65 Beautiful Hairstyles for Black Women Perfect for Any Occasion

It’s time for a new look, don’t you think? Of course, you do! You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want to play around with a new style. Anytime you’re choosing a new hairstyle, there is good news and bad news. Good news? Black women’s hair is so versatile and there are many hairstyles for Black women. The bad news? It can sometimes be difficult to choose the style perfect for you. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Check out this gallery containing a whopping 65 (!) of the best hairstyles for Black women to get inspiration from before you make your choice.

1. Box Braids

woman with long box brais in a pink balayage color
Consider a pop of pink! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

For a set-it-and-go style, try box braids. They give you the freedom to transform your look with ease. Tie them up into a large bun at the office, then let them loose for after-work fun! Get the 411 on this style.

2. Sleek Bob

Colored Bob
Try a trendy color like silver! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

If you’re looking for edgy, a sleek bob is definitely the way to go. This sophisticated style pairs with any occasion and is easy to maintain. You can even get creative by adding a pop of color.

3. Gorgeous Goddess Braid

side view of a woman with a halo goddess braid hairstyle
We love a goddess braid. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

It’s time to wear the crown you deserve! Rocking a goddess braid will make you feel like the queen you are while protecting your hair from the elements and wearing one of the best hairstyles for Black women.

When styling natural hair, it’s super important to keep your tresses extra hydrated. Try giving your hair a spritz of TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Leave-In Hydrating Mist before and after styling for an extra moisture boost.

4. Bantu Knots

side profile of a black woman with a bantu knots hairstyle
Bantu knots are one of our favorite hairstyles for black women!

Got 5 minutes? Then you have time to create beautiful Bantu knots. This style originated in African culture and now can be seen everywhere from the runway to special events. The hardest part will be determining how many to create. Once you’ve worn them for a couple of days, let them down for a curly Bantu knot out.

5. Big Afro

Black woman with a big afro
Amp up the volume. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

A big afro commands big attention! It’s a carefree, quick hairstyle for black women that exudes confidence and is easy to shape. Check out these other afro styles.

6. Jumbo Braids

close up view of a black woman with jumbo braids hairstyle and hair rings
Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Swing around the jumbo braids you always dreamed of with this look. This is definitely one of our favorite hairstyles as it gives laid back and relaxed vibes.

7. Braided Twists

black woman with a braided twists natural hairstyle
We love how simple yet chic this style is!

Sometimes you need a little extra hair security. You’ll find that with braided twists. They start with braids at the root but end in beautifully wrapped twists. The braids allow the style to handle more daily styling. Since they are so versatile, you can wear them up or down.

8. TWA Hairstyle

black woman with a twa hairstyle
The TWA is a classic! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

There are so many fun things you can do with a TWA (teeny weeny afro). If you’re on the go, let your style take a natural shape. Let your hair show its personality by keeping your hands out of it as much as possible.

9. Senegalese Twists

side view of a woman with a senegalese twists hairstyle
Wrap your braids up.

Switch up your look with Senegalese twists. While they can take up to six hours to install, they are well worth the wait. You’ll be able to create endless styles that will take you from day to night.

10. Short Natural Hairstyle

black woman with short natural curly hairstyle in an auburn color
Try a shorter style! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

It’s fun to dream of long, flowing hair but who says that’s the only place where the fun is? The real fun is styling short natural hair by transforming it into whatever you like. Try a puff in the back and funky bangs for one of the best hairstyles for Black women.

11. Long Cornrows

back view of a black woman with long blonde cornrows
There’s nothing like a long blonde style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Once you get them, you’ll never want to stop swinging them! We don’t blame you. Long cornrows are easy to install and fun to pair with your favorite outfits. You can also try switching things up with different colored hair, helping to add an extra pop to your style.

12. Razor Pixie Haircut

razor pixie hairstyle on black woman
Short and sweet. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Low cut styles like this razor pixie equal low maintenance! It’s a great style if you’re in the middle of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair or simply want to highlight one of your greatest features: your face.

