Short haircuts are effortlessly attractive, they’re easy to take care of, and there are so many different cuts to choose from.
Regardless of whether you’re going for a full-on buzzcut or just dutifully trimming your ends, one idea we can all get behind is flaunting healthier, happier hair, am I right?
To help you navigate through the endless options, we picked 20 short curly cuts that just might give you that extra push towards your first big.
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Short cuts are the perfect way to showcase flawless definition. Mennia’s cut displays both shape and extreme definition on bleach blond curls.
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Blunt angles and a gravity-defying shape! They’ll turn an ordinary haircut into a dynamic sculpture. Incorporating a part into the style can add to the dramatic geometric effect.
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We live for a tapered ‘fro. Tapered styles really lend themselves to hair that grows out and upwards, like Jade’s type 4 coils.
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Sometimes a classic buzzcut is the best way to go. If you’re looking to do a complete hair overhaul and like to experiment with color, extremely short cuts make coloring your hair easier–especially if you’re using bleach.
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Loose curls like Mikayla’s look great cut into a pixie with face-framing curls.
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If you’re feeling confident, experiment with some designs like Tiffany on her long tapered cut.
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It might have been one of the most cringe-worthy childhood fashion moments of the 90’s, but Cyn’s curly look has us thinking the bowl-cut might just make a triumphant return in the near future.
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Lisa’s rosy pixie cut features short sides and longer hair running down the middle of her head, creating a short curly mow-hawk.
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Curlies who are planning to start a loc journey can still consider short cuts, like Brittany who started her locs five months ago.
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Mwanini’s moisturized curls look great cut into a classic pixie, with only a bit of extra length at the crown.
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Ambrosia’s oval-shaped cut and incredible density is the perfect inspo for curlies who don’t want to go short all at once.
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Although we love abstract shapes, a round afro never goes out of style, as shown by @styleme.be.
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If you’re a fan of all things sleek and shiny, you’ll fall in love with finger waves similar to Natasha’s polished look.
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Bri sports an edgy faded cut and design, but keeps it girly with styled edges.
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Loose curls and waves like Jomy’s look fabulous when cut into a short ear-length, blunt bob to frame the face.
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Shauniece’s grown-out tapered cut still holds an outstanding shape. The cut features shorter hair on the sides and the back with extreme length on top.
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Priscilla’s ultra-short curly bangs really set the tone of this heart-shaped cut.
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Moira’s type 2 curls hold incredible volume with this cropped cut.
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Kendra’s number one suggestion to those installing locs is to get your hair cut into a shape first to control how they fall–it makes for a much easier transition.
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For curlies who don’t plan on going too short with their big chop, try an even ear-length cut with bangs like Emani.
Are you planning a big chop this year? Are you focused on achieving healthier hair, or are you just craving a new style? Give us the details on your hair goals in the comments.