Shiny, smooth, glossy, bouncy! Curls are unbelievably sexy and glamorous, yet so adorable and playful. Besides, achieving gorgeous locks is extremely easy and everyone can learn how to style lovely curls in a few basic steps. Whether you want an elegant, ladylike look or, on the contrary, something more casual and effortless, curls are definitely one of those hairstyles that can save your appearance.

This summer, it's time to give your hair a light, playful touch through beautiful curls. Whether you opt for the rather laid-back, soft and relaxed version or for the chic and groomed one, curly hair is this season's hottest trend. You can create fabulous bouncy curls using a curling iron or heated rollers. If you have natural curls, make the most of them by adding some curling gel and use a diffuser attachment to dry your hair. Summer seems to be the best season for you to embrace and enhance the beauty of your curls applying a shine spray.

Using bobby pins to curl your hair may not be a popular method nowadays, yet it was highly used before curling irons and rollers appeared. If you want a head full of pin curls, you should start on slightly damp hair. Apply some gel and choose some plastic bobby pins in order to avoid damaging your hair or scalp. Next, continue by taking a small hair section, twist it around two fingers and secure it into place against the scalp with bobby pins. Continue the process and do the same with the rest of the head. Remove pins when your hair is dry and spritz some hairspray to hold.

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If you want romantic, fluffy curls with a retro flair such as spotted at Sonya Rykiel, use a large-barreled curling iron or bobby pins, brush the curls once you finished and apply some spray. If you have shorter hair, use a small-barreled iron in order to get loose, oh-so-adorable curls. A center parting will create a maximum, slightly wild impact, while a side one will give an elegant, ladylike touch.

If you are more into the classic style, here's how you can achieve rich, romantic curls, full of movement. You just need a curling iron, hairspray, a comb or simply...your fingers. Take 2-inch sections and start tonging you hair using a medium or large-barreled iron. For a beautiful result, you can alternate the direction of each curl, make one backwards then one forwards. Run your fingers through your hair so you loosen the curls a little or gently comb through the lower layers for a soft finish. Apply some hairspray as a final step.

For sweet, girlie-like curls, hot rollers are the best time-saving solution. Depending on the result you want to obtain, there are two ways you can roll your hair. Therefore, if what you want is to add volume, start rolling from the base of the hair. Or, if curls are your goal, start at the very end of the hair section and roll downward. Keep in mind to apply hairspray on each section before putting in the rollers. Wait 15 minutes and allow the rollers to cool down, then remove them gently. Lightly apply some hairspray to hold those lovely curls.

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