25 Short Haircuts for Curly Hair That Expertly Shape Your Coils

Updated 05/03/19

Your curls are yours to have fun with. It's up to you to decide which length will look best with your coils, but we're here to let you know the options are endless. Short haircuts for curly hair vary from lob to bob to pixies galore.

No matter your curl pattern, texture, or hair color, there's a cut out there that'll work for you. Worried about styling your curls? We've got you. How about making your curls last? We've got that covered too. So a much-needed haircut rounds things out and will simply add that perfect shape to define your curls and frame your face. Now, it's time to get inspired.

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Cut your coils to perfectly frame your natural coils like Issa Rae's. They'll look even more photogenic than before.

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Katie Holmes's lived-in curls look even more lovely in a lob. Proof that bedhead curls work for you even when they're short.

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Zendaya's perfect pin curls look so classic in this bob cut. Take a cue from this look and gently slick down your part for more definition.

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Rihanna, aka our favorite hair chameleon, makes her short, curly style look so effortless. Try the wet ringlet look in a short bob.

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Julia Garner's defined honey-blonde curls look so good in a lob that grazes her shoulders.

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Lily Collins's chestnut-brown bob falls so beautifully with her ringlets.

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Want architectural curls like the one and only Solange's? Simply cut your curls in various lengths and let them do their thing.

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Lupita's curly, close-cut fade is so breathtakingly badass.

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We love the way Felicity Jones incorporates bangs into her waved-up bob. A banged-out bob just works.

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Charlize Theron's iconic blonde bob goes down in history as #hairgoals forever. I mean, just look at those perfectly feathered curls.

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Amandla Stenberg's curls can do no wrong. The length of their ever-changing curls is always different. Shape your afro so that it sits like a halo, and accessories will bring out your haircut even more.

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Anne Hathaway's brown bob is probably our favorite of all the styles she's donned, especially this asymmetrical style with softly bent curls.

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You don't have to go all the way short to enhance your curls. Take Lucy Hale's tousled lob as inspiration to experiment with highlights, too.

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Tracee Ellis Ross is an icon, but you already knew that. Her stunning curls are always serving. We love how her layered ringlets fall in all the right places.

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Feeling adventurous? Go for a mohawk-inspired cut like Scarlett Johansson's and let your loopy curls steal the show.

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Oliva Culpo does the middle-parted lob right with her glamorous ringlets. Convinced you should get a lob yet?

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Kiernan Shipka's sun-kissed spirals epitomize Hollywood glamour and confirm that nearly any style works well with a curly lob.

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We can't get enough of Ruth Negga's cropped curly hair. By now it's pretty obvious that textured curls look good at almost any length.

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Kate Hudson's blonde bob looks the best with imperfect, brushed-out curls. Just look at that volume. 

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Kristen Stewart kills it every time in the hair category, and this curly bob is no exception. The extra definition on her curl pattern in the front makes this cool-girl style even more official.

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Janelle Monáe's wispy pixie goes down as one of the best hairstyles she's ever worn. Replicate this look by adding soft curls with a one-inch curling iron.

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Emma Stone's auburn lob always looks red carpet ready, especially with her signature tousled curls. 

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Tessa Thompson looks like a dream with her romantic, finger-waved curls. This choppy cut falls above her jawline and looks so breathtaking. 

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Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie looks so flirty and fun accompanied by feathery curls.

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Christina Hendricks's eye-popping hair color looks even chicer with her curled-up lob.

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