Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women: 20 Easy & Stylish Looks

Alyssa François | 05 March 2019
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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.

SUAVE DEFINE & SHINE SERUM GEL

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.

SUAVE CURL DEFINING CREAM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TRESemmé TRES COMPRESED 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.

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.

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.

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.

TRESemmé KERATIN SMOOTH SHINE SERUM

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!

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