15 Hairdos for Curly Hair You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes

Five minutes or less, pinky swear. 

Just like any other hair type, curly hair comes with its own set of challenges. Some days the perfect cocktail of hair products mixes well with the weather outside and the hair gods smile down on you. Other days everything seems to unite against you to give you the bad hair day of all bad hair days. To help you out, we’ve rounded up a collection of hairdos for curly hair that you can create effortlessly and quickly! These curly styles are great for those days when your curls are in check and even better for the days when they’re misbehaving.

1. Twist it back.

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Pull back your curls for a change. Photo credit: Alexander Craig

Use your finger to draw a deep side part through your hair. Gather the smaller side of your curly hair in your hand, and pull it to the back of your head. Twist the outer pieces until you’ve created a side updo, and hold it in place with your fingers as you slide bobby pins in. Create an ‘X’ shape with bobby pins to lock them into place, ensuring that your style stays put.

2. Put a headband on it.

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Add a statement headband to your look. Photo credit: Alexander Craig

This trick isn’t specific to women with curly hair, but we love how an intricate accessory looks with curls. A headband with beautiful details distracts from curls that fall out of your general curl pattern and allows your hair to become a way to show off one of your favorite accessories. This is one of our favorite hacks for dealing with a bad hair day too!

3. Opt for red carpet glam.

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Looking for thin curly hairstyles for short hair? This is the one for you.

This style is the secret to instant glam in a matter of seconds. Creating a deep side part and twisting a small portion on the minor side gives you a glamorous red carpet look without any of the fuss. Once again, use two bobby pins locked together in an ‘X’ shape to hold the style in place. Run The Good Stuff Curl Hydration Butter through the roots of your hair before styling for extra volume and even more glam.

4. Create a waterfall braid.

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A texturized waterfall braid is the perfect messy style.

If you’re thinking about skipping this style because you aren’t a pro braider, hear us out first. This braided style works even better the more undone it is, so you don’t need to be a pro to achieve this look. Spray some TIGI Copyright Custom Complete Volume Finishing Spray through your hair for an easier time keeping the braid in place.

5. When it doubt, brush it out.

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Grab your hair brush and hear us out.

Back in the dark ages (a.k.a. the Excessive ’80s), it used to be considered a major faux pas to brush curly hair, but times have changed. If your curls are misbehaving, then embrace the direction they’re going in and help them along. Not only are brushed out curls trendy these days but combing out your curls is also a great way to turn a bad hair day into a major style statement.

6. Create a cinnamon twist updo.

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Give your style a swirl.

Tease your roots at the front of your crown for a little bit of subtle volume up on top and gather your hair back into multiple mini twists down your hair. Use a mist of Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray to hold the look in place. That’s all there is to this hairdo for curly hair!

7. Go for a classic.

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You can never go wrong with a classic.

Emphasize your curly hair by creating a Hollywood curl look. Simply run your curls through a curling wand to create more uniform curls with body and movement. An easy hairdo for curly hair that is an instant classic.

8. Learn the French Faux-Hawk.

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This style thrives on messiness.

Create three separate French braids that feed into one larger braid. This style thrives on messiness so don’t worry too much about how skilled you are in the braiding department.

9. Tie a scarf on.

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Roll one of your favorite scarves into a headband.

This is an easily forgotten hack that works for every hair type but looks particularly great with hairdos for curly hair. Tie a wound up scarf around your hair as an easy and impactful accessory.

10. Go with a bandana.

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Bandanas have made a comeback.

Bandanas made a comeback a few years ago and we’ve been seeing them consistently since. They’re a perfect style when it comes to hairdos for curly hair. Go for a casual boho vibe by wearing a bandana on top of your curls.

11. Add a beanie.

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A beanie is always a good idea. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

This is one of our favorite hairstyles for thin curly hair as it allows you to spread your curls as they cascade out of a chic beanie. We love hairdos for curly hair like this as they give the illusion of more hair!

12. Braided Pigtails

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Loosen up two braided pigtails.

This is another one of our favorite hairdos for curly hair. Pull apart two braided pigtails to add the illusion of extra thickness to your strands.

13. Tie It Up

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Pin it up.

Ask your stylist for one of the best hairdos for curly hair: a layered look. Pin the longer layers back and let the shorter pieces fall out and frame your face.

14. Alternate Braiding

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Mix and match different sized braids.

An easy way for amateur braiders to up their braiding game is by creating a style that incorporates braids of different sizes. Add interest and dimension to a basic style by utilizing three-strand braids that are different sizes.

15. A Floral Bun

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A chic and effortless style!

Another one of our favorite hairdos for curly hair is this super high bun half updo. This style will give you loads of volume and is perfect for so many occasions, including a de-stressing, yoga sesh!

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