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Ten Iconic Curly Celebrities – From Chaka Khan to Shaun White! With Video!

From Shaun White to Chaka Khan, there are so many great curlies to choose from (though never enough, right?”> that we had a hard time whittling it down to just 10—5 curly guys and 5 curly gals. We chose these curlies based on varying factors: Are they natural (most of the time at least”>? Do they represent curlies? Do they wear their curls proudly? Do we associate them with curly hair?

Here are our picks for Ten Iconic Curlies from old school to present day (and we mean old school”>. Ladies first, of course (but other than that, no particular order”>.

Shirley Temple

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” – Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

Why: The Original Curly Headed Doll! Birth Name: Shirley Jane Temple Born: April 23, 1928, Santa Monica, CA Hair Type: 2c

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Serious cute alert. Take pictures for goodness sakes!
  2. Keep the curls lightweight and well defined with AG Hair Cosmetics Mousse Gel.

Quick Facts

  1. Temple’s mother did her hair for each movie; each hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.
  2. Temple’s daughter, Lorax, is bassist for the grunge rock band The Melvins, whose music was a heavy influence on Nirvana.
  3. In 1972, Temple successfully overcame breast cancer.
  4. Actresses Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were both named after her.
  5. Temple starred in more than forty major motion pictures.

In this video, Shirley Temple performs Animal Crackers in my Soup

Chaka Khan

“Walking through this life really is walking through fire.” – Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Why: She’s Every Woman! Birth Name: Yvette Marie Stevens Born: March 23, 1953, Chicago, IL Hair Type: 4b

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Let that ‘fro grow! Weaves need not apply (anymore”>!
  2. Moisture, moisture, moisture for your gorgeous natural curls! We recommend Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine.

Quick Facts

  1. Khan dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.
  2. Khan’s early musical heroines included Billie Holiday and Gladys Knight.
  3. Joined the Black Panther Party, renaming herself Chaka Adunne Aduffe Yemoja Hodarhi Karifi.
  4. 10 time Grammy-winner Chaka knows how to pick a songwriter. Stevie Wonder penned the hit single, “Tell Me Something Good” and Prince wrote “I Feel For You.”
  5. Though Chaka has covered up her natural hair many times, she stills rocks her naturals curls and is known for her bodaciousness, huge hair, and powerhouse voice. And she’s Chaka Khan. ‘Nuff said.

Chaka Khan video. Chaka performs “I’m Every Woman”

Bernadette Peters

“You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?” – Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Why: Never Seen Her Straighten Those Gorgeous Curls! Birth name: Bernadette Lazzara Born: February 28, 1948, Queens, NY Hair Type: 3b

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Standing O for Bernadette’s curls!
  2. There is one thing: Keep some AG Hair Cosmetics Re:coil Curl Activating Balm handy to keep those curls springy and lively!

Quick Facts

  1. Peters is Italian.
  2. Her waist measures a purported 23 inches! Seriously?
  3. A-Lister of live theater, she has been nominated for 7 Tony Awards and won 2.
  4. Grammy nominated for her live album “Sondheim, Etc.” recorded to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
  5. Best known for her role opposite former flame Steve Martin in “The Jerk.”

Video of Bernadette Peters with Steve Martin in The Jerk


“I pefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.” – Shakira


Why: Mega Star, Mega Curls, Mega Heart Birth name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll Born: February 2, 1977, Barranquilla, Colombia Hair Type: 3b

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Keep rockin’ those curls and stay away from the flat iron! The world needs more uber-celebrities that love their hair.
  2. Wear those curls down and be proud of that gorgeous mane. Try Curlisto Control II and Curlisto Structura Lotion for a nice combo for your curls.

Quick Facts

  1. Shakira is of Lebanese-American, Italian and Spanish decent.
  2. Shakira learned English by studying the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and the poetry of Walt Whitman.
  3. Shakira is a trained belly-dancer and performs barefoot. Her nonprofit foundation is called The Barefoot Foundation.
  4. Shakira is short in stature – 4 feet 11 inches.
  5. “Hips Don’t Lie” is the most-streamed track of the past decade, with over 85 million online plays.

