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If you have curly hair, you might think that it’d be virtually impossible for you to pull off short hair. But it turns out it’s actually not! It’s all about finding the best curly haircut and hairstyle for your short hair—and there are quite a few for you to choose from, including a curly pixie (yes, really!) and curly lob. In addition to finding the right haircut for your curly hair, using the right styling products (like hair mousse or hair cream) is also key. Below, find the best curly haircuts for short hair along with styling tips for each one.
Maybe you don’t want to lose all of your length. In that case, consider a curly lob. Lob haircuts are super-low maintenance and look amazing when paired with curly hair. In essence, lobs are a great way to get your feet wet when it comes to short hair. In case you need a refresher, the lob is a long bob. It’s longer in the front and shorter in the back, resulting in a modern look.
How to style a curly lob: Spritz a hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, onto damp hair, then let your hair air dry for defined curls. The cool thing about a lob haircut is that it also looks stunning when paired with straight strands—so feel free to grab a heat protectant and your flat iron! Read up on 3 Ways to Style a Lob Haircut for more styling ideas.
Thanks to being worn by plenty of A-list stars, the pixie haircut is here to stay as one of the most popular short hairstyles. And the good news is, you can totally rock a pixie cut—just like those celebs—if you have curly hair! At the salon, ask your stylist for a slightly longer pixie cut, as opposed to one that's super-cropped. That way you can still show off your gorgeous curls!
How to style a curly pixie: When hair is damp, apply a hair mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, then let hair air dry for beautiful texture. Just think of how much time you’re going to save styling your curly hair when it’s this short!
The curly pompadour is a retro-inspired haircut that suits girls and guys. It features about five to six inches of length on top for an eye-catching look with a vintage ‘50s vibe. Hello, volume!
How to style a curly pompadour: To let your natural curls shine, work a little bit of hair pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste, through dry or damp hair, then tousle. You can use your fingers to mold and shape your style for a chic piecey effect.
You can’t go wrong with a classic bob haircut—and that’s certainly true if you have curly hair. A bob haircut is usually cropped at your jaw in a straight line all around. Pair your short curly bob with a side part for major volume.
How to style a curly bob: Style your short curly bob with a hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, for hold and shine.
Shag haircuts, which typically hit at about the shoulders, feature lots of layers—which is a definite plus for curly hair. Layers can help create movement and ensure your curly hair doesn’t end up looking too poufy.
How to style a curly shag: Apply a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream, to damp hair from roots to ends, distributing evenly, then blow-dry with a diffuser. This hair cream can help soften, tame, and define your curls.
We’ve proven short hair and curls go together like no other, but what about bangs? If you think you can’t pull off bangs when you have curly hair, think again! Head on over to our article, The Best Curly Haircuts with Bangs, to find the right fringe for your hair type.