Curly or wavy hair is equally referred to as a blessing and a trouble. Curls do not always settle as you’d like them to, get extremely voluminous or simply stick out whimsically. Does it mean you should make good friends with a flat iron? Well, it’s quite tiresome to struggle with the curly structure of your hair on a daily basis, especially in wet weather. So wouldn’t it be better to look for more convenient, on-trend hairstyles, flattering for your face and suitable for your life style? Here are 40 stylish hairstyles for curly hair you can adopt for your chic looks in 2016.
Your Options for Curly Hairstyles
- Short curly hair. Short bouncy curls look fantastic with long side-swept bangs. You can flat iron the bangs or keep them curly, same as the remaining tresses. Subtle highlights enhance the texture and add dimension to your hairstyle. Punk-inspired hairstyles with messy curls and edgy bangs will also go fine with short hair.
- Medium-length curly hair. Large loose waves, medium springy curls and smaller ringlets match perfectly with shoulder-length haircuts. In 2016 stylists recommend tousled hairstyles with waves and curls as well as beachy waves and maximally natural looks. Most girls who have naturally curly hair are not sure about bob haircuts, since curly locks normally shrink and look not only shorter than expected, but also overly voluminous. If your hair is very dense, it can be thinned out from the inside to get a more appealing hairstyle shape eventually. The length should also be considered. Other than that, don’t be in a hurry to turn down an idea of a bob haircut even if you hair is naturally curly. Below you can see some very nice examples with wavy and curly bobs.
- Long curly hair. Long lengths also provide you with multiple options: defined polished curls, natural breezy waves or messed up tendrils/ringlets with braiding sections or without. To lighten up long curls, it’s recommended to use layering that offers a flawless revitalized look to your long hairstyles with curly texture.
Best Ideas for Hairstyles with Curly Hair
And now let’s see the most inspiring examples of curl trends.
#1: Side Flat Twists with High Ponytail
For a cool look that you can do in less than 10 minutes, here is a great updo that will keep your hair up and away from the face and look great throughout the day. The mixed combination of flat twists and soft curls makes this one of the most versatile hair ideas for naturally curly hair.
#2: Headband Rope Braid with Curls
One of the cutest ideas for natural curly hairstyles, the rope braid is very feminine and romantic. Once you get the hang of it, you can do it with your eyes closed. It frames your face beautifully and doesn’t need touch ups during the day.
#3: Simple Hairdo for Springy Natural Curls
If you’re in a time crunch in the morning but you still want to look good, make a side parting and pick up a chunk of hair right above your year. Give it one or two twists before tightly pinning it down.
#4: Curly Intricacy
Hairstyles for natural curly hair can be just as lovely as those worn by straight haired girls. This intricate updo involves a few buns arranged in a row along the back of the head to tame curls and leave hair looking smooth.
#5: Natural Curly Elegance
Natural hair can easily get out of control, especially during warm weather months. But once you know how to style it, beautiful black hair is yours. Go big and bold with a twisted, gathered style that holds up all day.
#6: Fancy and Curly
To get this style, twist a section of hair until it is tight enough to collapse upon itself. Take the formed knot and secure with hair pins. Leave some loose tendrils in the front.
#7: Curly Boho Beauty
Sometimes a long and messy look is its own kind of beautiful, as is the case with this style that incorporates a thick wrap braid with plenty of hair flowing freely. Hairstyles for naturally curly hair don’t have to be complicated – sometimes you just need to be a little creative.
#8: Natural Curly Side Style
Gather your hair up with some tight back and side braids, leaving the top free in its natural curls. This style works well on shoulder length tresses or a bit longer – but if your hair gets too long, you will, unfortunately, hide a side of your face and end up with a too bulky updo.
#9: Curly Sass of Color
Highlighted hair is fun to wear, and with a curly top you can use a burst of blonde as an accent piece. This adorable pile of curls is perfect for both a casual workplace and special occasions.
#10: Natural Braid Crown
Natural curly hairstyles can be challenging if your hair is ultra thick and coarse. Keep things under control with a fancy braid crown that shows off natural hair without letting it go wild. This throwback hairstyle has been popular with black women for generations – and with good reason.
#11: Curly Faux Hawk
Curly hair takes on a modern look with this fun faux hawk that is sectioned off tightly to form a sort of design in the hair. Allow curls to come out in unexpected places like a cute little side tendril, or a pile of lightened hair hanging onto the forehead.
#12: Curly and Bold
When choosing a hair color, why stay mundane? Or commit to one color for that matter. Instead, go for some vibrant streaks of purple, pink and blue. Curly hair showcases highlights beautifully, but cute pops of color are even better.
#13: Natural Hair Piled High
Natural hair is super trendy right now, compelling more and more women to grow their hair longer than usual. When you’re looking for medium length curly hairstyles, try this one on for size. Best of all, it still works when your hair is a longer length.
#14: Headband Braids and Curls
Give your natural hair a bit of a boost with crisscrossed braids that keep things tame while still looking feminine and beautiful. If your hair is on the shorter side, this style will look exceptionally adorable. Be sure to use enough product to prevent frizz – this style embraces the messy, but not the crazy.
#15: Long Curly Style
Keep it simple and classy with this long style that substitutes a crown braid with a crown twist and involves gathering hair into a low ponytail and then looping it through the elastic. This style shows off hints of color perfectly.
#16: Natural Curly Rebellion
Slick the front of your hair back and then gather into a bun or high ponytail in the center to achieve this cute style. When it comes to naturally curly hairstyles, this one is fun and appropriate to wear to school, the office or out to the club.
