Short, Curly Hair: Photos of My Favorite Hairstyles

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

When you have super curly hair you usually don't want to go short. Short hair can frizz up on you more easily than long hair and you run the risk of major pouffy hair. The longer your hair, the more your curls will weigh hair down.

That said, the right short haircut can work on curly hair. In fact, short, curly hair can look absolutely amazing. These photos show off several curly hairstyles that work. They all feature long layers and while there is a bit of "pouf" going on in some of the pictures, I feel it really works on these women.

Can You Go Short?

If you have curly hair, you may wonder if short hair would look good on you and just how short you can afford to go.

Here are a few factors to consider:

  1. Your personality. Can you rock a short curly 'do that bursts forth from the head like fireworks? How do you want to present yourself? Funky? Sophisticated? Edgy? Unique?
  2. Your lifestyle. Are you a wash-and-go kind of woman or do you like straightening your hair with a blowdryer and flat iron, or pulling it into perfect place?
  3. Your head and shoulders. Short hair that hits at the chin or above can look absolutely stunning on a woman with a long neck. It's almost sculptural. But short, curly hair on a woman with a short neck isn't as flattering as hair that falls to the shoulders or just above it.
  4. Your body. Your hair should balance out your body. Large, curvy women look great with curly hair because the volume adds balance better than stick-straight hair.

I recommend consulting with a stylist about the factors above.

Pick the Right Stylist

While it's a myth that you should choose a salon that specializes in curly hair or a stylist who specializes in cutting curls, you should choose your stylist wisely, particularly when going for a drastic cut.

A good stylist can mean the difference between a horrible haircut and an enviable one. Do your research first. Ask other women with curly hair you admire where they go. Check out their reviews on Yelp.

The best stylists stay on top of trends. They know what cuts look good and which ones are dated. They also know about the latest techniques, for example, dry cutting hair or using razors to remove body.

One of the biggest mistakes stylists make when cutting curly hair is pulling on the curls during the cut, says Eva Scrivo in her book Eva Scrivo on Beauty (buy it from Amazon). "The 'secret' to creating beautiful and accurate curls is to cut the hair with very little tension," Scrivo writes. "Any experienced and skilled stylist should know this."

More tips in Curly Hair: 10 Secrets to Styling Curly Hair and How to Care for Curly Hair.

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Julia Garner and MyAnna Buring

Julia Garner and MyAnna Buring. Getty Images: Gregg DeGuire and David M. Benett
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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain. Ian Gavan// Getty Images
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Julia Garner Curly Hair

Julia Garner. Chelsea Lauren for Getty
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Janet Dacal

Janet Dacal. Amy Sussman // Getty
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Janet Dacal

Janet Dacal. Astrid Stawiarz // Getty
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Lisa Martinek Curly Hair

Lisa Martinek. Vittorio Zunino Celotto for Getty
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Jean Louisa Kelly

Jean Louisa Kelly. Alberto E. Rodriguez // Getty
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Arizona Muse with curly hair

Arizona Muse with curly hair.
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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal. Rob Loud/Getty
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Adama Paris Short Curly Hair

Adama Paris. Frazer Harrison for Getty
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Heike Kloss

Heike Kloss. Sean Gallup // Getty
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Pilar Jurado with curly hair

Pilar Jurado. Carlos Alvarez for Getty
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Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan. Slaven Vlasic // Getty Images
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Jessica Biel Curly Hair

Jessica Biel. Getty Images
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Valentina Bardi

Valentina Bardi. Pascal Le Segretain // Getty
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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson. Frederick M. Brown/Getty
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Carmen Consoli

Carmen Consoli. Jacopo Raule/Getty
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Carmen Consoli

Carmen Consoli. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty
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Curly Hair: Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson. Getty Images: Tim P. Whitby and Jason Kempin
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Curly Hair: Camren Bicondova

Camren Bicondova
Camren Bicondova. Cindy Ord for Getty Images
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Curly Hair: Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey curly. WireImage for Getty
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Curly Hair: Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw. WireImage for Getty
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Curly Hair: Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino. Getty Images Europe
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Angell Conwell

Angell Conwell. Alberto E. Rodriguez
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Curly Hair: Dawn Olivieri

Dawn Olivieri. Michael Buckner // Getty Images

More on curly hair:

  • The Best Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair
  • Photo Galleries of Naturally Curly Hair
  • Curly Hair: My 10 Best Tips for Styling Curly Hair
  • Best Products for Naturally Curly Hair
  • Short, Curly Hair: Photos of My Favorite Hairstyles