short curly hairstyles

Cute Haircuts: 25 Best Curly Short Hairstyles

If you’re one of the lucky ladies who has been blessed with naturally curly hair or if you have the tools to bless yourself, you probably know how difficult it can be to find the perfect short style that works with curls. There’s no need to look any further! We’ve found 25 short hairstyles that look perfect with curls–these looks are versatile and can easily be dressed up or down when paired with the right outfit. Browse these 25 hairstyles for short curly hair and find your next ‘do today!

1Short, Curly Bob

Typically one of the first styles a woman considers when cropping her hair, the bob looks good on different face shapes and can work with any hair texture. After your cut, use a paddle brush and hairdryer to work you hair after the shower and curl with an iron as necessary.

2Mixed ‘n Matched

The combination of a curly, wild bob with straight cut, rounded bangs creates a beautiful frame for your face. This style is one of the most popular short curly hairstyles for women this year! Touch up your bangs with a flat iron and keep your curls bouncy with mousse and texturizer. This look is versatile and can be embellished for special occasions.

3Curled Faux Hawk

The faux hawk is a very punk, rockstar ‘do so only attempt if you’re ready to be confident, cool, and collected. After cutting your sides, keep your top curled with mousse and a curling iron for a funky texture that pairs well with thick eyeliner and a pair of combat boots.

4Slant-Cut Pixie

If you’re looking to breathe new life into your curly pixie, have your stylist cut your bangs in a downward slant when she creates your style. Texturizer, mousse, and a curling wand are key to keeping this style. Although it requires a bit of maintenance, the payoff is one trendy style!

5Red Carpet Ready Curly Hairstyles for Short Hair

Take a page from Old Hollywoods book with these sleek, retro curls. Invest in a good set of hot rollers or roll your hair before bed the previous night; release from your rollers and smooth things with hairspray and a paddle brush. Swipe on a cat eye and some red lipstick and you are good to go!

6The Marilyn

Another retro look, Marilyn Monroe’s signature short curls are a surefire hit for everyday glam, special occasions, or a go-to office ‘do. Again, hair rollers are key to achieving this style, but ditch the brush–comb through curls with your fingertips and set with hairspray or pomade.

7Technicolor Curls

If you’re really looking for a big change, switch up your color instead of your cut! A bright pink, purple, or any other color is sure to be a hit with short curls. Be careful, though: many workplaces prohibit unnatural colors, so check with your boss before heading out to the salon for your bright new ‘do.

8Krimped Queen

Hello, 90s! Krimping your hair is coming back in style and you can go ahead and hop on board while this trend is still rebooting. After running your hair through a krimper, use mousse and gel to style your kinky strands into loose waves (note: a low-heat curling wand will do just as well).

9Curly Two-Tone Top

If the faux hawk is more your style but you want extra ‘wow’, color your top strands a different shade from your sides. For a real transformation, select pastel shades like this bubblegum pink and platinum blonde. Again, check with your workplace before coloring your hair.

10Braided Crown Bob

Braids are no longer exclusive to long-haired ladies. To recreate this chic style, take two sections of hair and french braid along your head, pinning at the back of your hair. Style the rest of your look with a curling wand or iron and set your ‘do with hairspray. This look is perfect for everyday or girls’ night out!

11Flower Crown Queen

Get in touch with your inner wild child with a beautiful flower crown. Play around with blossom sizes and colors to find the one that works best for you; we love the model’s honey hair paired with whites and peaches. Flower crowns are great for special occasions, every day, or date nights!

12Gatsby Bling

Bring back the Jazz Age with pin curls and a chic, bejeweled headband. After stepping out of the shower, set wet hair into pins against your head and either sleep on them or go ahead and heat with a blow dryer. Release the pins and comb through with your fingers, setting with hairspray; toss on a jeweled headband and you’re ready to go (Pearl headbands also work well!)

13Snow White Curls

Take a note from one of your favorite Disney princesses and recreate Snow White’s sweet curls-and-headband look. To achieve this royal ‘do, use your curling iron to create loose curls. Pull on a headband and tuck your curls into the band, tugging loose to create volume. For added bonus, select a band that has a cute bow at the top!

14Short Natural Curly Hairstyles: Extreme Side Part

If you’re looking for something daring that you can also wear to the office, try a deep side part with extra volume. Part your hair low on one side, then texturize the other and use a wand to create rows of loose, beautiful curls. Tease your larger side out and set with hairspray.

15Stylish Side Shave

For the truly daring ladies, contact a local barber about getting a design shaved into the side of your hair–this works best with pixie cuts, undercuts, and faux hawks. Go for geometric lines like the model or design something uniquely your own. The possibilities for a side shave design are endless! For more amazing short curly hairstyles for black women click here.

16Sweet Hair Bow

Any short, curly style can instantly receive a spoonful of sugar when you add a big, floppy headband into the mix. Gauzy textures and sweet patterns like polka-dots add to the whimsical, delicate feel of this style. Pair your new accessory with ringlets or soft curls for a sweeter touch.

17Overgrown Sideburns

The next time you go to get your pixie trimmed, have your stylist leave your sideburns alone and grow them out an inch or so more than the rest of your hair. Wrap around a curling wand in the mornings and style the rest of your hair accordingly and you are all set to face the day! This style is perfect for busy college students or no-nonsense ladies.

18Bobs ‘n Bangs

Pairing a modern bob with side swept bangs is a dynamic combo. Straighten your bangs before styling and pin, then curl your sides with a wand (looser curls) or iron (tighter curls). Release your bangs and sweep to the side, then set everything with a few quick bursts of hairspray. This is another style that’s incredibly versatile and can go from home to office to a party.

19Sweetheart Bob

Combine overgrown bangs with finger-teased ringlets for a sweet, innocent style that creates a cute frame for your face and looks perfect with bows and headbands. To tame flyaways and keep your sweet style frizz free, try a smoothing serum or tie your hair up at night with a silk scarf.

20Embellished Headband

Dress any pixie or short cut up with a decorative headband. After curling your hair, run some texturizer through your locks and then pull on an embellished headband. Play with different styles to create your own signature look–we personally love the models gauzy, feathery flower band!

21Pinned Back Side

If you want a special occasion style that doesn’t require hours in front of the mirror or in a stylists chair, create a deep side part and then curl your hair in ringlets. Comb through your hair and then pin the short side with a decorate barrette. Flowered or feathered pins look especially lovely with this style.

22Shaggy/Overgrown Pixie

Instead of going in for routine maintenance on your pixie, let your strands grow wild and style with rollers or a small curling wand. Keep everything in check with pomade or gel. If you feel like you’re starting to look more homeless than chic, have your stylist cut in some shorter layers and trim dead ends.

23Choppy Chin-Length Curls

Choppy layers with a chin-length cut make a trendy ‘do. Curl your hair with a wand and then spritz your locks with sea salt spray, scrunching and teasing with your fingers to add in texture. This look works well for class or every day, but you may want to choose something else for the office.

24Sideswept Swoop

Lengthy, sideswept bangs add a touch of mystery to any day! Curl your bangs with a larger curling iron and then keep in place with hairspray and bobby pins (if needed). This look is versatile and works well with thick hair.

25Short natural hairstyles: Retro Head Wrap

If letting your curls fly free isn’t for you, invest in a retro head wrap. Gather your curls at the top of your head and tie your wrap at the base, keeping them gathered atop your head. Spray with hairspray and you are ready to face your day!

We hope you’ve found your new hairstyle in our list of short hairstyles for curly hair!