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!

Pixie for a Round Face

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

For Thin Curly Hair

Pixie cut for thin curly hair
Instagram @andy_doesyourhair

Get your Liza Minnelli-inspired curly look in a blonde form! Finger comb through hair mist sprays for a more textured look.

Asymmetrical Cut

Asymmetrical curly pixie cut
Instagram @val.vincent_

Having an uneven cut can 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
Instagram @lisaharrishairred

For all the curlheads out there, try out a pixie cut and you’ll never be disappointed. All the stylings come with ease and comfort.

Blonde Pixie

Blonde Pixie
Instagram @violetta_cosmos

Flossy white really looks delicate on any girl. The soft curls and short cut complements this wonderfully.

Long Pixie

Long curly pixie cut
Instagram @hairbyannriordan

How can a pixie cut be long? Well, see for yourself and bag this style for a seriously aesthetic cut.

Cute Naturally Curly Pixie

Cute Naturally Curly Pixie
Instagram @hairmagicbypatricia

When you’ve got curls this natural, any style is a cute style. I’m sure the pixie makes it even cuter!

Side-Parted Pixie

Side-parted curly pixie haircut
Instagram @ashleytuckerstyling

Doesn’t this look like your 3-year old self’s haircut? The nostalgia is seriously kicking in!

Curly Pixie with bangs

Curly pixie cut with bangs
Instagram @kkuyt_stylist

Mousse up curls this tight too keep its fluffed up form. Leave a strand or two hanging over your face to create fringed bangs.

Textured for Fine Hair

Fine curly hair pixie cut
Instagram @paytoncharleshair_

Opt for layers and styling to mimic fullness for fine hair. It’s like being naturally blessed with chunky locks too.

Layered Pixie

Curly and layered pixie haircut
Instagram @wenzelsalon

Drastic changes like having a big chop can greatly add volume to your hair. Curls like these are another cause of a bodied short cut.

Ideal for Curly Thick Hair

Pixie cut for thick curly hair
Instagram @audieshadesofhair

Tame the wild hair by keeping it short. Guaranteed to have bouncy and lively hair with all the textures.

Super Short and Curly

Super short curly pixie
Instagram @silva.hairdresser

Keep it cool and real. Curls for volume razored sides for comfort. If you need sass and simple, this one is for you.

A Very Curly Pixie

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 a curly pixie with playful caramel ribbons running throughout! She is in the process of growing out after shaving it off, and as we all know, grow out can be a bear. That’s why spicing it up with color is a great idea.

Highlights that are too fine can tend to get lost on this type of natural curl. With her hair being that perfect curling ribbon texture, I pieced the highlights a little chunkier for that color pop. This lets plenty of her natural color show, which really sets off the caramel curls! I kept her hair close at the nape and left a little hair around the ear. She 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 this style. One is working with the natural curl and texture rather than fighting against it. This is a great style for someone 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 her natural curl was 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 people place a lot of emphasis on is face shape. She has an oval-shaped face, and ovals 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?

I love this curly pixie because it takes the sides incredibly short but blends the top in a way to keep the silhouette soft which is what my guest wanted. There was a challenge with how long to keep her curls on top, so it stayed tight enough to keep the shape but long enough to have the freedom to style with. I think my favorite part of this cut was the transformation it had on her! There is something very powerful about a big chop, and it was very apparent with this guest.

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.

We cleaned and conditioned with DevaCurl Original and used DevaCurl’s B’Leave-in to start since her hair is dense but fine. We then finished it with Light Defining Gel and dried it under a hood dryer 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?

This is a tapered pixie with a full, voluminous crown. I think Nicolle compares her cut to a mohawk, but the shape tapers off to the top of the occipital bone.

My favorite thing about this haircut on Nicole is the way it highlights her eyes and her cheekbones. She used to have a bob with a fringe, and in comparison, this really uplifts her and accentuated her features! A bonus is that her balayage is over 9 months old but there’s still some bits left through the tips.

Any advice for someone considering it?

In my opinion, anyone can pull off short hair! It’s all about feeling confident in your stylist and their ability to work with your texture. I think the biggest thing to consider when going short is the upkeep.

Nicolle sees me every 8-10 weeks for a cut, and once in between to re-taper her sides and back. She’s actually investing more time and money than she did with a bob. Even with short hair, Nicole still has to use a diffuser to get the level of volume you see in the photo.

Perfect 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?

This is a cut and perm. Her hair is naturally very thick and straight but has some natural texture to it.

This is a short curly hair cut with a perm that is not as short as a pixie but also not quite a medium length. The color actually is her natural plus old highlights. It looks lighter and blended after the perm because it sometimes does lighten the hair a little bit.

My favorite part about this hair is that it really is an easy-wear hair. She is a busy mom with a toddler. With this perm, she can restyle without washing every day and look so cute. She can throw a scarf or headband on and that can be her lazy hair day do as well. It really was a nice refreshing change for her to have curly hair from straight!

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering a 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, the client can use it on wet or dry, so they can spritz on the second or third day to hydrate their curl.

L’Oreal professional (Hollywood curl range) Wave Fatal and Spiral Queen are the layering products I adore for thick curly hair. Apply after towel dry when their hair is still wet. I 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.

Red Curly Pixie

Red Curly Pixie
Instagram @curls_i_am

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


How would you describe this look?

She came to me with previously damaged hair down to her shoulders. She had her hair chemically straightened, and she just wanted to let it go and let her curls be free. We call this the “big chop”, and I used my own technique called the “curlspiration” cut to achieve this look.

My favorite part is I get to connect on a deeper level with my curly girls. Thankfully, not all of her hair was damaged, so we did keep the top longer which gave it an edgier look.

A lot of times when doing the big chop and if the hair is healthy enough, we do a bold color because it makes them want to celebrate letting go and embracing a part of them that they felt they couldn’t. This gorgeous girl wanted a bold red. I used Chi Ionic 6RR and 20 volume to get her base color and a high lift red on the ends to create a pop of brightness and some dimension.

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. I see my clients every 3-6 months with my pixie curlies I see them every 6-8 weeks.

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?

We are all in love with this vintage yet versatile shape. It’s all about keeping the sides short and growing the top out. Her hair is a super fine coiled texture, but this cut can be adjusted for any type of curl. 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/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. Here, I styled her curls with Motion. Lotion and sprayed it big on top with Session. Spray (both Kevin.Murphy products). This cut works best on someone with strong features such as high-cheekbones, big eyes, or a strong jaw.