Naturally curly hair can be difficult to love, especially when it does its own thing. Some women even resort to tying it up every day just to avoid dealing with it. Here’s the good news: all you need to solve your curly hair woes is a few simple styles to bring back your hair joy. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of 37 hairstyles for curly hair. Short, medium, or long, we’ve got a variety of ideas for you to choose from. And we’ve even added tutorials to make them implementing them even easier.
This simple style takes only minutes to pull off. Take the top half of your hair and pull it over your ears to the back of your head. Make a braid with this section, leaving the rest long and loose. This ‘do will work for all occasions, from a day at work to a night on the town.
This classy look would be great for a summer wedding. All you need to do is take a section of hair on one side and braid it. Then do the same on the other side. Pin the braids at the back and add a couple of small buns underneath it, and you’ll be ready to walk down the aisle.
Though twists and braids look great, there is no need to hide your natural curls with pins and clips. Part your hair on the side, tucking that section behind your ear and out of the way. On the other side are the long, loose curls cascading down past your shoulders. This will give you a glamorous look perfect for walking the red carpet.
For this hairstyle, divide your hair into four sections. Take the bottom section, fold it in, twist the ends, and pin them underneath. Repeat this with the top part, folding it the opposite direction. Divide one side section in half. Lay one piece over the other piece, fold them over your head, and pin the ends underneath. Lay the last section over the top, wrapping it underneath and pinning it down.
This elegant hairstyle accentuates your naturally curly hair, showing it off. Start by separating the bangs area and clipping it aside. Take the top half of your hair, make a long twist, and pin it down. Then make a ponytail in the back, and roll it into a messy bun. Take the bangs section, pull it back, and twist it into another bun over the ponytail.
Thick, natural hair is beautiful left down. Unfortunately, it can get a bit hot on your neck while dancing with your girlfriends. Show off that long neck with this pretty style. First, take the top half of your hair and make a top knot. Split the rest of your hair in half. Wrap the right section around the left side of the bun, pinning it down. Then do the opposite with the left section.
This is not your normal, everyday braid. You start at the side, braiding towards the back. As you go, you pull pieces through, but instead of incorporating them in, you let them hang down. You can run the braid from one side to the other, or make two that meet in the back of your head.
There are countless hairstyle options for long hair, but the ponytail seems to be the top choice. These days, buns have become more popular because they are easy and can be altered to meet your style. This side bun is no exception. Make a side ponytail and divide it in two. Twist them together, wrap it into an S-shape, and pin it down.
This would be another beautiful wedding style. It combines the braid and the bun for a lovely, unique look. The braid starts at the side, going down to the bottom of your hair. Then twist all your hair into a bun on the same side, using bobby pins to hold it in place.
This can be an easy curly hairstyle for long or medium hair. But adding different shades of hair color can give it a one-of-a-kind look. Whether you choose natural shades or wild ones, you need to start this style with a ponytail. Make two sections and twist them up to make a messy bun on top of your head. Add some clips for a bit of elegance.
Though quick and easy, this ponytail doesn’t have to be boring. Even your favorite celebrity makes this ‘do look amazing. Start with a side part, pulling your hair over the opposite shoulder. Use a regular hair tie or a pretty hair clip to hold it in place. You can even leave a few strands loose to frame your face for a messy look.
It’s surprising how the most complicated look can be deceiving. This gorgeous style only needs eight simple buns. Stagger them down the middle of your head from front to back, using bobby pins to hold them in place. Loose pieces at the side add some framing for your face. Ten minutes of your time will give you a night’s worth of compliments from your friends and family.
No matter the length of your hair, curly bangs can be troublesome. Instead of fighting them, let them loose. They will give you a bit of volume at the front, accentuating the long braid hanging over your shoulder. And best of all, this is one of the easiest curly hairstyles to pull off.
Your medium length hair doesn’t need a lot of work to look gorgeous. Leaving the bangs area loose, tie up the rest of your hair in a messy ponytail. Then pin the bangs back, but not too tight. This will give you a bit of body at the front. Any loose pieces around your face will only add to the style, so let them go.
Unlike normal braids, this one starts with only two sections, one over the other. Take a small outside piece from the top section, cross it over, and add it to the bottom section. Then take an outside piece from the bottom section and cross it over to the top section. Repeat this process until you reach the ends of your hair.
Glamorous trends don’t have to be difficult, as this style proves. It starts off with three ponytails, one over the other. Lift the top tail up and over the elastic, pushing it through the hair above. Then do the same for the middle one, tucking the ends of the first one in as well. Repeat this with the bottom ponytail. Wrap the bottom ends into a bun and head out on the town.
This style would be great for both medium and long curly hair. You can create it using three buns shaped almost like a triangle in the back of your head. Best of all, you can wear this type of style for countless events. From low-key lunches to classy dinner parties, this style will fit right in.
Start this one by French braiding the hair over your forehead from one side to the other. The braid should continue to the ends of this section of hair. Take the finished braid and wrap it up with the rest of your hair into a knot on the top of your head. Secure it in place using bobby pins.
