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

Miriam Herst | 09 November 2017
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Five minutes or less, pinky swear. 

Those of you with curly hair know that curls can sometimes be pretty difficult to manage. 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. They’re particularly useful if you’re looking for hairstyles for thin curly hair as heavier curls can often weigh some styles down. Keep reading to learn how to create hairdos for curly hair that each take less than five minutes to accomplish.

15 Hairdos for Curly Hair:  Easy Looks We Adore

If looking for haircuts for thin curly hair helped you decide to get layers, then this is a great style for you.

1. Twist it back.

Use your finger to draw a deep side part through your hair (Editor’s note: This style thrives with a messier feel, so don’t worry too much about creating a straight line.). 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.

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A headband is a great option if you’re looking for hairstyles for fine curly hair.

2. Put a headband on it.

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!

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

3. Opt for red carpet glam.

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 TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse through the roots of your hair before styling for extra volume and even more glam.

TRESemmé BEAUTY-FULL VOLUME TOUCHABLE BOUNCE MOUSSE
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This tiny braid is super easy to create.

4. Create a tiny braid.

If you’re thinking about skipping this style because you aren’t a pro braider, hear us out first. This tiny, messy braided style works even better the more undone it is, so you don’t need to be a pro to achieve this look. Braid until you reach your ear and slide a bobby pin into the end of the braid to finish it off. Run a drop of Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel through the strands of hair you’ll braid before starting for an easier time keeping the braid in place.

NEXXUS EXXTRA HOLD SCULPTING GEL
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Grab your hair brush and hear us out.

5. When it doubt, brush it 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 great way to turn a bad hair day into a major style statement.

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Grab your teasing comb.

6. Twist and pin it back.

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 a half-up twist style. Slide two bobby pins into an X shape to hold the style in place. Gather the rest of your hair into a low bun for an easy updo you can create in seconds. Use a mist of Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray to hold the look in place.

DOVE STYLE + CARE EXTRA HOLD HAIRSPRAY
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Pigtails get an instant upgrade.

7. Upgrade a classic.

Revive a childhood favorite by adding an extra polished detail. Create two low pigtails and wrap a strand of hair around the base of each one for a touch of unexpected glam.

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This style thrives on messiness.

8. Learn the French fauxhawk.

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.

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Roll one of your favorite scarves into a headband.

9. Tie a scarf on.

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

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When in doubt: add a crown.

10. Go the floral route.

Floral crowns made a comeback a few years ago and we’ve been seeing them consistently since. Go for a casual boho vibe by wearing a floral crown on top of your curls.

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Pull your curls up into a loose ponytail and add a headband.

11. Add a Headband

Pull your curls up into a loose ponytail and add a knotted headband for extra accessorizing. This is one of our favorite hairstyles for thin curly hair as it allows you to spread your curls as they cascade out like of the base of the ponytail. We love hairdos for curly hair like this as they give the illusion of more hair!

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Loosen up two braided pigtails.

12. Braided Pigtails

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

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Pin it up.

13. Tie It Up

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

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Mix and match different sized braids.

14. Alternate Braiding

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.

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Opt for a very high bun and a fun flower.

15. A Floral Bun

Another one of our favorite hairdos for curly hair is this super high bun. Add a fun bold flower pin to liven up the style even more.

Looking for more hairdos for curly hair? Check out three easy curly hairstyles with bangs