The Best Haircuts for Curly-Haired Girls

Updated 11/24/19
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In case you didn't catch Kendall Jenner on the cover of Allure's 2015 issue, or Selena Gomez on the cover of the spring 2015 issue of V Magazine, curls are back in a big way. By their very nature, curls can be a tricky beast (spiraling, frizzing, and spindling out of control), but when given the right opportunity to shine, they're the envy of all. Which is why we're looking at the very best haircuts for curly-haired girls. Keep scrolling to find out which styles will work with your curls, instead of against them. 

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If you have soft, loose curls and medium thickness, a graduated bob—versus a blunt, uniform cut—will have movement and showcase the depth and texture of your curls. 

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An angled lob looks great on curly hair in general, but especially so if your hair's on the coarser side, like Vanessa Hudgens's with her cool, piece-y strands. Ask your stylist for a cut that's shorter in the back, with longer pieces framing the face for a look that's edgier and more grown-up. 

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Thicker curls look delightfully shaggy and cool in the swag cut: longer layers in front with a curtain of fringe bangs. Bringing the length up eliminates weight and makes the curls look bouncy and light, but still voluminous. It's certainly a statement cut, but as you can see from Rihanna, it pays off in a killer '70s-inspired way. 

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Thinner, kinkier curls like Kate Hudson's looks best at shoulder length with light layers in front, which create the appearance of more volume. 

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Soft, natural, glossy curls are classic and glamorous in a long cut with long layers, like Zoe Saldana's, for ultimate styling versatility. 

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Pretty much no one makes tight, springy curls look as good as Queen Bey, who proves that bigger really is the better. Steep layers provide visual interest and movement, so the cut looks chic, not shapeless. 

Do you have curly hair? Do you have one of these cuts already? Check out our story on the best products for unruly curls, and tell us what kind of curly hair content you want to see more of on Byrdie, below!

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