20 Hairstyles and Haircuts for Curly Hair

Curly hair can be both a blessing and a nuisance. Curly girls completely understand the importance of a smart haircut choice, along with an arsenal of daily hairstyles to keep thick ringlets under control during every season. Whether you are looking for short, long or medium variants, you can use the ideas of curly hairstyles below.

Curly Hairstyles and Haircuts for Any Length

Bobs, buns, side-swept curls, Mohawks, curly pixies and more are ready to be tested! Give them a try and supplement your gamut of curly ‘dos for every occasion.

#1: Chin Length Curly Haircut

Curly hairstyles can be extremely appealing in any length – this chin length bob is lovely and so neat! The trick is using a quality hair product that will tame frizz and keep curls looking orderly and styled throughout the day.

#2: Curly Updo

Glam up for that special event with this easy updo that rivals your straight-haired contemporaries. Since curly hair on adults is usually quite thick, use that to your advantage to create big swoops and gathers that come together to form a romantic crown.

#3: Curly Hairstyle with a Hint of Color

Spice up your curls with a burst of blonde against a darker all-over hue. Highlights instantly brighten the face, lighten up heavy hair and accentuate curls in a stunning way. Short hair is great, but the longer your curls, the more room you have to show off your color.

#4: Blonde Curly Hair

Medium length curly hairstyles can be a challenge – if you’re not careful, hair will “poof” outward instead of lying flat. For this reason, select a high quality product that will keep ringlets under control – it’s well worth the investment. Looking to try something new? Go blonde! If it’s true that blondes have more fun, imagine adding voluptuous curls into the mix.

#5: From Straight to Curly

If your hair isn’t naturally curly, you can manipulate it into a whole array of looks that are both gorgeous and fun to wear. Sleep with damp hair gathered into a messy bun and then release it in the morning just before you dash out the door. The result should be a straight, controlled top portion with wild curls that twist at the ear level and descend downward. This is a fun look for shoulder length hair or longer strands.

#6: Curly Edgy Retro Style

Dye your hair a fun color like copper combined with hints of blonde. Hair doesn’t have to be long to be effective – this style actually relies upon a short cut for its body and bounce. If your hair is usually straight, you can get this look with some hot rollers.

#7: Natural Curly Hair

Curly hair that is well taken care of can easily grow long and healthy. Go in for curly haircuts regularly, which will not only eliminate dry ends, but also keep curls tamer and more manageable on a daily basis.

#8: Curly Hair with Bangs

Don’t shy away from bangs, just because your hair is curly. In fact, tumbling curls that frame the entire head create an adorably unique look that will make you feel exceptionally beautiful. If you go with a style that hangs loosely, be sure to keep a hair elastic on hand. Even the most glamorous of girls need to resort to a ponytail at times.

#9: Shorter Natural Curly Hair

Long hair is truly gorgeous, but it can also be really challenging to maintain. This is especially true for those with natural black hair type 4 c. Keep things looking stylish with this vintage inspired style. All you’ll need to pull it off is some hair pins and a seriously sexy attitude, and you’ll rule the world of curly hair.

#10: Simple Curly Updo

While you’re deliberating over a new style, go with a sweet and simple updo to keep hair under control. Braid a few sections of hair on each side, and then gather it all together into a ponytail. Wrap hair around the elastic and either secure with a second one or add in some bobby pins to keep things in place. Best of all? This style looks just as gorgeous if it’s a little messy. This will also work for shoulder length curly hair.

#11: Curly and Wild

Free your hair to express itself with this thick, wild, statement-making hairstyle that will make you feel like a supermodel on a shoot. Finger comb your hair and use a lightweight product to manipulate strands into any direction you choose. The curly life can truly sometimes be this simple.

#12: Curly Hair That Doesn’t Care

Let your hair have its party day with this low maintenance hairstyle that is easy to maintain. Add in some highlights to keep it looking fun, and be sure to use a curl moisturizer so you don’t go over the edge into the frizz territory.

#13: Red Curly Haircut

Black women know the importance of keeping locks under control. This is especially true when you are mastering short and medium curly hairstyles. Keep ringlets tumbling forward with this cut that leaves the top hair longer than the sides and back, and you will tame the frizz.

#14: Stunning Curly Hairstyle

Even Caucasian girls sometimes find themselves with hair that is thick, coarse and difficult to care for. A medium length style that’s layered will keep things as sane as possible. Many curly girls shy away from layers, as they fear these will add thickness. In reality, some hair types all but require layering to keep chaos at bay.

#15: Long Angled Curly Hairstyle

Keep things long and lovely, but choose styles that are angled along the bottom. Not only will hair look longer, but it will also be easier to manage with more length to work with.

#16: Sideswept Curly Hair

With weather changes and time constraints, it can be a challenge to keep hairstyles for curly hair looking on point. Instead, try a side swept ‘do next time you need inspiration when it comes to creating a new, casual look.

#17: Modern Curly Haircut

An angled bob can really look stunning at any age. Ask your stylist to try it next time you have a salon visit scheduled. Curls are all about manageability – but that doesn’t mean you have to be irrelevant.

#18: Curly Punk

Be a little bit rock and roll with this rebellious take on classic curly hair. With slicked sides your voluminous curls look much more impressive thanks to the contrast of textures.

#19: Curly Hair Updo

If you have natural hair, you have the potential to sport a gorgeous updo. Pull your hair up, slightly angled to one temple. Haircuts for curly hair don’t always work out when they are not styled, so this is a quick fix on a rushed day.

#20: Short Natural Curly Hairstyle

Keep things short and under control with a quality product, and you will find your naturally curly hair to be your best friend instead of your worst enemy.

Natural Short Hairstyle With Bangs

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Curly hair is very trendy, so if you were born with it, remember that countless women spend time and money trying to achieve what is simply your God-given feature. Hip, modern curly hairstyles are not only popular, they are gorgeous too. No matter if you go with super short, medium or mega long locks – you’re sure to be beautiful.