Looking for the easiest curly hairstyles or wash-and-go hairstyles on your curly hair texture?
In this post, I have put together some curly hairstyle ideas for women with curly hair. These hairstyles are easy enough to be replicated at home, which means that you don’t need to leave your house or pay so much to get these beautiful hairstyles done.
These hairstyles are ideal for women with Type 3 hair, which means that if you have a different hair texture, you may not be able to achieve the same hairstyles you see in this post.
What haircut looks best on curly hair?
There are so many different ways to style and cut curly hair. Going to a stylist is the best way to find the best cut for your curly hair because they have the expertise. From TWAs to thick afros, our hair looks good at any length and we can rock any style.
How do you style medium-length curly hair?
There are so many ways to style medium-length hair. It’s a myth that you need to have long hair to have a good style. Whatever style you can do with long hair, you can do with medium hair. It won’t look the same but it will look just as good.
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1. Curly tendrils and a hat
You don’t need to be having a bad hair day to wear a hat. You can have a good hair day and accentuate it further with a hat. It’s laidback and comfortable, but you can still show off your gorgeous curly style underneath.
All you’ll need for this look is a trendy hat of your choice.
2. Simple style with curly bangs
Letting a few curly pieces cover your forehead creates a style like bangs and looks so cute and effortless. The best part about having shrinkage is that you can use it to your advantage to style your hair like this.
You won’t need anything at all for this style outside of shampoo, conditioner, and styling product of your choice.
3. Defined curls with curly bangs
Deliberately creating bangs in front with your curls is also a great choice and adds to a simply curly style. You don’t even have to do much to make it work for you.
For this much shine, try a hair mist, and just remember, that a little goes a long way!
4. Wash and go on a TWA
Yes, we can still get creative with our TWAs! We don’t always have to do the same styles.
5. Sideswept Curls
Get creative with your side parts and style them a little lower than usual. Make sure you have a rattail comb to get a precise part.
6. Layered Curls
Consider layering your curls to create more definition and curls that frame your face a lot more. Visit your local curly hairstylist so they can help you create the perfect layers for your unique curls.
A simple style like this doesn’t require anything, but whatever you choose to use for styling.
7. Voluminous Curls
We don’t all need to get layers to give our curls more volume though! Some of us, like this beauty, are simply blessed to have hair that defies gravity naturally.
For those of us who aren’t blessed, we can use a hair pick to create the illusion of denser hair.
8. Auburn curls with a middle part
Middle parts can be just as stylish as side parts too, and it’s something super quick you can do with your hair that doesn’t require anything else. Having a gorgeous color like this helps as well.
Use a rattail comb to get the part just right.
9. Crisscross twists
Side parts are nice, but we can take it a step further and add some zig-zag twists! Make sure to keep the twists nice and moisturized to avoid them getting frizzy and ruining the style. I’d recommend elastics. edge control, gel, and an edge brush to get the edges and twists perfectly. The edge control and brush will smooth down flyaways and make sure the hair does not frizz up.
10. Highlights and curly bangs
This style reminds me of a lion’s mane, but that’s a compliment! Lions are strong, independent, and at the top of the food chain like black women.
11. Half up half down bun style
A half up half down bun style is a great style on its own, but add some curls tendrils to the side to bring this style to a whole new level. Having an edge brush, or even an edge scarf can keep the front of the hair slicked down, while elastics can make sure it stays tight.
For the tendrils, you can simply wrap them around your finger, or grab something you already have in your house like a straw.
12. Twist out with middle part
For those days you want to wear your hair curly but don’t want to wear a wash and go, a twist out is the next best thing. You can create a curl without having to touch it up every other day. A twist out is one of the best low maintenance styles and it doesn’t require much at all outside of shampoo, conditioner, styling foam. Styling foam will create a curl that not only keeps its shape but is incredibly soft and bouncy.
13. Wash and go with curly bangs
The ‘wet’ hair look is tricky to achieve, but it’s so rewarding once you finally get the hang of it. Don’t be afraid to try it and keep practicing until it looks perfect!
The main thing you will need for this look is (obviously) water, but also lots of gel, styling foam, and a detangling brush! When your hair inevitably dries, it’s the gel that will make it look like it’s still wet and along with the detangling brush, it will hold the curl.
14. Larger than life curly puff with baby hairs
Don’t want to wear your hair down but also don’t want to restrict it with a ponytail? A curly puff is the next best thing. It’s not as tight as a ponytail, but not as loose as wearing it down, so it’s basically the best of both worlds. TIP: use a shoelace to tie up your puff, so you can control how tight or loose you want it! The only other tools you’ll need for this style are the edge control and brush.
15. Deep side part curls
Middle parts are cute, but there’s just something about a side part that makes a hairstyle ‘stop and stare’ worthy. Even if it’s just slicking your hair down to create the side part.
Use bobby pins to pin the hair down so it doesn’t fly into your face and you don’t lose your dramatic side part
16. Braided bun style
A style like this can also double as a protective style as well. Braids are a great protective style on their own, but adding buns at the end will also protect your ends. It’s a win-win situation. Use a rattail comb because it is important to get the part right on a style like this. Add some elastics to tie up the buns and finish the style off with some cute charms!
17. One twist curly style
Short curly hair is not limited to puffs and headband styles. There are so many styles we can do with short curls, like this one for example.
A simple small braid in the front makes a short style like this less basic. All you’ll need is a comb to part it and an elastic to keep the twist from unraveling.
