12 Low-Maintenance Hairstyles For Curly Hair

We all want easy-to-manage, low-maintenance hair—but for most of us with curly hair, the quest for low-maintenance hairstyles yields results that weren’t made with textured curls, coils, and kinks in mind. No matter how well acquainted you are with your hair texture, natural hair care always requires a bit of extra attention. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy hairstyles for curly hair that can shorten your daily routine.
Armed with the right inspiration and an arsenal of curly hair products, you can elevate your look without complicating your life. Whether you want an edgy, trendy look that shows your creativity or something simple and classic that will never go out of style, we’ve rounded up the best low-maintenance hairstyles for you to try.

What Are The Easiest Haircuts For Curly Hair?

Low-maintenance curly hairstyles might sound like an oxymoron, but they’re totally possible to achieve with the right haircut. So, what is the best low-maintenance haircut? Hands-down, the TWA (also known as the Teeny Weeny Afro). If you’re not attached to having inches of hair cascading down your back or shoulders, this low-maintenance style could simplify your routine and make your curly hair care easier to manage. It works especially great on 4C textured hair, since it tends to hold shape easily. With such a short cut, you can rely on simple twist outs, a pick, or daily refreshing with water and/or your favorite curl cream.

For longer strands, a voluminous layered cut is also a great option. This head-turning curly haircut is best performed on dry hair, making it one of the best haircuts for curly hair because it makes styling more manageable. By shaping the hair into layers that are shorter at the top and frame the face in a flattering way, your hair will naturally fall into a shape that makes styling a breeze. While this haircut is super simple for day-to-day styling, it’s not the easiest cut to DIY. Make sure you book an appointment with your favorite curl-acquainted stylist instead of cutting your own hair.

The curly pixie is also a great option for a low-maintenance haircut. You might need frequent cuts in order to maintain the desired shape and length, however the daily maintenance is minimal! Keep a little bit of extra length in the front, and taper your hair at the nape of your neck for a look that is chic and stylish.

What Are The Best Low-Maintenance Hairstyles?

Not ready for the commitment of a haircut? No problem. There are plenty of low-maintenance hairstyles that will also help you spend less time doing your hair and more time living your busy life.

Low-Maintenance Style #1: Pineapple
The hairstyle fondly known as the “pineapple” is really just the curly girl’s high ponytail, but what sets it apart is beautifully defined curls. If you’re wondering how do I bring out my natural curls?, use the Coco Creme Curl Shaping Cream Gel With Coconut Oil to moisturize your hair and provide a soft hold to define your curls. Then pull your hair to the crown of your head with a large ponytail holder or scrunchie.

Low-Maintenance Style #2: Wash ‘n’ Go Curls
Now, before you initially jump to the conclusion that wash ‘n’ go curls can’t be a low-maintenance hairstyle, consider that when you embrace your natural texture (frizz included), this style will only need manipulating on your wash days. It’s also a favorite amongst short curly hairstyles, as you can rock it no matter your length. After washing your hair, conditioning it, and using the LOC method, you can simply pineapple your hair overnight and refresh your hair each morning with Hair Milk Refresher Spray.

Low-Maintenance Style #3: Crown Braid
Just because you have low-maintenance hair, that doesn’t mean it can't be chic. This romantic hairstyle is always a great option when you want a classic, elevated look without having to worry about constantly manipulating your hair. If you have general braiding skills, you can accomplish this style on your own by starting on blow dried hair.

Use Monoi Repair + Protect Multi-Styling Milk to protect your hair as you blow dry, and then part it down the middle and start a dutch braid at the nape of your neck on one side. To start your Dutch braid, simply create an inverted French braid in which strands are crossed under each other instead of over. Continue over your ear and around your forehead until you reach the other side. Finish braiding to the end of your hair and secure it with a bobby pin.

Low-Maintenance Style #4: Cornrows
There’s a reason why cornrows never go out of style. Whether you want six to eight medium-sized cornrows or several micro cornrows, the versatility and flexibility of this style is endless. This is the perfect time to prioritize your scalp health by applying a nourishing scalp oil every few days. It will also give your cornrows added shine.

Low-Maintenance Style #5: Mini Twists
Everyone loves a good twist out, but you can keep your hair healthy and growing with mini twists. Before you part your hair in small sections for you to twist, keep it hydrated with Hair Milk 4-in-1 Combing Creme. These twists are the epitome of low-maintenance hair and can help you wake up each day with one less thing to do.

Low-Maintenance Style #6: Twisted Updo
After creating mini twists, there are plenty of styling options to choose from, including a twisted updo. This style can read as professional, classic, or fashion-forward, and only takes a few bobby pins to achieve.

Low-Maintenance Style #7: Sleek Low Bun
Simple, chic, and timeless, a sleek low bun is always a good look. You can secure it with a scarf each night to make the style last multiple days in a row—just be sure to remove your elastic to avoid breakage. To extend the length of your style and keep frizz at bay, use Black Vanilla Edge Control Smoother.

Low-Maintenance Style #8: Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are a great option for low-maintenance curly hair of all textures. Part your hair into sections, as if you were to create long box braids, and apply Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner. Finally, twist and roll each knot neatly and tuck the ends of your hair to secure. Best of all, this look sets your hair nicely in defined curls when you’re ready to take them down.

Low-Maintenance Style #9: Flexi Rods
Often overlooked, flexi rods are a flattering, feminine way to have low-maintenance curly hair regardless of length. Choose a size according to your desired curl width and set your hair with Pracaxi Nectar Style & Hold Foam. To avoid frizz, make sure your hair is completely dry before gently unraveling the curls.

Low-Maintenance Style #10: Flat Twists
Flat twists make great twist outs, but they can also serve as a beautiful curly hairstyle for low-maintenance hair. You can make them more unique by doing a fun zig zag part or adding hair jewelry to your twists. To condition your hair and provide hold, twist with Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Styling Pudding.

Low-Maintenance Style #11: Crochet Braids
One of the ways to add extensions with minimal tension is crochet braids. Simply cornrow your hair and latch hook your crochet hair of choice into the braids to create your look. Since this style can last a very long time, be sure to wear it no longer than six to eight weeks to give your natural hair some TLC. After you take the crochet braids out, cleanse and fortify your hair with Goddess Strength Fortifying Shampoo With Castor Oil.

Low-Maintenance Style #12: Space Buns
This fun style brings out your inner child while also being super low-tension and perfect for low-maintenance curly hair. Part your hair down the middle and create two high buns. To add extra style, strategically leave a few curls framing your face and add Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen for extra moisture and shine.

For more hairstyle inspiration, check out 32 Easy & Chic Hairstyles For Natural Hair

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