls constantly hydrated to help maintain shape and definition. Try Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner ($11).


Long layers 3

Long layers

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Certain curl patterns, like Shakira's, tend to look best past shoulder-length. The weight helps loosen up the curls and evenly distributes volume. Make sure to ask your stylist to add long layers throughout your head that will prevent your curls from looking as stiff as a Christmas tree.

All over layers 4

All over layers

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Thin, fine curls like Judy Reyes' tend to lack body and volume. A cut that hits right at the collar bone with layers cut all around adds bounce and shape.


Blended bangs 5

Blended bangs

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If you have soft, lose curls with straight roots like Salma Hayek's, consider adding some long side-swept bangs to the mix. It instantly pulls your look together.


Life-less curls 6

Life-less curls

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If you have life-less or heat-damaged curls, a short bob helps make hair look healthier and fuller. Tell me Jennifer Lopez doesn't look fabulous with her hair like this!


Shaggy cut 7

Shaggy cut

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Lose curls like Paulina Rubio looks sexy with a shaggy, piece-y cut. You want to make sure there's plenty of volume at the crown.

Tousled bob 8

Tousled bob

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Ana Ortiz's loose waves look bouncier with this cute tousled bob. I absolutely love it!


Face-framing 9


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Camila Alves' manages to keep her long curls bouncy and defined with long layers just in the front. It evenly distributes volume and also helps frame her face.

Tight curls 10

Tight curls

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If you have tighter curls like Dania Ramirez, get a cut that hits right at your shoulders with plenty of layers. Also, try a lightweight styling gel to prevent curls from poofing up. I love DevaCurl Light Defining Gel ($20).