Short Haircuts for Curly Hair: 36 Short Cuts for Any Curl Pattern

Looking for the right curly cut? We've got you covered. 

Contrary to popular belief, short haircuts can work in any curly girl’s favor as long as she finds the right cut for her face shape and curl type. There are so many ways you can style your new short hair whether you have a pixie, bob or lob. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our most favorite short haircuts for curly hair. Read on to get some inspiration:

1. Extra Short Fro

short haircuts for curly hair pixie
Teeny weeny afro.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably obsessed with the pixie haircut. For this short curly haircut, it’s all about working with your natural texture.

2. Pixie Ringlets

short haircuts for curly hair ringlets
Portrait of happy young mixed race woman, vertical

If you have a longer pixie, you can opt for this ringlet style. To get the look may take a little bit of extra time and effort depending on how chunky you want your curls to be. Use a comb or your hands to coil clean, damp hair into coils and allow your hair to dry before loosening. If you want to try short curly hair with bangs, simply coil a section of hair towards your face and you’ve got a stylish fringe.

3. Mohawk-Inspired

short haircuts for curly pixie: mohawk style
Fake the mohawk look with this style.

Tired of the same old short haircuts for curly hair? Kick it up a notch with an edgy style. Take cues from the mohawk haircut to recreate this short curly style.

4. The Classic ‘Fro Cut

short haircuts for curly hair: short afro
Easy to maintain and easy to style.

Want an easy way to style your short naturally curly hair? Fro it out! Wash, dry and pick it out until you get the volume and shape you fancy.

5. Soft, Chic and Simple Curly Cut

short haircuts for curly hair: cute pixie curls
Keep it simple with a short and cute curls. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Who doesn’t love hairstyles for short curly hair that require little to no effort at all? We sure do! To keep your curls in check, opt for sleeping with a comfy set of sponge rollers at night.

6. High Top Curly Cut

short haircuts for curly hair
Fro goals! Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

If you’re growing out your naturally curly hair but want a specific shape like a high top and low sides, consider this high top curly cut. Styling is fairly easy but you must keep up with your trims to maintain the shape.

7. Off-Duty Cool Curly Cut

short haircuts for curly hair: loose pixie curls
Smooth your short curls back. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

In the mood for laid-back short haircuts for curly hair? This is one of the reasons why we love the pixie. On lazy days, smooth your curls back with a fingertip amount of some gel and your style is complete.

8. Textured Short Cut

short haircuts for curly hair: textured afro
Texture is the cherry on top! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Wondering what to do with short curly hair with a beautiful thick texture? Embrace it! Allow your cut to help you display the beauty of your curly hair.

9. Boyish Curly Cut

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Borrowed from the boys. But better, of course! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Borrow this look from the boys and show them who’s boss! Obviously, girls do it better!

10. Dark Brown Bob

short haircuts for curly hair: dark brow
Dark and lovely bob style.

After you’ve found the short haircuts for curly hair you love, there’s nothing wrong with giving it a bit of an update with a fresh new color. We love the look of a warm brown tone on a bob during any season.

11. Platinum Curly Bob

short haircuts for curly hair: platinum bob waves
Go for the platinum look.

Brown tones not your thing? Platinum hues are always in style as well. Go for this striking blonde look on your curly bob.

12. Half Up-Half Down Bob Haircut

short haircuts for curly hair: half-up curls
Some up, some down.

We’re not tired of this trend, and you shouldn’t be either. To create the look, pull the top section of your short naturally curly hair into a mini ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

13. Bedhead Curly Bob

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Slept-in texture nails this look.

Undone hairstyles are not yet a thing of the past. Recreate natural short curly hairstyles like this by focusing in creating the lived in texture. You can either gently tease your curls with a comb when styling, or use your fingers to create the bedhead a.k.a lived-in look.

14. Wavy Bob

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Wavy bob for loose curl patterns. Photo credit: Dvora

What to do with short curly hair with looser curl patterns? Well, you have plenty options but you can’t ever go wrong with the classic bob. We love the vintage finger wave-inspired look of this style above.

15. Balayage Curly Bob

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A pop of color to spruce up your bob style.

Give your short curly haircut a natural looking color job with the balayage method. Need ideas for dark hair? We have plenty gorgeous dark balayage ideas to choose from.

16. Side Part Bob

a curly short hair woman in the garden sunlighted
Low maintenance curly style.

