Layered Curly Hair: 17 Style Ideas

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Unruly locks are hard to tame. Getting the right cut and style can make all the difference between stepping out in style and… building up a nice collection of hats.

The best way to ensure you get a good cut is to find a hairstylist that specializes in cutting curly hair because cutting curly hair requires a little more expertise than cutting straight hair.

The style that’s right for you will depend on your hair texture. You will also want to take your face shape into account as well.

Layering curly hair is one of the keys to making everything work. In this article, we’ve put together a slew of layered curly hair ideas for guidance and inspiration.


Layered Curly Hair Ideas

There are long, medium, and short curly styles in this list. Here are a few things you will want to think about when choosing the length:

Short Curly Hairstyles:

If you want to play up your curls and you’ve just had enough of the burden of longer hair and the maintenance that goes along with it, a short curly hairstyle will be perfect for you.

Just remember: The shorter the curl, the tighter the coil, and the shorter it will bounce back.

If you want to play down the curl, then opting for a medium or longer style is a better option.

Medium Curly Hairstyles:

Layered cuts in a medium length look great on both loose curls and tight coils and will give more volume to the top and sides. If you have very thick hair, you may need a little thinning under the hair to keep it from puffing out.

Long Curly Hairstyles:

If you want to keep your hair long and curly, layers will remove some of the excess weight from the hair and keep curls bouncier and more defined. A long cut with layers also cuts down on having to trim.

#1. Chic Curly Neck-Length Layers

A fresh short layered haircut is a great way to define your natural curls. Having a neck-length cut helps to add body and volume.

A full head of luscious curls looks gorgeous in a length that’s just a little past the chin.

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#2. Voluminous Natural Curly Hair

Tired of straightening your hair every day? Why fight nature?

Voluminous curls framing your face will highlight the beauty you were born with. If you have thicker hair, adding layers will lift your curls, creating more volume.

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#3. Curly Pixie

Curls don’t limit your length. Curls look great in short styles like this pixie cut.

Shorter styles will have your curls perking up and being beautifully defined. The super-short sides and back, paired with longer layered curls on top create a soft cascading waterfall of curls.

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#4. Long Curly Pixie

This slightly longer version of the pixie has longer layers in the back but focuses the bulk and volume up top. The curls give this normally androgynous cut, a feminine touch.

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#5. Big Curls with Bangs. 

A jaw-length cut with bangs and big curls perfectly frame the face. The shorter cut with layers takes out the excess bulk that allows the curls to maintain their maximum volume. 

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#6. Free-Style Shoulder-Length Cut

This cut is especially good for thinner hair. The loose, layered curls, paired with a fringe give this style a relaxed, informal vibe that gives thinner hair more volume and dimension. 

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#7. Layered Coils

Beautifully defined layered coils give depth, definition, and volume by getting rid of excess bulk. Those perfectly formed coils bounce back to make an effortless, lighter-than-air look that flawlessly frames the face.

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#8. Layered Curls For Aging Women

Just because you’re getting older does not mean you have to relegate yourself to a granny haircut! Layered curls for women moving on in years are absolutely stunning and can suit any face shape.

It’s a great way to create a full, voluminous no-fuss style that is relatively easy to manage. 

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#9. Loose Beachy Curl 

A layered cut will add more volume to loose curls. Layers and loose beachy curls are a great way to brighten your look year-round with the addition of highlights or balayage.

Just remember that the combination of lightened hair and curls is prone to becoming dry and damaged.

When styling long blonde curls, avoid heat as often as possible.

If using a blow dryer, use the lowest heat setting with a diffuser to prevent damage and maintain the curl pattern without entering planet frizz

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#10. Curly Shag 

Curly shag for women with thin hair is a great choice. A lot of layers at the crown can create the appearance of fuller and thicker hair with bouncier curls. 

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#11. Curly Ombre

Ombre highlights were made for curly hair. Curls make an ombre look much more natural than with straight hair as the gradient “line” is broken up by the curls and is not as discernable.

This leaves you with a much more natural-looking sun-kissed effect.

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#12. Short Stacked Layered Curls

The stacked layers at the back keep your hair off your neck, making this a great cut to keep you cool. The top, sides, and front are left a little longer for maximum volume and curl definition.

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#13. Long layered Curls with a Center Part 

A layered center-parted haircut visually adds more volume to your hair on both sides while slimming the face.

This style is particularly good for those with a wider square or round face shape. 

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#14. Purple Coils

What better way to highlight those corkscrew coils than to add color! When it comes to hair color, the sky’s the limit nowadays, so your only dilemma is going to be picking one.

When choosing a color, look for a color that complements your skin tone.

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#15. Curly Inverted Bob

An inverted bob embraces the natural body of the hair. The back has stacked layers and the front is left longer.

This allows the voluminous curls to cascade on either side of the face, framing it beautifully. 

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#16. Side-Parted Layered Bob

A layered bob with loose curls and a side part is a win-win. Suiting all face shapes and hair textures, you can’t really go wrong with this style. 

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#17. Center-Parted Curly Mane

If you have this much beautiful hair – flaunt it! Tight curls in a long layered cut will go a long way to off-loading excess bulk that will weigh your hair down.

Layers will add dimension and give it an airer feeling. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).