Curly Hairstyles for Black Women: A Complete Guide

Amazing curly hairstyles for black women no matter your hair length or curl texture.

Who runs the world? Curls! Long hair, medium-length or short hair, and tight coils, loose waves or big ringlets—no matter your hair length or texture, we all seek to own some “curly hair don’t care” bragging rights at all times with our natural hairstyles. Curly locks should always have you feeling and looking sexy, charming and pretty. Scroll through this gallery for some of the cutest curly hairstyles for black women.

1. Ombré Curls

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Add some highlights to liven up your curls.

Highlight your curly mane with an ombré style. Go a little more funky with pink tips for summer. Come on, curls have more fun, too!

2. Loose Waves

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Wear your waves loose. Photo credit:

Apply Suave Define & Shine Serum Gel to your hair for moisture then set with two or four chunky plaits worn overnight to set, and get in on this funky wave.

3. Big Ringlets

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The bigger the better!

On long or medium length natural hair wash and set hair with hair rollers. After drying, remove the rollers for the big reveal: loose, big and sexy ringlet curls!

4. Braid Out

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Try the trendy hun hairstyle on a braid out. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Get in on this crimped inspired style by sleeping with multiple braids overnight.

5. Braid with Curls

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Add a flirty braid to your style.

Plait the front hairline of your hair with a glorious braid and let the back of your hair show off your beautiful, flowing curly locks.

6. Hair Wand Spirals

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Add some easy movement to your look. Photo credit: Craig Alexander

When you want to try something new, grab your hair wand and create some enchanting loose spirals.

7. Curly Updo

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Quick updo hairstyle on natural hair.

Smooth your curls into a low or high bun. Allow your curly tresses to make the case for this simple hairstyle. Give your curls a little tug for added texture and style.

8. Tight Coils

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Protect your strands. Photo credit:

Perfect for those natural hair girls with hand in hair syndrome. Take your unconscious hair-twisting habit and turn it into a hairstyle. Twist your curls using your fingers into a precious set of tight coils. Set your coils TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray to keep them in place.

9. Colored Curly Hair

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Try a bold and statement-making color like blonde to enhance the look of your curls. Photo credit: Dvora

Give your coiffure an update with a new dye job. Try a hair color just a bit lighter than your natural hair color, and allow your new hair color to give your complexion that stunning glow. #blackgirlmagic

10. Faux Curly Bob

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Fake it till you decide what you like!

All your long curls to have a fling with a faux curly bob. Tuck and pin the ends up to your chin to rock an instant curly version of the pageboy.

11. Curly Mohawk 

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Side updo with floral accessories Photo credit:

With or without shaven sides, style the top of your coif with some defined ringlets. Give it a little more height for an edgier feel with the help of your afro pick. Give the roots a pluck, shake and go!

12. Asymmetrical Curls

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Make this unique style your own.

With the use of a hair wand add a tight ring add a deep side part and let your curls cascade down the side of your face. Slick or pin back the opposite side for an asymmetrical effect. You can also opt to swoop the hair back on one side and add accessories.

13. Curly Pompadour

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Wear your curls front and center.

Twist your curls into this beehive inspired style. Tame and smooth your edges for a soft and neat finish.

14. Teeny Weeny Afro 

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Show off your curls. Photo credit:

One of the cutest curly hairstyles for black women with short hair is this baby ‘fro. Style your short hair in this small-ringlet style or pick it out for a fluffy finish.

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