From teeny afros to pixie cuts, we have so many reasons to love short curly hairstyles for Black women. However, we often complain about not knowing how to style it.
With the right inspo and hair products, you’ll be able to style your short curly hair in so many ways that don’t even require a trip to the salon. Luckily, we tracked down the best styles just for you!
Keep scrolling for short curly hairstyle inspiration. Plus, find out the benefits of these styles:
Benefits of Short Natural Curls
Natural hair has a unique texture and there are so many ways to wear it.
Benefits of Short Natural Hair
Natural hair is prone to dryness, which makes it a little more difficult to grow out to longer lengths. This is because dryness can cause breakage more often, which is why natural hair thrives in short styles. Plus, a short haircut or style is easier to maintain and involves less work when styling and caring for your strands. However, that doesn’t mean you limited to just a few short curly hairstyles.
Whether you opt for a straight bob, a micro afro, bangs, you have such a variety of styles and cuts to try out!
Fringe Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
Want to start sporting bangs? check out these fringe styles for natural hair.
1. Curly Natural Hair 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. Pretty Curly Black Bob with Side Bangs
A bob with side bangs is a classic style that will always be flattering! You can never go wrong with a look like this.
3. Big Curly Afro with Bangs
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.
4. Adorable Bob with Bangs
Opt for a face-framing cut! When leaving your hair down, you want to make sure it stays moisturized all day. We love using SheaMoisture Papaya & Neroli All Day Frizz Control Milk Gel. This product is alcohol-free and uses Papaya, Neroli, Elderflower, and Fair Trade Shea Butter to help keep hair smooth and shiny.
5. Bob Hairstyle for Curly Hair
A short style is very manageable for curly hair! To add dimension to your look, pair your bob with longer bangs that blend into the length of your hair
6. Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle with Curly Bangs
Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you should shy away from the fringe. Opt for curls that loosely frame your face.
7. Medium Curly Brunette Shag with Babylights
If you want a variation in length and thickness with your curls, try a shag cut! A shag style like this is super trendy right now, and it works so well with curly strands!
8. Medium Voluminous Hairstyle with Bouncy Curls
Show off that natural volume with a medium-length cut! To achieve the most voluminous look possible, brush out your curls! This is the perfect way to show off all of your natural volume.
9. Medium U Cut with Defined Curls
A U cut is a great option instead of a one-length cut. This will help add shape and avoid your style from becoming bottom-heavy.
10. Collarbone Curly Hairstyle with Bangs
A collarbone length is the perfect mid-length cut! Add subtle layers and a deep side part for interest. This length shows off your curls without making them feel weighed down.
11. Pretty Long Curly Hair with Bangs
Go full-on curly with long hair and bangs! Embrace your curls and play around with layers and bangs.
12. Medium Curly Cut with Bangs
This curly style is perfect if you want an effortless look. To keep curls looking healthy, we love using Suave Luscious Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. We love this set because it contains an Amino Acid Complex which helps to strengthen your hair and prevent breakage.
Updos: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
Looking for the perfect updo for your curly strands? Check out some of our favorites!
13. Blonde Curly Updo
Gather your curls into a high ponytail updo. Pull some curls toward the front of your face for a little fringe action.
14. Half Up Curls
Want short curly hairstyles for Black women that work for any occasion? Look no further than the half-up hairstyle.
15. High Curly Pony
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.
16. Twist Out 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 it with a hair tie.
17. High Top Knot
A high-top knot is perfect for any occasion. Whether you need a formal updo or just want to keep your hair out of your face for the day. To help hold your top-knot into place try using the Emerge Edge Control for a flawless finish.
18. Curly Hair Women Updo
This curly updo is great for casual and formal occasions. Plus, it’s super easy to achieve!
19. Black Girl Curly Hair Space Buns
This quirky style is a great way to switch up your look! Space buns are unique take on updos if you want to wear your hair in pigtails or a bun and just want to try something new.
20. Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair
Need a put-together updo? Try this elegant bun! We love how it shows off your curls.
21. Low Curly Bun with Loose Curls
A low bun is the perfect casual updo! For a trendier look, leave face-framing curls out.
22. Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair
Pinup your curls for a romantic look! Feel free to add a headband of bow for an even more romantic style.
23. Effortless Updo for Curly Hair
You can never go wrong with an effortless updo! This messy bun can be achieved very quickly. You can even add a scrunchie or hair clips to the look to dress it up.
24. Black Curly Hair Natural Braid Crown
A crown braid is a great way to keep your hair out of your face without pulling it back! The natural texture of your black curly hair will instantly add volume to the braid, which is perfect for this look.
25. Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women: French Braids
Want your hair back, but don’t want to wear a regular ponytail? Try two french braids! This classic style will soon become a go-to.
26. Bold Bandana Updo
Use a bandana to dress up your hairstyle! You can wear the accessory as a headband of style it over the top of your head with face-framing loose at the front.
27. Side Curls
Try this side-swept look on your short curly hair. If you need help keeping it in one direction, use hairpins to secure it in place.
Bobs: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
A bob is one of the best haircuts for curly natural hair because it shows off your texture and gives your style length without worrying about too much upkeep. Keep scrolling to check out some of our top looks.
28. Stretched Curls
Want longer curls? Stretch the length of your curls by tugging at the ends while drying with your blow-dryer.
29. Twisted Side
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.
30. Curly Wig
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!
If you’re trying out a wig, try SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil 2-in-1 Conditioner and Detangler. We love this because it helps bring your wig or weave back to life by moisturizing, detangling, and adding shine.
31. 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.
32. Medium Layered Curly Hairstyle
Create more volume throughout your entire hair with layers. To keep your hair hydrated on non-wash days, use TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hydrating Anti-Frizz Oil. We love this oil because it’s very lightweight and includes coconut and avocado oil to help moisturize and soften curls.
33. Shoulder-Length Hairstyle for Curly Hair
Not sure how to wear your hair? Try an effortless style! You can’t go wrong with a cropped cut like this.
34. Mid-Length Curly Layered Cut
Layers can add more dimension to a mid-length cut. The layers will also add movement which will help avoid the cut from looking too bottom-heavy.
35. Lob with Large Curls
Want a new look? Try the oh-so-popular lob! This is a classic style that works on a variety of face-shapes.
36. Short Stacked Curly Bob
A short-stacked bob is a great ultra-short option! This style is easy to wear and involves minimal styling.
37. Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights
Change your look by adding subtle highlights to brighten up your strands. This is sure to make your curly hair stand out!
38. Lob with Highlights for Curly Hair
Create more variation with a popular hairstyle by adding caramel-colored highlights.
39. Curly Black Bob with Babylights
Opt for babylights in your hair. This will create a more fine-looking highlight compared to the common chunky variation.
40. Twisted Bob
Switch up your short length by trying out twists! This protective style is great for keeping your strands healthy.
Pixie Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
Since it can be more difficult to grow natural hair to a long length, opting for a pixie haircut allows you to sport your curly texture without having to worry about breakage.
41. Headband Style
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.
42. Curly Pixie
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.
43. Brushed Back Pixie
If you rather not have your ringlets in your face, you can brush them back. This pixie cut is so effortless and chic.
44. Transitioning Short Curly Hairstyle
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.
45. Wet Curls
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.
46. Fade Pixie Cut
Change up a regular pixie cut by opting for a fade haircut. This will help create more dimension in your style.
47. Shaved Sides: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
Want to take your style further than a fade? Create a more dramatic look by shaving the entire sides of your head to create a mohawk.
Afro Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
You can never go wrong by sporting your natural afro texture. For a look full of amazing volume, grow your hair out into an afro.
48. Brushed-Out Afro
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.
49. The Elevated Curly Afro
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.
50. The Parted Afro
Play around with your curly afro by adding a hair part to it. Try a middle- or side-parted style. A part can also add the illusion of more volume.
51. Ringlet Curls
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.
52. Teeny Afro
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.
53. Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women: Pinned Style
Dressing up your afro has never been easier! Place pins in a pattern on the side of your hair for an instantly elevated look.
Voluminous Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
Just looking for ways to wear your voluminous curls? Check out out go-to looks1
54. Big, Bouncy Curls
Let your natural curls shine by wearing them big and bouncy! For a more defined look, add a curl cream while your hair is damp.
55. Medium Curly Combover Hairstyle
Create a deep side part on the left or right side of your head for a voluminous curly combover.
56. Layered Lob
Adding a variety of layers to your lob cut will help give your hair even more volume. This is also one of the best ways to add more shape to your style.
57. Middle Parted Style
This classic middle-parted curly look is great for any natural hair texture. If you want a wavier, more voluminous style, brush out your curls starting at the mid-shaft and working through the ends.
58. Brushed Out Curls
To achieve the most volume possible, brush out your curls! If you’re worried about your hair falling in your face, use hair clips which work as practical accessories!
59. V-Cut Long Curly Blonde Hairstyle
A V cut that’s longer in the back with shorter layers towards the front adds variety to your style.
60. Medium Highlighted Style with Loose Curls
Brighten up your style with highlights and loose curls! A look like this is easiest to achieve on relaxed hair.