31 Cute & Easy Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair

Short hairstyles for curly hair

Curly hair can look beautiful when short. The key is finding a hairstylist who specializes in cutting naturally curly hair. They should give you a short haircut that works with your unique curl pattern, density, texture and head shape. A proper curly haircut needs the right products to enhance your natural curl patterns and keep your hair healthy.

According to this StyleCaster poll, 58% of men say short curly hair is attractive and sexy. Because curly-haired women aren’t as common, the natural texture draws more attention.

Curly hair looks shorter because the hair structure naturally coils up and shrinks the length of the hair follicle. This gives the appearance of curly hair being shorter. This is why I recommend that you have your hair cut at least one inch longer than what you want your length to appear to be.

This year, the best short hairstyle for curly hair is a lightly layered bob. Adding light layers will prevent it from looking boxy and add more movement to your curls. However, pixie cuts and shags also look beautiful on naturally curly hair. Below, you’ll find photos of popular short hairstyles and haircuts for your inspiration.

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Short Bob

short bob hair
Instagram @curly_hair_london

Wear this short bob, and feel proud displaying your natural curls. It features a curly fringe, too, for a pop of excitement. When you have a pale skin tone, a dark ginger hair color will be flattering on you.

Modern Short Curly Hair

modern short curly hair
Instagram @its_glam_jam

This is a modern, short curly hair that adds glamour to your presence. The brown highlights are a great addition to your black tresses. For a proper care routine, opt for products that offer intense moisture as curls can be prone to dryness.

Fresh Stacked Bob

A fresh curly stacked bob
Instagram @ceremonysalon

A fresh stacked haircut on curly hair like this will leave you feeling breezy and lightweight all day long! It’ so easy to style and maintain – just a little product to scrunch your dashing curls with, and you’re ready to go.

Curly Pixie


Curly pixie haircut for women
Instagram @parlourvonkopp

Calling on curly-haired girls! Take your natural curls to a new level with a curly pixie cut.

Curly Side-Swept Bangs

Curly Side-Swept Bangs
Instagram @tiffanyp_zazu

Q&A with style creator, Master Stylist Tiffany Preto Hanright and Owner Sam Segretto
of Zazu Salon and Spa in Hinsdale, IL

How would you describe this look?

We call this look a mod pixie with side bangs. It is left short with longer wavy tendrils on the sides. It’s a wash and wear style which we love, and it’s easy to take care of it.

Color is a medium brown with taupe accents that accentuate the curls.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any hair type can be cut into this shape from thin, thick, curly, or wavy. The ideal face shape for this cut is oval. The beauty of this cut is that you can alter the length on sides to detract or complement other face shapes. This cut can be air-dried or diffused, and it’s an effortless wash-and-go style.

We recommend washing the hair using Kerastase curl cleansing conditioner. It’s a great shampoo that is made with conditioners specifically for curly hair. Towel dry, then apply Kerastase Nectar Thermique to protect against heat, add shine, and smoothen the hair. Then layer Kerastase mousse bouffant to define the curls.

Gorgeous Tight Curls

Gorgeous Tight Curls
Instagram @makeuphqegypt

Q&A with style creator, Yara Abdeen
Natural Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ MakeupHQ in Cairo, Egypt

How would you describe this look?

I like to call these tight ringlets a sculpting dry cut. It depends a lot on looking at the hair as a whole picture and creating a round shape that gives it that volume at the top of the head and falls more into flattering round layers that frame the face.

Curly hair has a mind of its own, so you have to listen to it and work with it, not against it. You need to avoid pulling, brushing, and combing. I look at the hair and cut each curl where it wants to sit to create that shape while, of course, keeping technicalities in mind.

This look transformed from what’s called a pyramid shape to this lively organic silhouette. I usually use this technique with hair that has tight curls or coils.

The color was not done at my studio. But for styling, I cleanse the hair with a non-lathering curl cleanser and condition it with a clean water-soluble conditioner and style with gel, which does not contain any harsh ingredients such as silicones, parabens, and sulfates. Lastly, I diffuse it putting the dryer on a low, warm setting.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Look at your hair as a flower, so water is your best friend. You must make sure that your hair is always hydrated to avoid frizz and breakage. Frizzy, dull hair is hair begging for moisture. Use a gentle curl cleanser and water-soluble hydrating conditioner and gel (I recommend NYC Curls by Carlos Flores and Curly World by Lorraine Massey). I find that this cut suits all face shapes, and tight curls or coils carry this cut very well because of their fluffiness and bounciness.

Sleep on a satin pillowcase and put your hair in a pineapple. Make your own curls refresher (filtered water, your favorite conditioner, and gel) and sprits your hair in the morning to keep it hydrated and moisturized!

