19 Cutest Curly Pixie Cuts for Curly Haired Girls

Cute curly pixie cuts for women with curly hair

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

It’s a look that can literally free you of your worries 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 having less time to spend for styling each morning, well, you’re on the right path!

Curly pixies are not just an everyday hairstyle but also fitting for night-outs and formal happenings. Marvel at how Ruth Negga, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, and Rihanna confidently carry theirs while walking on the red carpet!

Keeping the length and shape of a lustrous curly short haircut could require salon visits every 3-4 weeks, and for styling, it really depends on your wish. Using products like gel, spray, and cream can help defrizz and define your curls.

There are many trendy options to pull off a curly pixie cut. Keep on reading to learn the right cut and styling tricks personally suited for you!

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Pixie for a Round Face

Curly pixie cut for a round face
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For a curly pixie, it’s best to keep the cut just above and around the ear area for a face-framing look. Laying the curls give it an edgier appearance.

For Thin Curly Hair

Pixie cut for thin curly hair
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Getting a curly textured pixie 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! For styling, finger comb through hair a mist spray for a more textured look.

Asymmetrical Cut

Asymmetrical curly pixie cut
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A curly asymmetrical pixie will bring a softer look because it balances out your facial features. The curls give volume and texture, completing the whole style.

Voluminous Pixie

Voluminous Pixie cut for curly hair
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Curly pixies are perfect for women over 40 who want a younger look. Consider keeping long bangs for a more youthful look.

Blonde Pixie

Blonde Pixie
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A blonde pixie goes perfectly with curly hair. Ask your stylist to add layers to create more dimension. It’s a modern way to show off curly pixie cuts.

Long Pixie

Long curly pixie cut
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If you’re afraid to go too short, consider a long curly pixie. It’s a great middle-ground. Ask your stylist to keep the bangs longer. With this short cut, you can easily style at home by applying a simple pomade and styling with your finers. If you want more ideas like this, check out these other long pixie cuts.

Cute Pixie for Naturally Curly Hair

Cute Naturally Curly Pixie
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This cute naturally curly pixie 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.

Side-Parted Wavy Pixie

Side-parted curly pixie haircut
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A simple side-parted wavy pixie cut is best for women with slightly curly, almost wavy hair. Considering keeping the length near your ears for a more face-framing look.

Pixie with Bangs

Curly pixie cut with bangs
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The key to a cute curly pixie with bangs is to ask your stylist for an asymmetrical cut. This allows your bangs to sweep across your face. To style, add mousse to wet hair, scrunch your tight coils and let hair dry. See more pixie cut with bangs.

Textured for Fine Hair

Fine curly hair pixie cut
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When considering pixie cuts for curly hair that’s fine, opt for layers and styling to mimic fullness. It’s like being naturally blessed with chunky locks too.

Layered Pixie

Curly and layered pixie haircut
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A layered curly pixie does a great job at either removing bulk for thick hair or adding volume for thin hair. Curls like these are another cause of a bodied short cut.

Ideal for Curly Thick Hair

Pixie cut for thick curly hair
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Tame the wild hair by keeping it short. The best curly pixie haircuts for thick hair include lots of texture. This takes out a lot of the weight and bulkiness. I recommend you see a stylist who specializes in DevaCuts, as they’ll know how to best shape short curly hair.

Super Short and Curly

Super short curly pixie
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Super short and curly pixie cuts benefit from adding an undercut. This adds more volume on top. If you’re looking for a haircut that has sass and low-maintenance, then this is for you.

Pixie That’s Very Curly

Q&A with style creator, Carolyn Beckwith
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Hair by Carolyn Beckwith in Poway, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is very curly pixie haircut has playful caramel ribbons running throughout. If you’re in the middle of growing out your hair, adding caramel colors is a great way to spice it up.

Highlights that are too fine can tend to get lost on this type of natural curl. With hair being that perfect curling ribbon texture, considering piecing the highlights a little chunkier for that color pop. This lets plenty of natural color show, which really sets off the caramel curls! Keep your hair cut close at the nape and leave a little hair around the ear. That way, you can either tuck it back or let it hang loose.

I absolutely love a short cut with this tight natural curl and the color gives the style even more character!

Any advice for someone considering it?

There are a couple of things to consider when thinking about a curly pixie. One is working with the natural curl and texture rather than fighting against it. This is a great style for women on the go who likes low maintenance. Keep in mind, low maintenance doesn’t mean boring! She could just as easily hit the gym or a night on the town with this style.

Accessorizing short hair is so much fun! Bandanas, jeweled headbands, and don’t forget earrings – simple studs with a stunning hair clip or statement hoops can really set these curls off!

