25 Best Haircut Ideas for Long & Layered Curly Hair

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Long layered curly hair creates the fullness and volume that most women with curly hair are looking for. The cut enhances the shape and texture of the mane, adding life and bounce to its natural form.

The classic long curly hair often sits flat and looks dull, so layered pieces are beneficial. Stylist Jennifer Golden of Amsterdam, NL sets down the perks of having this trendy chop.

According to Golden, “Layers can make the curls sit nicer and swirl better. If the cut is one-length, the weight of the hair can pull the curls down.”

The #1 rule to achieve the optimum result is to cut your hair dry. Otherwise, it’s impossible to visualize how short the curls will look. It’ll even be challenging to blend the layers.

“If the curls are cut wet, they might sit shorter than intended. The result might look very disconnected and shelf-like,” Golden warns.

A common misconception about cutting textured hair is that it can be cut the same way as other hair types.

Golden suggests cutting the curls with a lower elevation or with lots of over-direction to maintain the length. Understand that different curl types require specific haircut techniques.

Make sure to look for a skilled stylist that knows a lot about this concept. It’s crucial to ask for tips on styling your locks and maintaining the chop.

Flaunt your natural hair texture with pride! Here are the images of the most popular cuts and styles for long layered curly hair.

Long Curly Layers with a Center Part
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#1: Long Curly Layers with a Center Part

Long curly layers with a center part create a beautiful frame that elongates the face and creates a more oval face shape. Many hairstyles for long layered curly hair can be versatile and worn in different ways depending on the desired outcome. A deep side part can be effective for more volume and dramatic styles, but for more day-to-day easily maintained styles, a middle part works phenomenally.

#2: Long V-Cut Curly Hair

If you’re searching for a new shape, consider a long v-cut on curly hair. For those of you with straighter facial hair texture, note how the center of the back is longer. This assists in encouraging curl formation. Ask your stylist to cut a strong angle from both sides to the back, and keep the layers minimal for this style to be created. If you love those separated coils, try not to comb through them before you air dry. You can even twist these separated coils as you style your hair and use a curl-defining product.

Long Bouncy Curls with Shorter Layers
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#3: Long Bouncy Curls with Shorter Layers

Long bouncy curls with shorter layers have the potential to create a very unique overall shape to the haircut. A long layered hairstyle for curly hair is a great way to keep the volume at the ends of the hair, but creating shorter layers with long curly hairstyles brings the volume up and causes a weightless effect. Bringing more volume up to the face and less weight towards the ends has a bigger and more bouncy effect on the curls and makes them super easy to style and care for. Remember to always protect and moisturize your curls to keep them healthy, bouncy, shiny, and easy to manage.

#4: V-Shaped Layered Curls with Wispy Bangs

V-shaped layered curls pair perfectly with wispy bangs to frame the face with a weightless, uplifting effect. To have massive volume around the face and bring out the desired facial features while establishing an oval face shape, v-cut long layered curly hair is a staple technique.

Modern Shagged Curls with Thick Bangs
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#5: Modern Shagged Curls with Thick Bangs

The trend of the modern shag is definitely one to try this year, but take it one step further with modern shagged curls and thick bangs. A shag is a great haircut for long layered naturally curly hair because the messy, lived-in layering enhances the movement of the curls. Shag haircuts utilize a combination of long and short layers and lots of texture, which builds the perfect foundation for curly haircuts because the shorter layers reduce bulk and the longer layers can truly shine and keep the length. Adding thick bangs to shagged curly layers frames the face and helps form the illusion of an oval face shape.

#6: Shaggy Layers and Short Bangs for Curly Locks

Create a bold frame for your face with shaggy layers and short bangs that work with curly locks. Shag is an iconic way to achieve the best long layered curly hairstyles with bangs and create a bold and easy-to-care-for lived-in look. Bangs are always a bit more maintenance, but rocking a short bang can give more time between bang trims and allow you to play with different styling techniques to create different effects. The combination of short bangs with shag is beautiful with any hair type, but with curly hair textures, it just creates a little bit extra edge to the look and has a more dramatic effect.

Related: Best shaggy hairstyle ideas for long curly hair.

#7: Layered Haircut for Big Curls

Big voluminous curls are a show stopper when accompanied by a great style and a layered haircut specifically for big curls. When creating layers for big curls, pay attention to the curl pattern and work with it rather than against it. Big curls make big volume and, when styled properly, can perfectly frame a face and draw the eyes in toward facial features you want to accentuate.

#8: Long Layered Haircut for Highlighted Curls

Tight curly hair with ringlets makes for a perfect base to add dimension with highlighted curls and a well-shaped long layered hairstyle. A long layered cut that works with highlighted and curly mid-back-length hair is a great way to brighten up the face and frame it beautifully.

#9: Long Layers and Beach Curls

Long layers and beach curls are a great way to brighten your look year-round. It’s important that long layered curly blonde hair is well-maintained and cared for as the combination of lightened hair and curls is prone to become dry and damaged more easily. When styling long blonde curls avoid heat as often as possible and when lightening the hair it’s always better to go low and slow to prevent damage to the curl pattern.

#10: Layered Curls with a Thick, Curly Fringe

To release weight from the bottom of long curly kinked hair, try layering the curls and adding a thick curly fringe. Long layered curly haircuts with bangs can be altered to work with each individual face shape to create the look of an oval face shape.

Related: Check out more long layered hairstyles with bangs.

