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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Want short curly hairstyles for Black women that work for any occasion? Look no further than the half-up hairstyle.
8. 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.
9. The Parted Afro
Play around with your curly afro by adding a hair part to it. Try a middle- or side-parted style.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Stretched Curls
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
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
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
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
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
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
22. Curly Updo
This curly updo is great for casual and formal occasions!
23. Big, Bouncy Curls
Let your natural curls shine by wearing them big and bouncy!
24. Space Buns
This quirky style is a great way to switch up your look!
25. Elegant Updo for Natural Curly Hair
Need a put-together updo? Try this elegant bun!
26. Medium Curly Combover Hairstyle
Create a deep side part on the left or right side of your head for a voluminous curly combover.
27. Pretty Curly Black Bob with Side Bangs
A bob with side bangs is a classic style that will always be flattering!
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.
29. Medium Length Curly Layered Hairstyle
Add layers to create more bounce in your hair.
30. Bob Hairstyle for Curly Hair
A short style is very manageable for curly hair!
31. Mid-Length Curly Hairstyle with Curly Bangs
Just because you have curly hair doesn’t mean you should shy away from fringe.
32. Medium Layered Cut for Loose Curls
Adding layers to a medium-length cut will make styling loose curls easier!
33. Adorable Bob with Bangs
Opt for a face-framing cut!
34. Medium Curly Brunette Shag with Babylights
If you want a variation in length and thickness with your curls, try a shag cut!
35. Long V Cut for Curly Hair
A V cut is a great way to add layers and lighten the weight of your hair!
36. Medium Voluminous Hairstyle with Bouncy Curls
Show off that natural volume with a medium-length cut!
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.
38. Medium U Cut with Defined Curls
A U cut is a great option instead of a one-length cut.
39. Collarbone Wavy Hairstyle with Bangs
A collarbone length is the perfect mid-length cut!
40. Medium Layered Curly Hairstyle
Create more volume throughout your entire hair with layers.
41. Medium Highlighted Style with Loose Curls
Brighten up your style with highlights and loose curls!
42. Messy Shoulder-Length Hairstyle for Curly Hair
NOt sure how to wear your hair? Try an effortless style!
43. Mid-Length Curly Layered Cut
Layers can add more dimension to a mid-length cut.
44. Curled Layered Brunette Hairstyle
Create looser curls with your layers for an effortless style.
45. Pretty Long Curly Hair with Bangs
Go full-on curly with long hair and bangs!
46. Low Curly Bun with Loose Curls
A low bun is a the perfect casual updo!
47. Messy Lob with Large Messy Curls
Want a new look? Try the oh-so-popular lob!
48. Short Stacked Curly Bob
A short-stacked bob is a great ultra-short option!
49. Messy Updo for Curly Hair
You can never go wrong with a messy updo!
50. Short Curly Bob with Subtle Highlights
Change your look by adding subtle highlights to brighten up your strands.
51. Romantic Pinned Updo for Shorter Curly Hair
Pinup your curls for a romantic look!
52. Inverted Bob for Curly Hair
53. Long Highlighted Hairstyle with Spiral Curls
Highlights can brighten up any length of hair!
54. Natural Braid Crown
A crown braid is a great way to keep your hair out of your face without pulling it back!
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.
56. Curly Messy Medium Cut with Bangs
This messier curly style is perfect if you want an effortless look.
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
59. Curly Black Bob with Babylights
Opt for babylights in your hair, which creates a finer looking highlight.
60. Bold Bandana Updo
Use a bandana to dress up your hairstyle!