35+ Cutest Curly Pixie Cut Ideas & How to Choose A Flattering One

Cute curly pixie cuts for women with curly hair
Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

A curly pixie cut is a short haircut for women with naturally curly hair cropped into layers, creating a tousled effect. An all-time trend that first blew up in the ’60s, this universally flattering curly short hairstyle is loved by many women for its volume, definition, and high fashion appeal!

Pixies are great short haircuts for curly hair as they are lower maintenance and let you embrace your natural hair texture -without the weight of having long locks.  If you’re the type who loves a messy, get-up-and-go look and have less time to spend styling each morning, well, you’re on the right path!

Curly pixies are an everyday hairstyle and fitting for night-outs and formal happenings. Celebrities like Ruth Negga, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, and Rihanna confidently carry theirs while walking on the red carpet!

Keeping the pixie’s length and shape of a curly short haircut could require salon visits every 3-4 weeks. For styling a pixie curly cut, use gel, spray, and cream to help defrizz and define your curls. If you want to find out how to pick the best pixie cut that suits your style, you can read our well-crafted guide.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these inspirational pictures of some of the best curly pixie cut ideas.

Curly Layered Pixie Hairstyle
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#1: Curly Layered Pixie

A layered curly pixie does a great job removing bulk for thick hair or adding volume for thin hair. A texture like this is the perfect style for short curly haircuts for women.

Curly Mini Pixie Shag with Short Bangs
Instagram @extrasilky

#2: Curly Mini Shag with Short Bangs

A curly mini shag with short bangs will make you look trendy. Recreate your style in a cut that’s cute and easy to manage. If your hair has natural movement, adding short layers will help enhance its texture, giving it a cool vibe. Apply some wax for definition, and let the style air dry. Opt for a rocker girl cut with this popular new hair shape.

Curly Pixie with Curly Wispy Fringe
Instagram @novaperruquers

#3: Curly Pixie with Curly Wispy Fringe

Try a curly pixie’s easy and stunning shape. It comes with a curly, wispy fringe. Embrace your curls with a wedge-shaped pixie cut. It gives you a soft look that can air-dry or diffuse quickly. If you love the curly pixie but have straight hair, consider getting a perm. Remember, the back and sides should be tapered. Keep some length on top. It brings out the beauty of the waves.

Scissor-Cut Pixie for Black Women with Curly Hair
Instagram @tatumshanehair

#4: Scissor-Cut Pixie for Black Women

Whether you have worn short styles in the past or you’re just starting fresh on your natural hair journey, you should try this scissor-cut pixie for black women. Ensure your stylist is experienced with short styles and different curl types, especially for curly cuts. Use Living Proofs curl definer, applying it from roots to ends and diffusing it to enhance volume. To tame any frizz after blow-drying, apply a lightweight serum from the roots to the ends of your hair.

Curly Pixie with a Skunk Stripe
Instagram @akira__sato

#5: Curly Pixie with a Skunk Stripe

A curly pixie with a skink stripe is a unique hairstyle that makes you stand out in a crowd. We recommend skunk-striped hair to anyone looking for a high contrast in color placement. It pairs dark and platinum-colored hairs side by side in a striped manner. The skunk stripe color placement complements a curly pixie cut, adding visual interest to short hairstyles.

Curly Pixie with Sideburns for women with long face shapes
Instagram @novaperruquers

#6: Curly Pixie with Sideburns

A curly pixie with sideburns is a great short style that can simplify your life. You don’t have to blow out your curls to look sharp, and you’ll love the cute asymmetry of this style. Imagine getting out of the shower and letting your hair air dry. Use gel applied to bring out the sideburns. A curly pixie will compliment most face shapes, so go for it.

Curly and Thick Long Pixie Cut for women with a chic style
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#7: Curly and Thick Long Pixie Cut

Are you a woman with thick curly hair? A long pixie cut is a chic and low-maintenance option that offers a polished yet effortless style. This cut keeps length in the top and front, allowing curls to form while framing the face with soft layers. A long pixie is great for those who want to enhance their natural curls. And it’s perfect for keeping the hair length manageable. For styling, it’s best to start with wet hair and apply a curl-enhancing product. Do this before using a diffuser to dry the hair. Consider using a pick to lift the roots while diffusing to create more volume.