Lovely Curly Bangs

lovely curly bangs
Instagram @aaronscottlacy

Change your hair styling game! Time to flaunt your natural hair texture as you embellish it with lovely curly bangs. Notice how the movement and volume both accent the highlights on your golden bronde locks. This jaw-length curly hair requires to trim every 8-10 weeks to maintain the shape.

Q&A with style creator, Aaron Scott Lacy
Artist & Educator @ theFactory in San Diego, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a short layered haircut inspired by Meg Ryan’s shag haircut in the 90’s and designed for wavy curly texture. I love that this cut has a fun playful aesthetic that perfectly suits an upbeat, friendly personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This suits women who want an intentional disheveled look by maintaining length to play with, and not cropping down to the length of a pixie.

It’s the definition of a wash-and-go style, where minimal product and diffusing is required.

Since the curly bangs and overall haircut were approached technically, you’ll have the freedom to make minor variations day to day based on your natural hair texture.

Modern, Short Curly Hair

Modern, Short Curly Hair
Instagram @drewsdos

Q&A with style creator, Drew Irmen
Hairstylist @ Badlands Salon & Barber in Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe this look?

For these short curls, I would classify as Cruella Deville’s sexy sister’s pixie, but it’s mostly a 90’s heartthrob look with curls. I love structure built-in through the back that allows the personality of her curls elsewhere to take over. This look came to life after a 10-month grow-out process from very-very short hair. I don’t believe in awkward phases, so let’s celebrate curls every step of the way!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is rather approachable in terms of style. I used Badlands Organics Moisture Lock Curl Serum, diffused until dry, then softened her curls with Badlands Organics Coco-Argan Oil – perfect for the girl on the go who don’t like complicated or time-consuming styling rituals. Understand that all curls react slightly differently, short haircuts show this off. She has a loose, powerful wave. The key to a look like this is getting the definition and then the softening. They are making it look effortless and finished at the same time.

Pretty Short Curly Hair with Bangs

pretty short curly hair with bangs
Instagram @sensasalon

Breathe life to your dark brown tresses! Here’s a pretty short curly hair with bangs that will enhance your natural texture. When styling, use a hairspray to prevent any frizz all day long.

Playfully Soft Twist

playfully soft twist
Instagram @addictions_hair_and_beauty

One of the most adorable looks you could ever see! Give your dark hair some neck-grazing playfully soft twists for a very textured edge. Chop strands from the hairline to create a fringe, completing the entire look.

Disconnected Pixie

disconnected curly pixie
Cherise Alexander / Instagram

Q&A with style creator, Cherise Alexander
Stylist @ Immortal Beloved in Washington, D.C.

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

This is a disconnected pixie. My favorite thing about this hair is how little styling is required for it to look fabulous!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I would recommend a curl cream or curl gel, like Oribe’s Curl Control Silkening Creme or Oribe’s Curl Gloss. This look is best air-dried, but can also be diffused on high heat/low intensity.

What type of person would this hair do work best for?

This look works best on someone with naturally curly hair, but can also be achieved on someone with straighter hair if they want to use a product to give it texture and hold.

Short hairstyles like these are for someone fun and carefree who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend styling, but also loves to show off their adventurous style and personality!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

Be prepared to get regular touch-ups with this cut! You won’t have to do much styling daily, but you will need to maintain this look with regular salon visits. The back and sides will grow out fast, and the top will get very heavy.

Natural Curly Short Hair

naturally curly short hair
Instagram @adri_alb

When you’re blessed with curly hair texture, go for a neck-length cut to keep its fullness. You may also want to try a golden blonde hue to jazz up your natural curly short hair. For a better result, diffuse the tresses and use styling cream.

Modern, Short Curly Hair

Modern short haircut
Erin Olson

Style by Erin Olson
Deva Certified Curl Specialist/Stylist @ Luna Bella Makeup and Hair in Santa Barbara, CA

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look like a modern Harbinger. What I love about this hairdo is that it is sophisticated with an edge. It’s professional with personality. It is classy and badass at the same time. It’s everything a well rounded modern woman needs!

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

I love Deva Curl products and always recommend them for my curl friends. I used Deva Curl No-Poo Original and One Condition to hydrate the curls. This look is styled with Deva Curl’s Ultra Defining Gel and B’leave-In to give that killer definition and plump up those rockin’ curls.

What type of person would this hair do work best for?

I feel this look strongly would appear astonishing for almost any woman wanting a shorter hairstyle with personality and uniqueness. I do love it for curly girls, yet any texture can rock this look. This hairstyle has so much versatility that it meets your bold businesswoman, your edgy trendsetter, your modern professional, the mature woman who loves the style, or the teenage girl in a mood for something different!

