What Short and Layered Hairstyles Are Good for Curly Hair?

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Short and layered hairstyles that work well with curly hair include the pixie cut, a layered bob with side-swept bangs and the curly shag, among others. To replicate the salon styles at home, use the right product and styling techniques for the specific cut and type of hair.

The pixie cut is a versatile hairstyle for curly hair that works for many different hair textures. Curly hair suits a graduated pixie style, which means that the cut is longer on the top. To style, dry hair naturally and then use a frizz-control product.

A layered bob with side-swept bangs works well with fine-to-medium hair that features both waves and curls. The layering is important with this hairstyle because the bottom would weigh too heavy. To style this haircut, add mousse to damp hair and then comb it into place. A blow dryer with a diffuser will help to maintain the hair's shape.

The curly shag works well with a curly texture, and the haircut features fuller body around the roots and closer to the head, whereas the ends are wispier. To style this type of hair and avoid too much frizz, use pomade or a serum on the hair while it is damp and then let it dry naturally.

Adding a braid to the front of any curly style helps set it apart. This style suits oval and heart shaped faces with medium to thick hair. Highlights can also help define short, wavy hairstyles and dramatic bangs add an element of mystery. To style natural curls, try applying a product such as a curl enhancer to slightly damp hair and allowing it to air dry.