The Perfect Curly Pixie for women with an edgy style and shaved nape
Instagram @cris.souzamakeup

#8: The Perfect Curly Pixie

Try the perfect curly pixie for its elegant and dramatic shape. With my years of experience, some natural curl is frizzy and imperfect. Work with what you have; you can always define your hair with a tiny curling iron once it’s dry. To achieve these curly short hairstyles, the sides can be undercut or gelled back to give you the illusion of a short shape. The top should be left long and draping over the eye, and you’ll need to apply curl moisturizing products.

#9: Salt and Pepper Curly Long Pixie for Women Over 60

A curly long pixie style is perfect for women over 60 with thinning hair. This style allows you to keep some length while embracing your aging hair and making it look its best. To style these curly short haircuts, start by blow-drying the hair. Then use a flat iron or curling wand to create soft and subtle waves. The best product to use to finish this look is pomade. Using pomade will help to define the curls and create texture.

#10: Curly Pixie Cut with a Side Part and Highlights

A curly pixie cut with a side part and highlights are the perfect way to freshen your look. And you can do this without the commitment of a full head of color. When you get to the salon, ask for the best cut to give your curls the most bouncy, flattering shape. When getting your highlights, remember to ask for them to be strategically placed. This will give your face a more natural, sun-kissed look. Short curly hairstyles for women can be kept looking their best by using a deep conditioner once a week. Also, avoid heat styling when possible.

Cute Curly Pixie for Women Over 70
Instagram @courte_

#11: Cute Curly Pixie for Women Over 70

A cute curly pixie for women over 70 is a stylish, easy-style haircut. The key factors here are to embrace your hair texture. Dry it closer to your head shape for a modern profile. I encourage you to air dry or diffuse in place to help accentuate the wave and keep your style flatter. Bringing the top hair forward and to the side might help your endeavor. You’ll love the way a curly pixie gives softness to your face.

#12: Natural Silver Curly Pixie

Perk things up with a curly pixie. I recommend using natural movement in your hair. First, using your curls or waves is easy, then fighting to straighten them. Second, your curl pattern is unique to you. Try scrunching your silver pixie with the palm of your hand. This will help you see what movement you can create.

Brunette Pixie with Curls and Sideburns
Instagram @giboazhair

#13: Brunette Pixie with Curls and Sideburns

Show off your curls with a brunette pixie with sideburns. A short pixie is one of the best cuts to bring your curls to life. Cutting excess weight and length will make your tresses look even curlier. So, be ready to show off your spirals. I almost always cut curly hair dry to ensure I knew the length I was cutting. Wet hair can stretch, and when your hair dries, it can shrink up to an undesired length.

Gorgeous Tapered Pixie Curls
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#14: Gorgeous Tapered Curls

If you’re a curly girl searching for a bold new change, these gorgeous tapered curls are a great option. Thanks to the blended, tapered sides, you can try to grow it out between appointments and still look great. Keep your short style looking fresh with regular hair appointments.

The Voluminous Curly Pixie
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#15: The Voluminous Curly Pixie

Voluminous curly pixies are perfect for women over 40 who want a younger look. Consider keeping long bangs for a more youthful look. When styling your curly short pixie cut, use a sea salt spray to enhance your texture.

#16: The Curly Undercut Pixie

This is a great curly pixie undercut because it takes the sides incredibly short but blends the top to keep the silhouette soft. It can sometimes be a challenge with how long to keep the curls on top so it stays tight enough to keep the shape but long enough to have the freedom to style an undercut for curly hair. You have to get your hair cut far more often than when your hair is longer, so factor that into your budget and time. If your hair is less curly on top, you need to be reshaped much more often.

Face shape plays a huge role in styling short cuts. For example, if you have a round face, styling to give yourself more height is helpful unless your goal is to accentuate that round shape.

