Nikki Goddard
Published on March 25, 2023

Medium-length curly haircuts give you the best of both worlds — manageable hair that’s not too short but not too long. From loose waves to tight coils, your options are endless when it comes to mid-length curly hair. We’ve rounded up 30 gorgeous hairstyles to inspire your next look, so get ready to turn heads with your luscious ringlets.

1. Jet Black Curls

This medium-length curly hair gives out a distinctive Latin American vibe, hot and fiery. So if black is your natural hair color and you don’t mind turning heads, consider getting gorgeous curls like in the pic.

Shiny Medium Natural Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @jhonyveiga

2. Curly Shag Cut

If you’re endowed with manageable natural curls, a sassy shag might be your way to go. First, a layered cut is the best thing you can do with your curls to achieve the ultimate curl definition. Second, this cut works wonders adding volume to your hair.

3. Medium Length Curly Cut for Thin Hair

Whether you’ve got naturally curly hair or had a perm done, if you have thin hair – a mid-length haircut is your best solution. Unlike with long hair, such a cut keeps curls bouncy and voluminous, while blonde highlights add extra dimension.

4. Curly Lob with Highlights

Thick curly hair requires a shorter cut, for instance, a lob. It helps reduce excessive thickness, making for bouncier, more voluminous curls. Copper blonde highlights on a dark base are an excellent way to make your natural texture stand out.

Curly Midi Hair with Highlights and Lowlights

Instagram / @jerseycurlsalon

5. Ginger Curls

If you want your medium-length curly hair to turn heads, dye it bright! The glowing palette of reds is the right choice, highlighting your beautiful curl pattern and making your inner goddess thrive.

Messy Layered Ginger Curls

Instagram / @mo_safi_

6. Champagne Blonde Medium Length Hair

While long curly hair might seem too high-maintenance to naturally curly girls, a medium-length cut saves the day. Undoubtedly, shoulder-length hair is easier to care for and results in defined, bouncy curls. To spice the whole thing up, choose a head-turning blonde shade and add curly bangs.

Shoulder Grazing Beige Blonde Curls

Instagram / @_themaneroom

7. Dark Brown Mid Length Curls

If you’re a happy owner of natural curls searching for ways to make your treasure more defined, look no further than a shoulder-length cut. To make your skin shine, add some highlights but make sure they don’t create a striking contrast. This way, your hair will look elegant and classy.

8. Mid Length Cut for Wavy Hair

The longer the hair, the less distinctive the curls. Fair enough, since curls tend to straighten due to their weight, making natural waves nearly flat if you wear them long. Conversely, a shoulder-length cut helps remove the weight, letting your waves finally go wild.

Big Short Curled Bob with Highlights

Instagram / @curlpop

9. Gorgeous Curly Bob

Loose curls look particularly hot on a jet-black bob. For more voluminous and more defined curls, ask your stylist for layering. Layered haircuts are a great choice to spice up your naturally curly texture!

10. Medium Length Curly Hair with Wispy Bangs

Curly girls know that if you decide to wear your curls long, extra volume on top will call for extra effort. So, in case you want to get effortless volume, consider a medium-length cut. Or you can even go further and add shorter layers on top – they’re sure to lift your curls.

Long Volume Boosting Cut for Curly Hair

Instagram / @salsalhair

11. Side Parted Curly Bob

Here’s another vivid example of a mid-length cut instantly transforming curly hair. It looks flirty and cute, and, of course, is a hundred times more voluminous. And that’s not all: to make your mane look even more voluminous, leverage a side part.

Volumized Wavy Curly Lob with Ombre

Instagram / @sarabotsfordhair

12. Curly Bob with Bangs

Curly hairstyles are loved for looking incredibly cute, but nothing can beat curly bangs in the cuteness race. We bet a head full of big bouncy curls won’t leave you unnoticed!

13. 80’s Curly Hairstyle

If you’re a fan of vintage hairstyles and a curly girl and the same time, consider immersing yourself in the booming 80s. A curly shag cut with sassy curly bangs is the right thing to make some noise!

14. Medium Length Blonde Curls

Thin curls love the shoulder length – it helps them become lighter and more voluminous. To keep your curls looking well-groomed and defined, use a hair spray that reduces frizz and makes hair more flexible.

Medium Blonde Curly Style with Glasses

Instagram / @sharonlytle

15. Voluminous Curls

While long curls require extra time and effort to keep them in a beautiful shape, it might be a challenge for a woman living in this fast-paced world. The good news is that you can always cut your curls shorter – short layers combined with the right product will immediately make them look more defined without going the extra mile.

