30 Curly hairstyles for women

Karishma Kapoor’s big hair looks great on her and will work well for women of all frames and sizes making it the perfect curly hairstyle for women. This particular hairstyle will give small framed women a fuller look. Larger framed women will be complemented and balanced by the volume of the hairstyle. Read this post for more on big hair; cleansing, conditioning, drying and styling it.

Karishma has a layered haircut that starts at chin level and goes down till nearly waist-level, but the look will work on any step cut or layered cuts of any length. Her hair has been colored a chestnut brown.

Steps to create this curly hairstyle:

To achieve this look, begin with freshly washed hair. Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner such as Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo or Body Shop’s Rainforest Volume Shampoo. For a list of some other volumizing shampoos available in India, look here.

Next, spray on a volumizing spray or rub a volumizing mousse in your hair and roots. Those with fine or oily hair may prefer to use a spray rather than the mousse. You can try Garnier Fructis Style Volumizing Anti- Humidity Spray, L’Oreal Paris Studio Silk & Gloss Volume Spray Extra Volume Hair Styler or L’Oreal Elvive Styliste Mousse Non-Stop Volume Hair Style.

Apply a heat protecting serum or cream before you bring out your curling tools.

Before you begin curling, separate the hair above your ears and tie it up or pin it securely with a jaw clip. Then, take small sections of your hair and twist it around a tong with a medium to large sized curling barrel. Hold for about 5 seconds and release. Hold the curl in your hand a few seconds before letting go. It helps to have a friend with you who will help you find sections of your hair, fan the hot curls and help with the back section of your hair!

After you finish with the lower level, separate a next layer from the bunched up hair. Make sure you leave the hair on your crown out of this section.

Repeat the curling process by curling outwards like with the bottom-most layer.

Once this is done, it’s time to address the crown. The crown literally takes the crown in this hairstyle. Take Make sure you part your hair the way you want it to before you continue. Karishma has her hair parted in the middle but you can choose to try a side parting.

Using a slightly larger barrel for this section, separate hair into length-wise sections. Wrap each section away from the face as done before but try to keep the tong parallel to the length of your own face. Hold the hot barrel in your hair for about 7 seconds. Once you release the curl, use a bobby pin to hold it. This way you’ll have more volume. Once you’ve curled all the way around your head and the curl are still in place secured by bobby pins, use a finishing shine spray to hold the hairstyle.

Unpin the bobby pins and run your fingers through your hair very gently to separate and create some movement. You’re now ready to make heads turn! Honestly, this hairstyle creates a style statement just by itself.

Do try this bollywood hairstyle to your next mehendi or cocktail party and tell us how it went. What was the best compliment you got? How easy was it to follow the instructions? We’d love to hear from you!

If you liked this style, you can also find other curly hairstyles  as well as bollywood hairstyles on hairstylemonkey!

30 Curly hairstyles suited to Indian women

#1: Curly hairstyle for long hair

This is an uber cool messy hairstyle for an out-of-bed look. Go all natural with your spiral curls, frizz et al. This style truly calls for some uber doses of confidence to carry offs. Will heads turn? Yes they will.


#2: Updo with graduating curly locks

This is a cool curly hairstyle because it goes from tight curls on the right to loosely curled hair on the left. The three levels of curliness is what make this style unique. The puff on top makes it more interesting. Do try it out the next time you have your curling iron out and have some time on hand.



 #3: Curly locks let loose

This shiny and curly hairstyle consists of neatly curled hair that have been set with setting spray. Having your hair colored in highlights or in an ombre style will add to this look. It goes well on step cut hair as well as layered hair or just a simple U cut hairstyle.


#4: Short hair ringlets

Twist your hair up at night into tight coils. Sleep on it and voila! You should wake up with these ghungroo type of curls. Wear them with a halter neck top to accentuate the volume.



 #5: Multilayered curly beach locks

This ombre hair has been curled on multiple levels. Start with the lower layers first and arrange the upper layers carefully so as to not hide the curly layers below. Flaunt.


#6: Messy curly down-do

This down-do is a cool way for girls with curly hair in layers to try something different without trying too hard. Just grab your lower layers and braid them – regularly, French or fishtail – all work well. Forget about doing anything to the top half.


 #7: Princess style

This style calls for a sleek top half and pretty, defined curls at the lower end. Another hairstyle that works well for dyed hair that is growing out or ombre hair.



 #8: Volumized curls

This lovely hairstyle just needs some curling cream or mousse and a lot of oomph to carry off. Pair with a pair of big hoop earrings or a pancho top. Or both.



 #9: Twist on curls

Give your curly hair a twist by literally twisting some of it into a band on either side and holding them back up at the back of your head. You can cover the twist with hair from your crown or show it off.