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

My advice for someone considering this look is to be comfortable with your facial features being highlighted. Have fun with styling and the ease of shorter hair!

Curly Lob

curly lob
Instagram @hairbymadisonrenee

Yes, bob cuts are for all hair types and textures! Pull off this dark curly lob and make an impression. Strands at the front are touching the shoulders for a subtle framing effect around the face. A curl mousse at the root, curl cream, and style cream on the ends all do magic. Apply these products, and finish the look with a softer and touchable result.

Short Curly Bob

A bob haircut with warm tones
Instagram / @gypsymagichair

Q&A with Style Creator Chelsea Stockhaus

Hairstylist @ Curl Power Salon in Minneapolis, MN

How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

My client came to me with naturally dark brown curls that were a bit overgrown and was looking for a change to brighten up the dreary winter months. I gave her a cropped curly hair cut that turned into an adorable pixie cut to bring out her gorgeous facial features and used DevaCurl’s Pintura highlighting method to give her a brighter look that was tailored to her specific curl type. My favorite thing about this look is the confidence it brought her! You can tell she’s feeling fierce and sassy.

Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

To keep curls happy and hydrated at home, I recommend DevaCurl’s Original No-Poo and One Condition for cleansing and conditioning. For the style, we used B’Leave In and Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam by DevaCurl to define and provide volume to her curl clusters.

What type of person would this hair do work best for?

The best part of short curly hair and Pintura highlighting is that each cut/color is tailored to your specific curl type! This look would be perfect for someone who wants something bright and funky, but a bit more low maintenance. Because of the Pintura highlighting method, it provides an easy grow out and is much more low maintenance than traditional highlighting techniques.

What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

My advice for someone considering this look it to make sure you have a thorough consultation with your stylist before your service to ensure you are on the same page about tone preferences and what will work best for your style.

Short Tight Curls

short tight curls
Instagram @hispaneek

Looks soft and bouncy! You can’t deny how fun and exciting to try these short tight curls. This one works great on dark tresses with hints of a light brown shade that brings out an added brightness. Don’t forget to only dry your curls with a diffuser to keep them intact.

Choppy Curls with Long Bangs

Free and Whimsical hairstyle
Instagram @taylored.cuts

The perfect short wavy haircut for women with a chubby face or for round faces. The long bangs frame the face, giving it a narrower appearance.

Q&A with style creator, Taylor Way
Hairstylist & Deva Stylist @ Crop Hair Studio in Johnson City, TN

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this cut as free and whimsical. I love the way its unbound nature gives it a playful quirkiness, while the cut as a whole remains intentional and classy.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

DevaCurl, DevaCurl, DevaCurl! For this style, I cleansed with LowPoo Delight, conditioned to a slimy softness with One Condition, and styled with Wave Maker and Set It Free. Think moisture!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This client’s hair is medium in texture and thick in density. Her curls range from soft S-waves to Botticelli curls. The contrast of wave patterns within the cut makes for a natural, unbound, “I woke up like this” look. As a busy college student, low maintenance is a necessity for this curly girl, and because of her thick hair and predisposition to migraines, the short and light structure is perfect. By cutting each curl without tension or disturbing its natural pattern (where it lives, the way it lives), this cut is Taylor-made (wink), especially for her curls and proves that we curly girls can ROCK short hair!

Short Shaggy Curls

short shaggy curls
Instagram @jessyjinstylist

These short shaggy curls are stylish! They make a great hairstyle that matches your fun-loving attitude. Even on the natural dark shade, the texture in this look appears incredible.

Thick Curls

thick curly hair
Instagram @brunodantte

Thick curls like these can call everyone’s attention. The movement in this look will highlight the caramel blonde streaks on your dark hair. Applying a mousse as a final touch can add volume and give more definition to your look.

Naturally Curly

naturally curly hair
Instagram @curly_hair_london

One of the best ways to show off your naturally curly hair! This jaw-length chop will make your tresses fuller-looking. The luscious ginger color also suits you and your cool skin tone. Feel free to use a styling cream to add tons of volume and definition to your locks.

Inverted Bob

Carefree Curls hairstyle
Instagram @layde_j

Q&A with style creator, Jaina Emerman
Hairstylist @ Jekyll & Hyde Salon in Columbus, OH

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is carefree, playful and low maintenance! My favorite thing is that it matches my personality so perfectly. I barely have to do anything to it to make it look good. It takes minimal effort and minimal time.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

The only styling product I use is “This Is A Strong Hold Cream Gel” from Davines. I take a pea-sized amount, rub it in my hands, run my fingers through combed out wet hair, scrunch, and either let it air dry or diffuse depending on how much time I have. If your curls aren’t as perfect as you’d like them to be once the hair is fully dry, wrap a few of the top pieces around a curling wand for a more polished finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Short curly haircuts like this work best on oval-ish or longer face shapes, but most importantly, a personality to match. The wearer should be fun, low maintenance, and not mind looking a little tousled.