This is such a quick and easy short curly style for natural hair textures. Get the look by parting your hair to the side and creating two strand twists with gel to set your curl. Once dry, loosen the hair and fluff.

17. Blonde Curly Lob

short haircuts for curly hair: blonde lob
Pretty golden hue

There’s nothing like leaving the salon with a fresh cut, color and bouncy curls. Go for this golden blonde hue, trendy lob length, and this loose curl effect.

18. Beach Wave Lob

short haircuts for curly hair: beach waves
Waves are in style all year round.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear a beach wave hairstyle past the summer season. Recreate this look at anytime with the help of some salt spray and scrunching.

20. Asymmetrical Curly Cut

short haircuts for curly hair: long bob
Gorgeous curls with asymmetrical lob cut.

What makes this curly lob stand out is the asymmetrical shape. To get the look, ask your stylist to create some depth by leaving the front longer than the back.

21. Long Bob

short haircuts for curly hair: shoulder length curls
Long enough for an updo style.

Thinking of a curly cut but still want to be able to wear your hair up into a ponytail? The long bob cut is extremely versatile and super cute!

22. Loose Curly Lob

short haircuts for curly hair: loose curl lob
Loose and airy lob style.

Got a looser curl pattern? No problem. If you still want the flexibility of changing up your look from time to time, play it safe with a lob haircut.

23. Off-Center Curly Lob

short haircuts for curly hair: off center part lob
Try this hair parting to change up your look.

When you’re itching to change up your short cut a bit, an easy styling trick is to change your hair part. Try this off-center hair part a.k.a our new favorite ways to part hair.

24. Ash Brown

short haircuts for curly hair: ash brown hair
Can’t get enough of this ash brown tone.

Whether you choose to get the look on your own with box dye or with the help of a professional, we can’t see how anyone could go wrong with this ash brown color. Give the look a shot this season on your short curly hair.

25. Lob With Bangs

natural hairstyles for short hair lob with bangs
Pair your lob with bangs for an adorable look.

Give your lob extra volume and fullness with some curly bangs.

26. Classic Buzzed Cut

natural hairstyles for short hair classic buzzed cut
Nothing beats this edgy classic.

If you’re truly bold and brave, then try out this classic buzzed cut.

27. Buzzed Pixie

natural hairstyles for short hair buzzed pixie
Give your pixie cut a boost of style by buzzing it down.

Want to try out some edgy natural hairstyles for short hair? One of our favorites is the buzzed pixie! Pro tip: keep your buzzed pixie tamed and in control by spritzing some Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray after styling.

28. Side Fade

natural hairstyles for short hair side fade
Pair your short kinky curls with a side fade.

Only a true fashionista can rock this side fade. Whether you go for a simple fade or one with a cool design, it will automatically upgrade your short hairstyles for natural hair in an instant.

29. Side Parted Bob

natural hairstyles for short hair side parted bob
Give your bob some style with a side part.

Part your bob to the side to give it a cooler and fuller look.

30. Box Braided Bob

natural hairstyles for short hair box braided bob
Upgrade your bob with some box braids.

Contrary to popular belief, box braids aren’t just for long hair. You can rock your short locks in some awesome box braids, too!

31. Bandana

natural hairstyles for short hair bandana
Give any of your natural hairstyles for short hair a cooler look with a cute bandana. Photo credit: Dvora

Skipping the shower today? Create a fun in-between shower look by spraying some Dove Refresh+Care Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo on your tresses to control oil, and then grabbing your favorite bandana.

32. Classic Bob

natural hairstyles for short hair classic bob
Let your style shine through in this bob.

You can never top this classic style.

33. Curly Pixie

natural hairstyles for short hair curly pixie
Give your pixie some volume by rocking your natural curls.

Create a voluminous short look by letting your curls grab the spotlight in this pixie.

34. Overgrown Buzzed Cut

natural hairstyles for short hair overgrown buzzed cut
Give your buzz cut a little volume by letting it grow out a bit.

If you’re trying to grow out your buzzed cut, then rock this overgrown look effortlessly.

35. Short Afro

natural hairstyles for short hair short afro
Non hairstyle tops the classic short afro.

This afro is short and sweet, and we can never get enough of it. To give your afro some definition while controlling unruliness, try using the TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel when styling.

36. Mini Mohawk

natural hairstyles for short hair mini mohawk
Make a statement in this mini mohawk.

This teeny-tiny mohawk has some major edge to it.

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