18. Simple headband and curls
Simply adding a headband to a curly style can make it that much more interesting. With so many headband styles and options, we can really have a different one for every day of the week!
19. Wash and go curls
A simple yet beautiful style. Even with all the versatility that comes with curly hair, sometimes just letting it do its own thing is all we feel like doing to it. For a wash-and-go, all you’ll need is styling foam to keep the curls in place.
20. Slicked back double braided buns
Buns and puffs don’t always need slicked-down baby hairs to make them cuter. Try twisting up the buns before wrapping them up and creating a dramatic side part in the front to add a fresh take on the double bun style.
The rattail comb will be your best friend for this style. These parts are so precise, and that’s how you want yours to be.
21. Spiral curls
These curls are so beautiful! They’re super healthy, despite being colored. This beauty definitely takes good care of them. To get plump, juicy curls like this, you’ll want to use a blowdryer diffuser on wet, moisturized hair.
22. Puff with curly side tendrils
We can still show off our curls while it’s in a ponytail too! Slicked edges and curly tendrils will only take you a few extra minutes and be so worth it and all you need is a shoelace, some edge control, and an edge brush.
You can simply wrap the tendrils around your finger if you don’t have anything handy, but perm rods will also create gorgeous tendrils.
23. Wash and go on Type 3 hair
Beautiful bouncy curls like this require a lot of maintenance and moisture to keep them looking plump and soft like this, especially when lightening the hair to this or a similar color. A diffuser attachment can also create a similar look for these curls.
24. Highlighted curls with deep side-to-back part
If you were thinking of adding highlights to your curly style, consider this a sign to do it! Look how fun and gorgeous it looks. Get creative with the colors or do something similar.
A style like this doesn’t even need rattail comb precision. Simply part with your fingers or a regular comb to create a more natural look.
25. TWA with two-tone curls
Two-tone curls are a very daring style but still achievable. Make sure to see a professional curly hair colorist if you’re thinking of this for your next style.
Adding blonde can cause a lot of damage to your hair if you don’t know what you’re doing so don’t try it at home. What you can do at home, though, is the gorgeous style.
All you have to do is part it and use some gel to slick the hair down.
26. Red-orange curls with deep side part
Something as simple as sweeping your hair to the side can create a sexy style that you can wear anywhere, anytime and all you need is a comb to create the part. A gorgeous color like this should be done by a professional to make sure there are no imperfections.
27. Colorful clips curly style
Sometimes you wanna wear your curly hair out, but don’t like it being all in your face. Adding some cute colorful clips to hold it back will not only save you from getting hair in your food, but it also makes a very cute hairstyle.
Use edge control to slick the hair back and the clips to hold them in place.
28. Double curly buns
Whether you like your puffs on top of your head, in the middle, or towards the back, you can never go wrong with this style. Slicked edges never hurt anyone either, so make sure to have your control and brush on deck.
TIP: use the comb side of the edge brush to get the baby hairs to separate like this.
29. Versatile curly styles
Our hair comes in so many different textures and densities. Our curls are unique and looking at all of them together really puts that into perspective.
Depending on the hair texture and density, different tools and products will be needed, so use what works best for your hair. We can never go wrong with a good shampoo, conditioner, gel, and/or styling product as a basic starting place.
30. Dramatic curls with a middle part
Our curls do not obey the laws of gravity and grow sideways instead of down. Take advantage of it and just let your hair go free sometimes (or all the time!).
For those of us who are not at this stage of our hair journey yet, we can imitate by picking it out at the roots to create volume.
31. Finger coils with side part
Middle parts are a very easy way to style curly hair, yet they’re still so cute. For super-defined curls like this, the best method is to use gel and finger coil while the hair is still damp.
If you’re new to finger coiling, check out a few videos on Youtube to get the hang of it first. Here is an example.
32. Pin-up style on a TWA
One could never go wrong with a headband and some curly hair. Instead of pushing it all back, let some of your hair hang out for a pin-up curly style. Instead of using a headband, you can also use a bandana so you can tie it tighter than a headband.
33. Side part on Type 3 hair
Are you team side part or middle part? Either way, you can’t deny that these side part curly styles are super cute! A middle part cannot add this much drama to a curly style.
Use a diffuser to get your curls this plump and defined.
34. Wash and go on tight coils
Adding pops of color all over your hair makes a curly style like this so fun. When it comes to curly hair, not being perfect with applying color still looks gorgeous thanks to the depth and density of our hair.
Adding the color to the ends of the curls also makes curly styles like this so fun. Make sure to use a good gel to define your curls and create this look.
Wash and gos don’t require much else, which is the great thing about them.
35. Front braided curly style
Braids are a style with so much versatility for people who were blessed to be able to do them. Don’t be afraid to get unique with your braids and come up with a style like this!
Use elastics at the end of the braids to keep them from unraveling. Don’t forget to get precise parts with your rattail comb.
36. Topknot with side twists
I love it when we get creative with our curly styles. A half up half down with just a bun is a cute style on its own but adding twists?
37. Tight curls with middle part
To get a defined curl with tight curls, finger coiling, or using a diffuser can do the job just right. A diffuser will dry curly hair without stretching the hair and creating a blow-dried look, so they are a great tool for drying the hair fast, while also keeping the curl in tact.
Sometimes the best styles really don’t need much at all. Just add a headband or clips to push it back and you’re good to go.
While each style comes with its own set of tools for best results, the one thing you always want to have is a satin bonnet to protect your hair at night. Curly hair gets such a bad rap for being high maintenance and time-consuming, but sometimes all it really takes are a few small things.