Layer It Up: 16 Layered Curly Hair Looks To Upgrade Your Look

Layer upon layer of well-balanced ringlets.

If you have naturally full, voluminous curly hair, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Curly hair is so much fun to play up and can be morphed into just about any hairstyle. One of the biggest and best ways to play up your waves and ringlets is by styling them in layers. Layered curly hair is both timeless and practical, not to mention looks fabulous on just about any type of curl.

Check out some of our favorite layered curly hair looks and get some inspiration for your next cut. Believe us, whether your hair has big waves or tight ringlets, you’re going to rock these looks effortlessly!

16 Cute Layered Curly Hair Ideas

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A middle part gives your curly layered hair a bohemian edge. Photo credit:

1. Middle Part

A middle part gives your hair a vintagey look. Give your curls some texture and body by using Bed Head by TIGI Stick.

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Give your locks an appearance of thickness and volume with these full bangs.

2. Full Bangs

If you have thinner hair, then styling your layered curly hair with full bangs will give an appearance of fullness and thickness. They’re also extremely fun and quirky, so give them a try!

layered curly hair extreme high ponytail
Let your ponytail reach new levels so style with your curls!

3. Extremely High Ponytail

Get a style that’s as fabulously extra as you are with this high ponytail! It’s fun and flirty, but is also fitting for just about any occasion.

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Ombre hair is always a fun and trendy style to try. Photo credit:

4. Ombré

This gradient of color perfectly matches your layered curly hair. Use natural tones, or play it up with some neons and pastels… the style opportunities are endless! If your hair tends to lose some sheen after dying and bleaching, then grab a bottle of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum to give your tresses a boost of shine.

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Not ready for a full-on bob? Then try out a layered lob. Photo credit:

5. Layered Lob

This cool girl cut is short enough to make a statement, and long enough to play around with different styles.

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This effortlessly chic style is one of the simplest looks to create with your layered curly hair.

6. Mini Top Knot Bun

This simple style is almost completely effortless to create, and the result is a chic and playful hairstyle that will never get old.

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Upgrade your bangs with your beautiful curls!

7. Side Swept Bangs

Give your average side swept bangs a major makeover with your natural curls. Don’t forget to tame any frizz and flyaway hairs with a few spritzes of Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hair Spray!

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A small twist can add major style to your look.

8. Mini Twist

A mini braided twist is a great way to create an elegant style without spending hours on styling your hair.

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Playing with the volume of your curls can create a full-body look for your layers.

9. Voluminous Curls

One of our favorite go-to styles for layered curly hair is always voluminous curls! Simply add a mousse, like Nexxus Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip when styling your locks, to get an extra boost of fullness and body in just a few minutes.

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Small, thin curls can add detail and texture to any hairstyle.

10. Thin Curls

Small ringlets are always great for styling different looks. Create an elegant updo, or let your curls flow free. Whichever style you choose, you’re guaranteed to have photo-ready tresses.

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Take the classic half-up to a whole new level with this intricate braid.

11. Braided Half-Up

Want to give your average half-up a new look? Then simply braid the pieces of hair you’re tying back, and you have a runway-ready style.

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Give your curls an extra boost of volume and body with a heavy side part.

12. Side Part

If your layered curly hair seems to fall a little on the flat side when it’s parted in the middle, give it some volume by switching up your part. If you need an extra boost of body and fullness while controlling frizz and flyaways, then spray some TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray on your locks after styling. 

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A more subtle switch to the classic afro.

13. Semi-Afro

If your hair isn’t curly enough to be held in a full afro, then a semi-afro will do just the trick. Some short layered curly hair is perfect for creating this voluminous and posh look.

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Keep it simple with a classic half-up style.

14. Classic Half-Up

Nothing beats a classic style, which is why we love this timeless half-up!

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Create big, glamorous curls with your layers.

15. Glamorous Curls

If you don’t have naturally curly hair, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the layered curly hair fun! Just grab your favorite hair curler, and create some strikingly glam curls for your next big night out.

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Pull back your curls with a headband or even your favorite pair of sunglasses to create a voluminous look.

16. Pulled Back

To create an ultra-voluminous look with your layered curls, smooth them back with some hair gel and pull back your hair to create a gorgeous mane of curly locks. Don’t forget to gel back your roots with TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel for the ultimate slicked back look without any crunch or residue.


Need some more styles for your curly locks? Then check out these easy and modern hairstyles!

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