Kinky Curly Hair: 25 Hairstyle Ideas for Your Curls

Alyssa François | 29 January 2018
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No matter what type of kinky curly hair texture (otherwise known as naturally curly/coily hair) you have—whether it’s thick curls, fine curls or loose curlicues—there’s one thing you shouldn’t run out of, and that is hairstyle ideas. If you ever find yourself in a rut, you can always thank the internet for being one click away from your new hairstyle. You can also thank us for narrowing down your search—we got you, curl-friend! We’ve curated a gallery of some of our most favorite kinky curly hairstyle ideas for you to explore:

Kinky Curly Hair: 25 Hairstyle Ideas for Your Curls

kinky curly hair: picked out afro
Comb your curls out.

1. Picked-Out Afro

Whenever you want a change, you can always opt for combing out your kinky curly hair to reveal a beautiful afro style. For length, opt for blowing your hair out. Use a spray like Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray to add shine and to protect your curls.

DOVE STYLE+CARE SMOOTH AND SHINE HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY
kinky curly hair: afro with color
A hint of brown at the ends.

2. Afro with Color

Give your kinky curly hair a stylish update with just a hint of color. We love this super subtle brown hue.

kinky curly hair curly bangs
Curly fringe goals.

3. Curly Bangs

Add a curly fringe to your hairstyle to spruce up the look of a high ponytail. Wear this hairstyle idea to work and beyond.

kinky curly hair: faux hawk
Edgy and fun.

4. Fauxhawk

Pin your kinky curly hair up into a fun faux hawk style. Twirl a few strands of hair to clump together and add definition to your style.

kinky curly hair: faux hawk pixie
Short and sweet.

5. Fauxhawk Pixie

Give your pixie an edgy look with a side shave. Take it up a notch by adding standout undercut designs.

kinky curly hair: afro
Fine curls make the look.

6. The ‘Fro

If you have fine curls, there are ways to give your hair a thicker look. When creating an afro style, focus on picking hair at the root to encourage volume.

kinky curly hair: half up
Never going out of style.

7. The Half-Up

If you haven’t tried this style out on your curly locks, you’re truly missing out. This half-up style is the trend that won’t ever, ever die.

kinky curly hair high bun
All in a days work.

8. High Bun

When you have just had it with your hair, throw it up into a chic messy bun. Trust us: We’ve all been there… and have found that a bun will always come to the rescue.

kinky curly hair: low do
A look that means business.

9. The Low Hairdo

If you’re looking for more hairstyle ideas for the office, add this low curly hairstyle to your list. What we love most about this look is that you can take it from the office to after work drinks with the girls.

kinky curly hair: low ponytail
Unwind with this style.

10. The Low Ponytail

Some like the idea of letting their hair loose to unwind and there are those that love the idea of pulling it all back into a ponytail. Gather your hair into a loose low ponytail when you want to get your curls out of your face for a change.

kinky curly hair: messy bun
The perfect weekend look.

11. The Messy Bun

Everyone needs a go-to weekend hairstyle. The messy bun happens to be one of our favorite looks.

kinky curly hair: pineapple
The bedhead look we can get after.

12. The Pineapple

The pineapple hairstyle is a look we all have come to love. It’s at the top of our list of low maintenance hairstyles for curly hair.

kinky curly hair: pixie
Big chop into this cute style.

13. Medium Pixie

Looking for your next short crop? Put your best curl forward with a pixie.

kinky curly hair: twist out ponytail
Turn your twist out into an updo.

14. Twist Out Pony

There are so many different ways to style a twist out hairstyle. One easy look is the ponytail style.

kinky curly hair side curls
Swing your curls over.

15. Side Curls

Give your wash and go style quick new look by swinging your curls over to the side.

kinky curly hair: side do
A quick date night hair idea!

16. Side ‘Do

Need a quick hairstyle update for date night? Grab your hair pins and create this look in five minutes or less!

kinky curly hair side fro hawk
Half-shaven but not really.

17. Faux Side Shave

Want to try your hand at a side shaven style but don’t have the guts to shave your hair? Take a gel like Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel and smooth one side of your hair down to give the illusion of a side shave.

NEXXUS EXXTRA HOLD SCULPTING GEL
kinky curly hair: side twist
Fun and easy curly style.

18. Side Twist

This hairstyle is so easy to recreate on your own. Create a flat twist on one side of your hair and pin in place to secure. Fluff the rest of your hair for volume.

kinky curly hair: stretched
Stretch your curls for length.

19. Stretched Curls

Tired of the look of shrunken curls? Stretch those strands out to elongate your look.

kinky curly hair: tapered 'fro
This shape is everything.

20. Tapered ‘Fro

What makes an afro style more interesting? The shape of course! Opt for this tapered look to elevate your style.

tapered pixie: kinky curly hair
Edgy pixie style.

21. Faded Pixie

Add an edgy finish to your pixie with a side fade.

kinky curly hair: twisted afro
Afro hair with a twist.

22. Twisted Afro

Want an afro that looks different from the rest? Add definition to the ends of your afro by twisting sections of hair.

kinky curly hair: twisted low style
Easy low style.

23. Twisted Low ‘Do

Keep it simple with an easy low twisted hairstyle.

kinky curly hair: wash and go
The voluminous wash and go.

24. Wash and Go

The key to a flawless wash and go style is to use the right products. Try a lightweight gel like TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel. Apply it to each section of hair and air dry for a natural finish.

TRESemmé FLAWLESS CURLS DEFINING GEL
african american hairstyles floral afro
Fun hairstyle for festival season and beyond.

25. Flower Hair

Last but not least, a fun and powerful look! Embrace your afro with fun floral accessories.

Want more hairstyle ideas for curly hair? Here are some short curly looks to try this season. 

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