55 Styles and Cuts for Naturally Curly Hair in 2017

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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 55 stylish hairstyles for curly hair you can adopt for your chic looks.

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. 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

pony hairstyle for curly hair

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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: 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.

#4: 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.

#5: 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.

#6: Curly Updo with a Braid

This witchy updo does not require you to straighten your hair first (thank goodness). Instead, separate your naturally curly hair into two large sections, creating a dutch braid in the front and a messy bun in the back. Let your curls add to the imperfectly perfect appeal of the style.

#7: Easy Down Style for Medium Length Curls

For curly hair styles with your hair down, your curls need lots of moisture, and these red waves do look pampered! The way to the curly hair heaven lies in finding the right balance between water and oil based products. When you use oil based products to lock in moisture, you’re truly an expert in curls care!

Red Curly Hair With Purple Highlights

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#8: Perfectly Shaped Layers

The shape of this cut is perfect for women with very curly hair who want a medium-long style. With the layers falling just right, the overall look is soft and sexy without any excessive volume. That natural red hue is a cute accompaniment to a simple cut.

Medium Natural Layered Hairstyle

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#9: Edgy Red Curls

Some natural curly hairstyles have no intention of being tame. To get super edgy and modern with kinky hair, go for a short, structured cut that defies gravity. The glossy red-orange color makes this style purposefully futuristic.

Curly Red  Bob For Black Women

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#10: Natural Curly Updo with Pastel Highlights

Pastel hair is so often seen on perfectly straight or heat treated hair. Clearly though, a swirl of unicorn shades is equally stunning on curls. This cute messy bun is as divine as cotton candy! Try jazzing up your style with a glitzy accessory.

#11: Modern Fire-Inspired Look

This smoky look is not even trying to hide its inspiration. If you’re envisioning smokestacks and fires, then you’re right on the money. The fiery hair is complete with a fierce smoky eye. Try perfecting your natural curly hair with a curling iron by coiling a few sections around the face.

Curly Messy Red Hairstyle

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#12: Messy Bob for Curly Hair

If you’re looking for an effortless, trendy way to rock your curls, this just might be it. Naturally curly hair is very in, though it can be hard to pinpoint a cut that would be universally flattering. With its strategic layering and pretty angles, this curly bob boasts both structure and fluffy texture.

Curly Brown Blonde Ombre Bob

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#13: Adorable Bob with Bangs

Short naturally curly hairstyles can skew dated when not done right. (Think of your lovely grandma with short curls.) The barely perceptible A-line angle and light shaping in the back make this bob both simple and youthful.

Brown Bob For Curly Hair

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#14: Beautiful Layered Lioness

Who doesn’t have an inner lioness? Curly girls are lucky, because they can let it out. There’s a reason all of our favorite curly-haired divas have tried this look: it’s incredibly sexy. The dark eyebrows and roots only make this style that much better.

Medium Layered Curly Bronde Hairstyle

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#15: Spunky Curly Girl Style

Kinky curls with ombre highlights are a beautiful, stylish way to brighten up your look. The key to this naturally curly girl style is bounciness. To get lightness and body, you need layers that fall from eyes to chin.

Natural Curly Hair With Highlights

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#16: Amazing Natural Curls

Shoulder length curly hair gives the best balance between short and medium hair. You have enough length to work with, but not so much that it feels weighed down. And clearly, nothing is weighed down about the cut – those healthy curls are full of life.

Medium Natural Hair

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#17: Messy Angelic Look

This ethereal hair style reminds us of everything we love about the seventies. To get this look, treat your curls to a defining cream and a leave-in conditioner and then let hair dry naturally, fluffing and separating curls as they dry.

Long Curly Hairstyle With Bangs

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#18: Trendy Candy Colored Curls

Pastel pink hair is such a flattering look on pale skin! It brightens the complexion and is far more interesting than common blonde. Because bleaching can dry out your curls, moisturizing becomes more important than ever. Try a combo of mousse and curl cream after each wash.

Medium Curly Pastel Pink Hairstyle

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#19: Best High Pony Ever

Hairstyles for naturally curly hair can often take basic ideas (like a high pony) and make them a thousand times better. This cascade of balayage curls takes on a life of its own, and it couldn’t be easier to create. To get the full effect, warm-toned highlights are a must.

Ponytail For Natural Hair

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#20: Soft and Sexy Curls

When you have natural curls, styles like this can seem out of reach since frizz is so common with curly hair. It’s all about finding out what your hair truly wants. Infrequent washes along with products formulated with natural oils and nut butters can be life changing.

#21: Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair

Your natural texture is your secret weapon of sexiness and elegance, so next time you have a formal event, don’t reach for a straightener. Instead, create a loose french braid and hide its end into a full messy bun. Pull out some wispy bang pieces to complete the look.

Messy Updo For Curly Hair

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#22: Stylish Messy Perm

Medium curly hair can typically get a little crazy, and that’s a good thing. The length is short enough for a great volume. Big hair is back, so don’t be afraid. A side part can help you pull off this style more confidently, but for the most part you just have to go for it.

Medium Voluminous Curly Hairstyle

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#23: Strawberry Blonde Bob

To make a curly bob the cutest, freshest thing anybody’s ever seen, go for a shade that could make Strawberry Shortcake jealous. This candy floss style is so fun and playful, it might just change your life! A smile will be your best accessory.

Short Curly Blonde Bob

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#24: Curly Mohawk with Accent Braids

If you’re looking for wild and fun hairstyles with curls, then this mohawk is the answer. Curls and mohawks are the best friends forever because you get awesome volume without having to resort to spikes and gel. Add a woven ribbon in any color of your choice.

Braided Curly Mohawk For Natural Hair

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#25: Easy and Effortless Curly Hair

For long hair, the best thing you can do is go au naturel. In other words, don’t try too hard. You already have awesome textured hair, so very little styling is necessary. Just try a light, leave-in moisturizer and part your hair in the way that’s most flattering for your face.

Long Centre-Parted Wavy Hairstyle

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#26: 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.

#27: 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.

#28: 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.

#29: 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.

#30: 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.

Mohawk Updo For Natural Hair

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#31: 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.

#32: 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.

#33: 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.

#34: 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.

#35: 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.

#36: 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.

#37: 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.”

#38: 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.

#39: 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.

Loose Messy Curly Hairstyle

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#40: 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.

#41: 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!

#42: 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.

#43: 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.

#44: 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.

#45: 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.

#46: 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.

#47: 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.

#48: 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.

#49: 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.

Natural Black Hair With Copper Ends

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#50: 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.

#51: Ethereal Bob

Maximum of lightness and serenity with minimal order and accuracy inspire gorgeous lightweight haircuts for wavy hair like this modern curly bob.

#52: 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.

#53: 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.

#54: Lacy Mane

Modern curls are extremely light and natural-looking. These are also beneficially enhanced with random chocolate highlights, revitalizing this gorgeous airy hairstyle.

#55: 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. 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.

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