Cute Pixie for Naturally Curly Hair
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#17: Cute Pixie for Naturally Curly 3C Hair

This cute natural curly pixie cut is best for women with tightly coiled curls and long faces. Adding the bangs across the forehead keeps more of the focus on your eyes. Wear a defined natural 3C curly pixie cut if you no longer want frizzy hair.

The Edgy Pixie
Instagram @b.gutier

#18: The Edgy Pixie

The androgynous, edgy pixie is a mix of graduation in the back and length left on the top of the hair. When getting a curly haircut, it is vital to remember your natural curl pattern and ensure the curls lay how they naturally would. A good curl cream is a great styling product for this hair type to help maintain curls.

Stunning Pixie for Women Over 40
Instagram @bekindhair

#19: Stunning Pixie for Women Over 40

Stunning pixie for women over 40 offers several options for styling. Creating it with short, shaved sides and a layered curly top is perfect for curly-haired women. Layered curls allow for a fuller body and volume. Curly pixies suit oval and heart-shaped faces best.

Ideal for Women Over 50 with Curls
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#20: Ideal for Women Over 50 with Curls

A pixie cut is ideal for women over 50 with curls since they suit many facial shapes, require easy upkeep, and offer a youthful-looking glow. This low-maintenance curly pixie cut also creates the illusion of fuller, voluminous curls.

Long pixie cut for older women
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#21: Long Pixie Cut for Older Women

A long pixie cut is perfect for older women with curly hair who want a simple and stylish haircut. Ask your stylist for a soft pixie cut shorter on the bottom and longer on the top to get this cut.

#22: Long Wavy Pixie Cut with Curls

A long wavy pixie cut with curls gives a soft look to curly hair. An interesting asymmetrical pixie cut with a longer side that hugs the cheekbones. It’s great on heart and diamond face shapes. This pixie cut curly hair is in the middle with maintenance, about 6-10 weeks to keep the style looking good. Curly hair can be a little more forgiving.

ideal pixie for curly thick hair
Instagram @ruteboazhair

#23: Ideal Pixie for Curly Thick Hair

The best curly pixie haircuts for thick hair include lots of texture. This takes out a lot of the weight and bulkiness.

See a stylist specializing in DevaCuts or the Curly Girl Method, as they’ll know how to shape your thick curls best.

#24: The Curly Pixie Bob Perm

A curly pixie bob is great for very thick and straight with some natural texture. This chop was created by hairstylist Jessy Jin of Vancouver, BC.

“This is a short curly hair cut with a perm that is not as short as a typical pixie but also not quite a medium-length,” says Jin.

If you are considering a pixie perm, Jin says to ensure you have a proper consultation before booking a full appointment. “Gather some pictures to show what size of curls you want and how natural you want it to look, and also bring your hair history with you. This is very important, for your hair integrity matters,” she notes.

Jin loves prepping short permed hair or naturally curly hair with Pureology color fanatics. “It’s one of my favorite light hydrating leave-in conditioners that is also color-safe. Also, you can use it wet or dry, so you can spritz on the second or third day to hydrate their curl.”

#25: The Curly Long Pixie

Consider a curly long pixie cut if you’re afraid to go too short. It’s a great middle-ground and will suit a long face shape, in case you have one. Ask your stylist to keep some longer curly bangs. With this short cut, you can easily style at home by applying a simple pomade and styling with your fingers.

Curly Pixie for a Round Face
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#26: Curly Pixie for a Round Face

When it comes to a pixie cut for curly hair, it’s best to keep the cut just above and around the ear area for a face-framing look that flatters a round face shape.

Laying the strands gives the short curly pixie haircuts an edgier appearance.

#27: Pixie for Thin Curly Hair

Getting a super short curly textured pixie with tapered sides is great for women with thin hair because it creates more volume for your curly locks.

After that, get your Liza Minnelli-inspired curly look in a blonde form!

How to style a tapered curly pixie hairstyle:
1. Air dry or diffuse dry hair
2. Finger comb through hair
3. Apply a mist spray for a more textured look.

Asymmetrical Pixie
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#28: Asymmetrical Pixie

An asymmetrical pixie cut for thick curly hair is a chic choice for women who like the put-together but messy curls style. Short curls are easy to maintain, creating a fuller look and suiting thick curly hair. An asymmetrical curly pixie has several layers to create a perfect, full style. If you’re feeling bold, shaved sides can create an edgy look.

