When you’ve got curly hair it can be really annoying looking for new haircut inspiration, only to find that none of the looks you like will actually work with your curls. So we set ourselves a mission: to find the best short haircuts for curly hair on Instagram. And, not to toot our own horns, we found some total winners!
If you have issues with a lack of shape, or find that your curls are becoming unmanageable, these curl-specific short hairstyles will help you fall back in love with your natural curls this year.
Curly hair: Short haircuts we’re loving from Instagram
Use the end of a comb to part your hair to the side, like this Instagrammer, and flip the hair over. It’ll make your hair look way more plumped up and luscious! Credit: @awa.f
Editor’s tip: To keep your curls looking fresh, make sure they’re kept hydrated by using a leave in conditioner.
The TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray is fab for natural-haired ladies, as a quick spritz will add a major moisture boost to your mane whenever it’s feeling dry. Just pop it in your bag for on-the-go application!
This is one of the shortest styles for short curly hair that we stumbled across, so if low maintenance is the aim of the game for you, you’ve met your match.
Longer than a buzz cut to allow you to show off your beautiful curls but still short enough that you won’t have to do anything to them in the morning, we’ve only got good things to say about this style. Credit: @mel_schubert
Finding curly hairstyles for short tresses that can add shape to your curls is really helpful. Anything that’s going to add more interesting angles to the look, such as a graduated, A-line look like this one, will prevent your hair looking too fluffy and dishevelled. Credit: @armstrongmccallofficial
Curly side bangs
Side fringes are one of the most flattering styles around, as they pretty much suit everyone and can easily be swept out of the way if you want your hair out of your face. Credit: @quirkycurly_
Editor’s tip: To add definition and separate your curls, run an oil or serum, like the TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil, through damp hair after you’ve washed it for a smoothing effect.
Do you have short, natural curly hair that you can’t control? Take some of the weight off of the sides with a longer-on-top, shorter-on-the-sides style. Since you’ll be taking some of your hair off, it’ll actually put more of a focus on your remaining curls.
Finish up with a touch of ombre, like this girl, to really make those curls pop! Credit: @curlygurl.rei
Often when we picture a pixie cut we think of people like Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin with their sleek, sweeping styles, but you can totally rock a pixie with a head of natural curls.
The shag is one of the best hairstyles for curly short hair as it’s a look that will work with your natural texture, rather than against it. It’s super retro inspired and strikes the perfect balance between sexy and tomboyish. Credit: @guapahairsalon_