How to Rock Short Curly Natural Hair

Whether or not you’ve leaped into extensive chop territory, short, curly natural hair looks great in so many ways. From singer Janelle Monae’s wispy pixie cut to actress Logan Browning’s voluptuous mohawk, we have all the inspiration for your next style decision!

Use a leave-in conditioner containing glycerin and aloe vera to keep your curls moisturized for an effortless style with low maintenance needs. Or, for more protection, consider flat twists from nape to crown that allow sleeping without disturbing their pattern of coils.


There is an array of fashionable choices regarding short, natural hairstyles. From Janelle Monae’s chic pixie cut topped off with a stylish accessory like her trademark feather boa to Logan Browning’s eye-catching curly mohawk look – there is sure to be one that catches everyone’s attention!

If you have a short afro, try this fun style ideal for everyday wear: pin it up and spray yours with holding hairspray to achieve an effortlessly sleek look.

Transitioning from relaxed hair? Try a perm rod set for a dramatic transformation that seamlessly blends straight ends and curly roots. However, this look requires regular maintenance, so spritz your curls with a hydrating hairspray to maintain this style.

Twisting small sections into ringlets and setting them with firm-hold hairspray is another unique way to rock a fro. Although this hairstyle requires additional upkeep, the results speak for themselves. If you want to give your ringlets more personality and visual interest, try dyeing them a vibrant shade; black hair looks particularly stunning when colored in wild berry red, for example!

Tight Ringlets

Tight ringlets are an attractive style to add texture to shorter natural hair, adding beauty and making the most of your curl pattern. A blend of defined and undefined coils, this Dominican style can flatter a round face by narrowing its structure through volume-rich locks.

This elegant yet simple style requires little maintenance; no product is needed, and it can look fantastic for any event. To achieve it, flexi rod your hair before tucking it under a Bandu knot or fun-colored bobby pins to achieve an effortlessly chic look that’s easy to manage.

With bangs added, this short, curly hairstyle forms an alluring halo around your face. Perfect for framing features and drawing attention to the eyes, this timeless, sophisticated style may take some practice but will always remain fashionable.

Soft Waves

Don’t fret if your curls don’t perfectly ringlet; that doesn’t stop you from looking stylish! Opt for a softer, more natural style with loose waves that are easy to brush through. Add texture by lightly teasing curls for that lived-in bedhead look, or lightly tease them a few times!

Curly Pixie cuts are another fun and feminine way to showcase your beautiful curls, offering plenty of texture and definition that’s easy to change up with styling iron or spray.

Add glamour and shine with dark balayage highlights in short, curly hair by using this subtle color technique on dark hues of wavy locks. Shaving off the bottom of your head for an impactful high-to-low effect completes this look.

Curly Bob

Curly bobs are ideal for those with natural kinky curls looking for a sleek and classic style. Layers are one of the best techniques for curly hair as they help prevent that pyramid effect often seen with texturized bobs and define each curl pattern, making your style your own. A curly bob can help control bulk and volume with its sleek style – an especially great look if your curls have thick, kinky coils!

A side-parted curly bob is flattering no matter your curl pattern. Add highlights for an eye-catching finish – blonde hues reflect light more effectively, making your locks appear healthier while adding the illusion of greater healthiness.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try something bold, such as this shoulder-grazing angled bob with bangs – it frames the face nicely while emphasizing all your beautiful features! Moreover, its maintenance is easy as you must trim every 8-12 weeks.