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Here come the curls; As Nicole Kidman embraces her natural hairstyle at last, here's how to get the best out of your own corkscrew tresses.

Byline: Sally McLean

ACTRESS Nicole Kidman has spoken of how she has finally learned to embrace her naturally curly hair after years of loathing it.

The Oscar winner, aged 46, said her daughter Faith, three, has inherited her corkscrew curls and likes it when her mum also wears her hair in a natural style.

Nicole said: "I almost never straighten it any more - I let it go curly and wild.

"It's taken me 40-something years but I embrace the curl.

"My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when I wear my hair curly, so I wear it for her."

Nicole's decision is in line with a new trend for waves and curls, which has come after years of women wearing their hair poker straight.

But for some women, curly hair can be hard to tame.

Celebrity hairdresser Taylor Ferguson reckons it's time for curls to make a comeback after years of being tamed and straightened.

And he said Nicole's declaration is all part of a growing trend among those blessed with natural curls to make the most of their hair.

Taylor said: "Nicole said she's done it because her daughter loves it.

"I think she and others with curly hair need to do it because they love it too. What's not to love? "If you've got good, healthy curly hair, the styling options are endless and that slightly curled or relaxed hair look is very much on-trend. The great advantage for someone with curly hair is that their hair can be washed and left to dry naturally, removing the risk of any heat damage.

"The hair can look as big as you want or as controlled as you want with good products, a few kirby grips, pins, hairbands or some ribbon ties.

"Nicole now joins the likes of Dragons' Den star and interior design diva Kelly Hoppen, who's another great ambassador for natural curls. Kelly wears them really well."

But curly-haired women need to follow a few simple rules to get the best from their curls, said Taylor.

I'm just wild about natural look MUM-of-two Leanne Donovan knows all about corkscrew curls - she's embraced them all her life.

And unlike Nicole Kidman, who is a late convert, Leanne, 40, has made her naturally curled tresses part of her image.

Chief beauty therapist Leanne said: "I'm known for my wild curls. People often ask how I curl it but it's 100 per cent natural.

"The difference, though, LEANNE, 40 is how I care for the curls. If I didn't do anything, I'd end up with the tightest corkscrew curly look.

"That wouldn't tick my box and I don't think I'd enjoy my hair as much. Instead, every five months I have a Nano Keratin defrizz treatment, which relaxes the corkscrews into really cool curls that are very manageable. I get a regular good cut too."

Leanne, who lives with husband Joe and children Peyton, nine, and Colby, seven, in Irvine, added: "Even on my wedding day I wanted a big, curly look and tied some of the curls back in a big red bow.

"My daughter Peyton loves my hair and will often spend ages styling it and pinning it up into different looks."

A head start 1. STYLIST SEARCH Some stylists might be put off by a headful of wild curls and advise on keeping it short. That's not good advice. 2. CUTTING IT It's not just about the on-the-day look, it's how it grows out. 3. WASHING Curly hair is dry, so wash only once or twice a week. 4. BEAT THE HEAT Dryers, straightening irons or tongs add too much heat and result in dryer, frizzier hair.

5. BE ADVENTUROUS Don't straighten. Adopt different looks instead. 6. CURL CONTROL If you use a diffuser to speed up drying, always apply a heat styling lotion or mousse first. 7. DON'T COMB It's about the products and using your fingers. Try Schwarzkopf's Magic Serum.


NATURAL Nicole Kidman is ditching her sleek look, top, to go back to curls, as has Kelly Hoppen, right
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Date:May 7, 2014
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