Inspiring black hair styles for every length

Jeanette | 09 June 2016

Here are the best ‘dos for your beautiful black locks…

Trawling through the Internet for black hair styles can be fun and inspiring, but if we’re being really honest, sometimes we just want a one-stop site where we can find all the best ‘dos for our hair type. Which is why the All Things Hair team have decided to take some of the stress away by putting together a gallery chock-full of pretty and practical black hair styles for all hair lengths.

Whether you have a cute Lupita-like ‘fro, a curly halo à la Lion Babe or straighter tresses like Kerry Washington, there’s definitely something inspiring for you in our list!

Black hair styles for every hair length


Short black hair styles

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TWA. Credit:


Here at All Things Hair, we believe in celebrating your hair, regardless of its length. That’s why we love the cute and practical TWA (teeny-weeny afro). Still need convincing? Just look at Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis.

The quiff. Credit:


The quiff is a great black hair style that is ideal if you’re looking for something a bit edgier than the TWA or a bob. So, whether you have relaxed or natural hair, just embrace your inner rock star!

Tip: Use some Toni&Guy Creative Stick It Up Gum (£7.49*) to help give your quiff height and staying power.

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Classic pixie. Credit:


Looking for a new hair style for your relaxed tresses? Why not consider a pretty pixie? While Halle Berry has always been a devote of the cut, newcomers like Jennifer Hudson and Nia Long are currently driving the popularity of the style.

The bob. Credit:


This look is ideal for both relaxed and curly natural hair. Ever since Beyoncé was spotted wearing a wob (wavy bob), we’ve been green with envy! Are you worried that it might not be a very versatile cut? You needn’t be. Our curly bob hairstyles article will convince you otherwise.

Medium-length black hair styles

Space buns. Credit: Dvora

Space buns

Time to relive the ‘90s with these cute mini buns. There are many reasons to love this hair style: it’s pretty, super easy to create and a fantastic protective look – which is great news for naturalistas!

Halo braid. Credit: Dvora

Halo braid

This pretty and romantic braid is ideal for medium-length hair and looks great at both formal and causal events. We bet that, once you’ve mastered the look, it’ll become your signature hair style for summer parties, weddings or brunches with the girls!

The pineapple. Credit: Dvora

The pineapple

Curly-haired ladies will be well-versed with this updo. The best part about this look? It’s a foolproof way to keep your mane safe and out of your face. Just gather your locks and put them into a high ponytail before securing with a hair tie.

The frohawk. Credit: Dvora


Has the idea of experimenting with a mohawk always caught your fancy? Don’t worry, you don’t need to shave or cut any of your hair to achieve this look. Just create 4 ponytails down the middle of your head and fluff out the ends to create your edgy frohawk.

Long black hair styles

Box braids.

Box braids

Pretty, protective and easy to change, we think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love box braids. And did we mention that Solange is also a big fan?

Read our step-by-step guide to find out how to create box braids without extensions.

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Boxer braids. Credit: Indigital

Boxer braids

We love rocking boxer braids (AKA cornrows)! The best thing about this hair style? It’s tough enough to withstand gym, boxfit and pilates sessions. Just remember to spritz your braids with some VO5 Classic Styling Firm Hold Hairspray (£2.99*) to help keep frizz and flyaways at bay.

The pompadour. Credit: Dvora


If you have lots of hair and are feeling pretty confident, then why not give this ‘50s-inspired style a shot! Just make sure you’ve nailed your impression of Janelle Monáe to match this cool retro updo!



Looking for a simple yet effective black hair style? Try out the traditional ponytail. It looks great with long natural hair or relaxed tresses. Just look to Lianne La Havas for inspiration.

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