60 Cute Hairstyles for Curly Hair

Short and cute curly styles we love.

We have so many reasons to love short curly hair, but sometimes, we often complain about not knowing how to style it. There are plenty of short curly hairstyles for black women that don’t require a trip to the salon, and guess what? We tracked down the best styles just for you!

Scroll through the gallery for inspiration and read on for some insights on each look:

1. Curly Bangs

short curly hairstyles for black women: curly bangs
Frame your face with a set of curly bangs.

Some say curly hair girls shouldn’t get bangs. We think curly bangs are a hit. Here’s a tip: Make sure your bangs are cut on dry hair, as wet hair shrinks when dried and you might lop off more than you intended.

2. Big Curly Afro

short curly hairstyles for black women: big afro
Go with the ‘fro.

One of the most effortless short curly hairstyles for black women is the curly afro. Pick your curls out until you get the size you want.

3. Blonde Curly Updo

short curly hairstyles for black women: blonde updo
Pull hair up into a curly updo.

Gather your curls into a high ponytail updo. Pull some curls toward the front of your face for a little fringe action.

4. Brushed-Out Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: brushed out curls
Pillow soft curls.

Brush your curls out to create this pillow soft effect. Use a styler like Suave Professionals Define & Shine Serum Gel to lock in moisture and add shine while styling.

5. Curly Pixie

short curly hairstyles for black women: curly pixie
Short and sweet.

The pixie cut will forever be one of our favorite cuts. Wear it straight or with defined tight curls. Use a gel, like Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream, to help define your curl pattern.

6. The Elevated Curly Afro

short curly hairstyles for black women: elevated fro
Take your curls to new heights.

Try your hand at this super high curly afro style with your hair. Pick it out until you achieve the height that looks best on your face shape.

7. Half Up Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: half up hairstyle
A simple style for any occasion.

Want short curly hairstyles for black women that work for any occasion? Look no further than the half-up hairstyle.

8. Headband Style

short curly hairstyles for black women: headband style
This accessory is making a comeback.</p> <p>

The headband is coming back in full force, and you can definitely make use of this chic accessory to style just about any of our favorite short curly hairstyles for black women. Want a simple look? Try this pushed-back style above.

9. The Parted Afro

short curly hairstyles for black women: parted afro
Separate your curls with a part.</p> <p>

Play around with your curly afro by adding a hair part to it. Try a middle- or side-parted style.

10. High Curly Pony

short curly hairstyles for black women: high pony
The curly puff.</p> <p>

Looking for easy short curly hairstyles for black women? The high curly pony (some of us call it the pineapple) is the perfect style for laid-back days.

11. Twist Out Ponytail

short curly hairstyles for black women: twist out
Pull up your twist out into a ponytail.</p> <p>

Whether you have a failed twist-out attempt or you want a new way to wear your twist-out style, a ponytail is always an option. Pull your hair up at the top of your crown and secure with a hair tie.

12. Ringlet Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: ringlets
The cutest curly look.</p> <p>

You can achieve this ringlet style with the use of small flexi rods. Set your final look with a firm hold hairspray like TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Level 2 Hold Curl Hair Spray.

13. Side Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: side curls
Sweep your curls over.

Try this side-swept look on your short curly hair. If you need help keeping it one direction, use hair pins to secure in place.

14. Brushed Back Pixie

short curly hairstyles for black women: brushed back pixie
Put your face frame on display.</p> <p>

If you rather not have your ringlets in your face, you can brush them back. This pixie cut is so effortless and chic.

15. Stretched Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: stretched curls
Overcome curl shrinkage by stretching them out.</p> <p>

Want longer curls? Stretch the length of your curls by tugging at the ends while drying with your blow-dryer.

16. Transitioning Short Curly Hairstyle

short curly hairstyles for black women: transitioning
Transition with a fun curly ‘do.</p> <p>

In the process of transitioning to curly hair? Try this easy updo to help you transition with ease. You can wear this simple protective updo style throughout the process.

17. Teeny Afro

short curly hairstyles for black women: twa
Try a TWA. Photo credit: Dvora

If you have super short curly hair, a teeny weeny afro is a fun and stylish look to try. Accessorize the look with a fun hair scarf or headband.

18. Twisted Side

short curly hairstyles for black women: twisted side updo
Turn it up with a twist.

Want to give your style a quick midday update? Try this twisted side updo style. This look is perfect for a night out on the town.

19. Wet Curls

short curly hairstyles for black women: wet curls
The wash and go style.

Want to go for a fresh wash and go look? Use products that will give your hair high shine and definition. Try using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum for a flawless shine and minimal frizz.

20. Curly Wig

short curly hairstyles for black women: curly wig
Wig it out!

Want to test out different short curly styles without touching your real hair? Try curly wigs to update your look. Warning: Wigs are addictive! Have fun!

21. Half-Up Top Knot

Curly Updo
Perfect for any occasion!

22. Curly Updo

This curly updo is great for casual and formal occasions!

Big, Bouncy Curls
Embrace the natural curl!

23. Big, Bouncy Curls

Let your natural curls shine by wearing them big and bouncy!

Space Buns
Why not try a quirky style like space buns?

24. Space Buns

This quirky style is a great way to switch up your look!

 Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair
An elegant updo is perfect for any occasion!

25. Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair

Need a put-together updo? Try this elegant bun!

Medium Curly Combover Hairstyle
A very deep side part makes a great combover style!

