Curly Hairstyles for Women with Short, Medium, and Long Hair

Updated on March 9, 2016
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Throughout the years, curly hairstyles have been a mainstay in hair fashion. Whether you have short hair, medium-length hair, or long hair, there are so many styles to choose from.

During the Roman Empire, curly hairstyles came into fashion during the rule of the Flavian emperors in about 69-138 BC. Women used false curls to raise their hair to a great height. Hair was twisted, waved and curled. Ringlets that fell to the sides and back of the head were popular.

1910 curly hairstyle
1910 curly hairstyle
Carol Lombard 1930 curly hairstyle
Carol Lombard 1930 curly hairstyle

In 1910, the Carroll Herald announced that curly hairstyles ruled the fashion world. Women everywhere were wearing their hair with puffs and curls, with ringlets falling over their temples and covering their ears.

In the 1930s, curly, fussy hairstyles were in vogue.

In 1965, hairdressers were recommending curly hairstyles.

In 1975, curly "Orphan Annie" hair styles became popular for men.

In 1978, the perm was heralded as the new wave in hairstyling. Gillette surveyed top hair salons in America and reported that 90 percent of their clients wanted perms. Even those with naturally curly hair got perms to add volume to their hair.

The late 1980s brought romance back into fashion, and hairstyles reflected that trend. Hairstyles became longer, with flowing curls or soft waves, romantic and feminine. Longer hair, permed or naturally curly, was cut in layers for that bouncy, carefree curly hair look.

Curly hairstyles almost disappeared with the straight-hair look of the 2000s, but not quite. Now curly hairstyles are back with a vengeance, more popular than ever for both casual day-to-day looks and formal hairdos.

Here are today's trendy curly hairstyles for short, medium, and long hair.

Cute, Short Curly Hairstyles for Women

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Jenna Elfman's cute short curly hairstyleMeg Ryan: cute short curly hairCelebrity curly hairstyleCharlize Theron: cute short curly hairstyleKatherine Heigl's cute short curly hairstyleElegant short curly hair styleTrendy chic short curly hair style Geena Davis's cute short curly hairstyleHalle Berry's cute, short, and curly hairstyle"Orphan Annie" cute, short, and curly hairstyle
Jenna Elfman's cute short curly hairstyle
Jenna Elfman's cute short curly hairstyle
Meg Ryan: cute short curly hair
Meg Ryan: cute short curly hair
Celebrity curly hairstyle
Celebrity curly hairstyle
Charlize Theron: cute short curly hairstyle
Charlize Theron: cute short curly hairstyle
Katherine Heigl's cute short curly hairstyle
Katherine Heigl's cute short curly hairstyle
Elegant short curly hair style
Elegant short curly hair style
Trendy chic short curly hair style
Trendy chic short curly hair style
Geena Davis's cute short curly hairstyle
Geena Davis's cute short curly hairstyle
Halle Berry's cute, short, and curly hairstyle
Halle Berry's cute, short, and curly hairstyle
"Orphan Annie" cute, short, and curly hairstyle
"Orphan Annie" cute, short, and curly hairstyle

Curly Medium-Length Hairstyles for Women

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Stylish medium-length curly hair for a young ladyJessica SimpsonReese WitherspoonJennifer Hudson curly medium-length hairstyleCurly medium-length hairstyleGlamour medium-length curly hair Everyday thick curly hairChic medium-length curly hairOprah's medium-length curly hairWedding medium-length curly hairstyle
Stylish medium-length curly hair for a young lady
Stylish medium-length curly hair for a young lady
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Jennifer Hudson curly medium-length hairstyle
Jennifer Hudson curly medium-length hairstyle
Curly medium-length hairstyle
Curly medium-length hairstyle
Glamour medium-length curly hair
Glamour medium-length curly hair
Everyday thick curly hair
Everyday thick curly hair
Chic medium-length curly hair
Chic medium-length curly hair
Oprah's medium-length curly hair
Oprah's medium-length curly hair
Wedding medium-length curly hairstyle
Wedding medium-length curly hairstyle

Curly Long Hairstyles for Women

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Vanessa Hudgens: trendy long curly hair with bangsTaylor Swift's beautiful soft curly wavesCarrie Underwood's curly long hairstyleBeyonce Knowles:  Curly long hairstyleHalle Berry:  Curly long hairstyleKate Hudson: Curly long hairstyleCasual everyday long curly hair styleScarlett Johannsen:  Curly long hairstyleCasual long wavy hairstyleKristen Renten: Curly long hairstyle
Vanessa Hudgens: trendy long curly hair with bangs
Vanessa Hudgens: trendy long curly hair with bangs
Taylor Swift's beautiful soft curly waves
Taylor Swift's beautiful soft curly waves
Carrie Underwood's curly long hairstyle
Carrie Underwood's curly long hairstyle
Beyonce Knowles:  Curly long hairstyle
Beyonce Knowles: Curly long hairstyle
Halle Berry:  Curly long hairstyle
Halle Berry: Curly long hairstyle
Kate Hudson: Curly long hairstyle
Kate Hudson: Curly long hairstyle
Casual everyday long curly hair style
Casual everyday long curly hair style
Scarlett Johannsen:  Curly long hairstyle
Scarlett Johannsen: Curly long hairstyle
Casual long wavy hairstyle
Casual long wavy hairstyle
Kristen Renten: Curly long hairstyle
Kristen Renten: Curly long hairstyle

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    • RalphGreene profile image

      RalphGreene 

      7 years ago

      Bria, That's right! It is look beautiful. :D

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      -Bria 

      7 years ago

      Great hub, the medium curly hairstyle is one of my favorites :)

    • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie Rose 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Mimi, thanks for dropping by. Beyonce's long curly hair style is an example of modern jheri curl. It's still in vogue, but in the 70s the process used caused a lot of damaged to the hair. These days, there are a lot more safe products in the market to relax tight curls. Thanks for the input. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

    • Mimi721wis profile image

      Mimi721wis 

      7 years ago

      Hi Rosie, where's the geri curl. LOL

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