55 Styles and Cuts for Naturally Curly Hair

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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: Curly Black Bob with Babylights

Revamp your shoulder length dark locks by incorporating babylights in a lighter hue. These will bring out texture and dimension of your hair for a beautiful, natural, sun-kissed look.

Black Curly Shoulder Length Hairstyle

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#3: Messy Updo for Curly Hair

One of the easiest hairstyles for naturally curly hair, a messy updo only takes a few minutes to construct. Simply take small sections of hair, make loose twists and pin them into place. And remember, it’s meant to give a laid-back and effortless impression.

Messy Blonde Updo For Curly Hair

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#4: Curly Bob Cut for Natural Hair

If you’re searching for retro hairdos, this curly bob cut for natural hair channels Olivia Newton-John as Sandy in Grease circa 1978. It’s all about letting your short mane run wild; in fact, the more voluminous, the better! Disco pants are optional.

Medium Curly Layered Hairstyle

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#5: Medium Length Curly Layered Hairstyle

Layers can be used on medium length natural, curly hair to generate volume at the roots and enhance the organic texture of your locks. Ask your stylist to include a few extra layers around your face for a softer, more flattering look.

Mid-Length Layered Cut For Curly Hair

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#6: Bob Hairstyle for Curly Hair

Curly hair ideas for shorter locks can be challenging to find, so why not keep things simple and just opt for a classic bob? However, choose your length carefully – your mane might be more difficult to manage if you go too short.

Light Brown Curly Bob

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#7: Inverted Bob for Curly Hair

Women with curls can embrace the natural body of their hair with an inverted bob. For curly hair it’s much more appealing than the average one-length bob that is chopped blunt above the shoulders. Here the back is stacked and more voluminous, while the front is longer and pretty in the way it frames the face.

#8: V-Cut Long Curly Blonde Hairstyle

Long curly hair gives off a less voluminous appearance as your locks are pulled down by their natural weight. For a unique and fashion-forward style, choose a V-cut instead of a blunt chop. Tres chic.

Medium-To-Long Curly Cut

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#9: Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights

One of cute, curly hairstyles for shorter hair is a neat natural bob with subtle highlights. Due to the length, this style often works better with thinner hair. Thick hair can seem too bushy or overgrown. The highlights add a sun-kissed, romantic touch for a feminine and youthful-looking ‘do.

Short Bob Hairstyle For Curly Hair

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#10: Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair

Ideal for a formal event or special occasion, a pinned updo is ultra sassy and sensual when paired with a pretty ruffled or floral dress. Simply take small sections of hair and twist them before pinning at the nape of your neck. Make sure that you leave some curls alone to hang softly around the face for added drama.

Easy Messy Curly Updo

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#11: Long Natural Hairstyle with Partial Highlights

Natural curly hairstyles for long hair are very beautiful and rewarding, as we know how much TLC it takes to grow out long natural curls. This style with partial highlights is all about letting your mane grow long and free. The unkempt look is part of its charm, giving off serious 80’s vibes reminiscent of Flashdance.

Curly Hairstyle With Bangs For Long Hair

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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: Curly Messy Blonde Bob

Meant to be worn messy to appear effortlessly cool, like you’ve only just got out of bed, this curly bob looks seriously stylish. If you are not particularly fond of your natural curl pattern, all you have to do is work on small sections with a curling iron to shape some prettier curls.

Short Curly Brown Blonde Bob

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#16: Long Curly Hairstyle for Balayage Hair

Balayage hair differs from ombre. Both are typically darker at the roots and become lighter towards the ends, but balayage is designed to make your tresses look like they have natural, sun-kissed highlights. It’s smoother and less high maintenance than ombre coloring, and particularly beautiful in long curly hairstyles.

Medium Curly Hairstyle With Highlights

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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: Long Highlighted Hairstyle with Spiral Curls

Tame your frizzy, uncontrollable spiral curls by wearing your mane long and adding highlights as a point of interest. Part to the side or off-centre for a less predictable look.

Long Natural Hairstyle

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#19: Layered Curly Style with Medium Size Curls

This layered style is for medium hair that’s very curly. Ask for layers around your face to develop a gradient of thickness from the roots to the ends, so that the focus is on your face and attention is drawn to your features.

Shoulder Length Brown Curly Hairstyle

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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: Curly Bob with Blonde Balayage Highlights

A dark, curly bob can be given an edgy and alternative look by throwing in some high contrast blonde balayage highlights. The stark color contrast might not be for the faint-hearted, but it doesn’t mean that it’s any less fabulous. All you need is confidence to rock it.

Curly Brown Bob With Highlights

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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: Extra Long Hairstyle for Curly Hair

If you’ve always dreamt of having mermaid-like tresses, this extra long hairstyle for curly hair is cool and quirky for the younger generation. Whether it’s your natural hair or an easy way to gain length – extensions – you’ll be attracting admiring glances!

Long Curly Brunette Hairstyle

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#25: Tapered Curly Messy Cut

One of the bravest haircuts for curly hair is tapered and short. It involves starting off with longer tresses at the top of your head and gradually decreasing the length down towards the nape of your neck. Keep it simplistic and straightforward by sticking to a solid color, and then let your cut and texture do the talking.

Short Tapered Haircut For Curly Hair

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#26: Medium Highlighted Style with Loose Curls

This highlighted style with loose curls is incredible on mid length hair. It looks windswept and beachy, like you’ve just spent a good week in the sunshine. It’s chic and effortless, without being too loud and overpowering. It also suits any age and any face shape.

Curly Brown Hair With Dark Blonde Highlights

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#27: Short Blonde Balayage Hairstyle for Natural Hair

One of the most standout hairstyles for curly hair is the short blonde balayage style with dark roots. Even though the light blonde hue at the ends is distinctive and vibrant, the gradient color effect appears beautifully sun-kissed and authentic.

Natural Short Blonde Hairstyle

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#28: Brown Curly Hairstyle with Blonde Highlights

If you’re searching for a curly style that is slightly different and more eccentric than the others, your best bet is to go for two contrasting colors, like this example of dark brown and light blonde. Less natural-looking, but still spectacular, it adds unbelievable dimension and flawless definition to your curls.

Medium Natural Highlighted Hair

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#29: 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.

#30: 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.

#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: 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.

#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: 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.

#36: 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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#37: 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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#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: 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.

#44: Casual Bun for Wavy Locks

Most of curly 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: 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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#46: 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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#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: 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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#50: 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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#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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