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
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 Cream, as it smoothes and nourishes hair while protecting it from breakage.
2. Accessorised ‘frohawk
Next read: How to do a natural hair ‘frohawk in five easy steps.
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.
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.
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 Conditioner, which will gently cleanse and nourish your mane.
6. Bob braids
When coupled with throwback beads (a la Yara Shahidi), this protective style is quickly taken to fashionable heights. #Slay! Credit: @yarashahidi
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
8. Bantu knots
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!
Next read: People are freaking out about these flower hairstyles for afro hair (and you will, too!).
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at how to care for natural hair!