Now that people are embracing their textured hair with more gusto than ever, many are braving shorter curly hairstyles to stand out from the crowd! Here is a round-up of the most up-to-date looks for short Type 3 hair.

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1. The High Top

The high top is not just for the guys. This can look great on type 3a, 3b or 3c hair for an edgy look.


Photo: @barberiasdelmundo, Stylist: @salao_joaocintra_ofc

2. The Short-Stacked Bob 

This cut gives height to softer 3a curls. Style creator Patricia Gonion, suggests this is best for finer hair.

Photo: @patricia.gonion.hairart, Style Creator Patricia Gonion

3. The Curly Medium Length Bob 

This bob works well with tighter 3c curls and is a timeless look for curly hair.

Photo: @davidanddavidhairsalon, Style Creator: Jonathan Fulton

4. The Feminine Voluminous Bob 

A voluminous bob adds buckets of volume to 3b hair, giving hair lift and bounce.

Stylist: Paulo Machado,

5. Curly Asymmetrical Bob

Add some wow to your 3a hair with the Curly Asymmetrical Bob. This is such a manageable hairstyle and it gives instant glamour and height to your curls.

Stylist: @caroldoscaracois

6. Curly Bangs

This pretty Curly Hair with Bangs is a super cute look for 3a curls bringing height to flatter roots. Regular trims are needed to maintain this rounded shape.

Stylist: @mouseybrowne

7. The Natural Tapered Cut 

This tapered cut adds the wow factor to 3c hair with long bangs, curls piled on top and trimmed sides.

Photo: @sweetstyles_naturals

8. Short Rounded Cut 

For more long Type 3c bangs-glamour try a adding a few bantu knots on the side of this Short Rounded Cut. The Bantu knots allow the longer curly ringlets on top to take centre stage.

Photo: @itsdoreseb

9. Pixie Cut

Who says Pixie Cuts are just for straight hair? 3b curls can create the most beautiful, cropped look complete with curled sideburns.

Photo: @allieyamaguchi

10. The Faux Hawk

The Faux Hawk is for those curlies going for a cutting-edge look. The natural 3b/c curls here are enhanced with colour for extra sass!

Photo: @camyhairstylist

11. The Nape Undercut 

This undercut is perfect for 3a/b hair because of the contrast between the curls on top and the straighter under layer. Colour has been used to highlight the stunning ringlets piled on top here.

Photo: @360_hairstudio

12. The Classic Bob

You can’t go wrong with the Classic Bob for all Type 3 curls. With longer face-framing pieces at the front and shorter curls at the back for volume and height, this cut can be fun as well as elegant.

Photo: @faithincurls

13. The Asymmetrical Pixie Cut 

The Asymmetrical Pixie Cut is bold and fresh. Side parts always add volume and this one-sided cut brings attention to the cheekbones and neck whole allowing the curls to tumble down on the other side.

Photo: @camyhairstylist

14. A Fluffy Curly Pixie Bob

A Fluffy Curly Pixie Bob adds a soft whimsical look to short 3a curls. Allow longer spirals to frame the face.

Photo: @vesper___lynd

15. The Layered Bob with a Middle Parting

The Layered Bob with a Middle Parting is a modern take on the layered cut for stunning 3c curls.

Photo: @beeanca_curls_beauty, Stylist: @curlqueendoreen