Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair

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Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
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Curly hair comes in several different varieties. It may be softly spiralled, tightly corkscrewed or finely kinked. If you avoid excessive heat and chemicals, your hair will be healthy and resilient. This will make it easier to style. Short hairstyles for curly hair are especially undemanding. Pick a style that compliments your face shape and have it trimmed once every six weeks for best results.

Curly Bob

A chin length bob is a good choice for curly hair because it can be worn curly or blown straight. This gives you multiple options with the same haircut. Have layers cut into your bob; but don't start them too high if your face is round. Otherwise you will have too much volume at the widest part of your face. Use a side part to give your curly bob a retro feel. Add fringe to draw attention to your eyes or if you want to make your face look shorter.

Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Curly Bob

Inverted Bob & Wedge

An inverted bob is a cute cut to frame a heart shaped or oval face. Have most of the volume removed at the back of your head with a stacked cut to achieve the inverted look. A wedge features a similar style in the back but has the front hair cut shorter as well for a boyish effect. It looks sophisticated on a long or square face. The curls keep it from appearing too severe. The wedge and the inverted bob should both be finger styled while damp for optimum shine.

Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Inverted Bob


The bedhead is one of those curly hairstyles that appears effortless. However, it takes some work to get this one right. Start with a highly textured cut for maximum volume - especially on your crown. Otherwise you will end up with a "poodle" effect with big puffs of hair on the side and a flat top.

You can blow dry this style on the cool setting with a diffuser. Or, you can pin your curls up loosely on the top of your head and let them air dry as you sleep. After you hair is mostly dry, experiment with using putty, gel and curl enhancer until you find the right combination of products. Avoid those that make your hair greasy, heavy or crunchy.

Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Beadhed with Bangs


If you have curly hair that is kinky or very tightly curled, you have a number of different options. Keep your hair in a short natural if it has been recently cut to get rid of a chemically relaxed portion. This hairstyle shows off your neck and looks great paired with arty earrings. As your hair grows out, you can keep it natural and just have it sculpted into the shape you want by getting a trim. Or, you can twist sections into larger curls.

Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Twisted Natural


Bantu knots, mini-dreads and braids are other alternatives if you are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Have these done by someone who specialises in African American hairstyles and knows which oils to use. You want any damage to your hair and scalp to be minimal, and you can switch from one style to another with ease. Avoid pulling hair back too tightly from your face with these curly hairstyles. This can cause hair loss over time.

Short Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Curly Braids

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