Bob haircuts have come a long way since the early 1900’s. It is now a popular style for women with medium or short curly hair. This particular look adds some layers to the medium curls, giving it a boost of volume. The added side part adds a bit more class to an already fabulous look.
This lovely look is best suited for ladies with round faces. The straight hair on top leads into big, beautiful curls on the bottom. These curls frame your face, giving you a soft, playful look. The best part is, you don’t need natural curls to create this look. All you straight haired ladies need is a curling wand and a few hair of your favorite hair products.
Try this ‘do when you’re spending the day relaxing on the couch with a movie or a good book. The simplicity of this little bun also makes it a good option when you’re short on time. Take the hair, twist it up at the nape of your neck, and pin it in place. Done!
A successful twist out like this is easy to pull off on both wet and dry natural hair. First, detangle it with your fingers. Add some leave-in conditioner. Then put half a dozen large plaits in your hair. If hair is wet, let it air dry completely. Then separate all the plaits again with oiled fingers. Part it, add a cute hairband, and you’re ready to go.
Rather than trying to tame your curls, let them go wild. You can play with them, alternating their direction to even out your thicker hair. The most appealing part of this style is that it can work with any face shape. Even bangs can work here, swept to the side or left alone to hang as they will.
Despite its name, this one isn’t only for the little girls. This simple center part lets your curly hair fall however it wants over your shoulders. To complete the look, buy a cute, wide hairband. Or borrow one from your daughter. I’m sure she won’t mind helping mom reclaim her youth. And she may want to copy your adorable style.
This gorgeous ‘do is perfect for when your evening requires a bit of elegance. Sweep your curls to the side, pinning down one side while leaving the other loose and lively. You can use a couple of simple bobby pins, or add your favorite clip to accessorize the look. Because it’s so easy to complete, this style leaves more time for fun.
Another tousled look, with the curls cut short to hang close to your head. This messy look gives you easy styling, with only a little product and time to complete. The bangs hang low, barely touching your eyes. This adds a bit of mystery to your look as well. And who doesn’t love a mystery?
This stylish bob keeps the hair off your shoulders, thanks to the short style and cute curls. You can smooth out those curls for a clean look or rough them up for a more relaxed one. No matter your hair color, this look works. Of course, adding some highlights can add to the beauty of it. A few layers will finish this style perfectly.
Today’s Mohawk’s no longer require shaving off portions of your lovely hair to create. All you need to do is pull your hair up tight against the sides of your head. Pin it down, creating the line of curls from your forehead to the back of your neck. You can even add a pretty hair accessory for a more feminine look.
If an asymmetrical style is more your cup of tea, this cute pixie cut may be the look for you. It is almost a Mohawk itself, with the cropped sides and longer hair at the top and the back. It’s a great option for those curly haired ladies who aren’t ready to tame their wild side.
Short, curly hair is great for those looking to save time in the morning. Though the pixie cut is cute, the layers give you that sexy volume you may be looking for. And you can tame it with some clips or pins if you’re feeling a little more relaxed. No matter the event, this style will meet your needs.
This style is a cross between the short and the medium bob. The back is cut shorter, hanging well above the shoulders. The front is a bit longer, which gives you a few more styling options you may not have had otherwise. The addition of a few layer adds some volume to your curls without being over the top.
As its name suggests, this vivacious look reminds us of strolling through the sand. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be classy as well. To achieve this ‘do, add a bit of styling product to your hair. Then create those curls with your a few finger twists. Leave the front straight so you can add a pretty side part for a bit of contrast.
Braids aren’t only for long hair. They can add a bit of style to short hair as well. For this style, begin the braid on one side of your head above your ear. French braid your way across to the other side, above your forehead. Pin the ends down and pull your loose curls forward to hide the tips.
Work, school, or special events, this hairstyle works for them all. Start by combing all your hair up onto the top of your head. Pin it in place with the curls falling forward. The sides and back will be smooth with a riot of curls on top. This finished product is a style that is both sexy and classy at the same time.
Add some boost to your hair with this mix of straight and curls. Tease the back for full volume and add some styling products to hold it in place. Smooth out the front on both sides with a brush or a straightener. A diagonal part folds the bangs across your forehead without covering your face.
As beautiful as the styles of today are, don’t forget about the gorgeous looks of the past. This vintage style uses a side part to sweep most of your curls together on one side. But it still leaves enough on the other to frame your face. It is a softer look from a simpler time, even if there is nothing simple about you.
Instead of tight, perfect curls, comb them out into a thicker style. The straight top and wide bottom is a look that has only recently become acceptable. The best part is that you don’t need much styling product to pull this style off. Instead, let the fluffy curls do their own thing. It’s what they’re best at.
With this variety of cuts and styling ideas to choose from, you should never have to fight with your curls again. Whether you have short, medium, or long curls, you now have styling options for all occasions. I’ll even be trying out a few new ones for myself this summer. If you are looking for more hair care articles check out our blog and our hair care buyer’s guides.
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