Shoulder Length Comb Over Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @rodrigovizu

16. Classic Curly Bob

A classic bob cut is one of the best options for medium-length curly hair. It looks feminine and cute and will never go out of vogue. What is more, such a length allows for packing your ringlets in an updo for your yoga class or a night out.

Brunette Bob with Messy S Curls

Instagram / @giboazhair

17. Natural Curls with Caramel Highlights

Natural curly hairstyles look absolutely charming! You can add more volume and definition to your natural curls by opting for a shoulder-length cut. To make your skin glow and highlight your facial features, consider spicing up your hair with warm caramel highlights.

Medium Natural Curly Spirals

Instagram / @rodrigocintra

18. Medium Length Curly Hair with Bangs

A medium-length haircut with curly bangs is an excellent choice for balancing out elongated face shapes. Loose curls create extra volume at the sides, while the bangs do a perfect job covering outstanding foreheads.

Shoulder Length Bronde Curly Shag

Instagram / @livinitup

19. Dark Brown Curly Hair

Sometimes you will need a haircut to reveal a curly girl – your thick hair might create excessive weight, flattening your curl pattern. On the other hand, a medium-length layered haircut can reduce the thickness, letting your ringlets pop!

20. Romantic Ringlets

This romantic, tousled look is the perfect haircut to unleash your inner princess. Tight ringlets are beautifully complemented with cute curly bangs featuring playful golden blonde highlights.

Shiny Black Curls with Blonde Accents

Instagram / @lcs.hairdesign

21. Beachy Waves

Medium-length hair is a perfect base for a laid-back wavy hairstyle. The great news is that it’s a breeze to achieve on different hair textures, even straight hair. The secret lies in the right product applied to damp hair. And yes, this curly hairstyle looks fantastic on the hair with blonde highlights.

22. Copper Red Curly Hair

While mid-length curls look way more voluminous and well-groomed than long curly hair, you can always highlight your beautiful texture with the right shade. We can’t take our eyes off this juicy copper but remember that your new shade should suit your skin tone and eye color in the first place.

Long Chocolate and Caramel Curly Hairstyle

Instagram / @pamela_cabelos

23. Fancy Shag for Thick Curls

If you’re in search of an impressive, head-turning look, this glamorous, Hollywood-inspired shoulder-length curly hairstyle has you covered! Big curls make this hair stand out, while the intense black dots the i’s and crosses the t’s in this chic look.

Mystic Big Charcoal Curls

Instagram / @curlpop

24. Rock Star Curly Haircut

Why not let your inner rock star out and embrace a perfect curly mess on your head? For this, you’ll need a mid-length cut with multiple layers and messy bangs.

Mid Length Wavy Cut for Round Faces

Instagram / @brentdanielbasore

25. Medium Length Curly Hair with Side Swept Bangs

Without any doubt, a shoulder-length cut is the best way to rock natural curls. If you want to add some drama to your look, try side parting and long side-swept bangs. By the way, this is also an excellent solution to balance out a round face shape.

26. Shoulder Length Cut for Fine Hair

Fine hair is notorious for lacking volume, which is where curls come into play. While a perm can help you create additional volume, a mid-length cut with long layers adds movement and even more volume!

Thin Curly Caramel Lob for Green Eyes

Instagram / @nubiarezo

27. Layered Curly Haircut

Curly girls often overlook haircuts that can make their natural curls appear more beautiful. Here’s a great example of how a layered shoulder-length cut can enhance your naturally curly texture.

Shoulder Grazing Thin Curly Shag

Instagram / @bareeminimum

28. Mid Length Curly Cut for Salt and Pepper Hair

While most curly women with graying tresses prefer to wear short curls, you can always experiment with length and try a shoulder-length cut. However, remember to keep your hair well-groomed by getting regular trims and using purple shampoo to avoid brassy tones.

Gray Blonde Curly Hairstyle with Lowlights

Instagram / @joanna_artistry

29. Curly Bob with Deep Side Part

If you notice that you’ve started looking at curly girls with envy, it might be high time to get a perm! A word of advice: if you have thin hair, it’s a good idea to go for shoulder-length hair. Thus, you’ll get bouncier and more voluminous curls.

Shoulder Grazing Bob with Messy Curls

Instagram / @leidy.retro

30. Curly Shag Cut with Bangs

This chic curly shag is one of the best hairstyles if you look to add texture and movement to your appearance. With its irresistible vintage vibe, it’s sure to make a statement.

Rounded Black Natural Curly Shag

Instagram / @ruteboazhair

As you see, medium-length curly hairstyles are incredibly versatile. Every woman can find the perfect style to compliment her curls and personality. Experiment with texture and hair color, and add bangs or face-framing layers to create a unique, eye-grabbing look.