Mariah Carey's Curls Just Invited Us On a Walk Down Memory Lane


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While Mariah Carey's ringlets were everywhere in the early '90s, we don't see them often enough these days. With that being said, it seems the Queen of Christmas has left us with one last present this year: a peek at her stunning natural curls.

While shopping in Aspen, Colorado on Wednesday, December 27, the 54-year-old let her textured hair soar, with curls cascading over her shoulders and down to her waist. She attempted to reign the voluminous ringlets in with a slim headband, but they had a mind of their own (that's exactly why we love them).

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Another perk of the texture? It offers a great view of Carey's expert hair color. While she often wears her honey hair in soft, sleek waves, the tight curls show the full extent of her bright highlights. The blonde popped even more against the Grammy winner's black Chanel tracksuit, which was covered in glittery star appliqués.

The "Heartbreaker" singer previously opened up about what it was like wearing her natural hair in Hollywood at the beginning of her career.

“Here’s the thing: They didn’t know how to do my hair,'' she told Meghan Markle during an episode of her "Archetypes" podcast. “If it was a white hairdresser that had never dealt with textured hair, they would tend to do a different thing and my hair would be like, ‘You’re not doing that!’”

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On the other hand, if she was working with a hairstylist trained in natural hair, Carey found they weren’t accustomed to her mixed texture and would use “too much product.”

Nevertheless, Markle—like the rest of us—found a wealth of inspiration in Carey, from her big hair to her even bigger voice.

“She was so glamorous and fabulous and talented. She was successful. And she was mixed, like me,” the Suits actress shared. “She was an aspirational figure I could see.” 

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.