#10: Wavy long locks

These uniform waves are an alternative way to wearing your curls. Just curl them all the same way and finish with a setting spray.


 #11: Cascading locks

Try these cascading locks with a slightly larger curling iron barrel. A medium sized one would work perfectly. Pick some locks to curl from higher up – right after your crown – to show off each individual curl.


#12: Bob cut highlighted for curly hair

This is a super cute hairstyle for girls with short curly hair. To add more definition to your highlighted curls, roll them around a small curling iron and set with spray. Add a pop of color to your lips and there you are.


 #13: Pixie cut with curls

Most pixie cuts you see are worn on short, straight hair. There’s no rule that says no curls, so go ahead and flaunt them. You can straight iron a section of hair on the sides to enhance the look.


#14: All down hairstyle for natural curly hair

This is another one of those hairstyles that flaunts curly hair beautifully. This natural curly hair looks relaxed and the more importantly, the girl is confident! I find a lot of us Indian girls tend to shy away from flaunting our naturally big and curly hair. There’s no reason not to.


 #15: Half up half down mixed with braids

If you want to try out a little hatke hairstyle for curly hair – find someone to help you create cornrows. They can be in a designer mosaic like above or just straight. The cornrows keep hair off your face so it’s a cool hairstyle for stepping out to exercise out on a windy day, riding a bike or playing a sport.


#16: High ponytail for kids with curly hair

Kids with curly hair often find it the bane of their existence. Tell them not to worry. Curly hair works in selfies too. And they’re unique! Just grab all your hair and tie it up high into a ponytail with a good elastic. Keeps the hair off the face, off the neck and hopefully off the mind too.

#17: Side-swept curly Taylor Swift hairstyle

Try this curly side-swept style for an evening event. This is a nice and elegant hairstyle to wear with a gown. Pair up with a diamante hair band and sparkly earrings.


 #18: Cascading curls for bride with long curly hair

This is indeed a beautiful way to flaunt both hair and backless dress. This bridal hairstyle looks elegant and almost casual. Keeping it in place is a must so fill-up on that setting spray. Add a dainty little hair accessory to top up the elegance.


#19: Tight low bun for curly South Indian hair 

If you are from certain states in South India (shout out to all ye Malayalis!), then you may have been born with kinks in your hair. For those of you who have such hair, gel it and tie it up in a neat small bun at the nape of your neck. Take a deep side parting for added oomph.


#20: Blunt cut for short curly hair

For girls with short hair, try getting a blunt cut and adding volume to the top by blow drying outwards. The side burn like bit of hair adds an interesting twist to this hairstyle.



 #21: Open hairstyle for very long curly hair

If you have extremely long and thick hair, it gets hard to style sometimes. For the days you want to try something different, spray on some shine spray and curl a few parts of your long hair with a curling iron.


#22: Twisted bun curly hairstyle

This hair bun style  calls for two twists from one side of the head to be joined in with the back bun. The top doesn’t need much work. Though messy, this hairstyle can work for a formal setting or evening occasion.



 #23: Messy half bun for curly hair

This hairstyle is a personal favorite when I’m out walking around with jeans or other casual outfits. Just grad half of our hair as you would to make a half ponytail, and using an elastic, pull your hair through but not all the way. Let your bangs frame your face.



 #24: Short curly Lara Dutta hairstyle

Bollywood star Lara Dutta looks cute and classy here with this short curly hairstyle. The curls are more obvious on the top and from of her head for most curly impact. The back looks more natural. Try this old hairstyle with halter neck tops.


#25: Beach waves a la Beyonce

Try out big beach waves ala the queen herself. This bronze hair color adds to her bronze skin tone and dull gold jewelry.



 #26: Spiraled hairstyle 

Try these tightly coiled spring-like hair sometime. Use a lot of shine spray to make your hair stand out under the lights! This works best for short hair although medium can try it too.



 #27: Big wispy curls hairstyle

For an evening hairstyle, try out big wispy curls to frame your face. The rest of your hair can be put up in an up-do or loose bun.



 #28: Crimped and crinkled hairstyle

When I bought my first hair iron, I wondered what to do with the crinkle plated I received. If you have the same questions about it, try this style out sometime. This is a great option for walking the ramp or an even when the spotlight is going to be on you.



#29: Braided curly updo hairstyle 

This hairstyle requires some creativity and correct placement of the bobby pin, waterfall braid and other strands of hair. It’s a cute updo for casual and formal occasions for dresses and other Western outfits.



 #30: Katrina Kaif baby doll hairstyle

Side parting and tight, shiny curls along with a side pin give Katrina Kaif a very bubble baby doll look. Try it out yourself!

Katrina Kaif with curly hairstyle


If you liked these curly hairstyles you might also want to check out some of our braided hairstyles or other various hairstyles for Indian women.