Top 10 Layered Curly Hair Ideas

Layered curly hair

Layered curly hair is a hairstyle for curly-haired women who want the illusion of length and volume, without too much bulk. Adding layers to naturally curly hair shapes your hair while promoting definition. Layering curly hair adds texture and creates movement throughout the curls.

Layered haircuts for curly hair works with any hair length and face shape. Browse our photos and show your favorites to your stylist to figure out the perfect layered curly hair style based on your unique features.

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Chic Curly Neck-Length Layers

Chic Curly Neck-Length Layers
Instagram @curlsbylish

A fresh short layered haircut is a great way to define your natural curls. Having a neck-length is a helpful way to add body and volume without having too much bulk. Layered hair and curls go hand in hand to creating beautiful hairstyles.

Stylish Short Curly Hair

Stylish Short Layered Curly Hair
Instagram @urbanbloomhair

A full head of sexy locks looks gorgeous in a length that’s just a little past the chin. Having layered curly hair will provide much-needed volume and definition with the use of the right curling products.

Cute Before and After Curly Bob with Layering

Cute Before and After Curly Bob
Instagram @domyhairblu

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Ayala
Hairstylist / Creator @ J’adore Blu Salon in Chicago, IL

How would you describe this look?

Cutting your curly hair in layers makes unmanageable, dry curls more convenient and easy to wear. This cute curly bob is specifically for women who want to wear their hair curly most of the time.  The color complements the cut so beautifully and my client with a pop of red lipstick and ash blonde hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a very easy cut to take care of when using the right products! Use Deva Curl products because they have plenty of options to choose from for every hair texture. It’s great for wavy, curly, or coiled curly hair. It’s an amazing product brand that everyone should try!

Layered Inverted Bob for Thick Curly Hair

Edgy Inverted Bob for Thick Curly Hair
Instagram @bgiriotas

Q&A with style creator, Bárbara Giriotas
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Floreal Hair Salon in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

How would you describe this look?

This layered curly hair style is a longer version from Devabob that looks like a long curly bob. Although for layered curly hair haircuts, you need to change some angles to avoid unwanted volume next to the ears. The layers in the back continue on the sides, so there is no demarcation line.

It’s very versatile and perfect for a modern woman who wants to change or needs more volume on top because the length and the layers make it really lightweight.

Use an amonia free lightener to preserve the curls and toned with a warm brown.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This curly hair with layers is simple to care for. The less products you use, the more volume you have. Always wash with lather free shampoo, like DevaCurl No-poo. The lather tangles the curls and makes it more frizzy. For conditioner, choose silicone-free products to avoid build-up and heaviness.

This haircut can be done on all curl types from wavy to super curl, but it is perfect for wavy or curly girls who want more body and volume on top.

It’s not long so it dries quickly for a woman who doesn’t know or want to use the diffuser. Although it has enough length to put up if you want to go to the gym.

It balances an inverted triangle face shape and helps to elongate a round face. For a square face, you can use a long side bang.

On fine hair, use volumizing foam for styling, and on thick hair, use styling cream and strong hold gel to control the volume.

The Best Shag with Choppy Layers

The Best Choppy Layers
Instagram @ravenrowsalon

Let your hair go wild with this heavily textured shag that screams of volume and fullness! Adding a messy fringe with a layered curly haircut works perfectly together to balance broad shoulders and an oval face.

Modern V-Shape for Naturally Curly Hair

Modern V-Shape for Naturally Curly Hair
Instagram @hairbypucci

A subtle V-cut with layers will give your curly hair a more defined shape. It has a slimming effect that leaves your hair looking sexy depending on how angled the cut is. Adding waves provide movement and texture that flat hair really needs.

Messy Shaggy Layers with Bangs

messy shaggy layered curly hair with bangs

Wearing messy shaggy layers with bangs looks so fun! It’s bouncy, voluminous finish is sure to catch people’s attention. This layered curly hairstyle gives fine mane a softer finish, especially on a blonde hue.

Trendy Layered Medium Length Curls

These trendy layered medium-length curls aren’t only stylish. The layers for curly hair are ideal for women with thick hair and a wider face shape. It’s the cut that makes the tresses appear less bulky and feel a little lighter. Natural curls and a golden shade create an ideal combo for this hairstyle.

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Major
Curly Hair Specialist @ Hush Salon and Spa in Ontario, CA

How would you describe this?

These trendy layered medium length curls are on a long curly bob. The layering offers volume without being unmanageable. Plus, the layers blend well and show off the curls. This cut embraces natural texture!

What’s your best advice?

Women looking for a curly stylist should first check out their work. A lot of stylists say they will work with your natural texture and then they want to curl it or straighten it in the end. If they aren’t going to style it or teach you how to wear it naturally then you need to keep looking. A good curly hair stylist will want to coach you to make your curls better. And remember to always go in with your hair down and detangled! They need to see it, no buns or ponytails!

Gorgeous Long and Curly Hair with Layers

Q&A with style creator, Kelsey McDougall
Salon Education Director @ Gervais Salon Midtown in Eugene, OR

How would you describe this look?

A great way to embrace your natural texture is with long layered curly hair that is a bit wild.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s important to keep your curly locks happy! This means keeping them hydrated and finding the right products for your texture, type, and density of hair. The climate you live in will play a role in what products your hair needs any given day – and it may change season to season.

I recommend you wash your hair with Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and followed with the Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. To style, use Be Curly Style-prep, Volumizing Tonic (in the crown for volume) and Be Curly Curl Controller for definition.

Cute Layered Curly Locks with Side Bangs

Cute Curly Hair with Side Bangs
Instagram @transcurlcarolyn

Blonde curls are so mesmerizing especially with dark roots that give dimension to the look. These cute springy curls work so well in a medium length cut that can be easily diffused for fullness and movement. Curls can provide such an amazing difference to any haircut.