Cute Tight Ringlets

Cute Tight Ringlets
Instagram @sarahkolb94

Put a whole different definition to springy with a crown of lovely coils. Perfectly partnered with a pixie cut, twirled tresses can be of various lengths to create a fuller look.

Short Curled Hair

short curled hair
Instagram @curlsgonewildsalon

Featuring this short curled hair to grant you a fresher look! The streaks of a golden blonde tone on your dark tresses are sure to brighten your face. Keep your curls moisturized for a more defined outcome.

Voluminous Chin-Length Curls

Voluminous Curls hairstyle
Instagram @taisinha79

Q&A with style creator, Tais Bizin
Senior stylist @ Plane Jane Salon in Bethesda, MD

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

When I look at this short haircut I think of body, motion, innovation, and an up-to-date style. My favorite thing about this chin-length curly bob is that I went back to my basics to create the perfect style for this gorgeous lady. I created a 90 degree haircut following her head shape and added lots of texture. With just a little product to tame frizz and define her curls, she does not need much to achieve her end goal!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a cream-based curl defining product to soften and tame the frizz, and a light volumizing mousse to keep the curls in place and add volume.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Short haircuts for curly hair are great for people that want a fun, low maintenance and voluminous style. It is perfect for someone that doesn’t want to spend too much time styling their hair in the morning. People with a narrow face are ideal for this type of hair because it adds lots of volume around cheekbones, and even some height with the help of the right product.

Angled Curly Bob

angled curly bob
Instagram @whitneypatriceartistry

A fresh angled curly bob cut and pops of blonde highlights—this is how you enhance your natural hair. The perimeter follows the neckline to preserve the shape and fullness of your mane. Embrace a few grey strands visible on your dark tresses as they also add texture to your final look.

Curly Shag With Bangs

curly shag with bangs
Instagram @thesanecatlady

Classic hairstyles like this curly shag with bangs are chic for certain! The texture of your locks is enough to finish this look super stunning. You can keep your natural dark hair color for a result that isn’t too dramatic.

Short-to-Medium Curly Cut

short to medium curly cut
Instagram @ashleypagestylist

Imagine how lively this look appears! This is a short-to-medium curly cut that will show off your natural hair texture. Get this chop, and it’ll look sexy on your shiny, black locks.

Messy Undercut

Q&A with style creator, Gypsy Kiss Sturgeon
Senior Hair Artist @ Citrus Hair Salon in Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C.

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I call this short curly haircut “sassy foxy roxy.” It is a customized asymmetrical and detailed undercut. My favorite thing about it is its versatility due to the undercut and the customized sideburn curl on the right side.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again Wash shampoo and finishing with the Smooth Again Rinse conditioner, followed by Davines’ Oi All In One Milk and also Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls Creme scrunched in and then diffused to the desired volume. Using a 1/2 inch wand, spot create some perfectly unruly curls. To finish, scrunch in and perfect with a cocktail of a small amount of Kevin Murphy’s Un.Dressed fibre paste and Davines’ This Is An Oil Non Oil. Use the Un.Dressed alone to perfect the sideburn piece as desired.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut to someone that has thick and curly hair that enjoys a slightly more edgy and versatile look. This look is also for someone who is able to execute a four to six week haircut maintenance regime.

Curly Layered Bob

curly layered bob
Instagram @tatumneill

The key to shape bouncy-looking hair lies in the layers. Notice how this jaw-length curly layered bob makes a great hairstyle that’s full of life. With light brown highlights on your black tresses, the texture is sure to emphasize even more.

Curly Cropped Cut

curly cropped cut
Instagram @sweetstyles_naturals

How charming! Here’s a curly cropped cut that will give your hair texture the new zest it needs. The brown hue and those defined curls create a softer and fresher vibe. When styling it, a sea salt spray will enhance your tresses for extra flair.

Curly TWA for Black Women

curly twa hair for black women
Instagram @darycetolliver

Feel the breeze on your neck and opt for such a neat haircut. This black curly TWA for black women grants a dazzling and powerful impression. Knowing that it’s easy to maintain and to style, you gotta love wearing it for some months. A pair of large hoop earrings will look good on you, adding a more feminine touch.

Curly Ringlets Shag

curly ringlets shag
Instagram @curlyhairdaze

A look that you can pull off either on casual or formal events! Class up this beautiful curly ringlets shag with painted highlights for added shimmer. By using the best hydrating hair products, your curls will keep looking shiny and healthy.