How To Perfect The High Puff Hairstyle

It’s a curly girl’s best friend.

Your guide to the high puff hairstyle, the curly-girl updo that's simple and chic.
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Pinterest predicts high puff hairstyles will continue to spike on its platform in 2022.

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Sometimes called a pineapple because of the way hair explodes from the top of the head in one glorious poof, high puff hairstyles are a chic, easy way to style your curls. Pinterest sees more people celebrating their natural texture over the new year via looks like this one.

How to achieve the look? “Everyone has their methods, but I find that using string allows you to quickly go back and forth with having the puff sit atop your head, or lower,” says hairstylist and owner of Diaspora Salon, Yasmine Young. A no-snag elastic or satin scrunchie will work, too.

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Daisy Henson, founder of San Diego-based The Daze Studio, offers another tip: “If you have lower density hair, too much product can overly define your hair and diminish the size of your puff. Bigger is better! A little frizz adds to the volume and beauty of the high puff.”

For puffs big and small, these clamps — available in varied sizes — will secure them comfortably. “It’s a great alternative to an elastic and keeps your hair securely in place without causing any unnecessary tugging or pulling,” says Henson.
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Henson recommends this ultra-lightweight styling oil to add gloss to your high puff. “It is a reparative oil that can give you added shine, soften the hair, prevent breakage, and restore the bonds in damaged hair,” she says.
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Use a styling gel or edge control like this cult-favorite from Got2b to slick those edges for a more polished look — or to play up those baby hairs.
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“A puff is a natural or curly girl’s version of a ponytail,” says Young. The versatility makes it a great go-to. “It’s a great choice for workout sessions, a night out, or a formal event,” adds Henson. Keep it cool and effortless, or add a cute accessory — it’s all fair game.

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