Adele’s Curls Are The Talk Of The Town And We’re Getting To The Bottom Of Them

Are they natural? Are they styled? We need to know everything

Adele curly hair

by Annie Vischer |
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Adele's most recent Instagram post shows her flaunting a long and curly new hair 'do and we're most definitely here for it. The question is - is this Adele embracing her natural curly hair? Or has she gotten experimental with a curling tong to achieve these wavy lengths? We naturally needed to investigate ASAP. Our first piece of evidence came via an old album picture. You see, way back when (we're talking the good old days of 2016 here), Adele released When We Were Young, one of her classic mind-blowing, tear-jerking singles, and the artwork for the single at the time revealed a rare glimpse into the singer's childhood.

©Adele, When We Were Young, single artwork

A nice little throwback, sure, but this picture is intrinsic in trying to work out whether Adele's curls are natural. The picture shows a very young Adele smiling and flaunting the loss of two front teeth. Her hair? It has the sort of gentle wave many of us book blow-dry appointments to achieve. Now, Adele's hair could certainly have been styled straighter here, but we're betting that if her hair was as naturally curly as it appears to be in Adele's latest Instagram post, it wouldn't be so easy to style it into such an effortless looking style like the one she seems so happy with in the When We Were Young single artwork.

BaByliss Tight Curls Wand
©BaByliss Tight Curls Wand

It's unikely we're ever going to get hold of a firm answer with regards to Adele's gorgeous mass of 2020 curls, but our bet is they're meticulously styled in, most likely with a chopstick styler or a very slim curling tong (want to try it for yourself at home? Make a grab for the BaByliss Tight Curls Wand, £25).

So how can we emulate Adele's beautiful curly hair style at home? According to hairstylist to the stars Patrick Wilson, if you have any hint of a natural wave, your first port of call should be to adjust your hair styling routine to encourage curls. 'You don’t want to overload wavy hair with heavy serums as this will weigh the hair down,' says Patrick. 'Start at the roots by applying a root lifter of thickening spray. On the mid-lengths and ends I would apply a finishing cream. Comb through using a wide-tooth comb. Normally I would let this style air dry. If it needs a bit of help you can encourage the roots with a light blow dry, again by tipping the head upside down using a medium head on the hairdryer with the help of a diffuser. This decreases frizz and adds shine.'

When using a chopstick styler, remember to use heat protection spray and to tousle through your lengths once your curls have cooled with your fingers. This ensures your style will look effortless, carefree and not too 'done' - we're talking Adele levels of cool here.

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Hair products for curly hair - Grazia

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hairstyles for curly hair

Aveda Be Curly Hair Enhancer, £17.40 from Look Fantastic

Tame frizz and keep your curls defined with Aveda's Be Curly lotion. Apply it onto the hair while it's still damp, work in well with your hands and then blow dry it while coaxing the curls into shape. Finish off with a little more lotion to keep the style in place for longer.

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redken curling lotion

Redken Curvaceous Ringlets, £12 from Feel Unique

This curling lotion is best for those with wavy hair who want to achieve smaller, tight curls. By working it into towel-dried hair you can create shiny, bouncy curls without frizz. Those with longer hair won't achieve small curls because of the weight, but will still get long-lasting waves.

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ouidad curling lotion

Ouidad Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream, $26 from Ulta Beauty

This styling cream is designed specifically for tighter curls. It keeps them looking defined, bouncy and hydrated. Work this product through damp, towel-dried hair and then blow-dry or air dry, then style as usual.

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tresemme curl defining spray

TRESemmé Flawless Curls Curl Defining Gel Spray, from Amazon

TRESemmé's curl spray is perfect for those who want to keep their curls defined all day long without them falling flat or becoming frizzy in humidity. To use, spray onto palms, toss hair upside down and work the product into your curls. For a more voluminous look, blow-dry it upside down.

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ouidad humidity gel

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, approx £45 from Amazon

Keep your curls hydrated and sleek without that frizzy, fluffy look and without getting that crunchy feeling. This product isn't too heavyweight and so won't weigh down thin curls. A little of the gel on damp hair goes a long way.

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bed hair curling

TIGI Bed Head Totally Baked Volumizing and Prepping Hair Meringue, £14 from Look Fantastic

This product is a great for prepping your curly hair before further styling and will ensure any heat styling will hold for longer. And it smells super sweet, a treat!

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mizani oil conditioner

Mizani Supreme Oil Conditioner, £12.50 from Look Fantastic

For that sought-after, sleek sheen finish, use this nourishing oil which keeps dyed colour vibrant and keeps curls intact. While in the shower, massage into hair and leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

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bumble and bumble spray

Cityswept Finish, £23 from Bumble and Bumble

Define your curls with this super lightweight hair balm. Perfect for those who want a easy-to-achieve, super casual look. Apply onto dry, styled hair and work through with fingers.

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