frizzy vs curly (hair)

Anne Frank

Senior Member
Russian
Hello there! Are there any differences between the meanings of the two words: frizzy and curly?
Thanks a lot.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Left, frizzy; right, wavy down to chin level, then curly ends.

    Frizzy-hair-home-remedies.jpg
     

    susanna76

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    Does British English make a distinction between curly and wavy hair? I believe what Keith has shown to the right is "wavy hair" in AmE. Curly hair has tight curls, as in the image below (well, her hair is both frizzy and curly :))

    220px-Alex_Kingston_July_2017.jpg
     

    Bonjules

    Senior Member
    German
    Does British English make a distinction between curly and wavy hair? I believe what Keith has shown to the right is "wavy hair" in AmE. Curly hair has tight curls, as in the image below (well, her hair is both frizzy and curly :))

    220px-Alex_Kingston_July_2017.jpg
    I think this is mostly curly, although some might call it frizzy.
    Truly frizzy for most is very small, irregularly curled/matted as is natural hair growth in most people of African descent I'd say.
     
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    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    Keith's description of the woman's hair on the right matches American English: it's wavy until it becomes curly near her chin and shoulder.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    I guess that depends on what your idea of a true afro is. Afros in the 60s and 70s were not what I'd call frizzy.
     
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