The 26 Best Short Curly Haircuts And Hairstyles For Women

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Curly Girl Pride: 26 Short Curly Haircuts And Styles For 2018

21 August 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

From tight coils to loose waves, curls are all the rage this year and all we can say is, it’s about time. But after years of coveting sleek, straight strands figuring out exactly what to do with your curls can be a bit daunting, but fear not. We’ve rounded up the hottest haircuts and styles for short curly hair too make sure your hair slays all year long.

Faux Hawk

You may not be ready to shave off half of your hair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t totally rock a mohawk. Opt for this sky-high style next time you hit the town with your friends.

Wet Look

Begin with freshly washed hair or saturate your strands with water from a spray bottle. Once your hair is damp (but not soaking wet), work a light hold gel through your hair to set your texture. Allow your hair to dry before walking out of the door and it’ll look chic and shiny all day long.

Braided Bantu Knots

To begin, section off your hair into your desired number of bantu knots. Once you’ve parted your whole head, create a basic braid in each section. Wrap each braid around itself to form the knot and secure the style with a small clear rubber band. Repeat until you’ve completed your entire head.

Flat Twist Updo

Part the hair horizontally from one ear, over the crown of your head, to the other ear. Braid or flat twist the front section of hair back in the direction of a high ponytail.

Create medium flat twists with the remaining hair from the back of your head and set hair under a hooded dryer. Release the flat twists from the back section and fluff. Then, pull the twisted front part into a ponytail and secure it with bobby pins. Release only the ends and fluff to build volume. Finish with a medium hold hairspray like L’Oreal Professionnel’s Infinium 3 for flexible hold and shine.

Fiery Red

There is no better way to put your texture on display than by coloring your hair a show-stopping color. Having a hard time finding inspiration? Take this picture of fiery red locks to your next salon appointment and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.


Some curly girls are afraid to experiment with color, but we love to see the latest hair trends beautifully displayed on ringlets. If you can’t settle on one fantastic color, have your stylist expertly blend a few shades for a one-of-a-kind hue.


You don’t need long strands to slay a braided style. Head to the salon and ask for a few straight back cornrows for a style that’s equal parts stylish and straightforward.

Wash And Go

Some may consider a wash-and-go lazy, but we think it’s genius. Apply your favorite leave-in conditioner throughout your strands, (we love L’Oréal Professionnel’s Strengthening Anti-Breakage Leave-In) scrunch your ringlets, and go!

Twist Out

To create this look, begin at the back of your head and work with half-inch sections of damp hair. Split the section in half and twirl both pieces of hair together, creating a two-strand twist. Continue twisting sections of hair until you’ve completed your entire head. Allow your hair to dry completely before removing the twists.

Micro Bantu Knots

To create micro bantu knots, begin by parting your hair into several small sections—the tinier, the better. After applying your hair product, twist each section and wrap the twist around itself to form a knot. Secure each micro bantu knot with a small, clear rubber band. Repeat until you’ve completed your entire head.

Center Part

If you like your hair to look as voluminous as possible, you’re probably partial to deep side parts as they create extreme height. While we love a full ‘do as much as the next girl, there is something to be said about the way center parts frame your face. Part your hair down the middle, swipe on your favorite highlighter, and don’t be surprised when the compliments start rolling in.

Double Poof

Why settle for on poof when you can have two? If you can’t get enough of this voluminous updo, upgrade your style from one to two poofs. Double the poofs—double the fun!

Bantu Knot Faux Hawk

We absolutely love this take on a faux hawk. Instead of brushing your hair up and creating the illusion of shaved side, style the sides of your hair in mini bantu knots. You’ll still have a killer faux hawk down the center of your head, but the bantu knots add a visual element to your style that we’re sure you’ll be obsessed with.


You don’t have to do anything to your strands to make your style look extra special, just dress up your ‘do with a few accessories. From flowers to bejeweled bobby pins, there are an endless amount of accessories that look absolutely flawless in curly locks.

