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:
Fringe Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
1. 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. Pretty Curly Black Bob with Side Bangs
A bob with side bangs is a classic style that will always be flattering!
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!
6. Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle with Curly Bangs
Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you should shy away from fringe.
7. Medium Curly Brunette Shag with Babylights
If you want a variation in length and thickness with your curls, try a shag cut!
8. Medium Voluminous Hairstyle with Bouncy Curls
Show off that natural volume with a medium-length cut!
9. Medium U Cut with Defined Curls
A U cut is a great option instead of a one-length cut.
10. Collarbone Curly Hairstyle with Bangs
A collarbone length is the perfect mid-length cut!
11. Pretty Long Curly Hair with Bangs
Go full-on curly with long hair 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
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 with a hair tie.
17. Half-Up Top Knot
18. Curly Updo
This curly updo is great for casual and formal occasions!
19. Space Buns
This quirky style is a great way to switch up your look!
20. Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair
Need a put-together updo? Try this elegant bun!
21. Low Curly Bun with Loose Curls
A low bun is a the perfect casual updo!
22. Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair
Pinup your curls for a romantic look!
23. Effortless Updo for Curly Hair
You can never go wrong with an effortless updo!
24. Natural Braid Crown
A crown braid is a great way to keep your hair out of your face without pulling it back!
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!
27. Side Curls
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.
Bobs: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
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 hydrate a 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!
34. Mid-Length Curly Layered Cut
Layers can add more dimension to a mid-length cut.
35. Lob with Large Curls
Want a new look? Try the oh-so-popular lob!
36. Short Stacked Curly Bob
A short-stacked bob is a great ultra-short option!
37. Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights
Change your look by adding subtle highlights to brighten up your strands.
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, which creates a finer looking highlight.
40. Twisted Bob
Switch up your short length by trying out twists!
Pixie Styles: Short Curly Hairstyles for Black Women
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
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.
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
54. Big, Bouncy Curls
Let your natural curls shine by wearing them big and bouncy!
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.
57. Middle Parted Style
58. Brushed Out Curls
To achieve the most volume possible, brush out your curls!
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!.