08/11/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT
"They make me feel sweet and innocent—with a little touch of wildness," says actress Rebecca Gayheart of ringlets, those fusilli-like curls that have celebs suddenly looking like Renaissance-fair extras. Among the damsels in this tress: Courtney Love, Rene Russo, Elle Macpherson and Mira Sorvino. "I feel more spontaneous when I leave it curly," says MTV veejay Kennedy. "Straight is clean, and curly is out of hand." Adds Hollywood clipper Roberto Ramos, whose clients include Bette Midler and Diane Lane: "Women suddenly want hairstyles with volume again. Ringlets scream glamor. They're a throwback to Old Hollywood, but now they have a bad-girl '90s edge."
Practicality can be another reason to get loopy. "Now that summer is here, a lot of women can't keep their hair straight," says Los Angeles hairstylist Jonathan Antin, who turns the tresses of Drew Barrymore
using those old styling staples, hot rollers. "Women are definitely over the shag do. They're seeing curls as easy and liberating." Just ask Gayheart. "As a kid, curly hair was a problem because I didn't know what to do with it—I was teased a lot," she says. "Now people say, 'Oh, your hair is so pretty.' I look at them and go, 'If you only knew.' "