#17: Twists and Bun
Double twists starting at the hairline are running backward to be fed into a nice sock bun. Natural texture is very flattering in such buns, and you will probably cope without any bun maker.
#18: Symmetrical Updo with Twists
Twist the sides of your hair and then smooth it all back into a low bun or ponytail. This is a good look for natural hair that needs a fancy boost without a lot of modification. Using some styling product ahead of time will keep things under control and smooth all day.
#19: Bright, Vibrant Curly Hair
Go with a wild color like hot pink when you’re ready to liven up your arsenal of medium length curly hairstyles. Leave some exposed roots for a color contrast that is both hip and fun. If your hair tends to have “beach waves” instead of ringlets, use a scrunching serum to enhance the waves without making hair “crunchy.”
#20: Braided Gathered Curly Style
Create multiple braids on one side of the head and then feed them into a low ponytail. Don’t pull the final loop all the way through for a low messy pony-bun that is ready to rock the day. Pair it with some bold accessories for a beautiful final look that turns out truly pulled together and awesome.
#21: Loosely Styled Curly Hair
Natural curly hairstyles can be as simple as pulling back some front strands and securing them with an elastic or hair pins. Fancy it up for a special occasion by adding tiny flowers or greens as accent pieces.
#22: Natural Black Hair with Copper Highlights
Black hair is made more edgy with copper highlights. Focus on the top section of the hair, as the red color will beautifully frame a face with a warm skin tone. Of course, you can also place a pop of color wherever you choose depending upon your hair style.
#23: Natural Curly Updo
One of the great things about curly hair is you don’t have to do a lot to make it look amazing in an updo. For this look, hair was finger combed into a low twist, secured with pins, and embellished with flowers.
#24: Sophisticated Side Swept Curls
Naturally curly hair can be styled in so many ways! Next time you go out clubbing or attend a wedding, try a deep side parting, tight side twist and cvoluminous curly sweep. The contrast between the sleek side and the tight sexy curls create an edgy style for any big occasion.
#25: Easy Side Braid for Thick Curly Hair
Looking for new ways to style frizzy hair? Tame the top half of your curls with a simple side braid that runs to the nape of the neck. Tie the rest of the hair in a low pony tail, and your hairdo is done in less than 5 minutes!
#26: Quick Cute Flat Twists
If you want your hair out of the face for the day, go with these cute flat twists that will look even cooler if you have highlights. This hairstyle idea will fix messy, frizzy hair within minutes.
#27: Pretty Flower Head Piece with Bouncy Curls
Add some flowers to your curls for a romantic look. This makes for a cute, shoulder length hairdo that’s perfect for parties and girls’ nights out.
#28: Bold Bandana Updo
Naturally curly hair is the best candidate for wearing bandanas. This easy style has an edgy, fresh feel to it that never fails to get noticed. To achieve this look, pin your hair up and wrap the bandana around your hairline, knotting it tightly to one side. Pull out a few locks for a messier look.
#29: Elegant Updo with an Asymmetrical Twist
If you’ve been looking for easy medium curly hairstyles that are ready in a jiffy, you have to give this one a try. It’s not only quick to do, it also looks polished and more complicated than it actually is. To make the braid, pick up a chunk of hair above your ear and start twisting towards the back of your head, adding more hair as you’re proceeding towards the nape. Secure with hair pins and be generous with hair spray.
#30: Casual Bun for Wavy Locks
Most of curly hair hairstyles are easy but they do look great. This messy bun takes only seconds to make and still looks sweet and lovely. It works great with most haircuts, especially with highlighted hair, and can be worn from morning till evening with any outfit.
#31: Edgy Waves
Here is a perfect version of trendy “bedhead” curly haircuts for girls. Loose curls and broken lines express some sort of carelessness, slackness and even negligence.
#32: Beach-Inspired Bob
We can easily imagine her walking on the beach with refreshing ocean breeze blowing through her hair… That’s the main concept of modern hairstyles: to make them look as natural as possible.
#33: Ethereal Bob
Maximum of lightness and serenity with minimal order and accuracy inspire gorgeous lightweight haircuts for wavy hair like this modern curly bob.
#34: Flexible Curls
Wow, full head of fantastic springy curls! Some of them are blending into your mane, while others are quite defined. We can feel here the hand of a talented stylist, can you?
#35: Whipped Up
Here, on the contrary, the accent is put on the volume. The foamy mass of blurry curls is concentrated along the sides of the face, which is perfect for oblong or triangular faces.
#36: Adorable Red Breezy Tresses
You believe the hands of a stylist have never touched these delightful locks. It’s rather a job of the sea breeze that shaped them into fantastic natural waves and the generous sun that charged them with exquisite brightness.
#37: Tousled Bronde
It looks like wind was playing with her hair: swept bangs to one side, disheveled the curls and even blurred the parting line. And the effect is stunning, as you can judge yourself.
#38: Fluttering Curls
These glorious curls are so special because of the chosen direction and voguish shuttered contours. As a result, you look feminine, modern but not sugary-sweet.
#39: Lacy Mane
Modern curls are extremely light and natural-looking. These are also beneficially enhanced with random chocolate highlights, revitalizing this gorgeous airy hairstyle.
#40: Chocolate Delight
Here the rich curls are forwarded on the face, framing it in a flirty manner. The rounded shape of this classy hairstyle in tandem with the broken curls and edgy contours look pretty harmonious and up-to-the-minute.
Well, that’s how you can rock your curly styles in 2016. If you are willing to try something new, make sure you will go to a professional stylist. Hair will grow back anyway, but it’s extremely important that you are happy with your cut and style right away, because we know: it’s going to make your day/week/month brighter.