3 Flattering ways to style short curly hair

Want to revive your curly short hair? Then you're in luck, but warning: these hairstyles for short curly hair are seriously hot! 

We admit it, short curly hair really isn’t the easiest of hair types to style. But you don’t need to worry your pretty head about it: because with a little time, care, and some help from the All Things Hair team, you can have a flattering ‘do that’ll make the most out of your coils!

Okay, we can tell you’re going to need some convincing on this one, which is why we’ve done some digging and uncovered 3 of the chicest hairstyles for short curly hair, that will take your look from zero to hero! Intrigued? Then read on to discover how you should be rocking your curly short hair, right now!

Pretty, short hairstyles for curly hair


Short curly hair: High top black afro curls
The flattering high top. Credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

A curly high top

If you have ultra-coily, afro hair, then you may want to consider opting for a fashion-forward high top, to showcase the natural texture of your curls! With a little extra height on top, this retro style will effortlessly highlight all of your features, by sweeping your curls up and off your face. Oh, and you might to dig out those statement earrings for this look, too – trust us, they’ll really pop with this cut!

And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to be madly in love with this ‘do, it gets even better, thanks to the fact that it requires minimal styling effort in the mornings. Nope, we’re not pulling you’re leg: just fluff out your high top and give it a quick spritz of the TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-in Moisture Sprayfor an added moisture boost!

Psst! Don’t forget to check out our tutorial by our favourite natural-haired vlogger Mini Marley to learn how to nail party-perfect curly short hair.

Short hairstyles for curly hair: Woman with pixie cut light brown curls
The pretty pixie crop. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

A pixie crop

Thought a pixie crop was just reserved for those girls with straight hair? Think again! A cropped ‘do – when cut correctly – will actually work to complement your curls, by making them appear more defined and bouncy. When visiting the stylist’s chair, simply ask for a pixie crop that’s slightly longer on top, and to have your hair thinned out a little, too. Remember: the lighter your curls, the bouncier they’ll be!

Editor’s tip: To really help your pixie stand out from the crowd, we suggest applying some of the Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil to damp tresses, and allowing them to air dry. This will help tame and smooth your curls, and give them a high-impact finish!

Hairstyles for short curly hair: woman with a short bob deep side parting in her brown curly hair
The beautiful short bob with deep side parting. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

A short bob with a deep side parting

For a laid-back, romantic short hairstyles for curly hair that flatters any face shape? Then why not opt for a short curly bob?. The length of this casual-looking ‘do should be cut between your nose and your lips, but cover your ears – this is the ideal length, as it allows you enough hair to adapt your look, as well as perfectly framing your face.

Once you’ve got your short bob haircut, you’ll need to style your mane. Scrunch some VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme into damp hair and style into a deep side parting, before letting your curls air dry. This way they’ll dry fluffy, but not frizzy – just what you’re after!


Loved these curly hair ideas, but still lusting after more showstopper looks? Then head on over to our Curly Hairstyles page, where you’re guaranteed to find a ‘do that’ll fit your unique style and personality!

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