Black curly hairstyles are amazingly beautiful, chic and creative. African-American women have gorgeous yet unique hair texture that require some special love and care to look its best. From long loose curls to shorter cropped styles, here are 20 ideas for those who search a new way to sport black curly hair.
Black Curly Hairstyles for Short, Medium and Long Hair
Curly hairstyles flatter African American women immensely, regardless of length. Here are some pictures of the most beautiful curly looks for inspiration!
#1: Long Loose Waves
Zendaya Coleman’s long loose waves are the perfect example of curly hair that makes you turn around. From casual to formal, this hairstyle can literally be worn for any occasion and it looks great when paired with any outfit.
#2: Short Black Curly Hairstyle with a High Shine Finish
Here is Viola Davis at a recent event. Hair like this can easily be achieved with hot rollers and a styling product. Perfect for African-American women with short hair, this style is fairly quick and it works fantastic either for a night out with friends or on the red carpet.
#3: Classic Vintage Curls
Melanie Fiona shows off a classic hairstyle for long black curly hair, inspired by the 1940s. Using a product and a large-barrel curling iron, hair is brushed up and away from the face and then curled back for a dramatic yet glowing style. Pair this with red lips to get the whole decade-themed look.
#4: Black Curly Hairstyle with Loose Spirals
Black spiral hairstyles have the potential to look great on anyone, but those with thick, curly hair will really pull them off well. With plenty of body and not so many rules, this hairstyle is a windfall. Let spiral curls flow freely to frame your face and bring this feminine, attractive look to any occasion.
#5: Upswept Curls
Keenyah Hill sported natural, beautiful curls at a recent event, sweeping hair to one side and setting it with a styling product. These loose curls can be achieved with hot rollers or a large-barrel curling iron. Lightened hair looks gorgeous on darker-skinned girls too, and it does accentuate the curls!
#6: Short Formal Black Curly Hairstyle
Ladies with short hair can have just as much curly fun as those with longer locks. Sleeping in soft rollers overnight will result in these short, tight curls that can be beautifully paired with big-statement earrings or a formal gown.
#7: Pinned Up Ringlets
To get a look like Judi Shekoni’s, curl the hair with a curling wand or a small barreled iron, and then pin up the majority of the hair, securing the knot at the nape of the neck. Side swept bangs add a dramatic twist to an otherwise simple hairstyle that can work both formally or casually.
#8: Medium-Length Natural Black Curly Hairstyle
Natural hair is very popular for African-American women these days, and the very tight curls in the photo are a beautiful example of how gorgeous natural hair can be. Use an ethnic hair product designed to accentuate very tight curls like these.
#9: Piled Up Curls
Tanya Wright paired fanciness with simplicity at a recent event by piling her curly hair atop her head and securing the curls with hair pins. Easy to achieve but stunning to wear, this hairstyle features the fancy top where the large portions of hair alternate directions to show off a great volume.
#10: Short and Cute Black Curly Hairstyle
Naturally curly haircuts can be just as gorgeous as long, and a lot easier to take care of, too! This curly hairstyle is accomplished simply by adding ethnic curl product to damp hair and letting it air dry. Ladies who sport short styles like this can pull off bold accessories and sleeveless dresses, both of which are beautifully accentuated.
#11: Curly Highlights
Kim Fields learned the “facts of life” long ago, and now as an older adult she has learned how to make the most of her naturally curly hair. Going for natural tight curls, she brightens up her face by adding grey blonde and honey highlights.
#12: Neat Black Curly Hairstyle with a Headband
Your hair doesn’t always have to be the focal point of your look – sometimes a fun accessory like a thick fabric headband can add a beautiful twist to an already pulled-together look. For this style, short, very curly hair is held in place with such a handy minimalistic accessory.
#13: Tree Braids
Tymberlee Hill has aptly combined two best hairstyles for women – curls and braids – for a recent event. Braiding the hair down to the ear-length and then allowing the rest to flow freely causes this modern and adorable look to shine its best. Sleek, simple and free of rules!
#14: Parted and Asymmetrically Pinned Black Curly Hairstyle
Again rocking the natural hair, actresses opt to give their hair a break and keep things how God intended at times. Using an anti-frizz product, this look was achieved simply by smoothing hair and pinning half of it back on one side with a hair pin.
#15: Thin Half-Up Waves
Women of mixed ethnicities will oftentimes have thinner locks than black women with type 4 hair. Curls can be difficult to manage with different nationalities shining through, but it doesn’t have to be. In this case you can simply use a holding gel in damp hair, “scrunch” it with your fingers and pin loosely back.
#16: Fancy Short Black Curly Hairstyle
Grace Gealey recently took a creative look to her head with a cropped cut featuring longer curls on top. This is a dramatic style to request at the salon, but it is definitely also beautiful and very photo-worthy.
#17: Smoothed Out Curls
These curls are natural throughout, but feature a deep side part and a strongly slicked down area on one side. This adds body and drama to the remaining locks. Having them all piled on one side brings in some added formality for that fancy affair.
#18: Very Short and Very Feminine Black Curly Hairstyle
Curly hair can be uber short and still look beautiful. This short, cropped cut presented by Paige Thomas shows how even the shortest curls can look gorgeously glam. Pair this style with heavy makeup for special events, or keep the face as naturally simple as your hair on your downtime.
#19: Wild and Crazy Curls
There are no rules to this hairstyle – colored hair, natural curls and a big butterfly embellishment – every single strand of hair is clearly having a great time!
#20: High School Chic Black Curly Hairstyle
This was the go-to hairstyle for 90s high school girls with curly hair – heavily gelled, strands left hanging freely in the front, spiral curls tumbling down. Best of all, it still totally works today for black girls of any age.
No matter how you choose to wear your hair, if you have black curls, you are blessed. From natural ‘dos to more controlled styles, your options are endless.