Shaved Side

Have you been thinking about a big chop but aren’t ready to take the plunge? Test the waters by shaving just one side of your head.

short curly straight edge bob

Straight Edge Bob

A classic blunt bob is always chic and a great way to showcase your gorgeous curl pattern. Whether your natural curl pattern is tightly coiled or loosely waved, the sharp cut will add major style to your tresses.

short curly angled bob

Angled Bob

If you’re looking for a cut that’s a little edgier, an angled bob is the way to go. If you have textured curls, consider angling the cut towards your face in lieu of the traditional short in the back, long in the front look.

short curl angled bangs

Blunt Bangs

Adding bangs is the perfect way to freshen up your already killer haircut. The new addition to your ‘do will add tons of style and versatility to your locks.

short curly asymmetrical bob

Asymmetrical Pixie

Itching to go short but don’t want to give up any of the volume of your long locks? An asymmetrical pixie is a perfect compromise. Keep a little length in the front for all of your big hair needs and let your stylist get scissor happy in the back.

short curly big chop

Big Chop

Whether you settle on a buzz cut or a TWA (a teeny weeny Afro, for those not yet in the know), super short cuts are the style of the year and for good reason: The cut is low in maintenance but high on style.

short curly bowl cut

Modern Bowl

This isn’t your mother’s kitchen salon bowl cut. The rounded style has gotten a major upgrade and looks amazing with curls of all textures. As your stylist for short round layers and face framing bangs you can wear straight across your forehead or sweep to the side.

short curly poof


Once you’ve mastered this simple style, it’ll quickly become your default hairdo.

For this look, you’ll need a brush, a hair pick, a firm hold pomade, and an elastic or shoelace. The key to a flawless poof is to make sure your edges are absolutely laid and your poof is as big as possible. Begin by using a hair pick to create volume all over your head. Then, apply the firm hold pomade to your edges all over and brush through until your hair lay completely flat. Next, gather all of your hair on the top of your head and secure with an elastic. If your hair is super thick, you may want to use a shoelace in lieu of a hair elastic. Once your poof is secure, fluff to make sure it’s even on all sides.

short curly twist braid

Flat Twist Crown

A flat twist crown is our go to style when we’re in a rush but still want to look put together.

For this look, you’ll need a comb, bobby pins, hair elastics, and a medium hold pomade. Part your hair down the middle or on the side and divide your hair into two sections and secure. Take one section and gather two pieces of hair near your hairline, twist one piece of hair over the next, keeping both pieces of hair close to the scalp. Continue this twisting motion gathering more hair as you go until you reach the nape of your neck and secure with bobby pins. Pancake the twist to give the style more volume. Repeat on the other side.

Once you've twisted both sides of your hair, you can either gather the remaining hair in a bun or pony or twist the remaining hair and pin the hair for a full crown look.

short curly space buns

Space Buns

Space buns are the ultimate cool girl hairstyle. From a music festival to a night out on the town with your girls, upgrade your look with this whimsical style.

For this look, you’ll need a comb, two elastics, bobby pins, a brush, and medium hold styling pomade. Begin by parting your hair down the middle with a comb and securing each section with an elastic. Then, working on one bun at a time, remove the elastic and apply pomade to your edges, front and back, and brush through. Next, gather your hair in the desired location of your bun and secure pigtail with an elastic. Then, back comb or fluff the pigtail and wrap around into a bun shape. Secure with bobby pins. Repeat steps on the other side.

short curly deep side part

Deep Side Part

It seems simple, but switching up your regular middle part for a deep side part instantly elevates your look.

For this look, all you’ll need is a comb and some shine spray. After you’ve washed and dried your hair, use the comb to make a part on the far left or right side of your head. Once your hair is parted, fluff each side for maximum volume and spray with shine spray.

If your hair is cropped really close to your head, you can still rock a deep side part, just add a medium hold styling pomade to the mix. After you’ve washed and dried your hair, create a part on the far right or left side of your head. Then apply the pomade on each side of the part, and brush through to make sure your part stays sharp all-day long.

short curly undefined afro

Undefined Afro

For most curly girls, the thought of combing or brushing their already dried curls is enough to give them nightmares, but trust us on this one. While your defined curls are breathtaking, an undefined afro takes full advantage of your hair’s length and volume, because, who doesn’t love big hair.

For this look you’ll need a comb, a brush, a hair pick, a spray leave-in conditioner, and a few hair clips. This style works best on day three or four hair, when your curls have already begun to become a little frizzy. To prevent tangles, part and clip your hair into a couple of sections and lightly mist with a spray leave-in conditioner to make sure your hair stays moisturized. Then softly begin to brush out your curls until your hair is fluffy and your curl pattern is barely visible. Continue this process section by section until you’ve completed your whole head. For a final touch, use a hair pick to give yourself volume at your roots.

Interested in personalized advice about styling curly hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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