Official Shakira Video: Hips Don’t Lie (Featuring Wyclef Jean”>

Sarah Jessica Parker

“When I go to a premiere I like to borrow lovely clothes and shoes from designers. It’s like the library: if you return them in good condition, you get to borrow more. I’m very lucky.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Why: Brought Messy, Curly Hair Back In Style Birth name: Sarah Jessica Parker Born: March 25, 1965, Nelsonville, OH Hair Type: 3a

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Forget the straightening. You have beautiful curls! (And we kinda like you as a blonde.”>
  2. Hon, you need a leave-in conditioner! Keep those curls moisturized with Kinky-Curly Knot Today.

Quick Facts

  1. Parker is a trained singer and ballet dancer, having studied at the prestigious American Ballet School.
  2. Parker is one of 8 children.
  3. The role of “Carrie” in “Sex and the City” was written specifically for Parker. “Sex and the City” garnered 50 Emmy nominations and 24 Golden Globe awards.
  4. Parker once dated John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  5. Parker had her famous, trademark chin mole surgically removed. “I just didn’t care for it,” she said.

Video of Sarah Jessica Parker with very curly hair on Letterman in 1996

Albert Einstein

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Why: The Genius Scientist Was a Mere Mortal Like Us Birth Name: Albert Einstein Born: March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany Died: April 18, 1955, Princeton, NJ Hair Type: 2a

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. A comb, perhaps?
  2. Since Dr. Einstein was so Awe Inspiring, we recommend Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray – plus, we just wanted to say “Einstein” and “Jessicurl” in the same sentence.

Quick Facts

  1. Einstein’s head was so large at birth that his mother thought he was deformed.
  2. Einstein had a daughter out of wedlock with Mileva Maric, who later became his first wife.
  3. Einstein was known to be a ladies’ man (yes, I did say that”> and his second wife was also his cousin.
  4. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, but did you know he was offered the Presidency of the State of Israel?
  5. Einstein’s brain was removed at autopsy and kept for four decades in an attempt to determine what made him a genius.

Albert Einstein explains E=mc2

Howard Stern

“If you’re going to be strong on the radio, you got to let it all out, even the ugly stuff. And you can’t apologize for it.” – Howard Stern

Howard Stern

Why: He Doesn’t Care What We Think! Birth Name: Howard Allan Stern Born: January 12, 1954, Queens, NY Hair Type: 3a

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Let it grow—you’ve got rock star locks and they look better longer!
  2. Like we said, he doesn’t care what we think!
  3. Howard, stop talking and listen to a little friendly advice. Keep those curls gently cleansed of any buildup that might weigh them down. For your curls, we recommend Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo. Ahem.

Quick Facts

  1. His Hebrew name is Tzvi.
  2. Stern graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Boston University, where his radio show “The King Schmaltz Bagel Hour” was canceled for being too racy.
  3. The 6′ 5″ deejay was the first male to make Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list.
  4. Stern is an ardent and outspoken supporter of gay rights.
  5. An 8-time recipient of Billboard’s Air Personality of the Year award, Stern earns approximately $1,923,077 a week.

Read more about Howard Stern on

Video of Howard Stern interview after being fired from WNBC

Jimi Hendrix

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” – Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Why: Genius, Passionate Guitarist Birth Name: Johnny Allen Hendrix Date of Birth: November 27, 1942, Seattle, WA Date of Death: September 18, 1970, London, England Hair Type: 4a

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. Can we get on the guest list?
  2. Try Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner to detox and detangle those tresses.

Quick Facts

  1. Hendrix was entirely self-taught on the guitar, and played upside-down because he was left-handed.
  2. Toured with Little Richard and played on multiple tracks for him, including “Whole Lotta Shakin’.”
  3. Influenced many guitarists, among them Eddie Van Halen, Prince and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
  4. Playing with The Who in 1967, he witnessed Pete Townshend smash his guitar onstage. Not to be outdone, Hendrix set his guitar on fire.
  5. Sadly, Hendrix became a member of the “27 Club” when he overdosed on barbituates. The 27 Club is named for famous musicians who died at the age of 27 (including former girlfriend Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison”>.

In this Jimi Hendrix video, Hendrix performs Hey, Joe

Shaun White

“Any medal would be good. A big gold one even better.” – Shaun White

Shaun White

Why: He’s Got Gold-Medal Hair! Birth name: Shaun Roger White Born: September 3, 1986, Carlsbad, CA Hair Type: 2c

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. You’re doing great on your own, Shaun. Keep that moisturizer handy for those winter days on the mountain!
  2. How about a little après-ski moisturizing while sitting around the fireplace? We recommend a deep treatment once a week with Mop Top Deep Conditioner.

