5 Cool Short Natural Hairstyles We’re Loving So Far at NYFW SS 2017

Eunice Lucero | 09 September 2016

The hair trends are fierce for Fashion Week!

If you’re all about staying ahead of the beauty curve, then you’re probably all over the resurgence of short natural hairstyles peppering the runways for New York Fashion Week. Indeed, fall has barely started, which, in fashionspeak, means we’ll be seeing the trends that will dominate the scene six months from now—next spring, to be exact. What this means for us? We get a sneak peek into, well, the future!

Specifically speaking, NYFW is the most accurate forecast we have as to what looks will be the most buzzworthy in the weeks and months to come. And for this season, a hotter topic than the progressive multiracial open castings is the looks themselves: Natural-textured hair, groomed yet relaxed, in cuts and colors that go perfectly with warm, laid-back weather.

Read on for a few of our favorite short natural looks from NYFW (so far):

5 Cool Short Natural Hairstyles We’re Seeing On the NYFW SS17 Runways

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The close crop is confident and chic. Photo courtesy of Alyssa François

1. Close Crop

The close crop is a perennial go-to amongst various short natural hairstyles. It displays your enviable texture, but in a cool, confident length that’s ideal for warmer weather. It’s also the easiest way to wear curly or kinky hair, as there’s little to no risk of tangles. Frizz is also kept to a minimum because of its length, and its usually nothing a few spritzes of a lightweight leave-in conditioner, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Leave-In Conditioning Foam, can’t fix.

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The TWA is a super-cute short look to try that also showcases your natural texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. TWA

For those who want to wear out their curly hair but still keep a somewhat abbreviated shape, the TWA, or Teeny Weeny Afro, is your best bet. This look maintains the overall short feel of a close crop but boasts a bit of volume on the crown and sides. The back is usually slightly tapered for more structure—this gives a more modern twist to the hairdo as well. A hair oil also helps keep your baby ’fro from halo frizz and any unwanted cowlicks.

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A modern take on the Marcel wave: Create structure with a gel, and rock an undercut. Photo credit: Dvora

3. Marcel Wave

Shiny, uniform waves characterize this vintage hairstyle that first blew up in the 1920s. It’s seeing a renaissance, we presume, from its romantic aesthetic matched with an ease of wear: Natural curly hair can usually do away with a curling iron when recreating this look, and only need to be consistent with some brushing and wave-enhancing cream, such as TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream. Achieving the look entails brushing hair in a technique akin to getting 360 waves; otherwise, longer lengths can be styled with a curling iron to create some wavy structure.

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Warm blonde highlights can elevate a look and warm up your features.

4. Afro with highlights

The famous Afro hairstyle, which is never not in vogue, gets a seasonal refresh with some fresh, warm blonde highlights. Highlights are a quick and easy way to give new dimension to one-note short natural hairstyles without going overboard with color. It’s also a way to gracefully warm up your features without going to extreme measures—you’d be surprised how a few honey-blonde highlights can brighten up your countenance. A curl defining cream, such as Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound, helps keep your highlighted ringlets looking fresh and shiny.

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Dutch pigtails or boxer braids are a nifty updo of choice for shorter natural hair. Photo credit: Dvora

5. Dutch Braids

Dutch braids or cornrows are equally striking as either a short or long-haired ’do. Provided you have enough length to weave a snug plait—around 5 to 6 inches—it’s fairly easy to achieve and is one of the hottest short natural hairstyles making the rounds for the past few seasons. Partly due to its striking look and feel, and also because it’s just, well, a really neat, practical warm-weather hairdo, Dutch pigtails are definitely a crowdpleaser and is one look that’s worth taking the time to learn (even for future reference—we’re predicting braids aren’t going anywhere anytime soon). An anti-frizz hairspray, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Frizz Defy Finishing Mist, helps keep flyaways at bay when the mercury turns up.

Want to stay ahead of the pack? Check out our other fall forecasts here.