26. Medium Curly Combover Hairstyle

Create a deep side part on the left or right side of your head for a voluminous curly combover.

Pretty Curly Black Bob with Side Bangs
You can’t go wrong with this style!

27. Pretty Curly Black Bob with Side Bangs

A bob with side bangs is a classic style that will always be flattering!

Long U Cut for Curly Hair
A great variation for a long length!

28. Long U Cut for Curly Hair

Want to switch up your style, but keep your hair long? Try a U cut variation for a variety of layers.

Medium Length Curly Layered Hairstyle
Add layers to your mid-length cut!

29. Medium Length Curly Layered Hairstyle

Add layers to create more bounce in your hair.

Bob Hairstyle for Curly Hair
Try a short bob cut!

30. Bob Hairstyle for Curly Hair

A short style is very manageable for curly hair!

Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle with Curly Bangs

31. Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle with Curly Bangs

Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you should shy away from fringe.

Medium Layered Cut for Loose Curls
Use layers to make thick hair feel lighter.

32. Medium Layered Cut for Loose Curls

Adding layers to a medium-length cut will make styling loose curls easier!

Adorable Bob with Bangs
Such a classic look!

33. Adorable Bob with Bangs

Opt for a face-framing cut!

Medium Curly Brunette Shag with Babylights
Standout with a shag cut!

34. Medium Curly Brunette Shag with Babylights

If you want a variation in length and thickness with your curls, try a shag cut!

Long V Cut for Curly Hair
Use a V cut to add variation in your length.

35. Long V Cut for Curly Hair

A V cut is a great way to add layers and lighten the weight of your hair!

Medium Voluminous Hairstyle with Bouncy Curls
Show off your volume!

36. Medium Voluminous Hairstyle with Bouncy Curls

Show off that natural volume with a medium-length cut!

Inverted Black Bob for Curly Hair
Try an inverted bob for a unique look!

37. Inverted Black Bob for Curly Hair

Ask for an inverted bob where the hair at the back of your head in short than the front. This is a great way to switch up a regular bob.

Medium U Cut with Defined Curls

38. Medium U Cut with Defined Curls

A U cut is a great option instead of a one-length cut.

Collarbone Wavy Hairstyle with Bangs
An effortless undone look is always an option!

39. Collarbone Wavy Hairstyle with Bangs

A collarbone length is the perfect mid-length cut!

Medium Layered Curly Hairstyle
Create a different shape with your hair by using layers.

40. Medium Layered Curly Hairstyle

Create more volume throughout your entire hair with layers.

Medium Highlighted Style with Loose Curls

41. Medium Highlighted Style with Loose Curls

Brighten up your style with highlights and loose curls!

Messy Shoulder-Length Hairstyle for Curly Hair
An effortless style!

42. Messy Shoulder-Length Hairstyle for Curly Hair

NOt sure how to wear your hair? Try an effortless style!

Mid-Length Curly Layered Cut
Create more bounce with layers in a mid0length style.

43. Mid-Length Curly Layered Cut

Layers can add more dimension to a mid-length cut.

Curled Layered Brunette Hairstyle
add variation to a cut with layers!

44. Curled Layered Brunette Hairstyle

Create looser curls with your layers for an effortless style.

Pretty Long Curly Hair With Bangs
Try growing your curly hair out!

45. Pretty Long Curly Hair with Bangs

Go full-on curly with long hair and bangs!

Low Curly Bun with Loose Curls
Pull your curls back in a casual updo.

46. Low Curly Bun with Loose Curls

A low bun is a the perfect casual updo!

Messy Lob with Large Messy Curls

47. Messy Lob with Large Messy Curls

Want a new look? Try the oh-so-popular lob!

short staked bob
Try an ultra-short bob!

48. Short Stacked Curly Bob

A short-stacked bob is a great ultra-short option!

Messy Updo for Curly Hair

49. Messy Updo for Curly Hair

You can never go wrong with a messy updo!

Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights
Switch up your short style with highlights!

50. Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights

Change your look by adding subtle highlights to brighten up your strands.

Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair
Pinned updos are perfect for short hair!

51. Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair

Pinup your curls for a romantic look!

52. Inverted Bob for Curly Hair

Long Highlighted Hairstyle with Spiral Curls
Add highlights to lighten your look!

53. Long Highlighted Hairstyle with Spiral Curls

Highlights can brighten up any length of hair!

Natural Braid Crown
Keep your hair out of your face in a creative way!

54. Natural Braid Crown

A crown braid is a great way to keep your hair out of your face without pulling it back!

V-Cut Long Curly Blonde Hairstyle
This cut will add shape to your curls!

55. V-Cut Long Curly Blonde Hairstyle

A V cute that’s longer in the back with shorter layers towards the front adds variety to your style.

Curly Messy Medium Cut with Bangs
Go for a messier style!

56. Curly Messy Medium Cut with Bangs

This messier curly style is perfect if you want an effortless look.

Medium Loosely Curled Hairstyle with Highlights
This is a great alternative to natural tight curls.

57. Medium Loosely Curled Hairstyle with Highlights

Create loose curls in your hair to switch up your style of curl!

58. Elegant Loose Updo for Wavy Hair

Curly Black Bob with Babylights
Try babylights to switch up a regular bob.

59. Curly Black Bob with Babylights

Opt for babylights in your hair, which creates a finer looking highlight.

Bold Bandana Updo
Dress up your style with a bandana!

60. Bold Bandana Updo

Use a bandana to dress up your hairstyle!