How to draw curly hair

This tutorial will show you how to draw curly hair in a few easy steps and tune your fashion sketches with fresh, playful curls. Some outfits just don’t go well with straight hair – explore the steps and give amazing new looks to your fashion sketches!

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 12min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, colored pencils, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 6/10

How to draw curly hair in 9 steps:

Step 1: Before you start

Draw the face of your model with all the features. Don’t forget to draw the ears too.
Pull a short vertical line to mark the middle of the head.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 2: Guidelines

Starting from the Centerline draw the outlines of the hair. Notice that the shape is indented at the top of the head. Then it follows the form of the head, expands and finishes as an arch at the bottom line.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 3: Layers of hair

When drawing fashion sketches you have to keep in mind that hair is not a flat surface. It has volume and layers.
Leave some space from the outline and draw a second line repeating the former. This upper layer should be longer, so the hair looks 3-dimensional.
Mark the middle part of the hair with several short, curved lines starting from the Centerline.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 4: Bottom layer

Erase the unnecessary lines and draw zig-zag lines covering the bottom layer of hair. Don’t be afraid to intersect the ears – doing so will make your drawing look more natural.
Erase the parts of the ears that stand behind the bottom line of curls already.

Keep the zig-zags relatively big for now. The bigger the zig-zag, the bigger (and more easy to draw) the curls.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 5: Upper layer

The zig-zag guidelines for this layer will be following the curve of the outline of the hair. Make at least one zig-zag in the inside of the upper layer.
Notice that the curls guidelines start from the middle part of the hair.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 6: A-side curls

As mentioned above, even in fashion sketches the hair has a certain dimension. So does every single curl. Using the zig-zag guide draw a parallel line with a curved end, as shown in the example illustration. Fill all the curls this way.

It is less likely to get confused which one is the A-side if you start from the bottom and draw up towards the Centerline.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 7: B-side curls

Once you have filled every left-to-right part of the curls it’s time to make the B-part. Use exactly the same technique and draw all the curls.
Draw the tips of the hair thinning at the end.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 8: Bottom line

Use a wavy line to fill the gaps between the curls ends. Remember to follow the guidelines from step 2. Hair has volume- show it, leaving the upper layer slightly longer than the one that goes behind.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 9: How to color curly hair?

Cover the whole hair with a flat layer in a color of your choice.
Then take a darker shade and render the whole A-part, except for its center.

For additional realism you can fill ONLY THE MIDDLE of the B-part with white to make the hair look shiny.

How to draw curly hair for fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Darken slightly the part of the hair, since the hair is always darker in the roots.

Drawing different types of curly and fizzy hair for fashion design sketches

Using the same technique, but changing the size of the zig-zags you can have very different hairstyles for your fashion illustrations. Try mini, regular and big curls!

You just learned how to draw beautiful curls in an easy way. It’s time to get creative and design some hair accessories and pieces of jewelry!

Girl with curly hair fashion illustration by Teya Bozhilova

If you want to further enhance your skills and learn how to draw hundreds of hairstyles go check out my online course on “How to Draw Hair


It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:

How to draw curls error 1
How to draw curls error 1 fixed

Mistake 1: The distance between the parallel lines is too little. Make it wider- at least 1/3 of the next zig-zag segment.


17 Comments

  1. yasss so then i could draw eyelashes and make up on my drawing thank u so much!!!!!! u guys are so good!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you so much! But I feel like you cheated :lol: I like to take the time to draw each individual curl and then fill in the background when I can’t fir in any more. I know that I shouldn’t because the sketches need to be simple and upfront, with only the actual piece being somewhat if not generally detailed, but it is just a personal preference of money. Please don’t take offense to this I mentioned it to be a little humorous ;)

  3. [quote name=”Dobi”]Thank you so much.Can you make a lesson for drawing makeup.Ти си от България нали? ;-)[/quote]
    Hey Dobi :)
    How to draw makeup tutorial sounds great.
    Actually I was thinking of How to draw eyelashes article today…
    And yes… I’m from Bulgaria :)

  4. Thank you so much.Can you make a lesson for drawing makeup.Ти си от България нали? ;-)

  5. :lol: I have literally checked out EVERYTHING that has been put on this site. Just like a kid at xmas and I am STILL hungry for more!!!
    THANK YOU ENDLESSLY for giving us the time it takes to create these tutorials. It has been of great help. THANK YOU!!!!! :lol:

  6. I aboslutly LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your site. It is a lifesavor when I need to look up somthing really important. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Fashion Designing Courses
Back to top button