Curly hair: 25 hairstyle ideas for your curls

No matter what type of curly or coily hair texture you have —whether it’s thick, thin, tight or spiral curls—there’s one thing you shouldn’t run out of, and that is hairstyle ideas. If you ever find yourself in a rut, you can always thank the internet for being one click away from your new hairstyle. You can also thank us for narrowing down your search—we got you, curlfriend! We’ve created a gallery of some of our most favourite hairstyles for you to explore:


1. Picked-out afro

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Whenever you want a change, you can always opt to comb out your hair to reveal a beautiful afro style. For length and volume, use a hairdryer to blow your hair out.


2. Afro with colour

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Give your hair a stylish update with just a hint of colour. We love a super subtle brown hue or an afro look paired with lowlights.


3. Curly fringe

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Add a fringe to your curly hairstyle to frame your face. Try spruce up this look with a high ponytail or pair it with a decorative headband.


4. Fauxhawk

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Pin your gorgeous hair up into a fun faux hawk style. Twist a few strands of hair to pin together and add definition to your style.


5. Fauxhawk pixie

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Give your pixie cut an edgy look and texture with longer curly hair on top and shaved sides. You can also take it up a notch by adding standout undercut designs.


6. The fine ‘fro

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This classic hairstyle is a winner! If you have thin curls, there are ways to give your afro more volume and look thicker. When creating an afro style, focus on picking hair up slightly at the root to encourage volume.

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Pump up your volume by adding Toni&Guy 3D Volumiser Spray to your locks before you start styling your curly ‘do.


7. The half-up

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If you haven’t tried this style out on your locks, you’re truly missing out. This half-up curly hairstyle is the trend that won’t ever go out of fashion.


8. High bun

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When you’ve just had it with your curly hair, throw it up into a chic messy bun. Trust us: we’ve all been there… and we’ve found that a bun will always come to the rescue.


9. The low puff

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If you’re looking for more hairstyle ideas for your video call meetings, or for your next Insta selfie, add this low hairstyle to your list. We love this ‘do because it’s cute and super easy to achieve.


10. The messy bun

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Everyone needs a go-to weekend hairstyle. This messy bun for curly hair happens to be one of our favourite looks.


11. The low ponytail

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Some like the idea of letting their hair loose to unwind, while others love the idea of pulling it all back into a neat ponytail. Want to keep your curly hair out of your face for a change? Simply gather your hair into a loose low ponytail and secure it with a hair tie or scrunchie.


12. The pineapple

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The pineapple hairstyle is a look we all have come to love. It’s at the top of our list of low maintenance hairstyles for curly hair.


13. Medium pixie

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Looking for your next short crop? Put your best curl forward with a pixie! We adore this medium pixie look for curly hair because it shows off your beautiful natural texture.


14. Fluffed-out twist out

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There are so many different ways to style twist-out hair. An easy look for curly hair twist-outs is a simple yet classic fluffed-out style.


15. Side curls

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Give your ‘wash and go’ style a new look by swinging your curls over to one side. This curly hairstyle is quick and helps to frame your face.


16. Side ‘do

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Need a quick hairstyle update for your next selfie? Grab your hair pins and create this look in five minutes or less!

Use VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray to make sure your curly hairstyle holds and stays in place.


17. Faux undercut

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Want to try your hand at a side shaven style but you also don’t really want to shave your curly hair? Use a styling mousse to smooth one side of your hair down to give the illusion of a side shave.

We recommend VO5 Mega Hold Styling Mousse to help create an undercut or shaved look to your hairstyle.


18. Bandana with a puff

woman with a high puff hairstyle and a bright red bandana wrapped around the hairline
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This curly hairstyle is so easy to recreate on your own. Create a high ponytail and secure. Fluff out your hair to create volume and tie a bandana around the hairline.


19. Stretched curls

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Tired of shrunken curls? Stretch those strands out to elongate your look and give your curly hair more length.


20. Tapered mini ‘fro

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What makes an afro style more interesting? The shape of course! Choose this tapered look to elevate your style and show off your gorgeous curly hairstyle.


21. Faded pixie

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Add an edgy finish to your pixie cut with a side fade. Pairing faded sides with this coily style is a great way to draw attention to your locks.


22. Twisted afro

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Want an afro that looks different from the rest? Add definition to the ends of your curly hair by twisting sections of your hair.


23. Wispy baby hairs

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Keep it simple with a high puff. From there, curl your baby hairs instead of laying them down.


24. Wash and go

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The key to a flawless ‘wash and go’ style is to use the right products. Try a lightweight gel to help define and hold your curls. Hello, gorgeous curly hair!

Try VO5 Sculpted Firm Hold Styling Gel. Apply it to each section of hair and air dry it for a natural finish.


25. Flower hair

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Last but not least, a fun and powerful look! Embrace your curly hair with fun floral accessories.


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