Quick Facts

  1. White was born with a heart defect and underwent two open-heart surgeries by age 1; he switched from skiing to snowboarding at age 6.
  2. White’s mother only allowed him to snowboard backwards, in an attempt to get him to slow down; this actually helped develop his skills.
  3. A professional skateboarder as well, White is the only skater to land the Body Varial Frontside 540.
  4. Known for his red curly hair and getting big air, he is often called “The Flying Tomato.”
  5. Two-time Olympic Gold medalist – once at Torino in 2006 and again at Vancouver in 2010.

Video of young Shaun White at age 11

Video of Shaun White’s run at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics


“Sex and drugs go hand in hand when you’re a rock ‘n’ roll musician. If I were a violinist, it might be a different matter.” – Slash


Why: Rock Star Hair, Great Guitar Tone, Holla! Birth Name: Saul Hudson Date of Birth: July 23, 1965, London, England Hair Type: 3c

What We Recommend for Hair Like This

  1. We loved the 80s, but that tophat has had its day. Goodwill that hat, or better yet, auction it off for charity.
  2. Up for a cocktail? Try Curlarita Cocktail before your next Superbowl performance, even though you already stole the spotlight that day.

Quick Facts

  1. Slash is biracial, born to a Nigerian clothing designer mother and English art director.
  2. Attended the elite Beverly Hills High School with fellow-curly Lenny Kravitz but dropped out before graduating.
  3. Formed the hugely successful Guns N’ Roses with Axl Rose in 1986; officially disbanded in 1997. Hasn’t spoken to Axl Rose since 1996.
  4. Plays Gibson Les Paul guitars with few exceptions.
  5. How much did Slash earn for his brief appearance at 2011 Superbowl Halftime show? Best answer we could find: “Waaaaay more than you make in 3 minutes.”

Video of Slash playing live

Honorable Mention

Lenny Kravitz

The biracial Kravitz brings a smoldering sexuality to his guitar playing and he’s just plain gorgeous and rocks his curls. “Confusion makes people uncomfortable. They can’t put their finger on me.” – Lenny Kravitz

Lucille Ball

We suspect she had straight hair and curled it, but her curls were iconic anyway, not to mention she was a brilliant comedienne. “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” – Lucille Ball

So, who’d we miss? Who would you add and why?

Kim Vo Taught Me That I Like to Whisper

Top 4 things I learned at Kim Vo’s salon:

-The people feel like family—they’re friendly, sincere and love what they do

-Kim Vo can color some hair

-Tell your stylist you want to “whisper, talk or shout” with your hair. This way, you’ll speak the same language—he or she will know whether to make those auburn highlights a brighter red (shout”> or to tone them down to a lighter side of brown (whisper”>.

-Don’t commit to anything questionable over a glass of red wine, whether it’s a haircut or a favor for a friend. Something we all know better.

I recently traveled to L.A. to catch up with old friends and to visit with a few industry acquaintances of NaturallyCurly’s.

Though I was unable to see all the amazing brands and partners in the area, I did spoil myself with a drive-by of Chaz Dean’s oasis as well as a morning spent at the Montage with Kim Vo. What do these two have in common? NaturallyCurly, Serenity and Bravo TV programming (see Chaz and Kim“>.

First stop: Chaz Dean


I have to admit, I’ve been known to watch the Bravo show Flipping Out and had tuned in to the episodes of Jeff Lewis renovating Chaz’s salon site. To see it in person was something else— beautiful. Zen. The salon is a healthy portion of an entire block just off Sunset Boulevard and could not feel further away from the Hollywood hustle and bustle.


Different houses and gardens dot the landscape of the Dean domain. Thanks to Craig, their operations manager, for the tour, as Chaz and most of his crew were off at QVC.


I made sure to load up on some of my favorite scents and products— I’m addicted to the Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner—I left with peace of mind and a Wen candle scented in clean cucumber.

Next step, last but certainly not least—Kim Vo’s Salon at the Montage luxury hotel in Beverly Hills.


