Luxuriously long hair is gorgeous. It’s dramatic, it’s glamorous, and there are tons of styling options--but if we’re being honest with ourselves, short cuts and curly hair are an absolute match made in heaven. Short haircuts are effortlessly attractive, they’re easy to take care of, and there are so many different cuts to choose from. As the hair trends of the new decade begin to slowly take form, it’s clear that short curly hair is making it’s rounds in the Instagram world, and it’s here to stay.

While this new year may not necessarily bring about a new you, a fresh cut and healthy curls will at least make you feel brand-new, guaranteed.

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 in the new year, 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 chop of the decade.

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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

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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 for 2020? Are you focused on achieving healthier hair, or are you just craving a new style? Give us the details on your 2020 hair goals in the comments.