Four Fun Ways to Wear Curly Hair - Whether You've Got 10 Minutes or Two Hours

04/05/2013 at 03:13 PM ET

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It seems as though every starlet in Hollywood is born with long, perfectly beachy waves — or at least clicking through “Last Night’s Look” can make it feel that way. What’s a girl with curly hair to do for tress inspiration?

Well, the hair gods must have been listening to our complaints, because this week alone, four curly-haired stars went out with very different looks, all of which those of us born without red-carpet-ready hair can achieve.

Emmy Rossum: You’d never know it from her normally glossy locks, but Rossum’s hair is quite curly. To get her modified pony, spritz dry shampoo through day-old waves, then blow out roughly with a round brush and finish with a flat iron. Your natural texture gives the do volume and a little edge.

RELATED PHOTOS: Vote on which star wore her hairstyle best here!

Eva Longoria: Another one who is rarely out without her signature shiny blowout, the actress embraced her natural curls on The Tonight Show Thursday. If you’re going curly for a big event, pull your hair off your face to make the look a little more formal, then define any fuzzy ringlets with a curling iron.

Jada Pinkett Smith: Curly ponytails aren’t just for cheerleaders anymore. Pinkett Smith’s pony is at the exact right spot (below the crown of her head) to ensure the vibe stays sophisticated rather than overly perky, but her spiral looks make the look flirty, rather than “straight from the grocery store.”

Beyoncé: As any girl with curly hair who has ever visited a tropical locale can attest, your hair gets a mind of its own the second you step off that plane. Even Beyoncé can’t control her hair, so she beat it to the punch by getting box braids for her trip to Cuba. Practical and pretty — that’s a hairstyle any curly girl can appreciate.

–Alex Apatoff

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