#29: Blonde Pixie

A trendy blonde pixie goes perfectly with curly, fine hair. Ask your stylist to add layers to create loose curls and more dimension.

It’s a modern way to show off wavy curly pixie cuts with curly bangs.

Side-Parted Wavy Pixie
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#30: Side-Parted Wavy Pixie

A side-parted wavy pixie adds waves and volume at the top of the head, perfect for women with an oval face shape. Wavy hair adds a different look to your usual style, adding a lot of texture and volume. A permed pixie cut works well since styling comes minimal.

Curly Pixie with Bangs
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#31: Curly Pixie with Bangs

The key to a cute curly pixie cut with bangs is to ask your stylist for an asymmetrical cut. This allows your bangs to sweep across your face.

To style this feminine curly pixie cut, add mousse to wet hair, scrunch your tight coils, and let your hair dry.

See more pixie cut with bangs.

#32: Textured Pixie for Fine Hair

When considering pixie cuts for curly hair, that’s fine. Opt for layers and styling to mimic fullness. These will keep you looking feminine.

Wearing such cute curly hair feels like being naturally blessed with chunky locks. If your hair doesn’t have much texture, this style also works well for a pixie cut on wavy hair.

Super Short and Curly Pixie
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#33: Super Short and Curly Pixie

Super short and curly pixie is perfect for ladies with oval-faced shapes looking for a simple, manageable, yet bold haircut. With shorter sides and a longer top and front, your curls can lay beautifully across your forehead. It creates a beautiful fringe pixie look.

A Very Curly Pixie
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#34: A Very Curly Pixie

A very curly pixie haircut is ideal for naturally curly hair women who want less maintenance. Tight natural curls are perfect for curly short hair, as they bounce up a ton and are not weighed down. A 3B curly pixie is ideal for women who want to accentuate their curls.

#35: The Curly Messy Pixie

This mohawk-inspired curly messy pixie benefits from a full, voluminous crown. It was cut and styled by curl specialist and salon owner Jen Cortez of Minneapolis, MN. A curly hair pixie cut like this can highlight your eyes and cheekbones. With golden brown hair, any lady with a warm skin complexion can wear this cut.

She adds, “Any woman with naturally curly hair can pull off this messy curly pixie cut. It’s all about feeling confident in your stylist and their ability to work with your texture.”

Naturally Curly Red Short Pixie
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#36: Naturally Curly Red Short Pixie

With this gorgeous short curly pixie cut, you can get the “big chop” you’ve always wanted. “I used my technique called the ‘curlspiration’ cut to achieve this look. Keep the top longer and an edgier look,” says curly hair specialist Jasmine Levy of Boca Raton, FL.

You don’t need previously damaged hair to go this short for a curly look. Levy loves pixies on curly girls since the hair is already textured.

Any curl pattern from 2a to 4c can rock natural pixie short curly hair. Just be sure to look for pictures with girls with your curl type, so you can know how it will turn out.

Keeping the hair a little longer and rounded on top works for the round, square, and oval faces.

Like every curly girl, they use a lot of product in their hair, so getting a short cut like this will save time and money!

Always keep the curls hydrated, especially if you do color. Levy recommends the Deva Curl conditioners, as they give the best hydration. “The only downside is you will be seeing your stylist more often.”

#37: The Natural Pixie for Black Hair

Pixie haircuts for black curly hair like this are about keeping the sides short and growing the top out. “African-American ladies will look so stunning with this chop, for sure,” says master stylist Teddy Baker of Los Angeles, CA.

“This cut can be adjusted for any type of curl,” notes Baker. “Also, it’s great because you can wear the hair in front of the ears for a softer 70s vibe or slick it behind the ear for a more polished and dressy look.”

With any pixie cut, curly hair needs cream to defrizz/define and a spray or gel to hold the curls in place.

Baker says this long curly pixie cut for natural hair works best for women with strong features such as high cheekbones, big eyes, or a strong jaw.