22 Trendy Short Hairstyles and Haircuts for Black Women

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Are you someone who struggles to find new ‘dos for your short black hair? Well, you’re in luck. We firmly believe that having short tresses needn’t prevent you from rocking some seriously cool styles. After all, why should people with long locks have all the fun?

Whether you’re someone who wants to stand out from the crowd, or just someone who prefers to keep things understated, there are heaps of short hairstyles for black hair that you can try this season. So, regardless if you want an easy to maintain go-to look, or are looking to win yourself some style points, keep reading and discover the chicest looks around!

Sleek and Chic

Short black hair: A model with slicked short hair
Keep it slick and sexy with this hair inspo. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Sleek, wet-look hair was a huge hit this past party season, so it comes as no surprise that it’s carried through into this year.

Slicked Back

Short black hair: A model with slicked short hair
Don’t forget to comb your hair back. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

The secret to achieving this catwalk look IRL is to comb all your hair backwards.

Side Parting

Christina Milian wearing a sleek short hairstyle with side parting
Christina Milian’s sleek pixie. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Alternatively, try a side parting for a modern Victor/Victoria look like Christina Milian.

Gelled Look

Short black hair: A black model with wet-look short hair from the Alexander Wang AW18
Simple and slick. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Once you have brushed or combed your hair back slick your strands with gel. Finally, smooth your mane back with a natural bristle brush, and you’re done!

Editor’s tip: Try using the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel it’s perfect for creating styles that require hold and a slick, wet-look finish.

Sophisticated Bob

Kelly Rowland with sophisticated short, straight bob
Middle partings and bobs are a perfect pairing. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Cool and contemporary your kind of vibe? In that case, turn to Kelly Rowland for your hair inspiration. Ms Rowland really is the queen of this ‘do and proves just how great a simple bob can be!

Short black hair ideas: black model with a straight combed back bob wearing glasses
The sophisticated bob in action. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Now, while there are loads of different ways this can be worn, we happen to think that adding a middle parting makes it look flawlessly symmetrical and sophisticated.

Short black hair ideas: Black model with slick/brushed back bob
Two trends, one look? That’s what we call winner! Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Or why not trying working two trends in one look by slicking back your bob?

Curly Pixie Cut

Short black hair ideas: Model from Pucci SS19 with curly pixie haircut
The curly pixie is one of our favourite short black hair ideas. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Not only is this look totally edgy and on-trend, but it also makes for an ideal way to refresh your short style for the year ahead.

Edgy Pixie

Sibley Scoles with blonde short pixie haircut
Sibley Scoles’ bold and blonde ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Think that the pixie is too ‘pretty and prissy’ for your look? Try a slicking back your pixie or asking your hair stylist for a blunt, boyish cut instead. You’ll ooze edgy, cool-girl vibes.

Textured Crop

Black short hair Jennifer Hudson with a short pixie cut wearing all black
Jennifer Hudson’s pretty pixie. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Did we mention this cut is celeb-proved too? As you can see, Jen really rocks this pretty pixie like a pro, showing us all that braving the chop can pay off big time.


Short black hair: two black women with short twists walking down the street at London Fashion Week
Twists are cool and easy to do when you have short black hair. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Love braids but not a plaiting pro? If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s similar but easier, twists are the answer.

Natural Texture

Short black hair: A black model with a short curly afro at the Brandon Maxwell AW18 catwalk show
Curly and cute. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Why not keep it nice and simple by just proudly rocking your natural hair texture?

Rounded Cut

Short black hair: A black model with a rounded afro/natural hair
Perfectly rounded. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

This short black hair idea is super flattering, because of its complementary rounded shape.

Natural Hair with Bangs

Short black hair: A model with an afro/natural hair with a fringe
Fringes aren’t just for curly hair. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Contrary to belief, fringes aren’t just for those with straight hair. Shaping your afro and teaming it with bangs is great for really showing off the texture of your short black hair.

Shaped Fro

Short black hair: A model with an afro/natural hair with a fringe
Complement your face shape with the perfect afro. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Ask your stylist to work with your natural hair texture and take your face shape into account when it comes to cutting your afro.


Short black hair ideas: A black model with cornrow hairstyle wearing hoop earring
Cornrows are great on almost all hair lengths. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Flat plaits like cornrows are the perfect protective hairstyle for short black hair.

Short black hair ideas: A black model with cornrow hairstyle standing outside
Cornrows are a great protective hairstyle for short black hair. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

And you don’t have to spend your time styling your hair every day as you keep cornrows in for a few days or so!


Short black hair: A black model with a shaved afro at the Brandon Maxwell AW18 catwalk show
Thinking about opting for the big chop? Credit: indigitalimages.com

In our option, a TWA is an effortless hairstyle for naturalistas transitioning that don’t want to deal with two hair textures at once.

Headband TWA

Short black hair: A black model with short afro and black leather headband at the Tom Ford AW18 catwalk show
Style your ‘fro with a cute headband. Credit: indigitalimages.com

We love the idea of jazzing up your TWA with the addition of a fashion-forward headband like this natural-haired beaut, above.

Short Crop

Short black hair: A model with a short afro wearing large statement gold earrings
Short hair and statement earrings are the perfect match. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

The best thing about having a short crop is that you can really show off your accessories and earrings!

Platinum Crop

Short black hair: A black model with a shaved blonde afro
Refresh your TWA with colour. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Want to freshen up your TWA? Colour is a great way to experiment.

Colourful Crop

Short black hair: A black model with a shaved pink afro
Pretty in pink! Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Whether you’re more of a pink person or think that blondes have more fun – the hue options are truly endless!


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