Curly Hairstyles for Black Women: A Complete Guide

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

Who run the world? Curls! On long, medium-length or short hair, whether it’s tight coils, loose waves or big ringlets—no matter your hair length or texture, curly hair will always be celebrated. Scroll through this gallery for some of our fave 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.

2. Loose Waves

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Wear your waves loose. Photo credit:

On relaxed or blown-out hair, apply Suave Define & Shine Serum Gel for moisture, then set with two or four big plaits worn overnight.

3. Big Afro

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The bigger the better!

We love long or medium-length hair worn in its natural texture.

4. Braid-Out

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Try the trendy hun, a.k.a. half-up bun hairstyle on a braid out. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Get in on this style by removing braids on natural hair and by slight fluffing or shaping with a pick or a comb, then styling in a half-updo.

5. Braid with Curls

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Add a flirty braid to your style.

Wear the front hairline of your hair in a braid and let the back and lengths remain loose.

6. Hair Wand Spirals

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

A curling iron or wand can help create some loose waves on relaxed or blown-out strands.

7. Curly Updo

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Quick updo hairstyle on natural hair.

Gather your curls into a high bun, then give your hair tie a little tug once done for added volume.

8. Tight Coils

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The Teeny Weeny Afro. Photo credit:

Twist your curls using your fingers into a set of tight coils, or trim hair into a shorter length to achieve this abbreviated version of an Afro.

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 coif an update with a new hue! Try a hair color just a bit lighter than your natural hair color.

10. Wash-and-Go Bob

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How cute is this short ‘do?

A versatile wash-and-go look is always a great curly look.

11. Asymmetrical Curls

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Make this unique style your own.

Slick or pin back the opposite side of your curls for an asymmetrical effect. You can also opt to swoop the hair back on one side to make room for some fun accessories.

12. Side-Shaven Pompadour

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Wear your curls front and center.

A side-shaven style gets a bit of interesting contrast when the top is worn in soft, natural curls.

13. Cropped 

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Show off your curls.

Another fashion-forward example of curly hairstyles for Black women with short hair is this baby crop. Style your short hair in this super-short style or pick it out for a fluffy finish.

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