From the red carpet to Instagram, these are the natural hairstyles for short hair we’re living for

Bring out the best in your 'fro!  

Having short natural hair can be a blessing, opening up a world of hot hair possibilities – but that doesn’t stop you from falling into a styling rut. The solution? To break out of it and take a look at these lovely celeb and Insta-approved natural hairstyles for short hair instead!

Whether you’re after something romantic or long-lasting, there’s bound to be a look here you’ll want slay. So, what are you waiting for?

12 fresh natural hairstyles for short hair to copy

close up shot of tracee ellis ross with straightback cornrows fashioned into a low bun
One of our favourite natural hairstyles for short hair? Cornrows! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Cornrow bun

Here’s an easy way to switch up your look when you have short natural hair: plait it into a cute cornrow bun (a la Tracee Ellis Ross). The final look is polished, chic and a great way to keep your hair protected.

Editor’s tip: When it comes to braided natural hairstyles for short hair, a styling cream is a must. Our suggestion? The TRESemmé Biotin+ Repair 7 Primer Creamas it smoothes and nourishes hair while protecting it from breakage.

close up shot of issa rae with short frohawk hairstyle, wearing striped dress and posing on the red carpet
This mini ‘frohawk has goals written all over it! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Accessorised ‘frohawk

If anyone is going to show you how to slay natural hairstyles for short hair, it’s Issa Rae. Here she has fashioned her baby afro into a fierce ‘frohawk, complete with cornrows and corset detailing.

Next read: How to do a natural hair ‘frohawk in five easy steps.

close up shot of logan browning with milkmaid braid, wearing pink dress and posing on the red carpet
Isn’t this romantic? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Milkmaid braid

Logan Browning’s romantic milkmaid braid has scene-stealer written all over it. Whether you’re heading off to a hot date or tucking into some delicious brunch with your girlfriends, this sweet style has totally got you.

If your mane is super short, you can always use braiding extensions to lend you a hand – just watch how our fave vlogger Mini Marley creates this look.

close up shot of lupita nyong'o with high top afro with tapered afro
Elvis hair isn’t just for the gents! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Elvis-inspired cut

We’re a sucker for anything retro and that includes Lupita Nyong’o’s Elvis-inspired cut, which she pulls off with total panache, FYI.

So, if you want to boost your mane game (and have a fierce haircut that’s worthy of Wakanda), this high-top with tapered sides is all you need.

natural hairstyles for short hair: close up shot of solange with blonde afro hairstyle, wearing statement earrings and black outfit, posing on the red carpet
Bold enough to get a new hue? You’ll be rubbing shoulders with Solange. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Dyed natural hair

Platinum blonde locks have been on our radar for months now! So, when we found out that Solange Knowles (AKA our eternal natural hair crush) dyed her short hair this fashion-forward colour, we had to include it.

Next read: 9 lush blonde afro styles that’ll make you wish you had blonde hair.

Editor’s tip: Colourful natural hairstyles for short hair, like this one, require a lot of maintenance. So, make sure to invest in the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditionerwhich will gently cleanse and nourish your mane.

close up shot of yara shahidi with bob braids hairstyle with beads at the end, wearing floral dress and posing in a studio
Getting short box braids is an option! Credit:

6. Bob braids

Love the look of box braids, but prefer shorter lengths? Then let us introduce to your new obsession: bob braids.

When coupled with throwback beads (a la Yara Shahidi), this protective style is quickly taken to fashionable heights. #Slay! Credit: @yarashahidi

close up shot of woman with fluffed out short natural hair, wearing stars in her hair and all pink outfit, posing outside
Simple accessories will make your mane pop! Credit:

7. Fluffed out halo + star accessories

Ready to become a street style star? According to this beauty, you’ll need some star hair accessories. But to really make your curl pattern pop, we suggest you fluff it out with an afro pick to create a beautiful halo of bouncy curls. Credit: @authentically.b

natural hairstyles for short hair: close up shot of woman with short natural hair styled into small bantu knots, wearing sunglasses and big hoop earring, wearing denim and posing outside
If you haven’t tried bantu knots, you will after seeing this! Credit:

8. Bantu knots

We’ve got your festival and party hair covered! Simply watch our bantu knots tutorial and you’ll be ready to keep the event going all night long. Credit: @protectivestyles

natural hairstyles for short hair: shot of woman with bantu knots and short natural hair with flowers in them
Flowers look amazing with natural hair. Credit:

9. Accessorised bantu knots

Are you as obsessed with bantu knots as we are? Then this incredible hairstyle – that’s as sexy as it is sophisticated – is just what you need!

All you have to do is create 4 baby knots near the front of your hairline and add some pretty flowers of your choice to each one, giving an extra romantic touch. Credit: @brialarine

Next read: People are freaking out about these flower hairstyles for afro hair (and you will, too!).

close up shot of a low bun hairstyle, wearing earrings with smart shirt, posing outside
Your work hairstyle doesn’t have to be boring! Credit:

10. Low bun

Let’s face it: you don’t always to look like a ballerina! The solution? To rock a lovely low bun hairstyle, of course.

The best thing is you can add your own personal flair to it with some braids or flat twists like this beauty has done. Credit: @deanafierce

woman with short natural finger waves hairstyle
Betty Boop, is that you?. Credit:

11. Finger waves

Looking for statement-making natural hairstyles for short hair? You’re looking at one! With retro styles on the rise, this elegant ‘do is just what you need to make your mane look picture-perfect. Credit: @indialove

Next read: The retro finger waves hairstyles you need to look at now.

close up shot of woman with head scarf wrapped around her short hair, wearing yellow top and posing outside
Having one of those days where your mane isn’t playing game? Try this. Credit:

12. Scarf updo

If you’re a fan of hair scarves, this is your chance to give them a go. Take inspiration from this beauty, who has stylishly wrapped one around her short hair.

Not only does is this protective style super on-trend, but it is also the perfect fuss-free hairstyle to rock on holiday. Credit: @abigail.martina

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