Long Side-Parted Hairstyle for Defined Waves and Curls
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#11: Long Side-Parted Hairstyle for Defined Waves and Curls

When considering a long layered haircut for curly hair it’s extremely important to consider the overall volume of the hair, styling times, maintenance regime, and how you like to wear your curls. For example, for big volume, a long side-parted hairstyle is great for defined waves and curls with maximum volume with minimum effort.

#12: Tousled Layers for Thick Curls

Tousled long layers for thick curls is a great way to reduce bulk if you have thicker hair. Tousled layers keep the length but reduce bulk and weight, which allows your curls to bounce up and frame your face. A petite face or body can become lost in a thick head of long curly hair, so it’s important to keep face shape and structure in mind when creating layers that frame the face. With big hair, it’s important to create layers that open the face and draw the eye in toward the face to avoid the hair overpowering the person.

Very Long Loose Curls with Blended Layers
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#13: Very Long Loose Curls with Blended Layers

For women who have very long loose curls, layers that blend seamlessly are a perfect way to enhance the curl pattern while keeping the length. Haircuts for semi-curly hair utilize blended layering to help prevent wavy hair from being weighed down and losing its curl pattern.

Waist-Length Layered Cut for Kinky Hair
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#14: Waist-Length Layered Cut for Kinky Hair

Embrace the kinky hair with an iconic waist-length layered cut. Waist-length hair is a true sign of patience and the best way to show it off is to embrace the kinky hair texture and rock big volume. The tighter the curl pattern of the hair, the bigger the volume so it’s important to add layers in the cut to reduce bulk and weight which drag the curls down.

Long Blonde Curls with Layers
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#15: Long Blonde Curls with Layers

They say blondes have more fun, but curly blondes have the most fun by far. Long blonde curls with layers create a bright and airy frame for faces with lighter undertones. Long layers for curly hair are a staple in creating the ideal shape, movement, and volume of the haircut. With big voluminous curls with lots of volume, lighter hair can have an expanding effect, creating the illusion of even more hair and volume.

#16: Side-Parted Curls with a Tousled Texture

For curly-haired women who do not like a middle part or bangs, try side-parted curls with a tousled texture for long layered, fine, curly hair. The best way to achieve maximum volume is to get choppy layers for curly hair.

Middle Part Style for Thick, Curly Hair
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#17: Middle-Part Style for Thick, Curly Hair

A middle part is a great style for thick, curly hair because it keeps the volume balanced. Curly hair can get big, and the more it’s touched or played with, the bigger and fluffier it gets. So a side part can make the face look and feel unbalanced with curls. A middle part creates that perfect u-shape face frame which turns any face shape into the ideal oval face shape. For soft, touchable curls that have high shine and definition, use Redavid Orchid Oil Curl Creme on damp hair and air dry without touching, or diffuse with minimal touching.

#18: Long Natural Curls with a Deep Side Part

For big volume rock your long natural curls with a deep side part. Utilizing the natural hair texture to achieve volume is a great way to prevent damage to the curls from styling. Make sure you use great products and keep frizz down with minimal touching. When styling curly hair, less is more, as too much touching can overwork the curls and make them frizzy.

#19: Voluminous Long Layered Haircut

A voluminous long layered curly hairstyle is a great way to bring life back into sun-kissed natural curls. Naturally, curly hair tends to get dry and damaged easier due to the texture of the hair strand itself, so as curls are exposed to sun, styling, and heat damage, the ends can become frizzy and uncooperative.

Long and Curly Black Tresses
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#20: Long and Curly Black Tresses

Spiral curls are beautiful and a great way to style long and curly black tresses. When considering black hair, keep in mind that dark colors, while creating very dynamic contrast, can have a receding effect and can have a very harsh look on some skin tones.

Curly Shag with Piece-y Bangs
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#21: Curly Shag with Piece-y Bangs

A curly shag is a great cut to keep curly hair manageable and easy to style. Try framing the face with some piece-y bangs to finish the look. Long layered curly hair with bangs makes for a quick and easy styling routine. Curly hair needs more care than naturally straight hair as it becomes dry and damaged easier due to the actual makeup of the hair strand. Haircuts that work with your natural texture allow for longer grow out and less styling damage.

#22: Layered Shag Cut for Naturally Curly Hair

A layered shag is a staple for naturally curly hair. The combination of curly hair with bangs and layers is famous for breathing new life into dull and drab curls. The blended layering on curly hair creates shape and bounce to normally weighed down curls, and the addition of curly bangs reduces bulk and frames the face perfectly. Try using a curl cream in damp hair, then diffusing the hair for bouncy shiny voluminous curls.

#23: Retro Shag with Curtain Bangs

Try a groovy retro shag with curly curtain fringe to create an ideal face shape and add volume and pure style to your curls. Long layered curly hair with curtain bangs works well together when they are done with a retro shag – they make for an iconic style that stands above the rest. Shag styles and curly layers are easy maintenance because they work best with the more authentic, lived-in, texture. Try adding some dry texture spray for more lived-in volume.

Layered Cut with Bangs for Tight Curls
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#24: Layered Cut with Bangs for Tight Curls

A glamorous layered cut with bangs is a lifesaver for tight curls. Long curly hair can start to look like a triangle and drag the curls and overall appearance of the face down, but by cutting layers and bangs you can completely revitalize your hair.

Curly Layered Hair with Curly Bangs
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#25: Curly Layered Hair with Curly Bangs

Enhance curly hair with a long cut that works with the natural texture of your hair. This is an easy way to really show off your curls and keep them healthy too. By working with the natural texture rather than working against it, the hair becomes easier to style with less maintenance. Try Redavid Orchid Curl Creme in damp hair, diffuse to about 70% dry then let it air dry for perfect bouncy and shiny curls.