Taking advantage of your natural curl is as easy as using the right products and diffusing with a very restricted air flow diffuser. I used all Redken Curvaceous styling products. This cut is also super cute with the front bang section pinned off to the side. Something else that most women place a lot of emphasis on is the face shape. Women with an oval face shape can get away with just about anything. However, I don’t hold face shape as an end all be all standard. Don’t let the “rules” keep you from trying something new. Play by your own style rules!

Curly Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Coral Gable
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ Penny Lane Studios in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is a great curly pixie undercut because it takes the sides incredibly short but blends the top in a way 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider maintenance. 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 her hair were less curly on top, she would need to get reshaped much more often.

Shapes like this are fun because depending on the product and styling, it can transform into a very different shape pretty easily. Face shape plays into styling – 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.

To style this curly pixie, clean and condition with DevaCurl Original and use DevaCurl’s B’Leave-in to start. Finish with a Light Defining Gel and dry on low.

Messy Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Jen Cortez
Curl Specialist & Salon Owner @ The Hive Salon in Minneapolis, MN


How would you describe this look?

A curly messy pixie benefits from a full, voluminous crown. A haircut like this can highlight your eyes and cheekbones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any woman with naturally curly hair can pull off a pixie cut. It’s all about feeling confident in your stylist and their ability to work with your texture. This is the biggest thing to consider when going short is the upkeep.

Use a diffuser to get the level of volume you see in the photo.

Pixie Bob Perm for an Oval Face

Q&A with style creator, Jessy Jin
Hair Artist @ Pomp and Proper Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

A pixie bob perm is great for very thick and straight with s some natural texture to it.

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.

My favorite part about this hair is that it really is an easy-wear hair. If you’re a busy mom with a toddler, then with this perm, you can restyle without washing every day and look so cute. You can throw a scarf or headband on and that can be your lazy hair day do as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering a pixie perm, make sure you have a proper consultation before you book a full appointment. Gather some pictures to really 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.

For the cut, I personally cut before perm and touch up or texturize after. When you have too much texturizing, it can be challenging when we are wrapping on the rod.

I love prepping my permed hair or naturally curly hair with Pureology color fanatic – one of my favorite light hydrating leave-in conditioner that is also color-safe. Also, you can use it on wet or dry, so you can spritz on the second or third day to hydrate their curl.

For styling, the L’Oreal professional (Hollywood curl range) Wave Fatal and Spiral Queen are the best layering products thick curly hair. Apply after towel dry when their hair is still wet. Start with Wave Fatal. Apply generously, then on top, I layer Spiral Queen mousse on top. Scrunch the hair to bring the curls and diffuse or air-dry.

Curly Red Pixie

Red Curly Pixie
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Q&A with style creator, Jasmine Levy
Curly Hair Specialist @ Curls Rock Hair Studio in Boca Raton, FL


How would you describe this look?

With this gorgeous short curly pixie cut you can get the “big chop” you’ve always wanted. I used my own technique called the “curlspiration” cut to achieve this look. Keep the top longer which gave it an edgier look.

When doing the big chop and if your curly hair is healthy enough, do a bold color because it makes you want to celebrate letting go and embracing a part of yourself that you felt they couldn’t.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You don’t need to have previously damaged hair to go this short for a curly look. I love pixies on curly girls since the hair is already textured. I feel it creates such a fun overall look.

Any curl pattern from 2a to 4c can rock a pixie. Just be sure to look for pictures with girls having your curl type, so you can have an idea of how it will turn out. Choose at least 3 different looks, so your stylist can help with which one will best fit your face shape. Keeping the hair a little longer and rounded on top works for the round, square, and oval faces.

Like most of us curly girls, we use a lot of product in our hair, so getting a curly pixie will save so much time and money! You can still use the same products you used while your hair was long, but you will just be using less! Most girls find they also narrow it down to one product whether you are a gel lover or a cream lover.

Always keep the curls hydrated especially if you do color. I always recommend the Deva Curl conditioners, as I feel they do give the best hydration. The only downside is you will be seeing your stylist more often.

Pixie for Black Hair

Q&A with style creator, Teddy Baker
Master Stylist @ Taboo Hair Care in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

Pixie haircuts for curly hair like this are all about keeping the sides short and growing the top out. This cut can be adjusted for any type of curl. This curly pixie is 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

With any curly cut, I recommend a cream to defrizz/define and a spray or gel to hold the curls in place. To style this curly pixie, use Motion.Lotion and spray it big on top with Session.Spray (both Kevin.Murphy products). This cut works best for women with strong features such as high-cheekbones, big eyes, or a strong jaw.