I’d previously met Kim at an industry show, and my second time in his presence was consistent with the first. I’m not sure I’ve met a more pleasant and sincere stylist—and a celebrity at that. Watching Kim weave through his salon and interact with clients, even if they were not personally his, was a frequent sight. He talked me through the finer points of how to REALLY communicate with a stylist. For example, we’ve all had that cut, color or style where we’ve asked for one thing . . . and walked away with something entirely different. His simple secret in how to overcome this—see #3 of my top 4 insights above.

Thanks to Kim for a color that keeps sending compliments my way—four weeks later.

Vampire Victoria’s Bountiful Curls

Bryce Dallas Howard, Twilight’s new Victoria

The predatory vampire “Victoria” looks ravenous with her thick, fiery red curls during a scene in the much-anticipated Twilight saga movie, “Eclipse.” Bryce Dallas Howard plays the lead enemy role; she took the place of Rachelle LeFevere, the original Victoria in the first Twilight movie. The movie will be in theaters Wednesday, June 30.

— Toree Roy

Russell Brand at 2010 MTV Movie Awards

Comedian/actor Russell Brand walks the red carpet of the 2010 MTV movie awards, on Sunday, June 6, with beautiful, dark wavy tresses. He paired his standard rocker style with a smile that probably has something to do with his new film “Get Him to the Greek” being No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

— Toree Roy

Video: Veronique Morrison of Mizani

In this video, Veronique Morrison of Mizani talks about textured hair at America’s Beauty Show.

Curliness from Salon Tech

Curly beauties graced the Salon Tech stage. Salon Tech makes professional styling tools such as flat irons and hair dryers.

salon tech
L’Oreal Professionnel Launches INOA at ABS
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loreal inoa

One of the splashiest stages at ABS was L’Oreal Professionnel’s. The company launched its new INOA color system with a bevy of models wearing spectacularly decorous headwear, including flowers, feathers and butterflies. The sizable crowd gathered around the stage gawked at the beautiful, colorful display.

INOA is a revolutionary new ammonia-free permanent hair color, which contains an odorless alkaline agent called MEA (monoethanolamine”> that replaces ammonia. “It’s more conditioning for the hair and scalp,” says Ron King, L’Oreal Professionnel spokesperson and owner of Bo Salon in Austin, Texas. “It’s like a treatment for the hair,” he says.

Click here for more information about INOA.

Mizani Highlights New True Textures Line

Mizani wowed the ABS crowd with an energetic and dramatic stage show that started off with amazing African-style dancing and drumming.

Mizani, which launched its True Textures line last month, highlighted the variety of hair textures the products are suitable for, with a variety of styles.

Curl Love from Redken

Redken showed beautiful texture.

Video: Nick Arrojo At Amerca’s Beauty Show

In this video, NaturallyCurly caught Nick Arrojo at America’s Beauty Show. He talks about texture and twins.

Tabitha Offers Quick Styling Advice at ABS

Tabitha Coffey, star of “Tabitha’s Salon Takeover,” offers advice to a contestant on the Matrix stage during a quick-fire styling competition that was wildly popular with America’s Beauty Show attendees.

Hanging with the American Crew Models

This lucky lady finds herself surrounded by hunky American Crew models at America’s Beauty Show.

Video: Stylist Kim Vo Talks to NaturallyCurly

Super stylist Kim Vo, of “Shear Genius” fame, talks to NaturallyCurly in this exclusive video.

Sam Villa demonstrates "Red Carpet Curls" at ABS

Redken educator Sam Villa demonstrates “Red Carpet Waves” at America’s Beauty Show today.

Sam has more than 30 years teaching experience and is currently at the top of his game as a Redken’s Education Artistic Director and chairman of his own digital media and styling tools company.

Beautiful Curlies at ABS

Random curlies from the floor of America’s Beauty Show:

Pravana Beach Wave

A photo from the Pravana booth at America’s Beauty Show, showing a demonstration of their Beach Wave technique, which offers a nice, loose wavy look.

NaturallyCurly Meets Kim Vo

Top photo: advertising queen Lori Kerrigan meets super-stylist Kim Vo today at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago.

Bottom photo: And the ever-generous Vo was happy to pose with NaturallyCurly CEO Crista Bailey, as well.
Jonathan Torch Talks Curls at America’s Beauty Show

In this video, NaturallyCurly caught up with Curly Hair Solutions founder Jonathan Torch at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago.

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