12. Razor Pixie Haircut

black woman with a long faux loc hairstyle
Try this low-commitment style.

Want the loc look without the full commitment? Faux locs are the way to go. Oh, we forgot to mention that they are the perfect protective style if you’re looking to give your hair a break from daily styling.

14. Short Curls

black woman with a short curly natural hairstyle
Short and sweet. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

The right cut can truly help you show off your beautiful curls. With a little bit of practice and the right products, you’ll become a pro at defining your short curls to really make them pop.

When leaving your hair out and proud, don’t forget to appropriately prep your strands. To keep your hair nourished and looking healthy, try applying Love Beauty and Planet Lavender & Argan Natural Oils Infusion to the ends of your mane.

This rich oil blend is infused with golden Argan Oil and French lavender, and it’s also paraben-free, silicone-free & formulated without phthalates! Nothing not to love.

15. Mohawk

mohawk style with hair pins on a black woman
Try something a little different! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Nothing says fierce like a mohawk full of natural curls! This fun and simple style can be dressed up with hair accessories like clips and pins.

16. Feed-In Braids

black woman with feed in braids hairstyle
Try this classic style.

Feed-in braids are one of the just many types of braids you can style in your own way. You can tell you’ve got feed in braids when your cornrows are accompanied by smaller ones.

17. Yarn Braids

brown yarn braids on a black woman
We love all the texture you get with yarn braids.

One of the most unique braiding techniques involves yarn. It’s great for protecting the hair from the elements and appears natural. Since acrylic yarn is so inexpensive and accessible, you should have no problems finding a variety of colors.

18. Mohawk Braids

black woman with a blue and green mohawk braids hairstyle
Consider a multi-colored style! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Ok, so you’ve decided to shave off the sides of your hair. So what? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy styles like braids. Turn your mohawk into a braided style in just a few hours. Feel free to dress it up a bit with colored extensions.

19. Updo

black woman with a natural hair updo style and hair rings
How chic is this updo? Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

If your hair is causing you to wake up hours earlier just to get the perfect style, let us introduce you to the updo. It’s nearly a set-it-and-forget-it style brought up off the shoulders. The exciting part is, it can be whatever you’d like. Updos can feature ponytails, twists, braids and more. Let your creativity flow!

20. Micro Braids

woman with a white and purple micro braids hairstyle
This pop of purple is everything!

We know. Micro braids do take a very long time to install, but we think the perks are worth the wait! The versatility of micro braids is unmatched and makes them one of the best hairstyles for Black women. Need ideas? You can wear ponytails, curl them with rollers, crimp them, rock space buns and more.

21. Nubian Twists

black woman with short brown Nubian twists hairstyle
This is classic beautiful yet low maintenance style!

Looking for a style that lasts? Nubian twists are your answer! This protective style can last six to eight weeks with very little upkeep. Nubian twists can also be styled in a variety of ways to match your daily mood.

22. Shaved Hair

back view of a black woman with a shaved hairstyle
Edgy and cool. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Let’s be real. Shaving your hair takes a ton of confidence. If you got it, flaunt it! With shaved hair, you’ll want to make sure to keep the cut maintained, but there is no combing required. How refreshing! Check out these other short natural haircuts.

23. Balayage Blends

black woman with a blonde and brown balayage natural hairstyle
Try this caramel-colored blend of colors.

If you want to experiment with color but aren’t looking for a drastic change, balayage is the way to go. There are endless hues to choose from like a light amber balayage, auburn balayage or honey blonde balayage. The choice is up to you!

24. Asymmetrical Bob

asymmetrical bob hairstyle on black woman
This style is perfect if you’re looking for something a little different!

Give your bob an upgrade with this asymmetrical cut. This style involves wearing a bob that is shorter on one side than the other.

25. Ghana Braids

side view of a woman with a ghana braids hairstyle
We love this classic style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Give your cornrows an upgrade with Ghana braids. They are often called “straight-backs” as the hair is braided from the front to the back of the head. Try jumbo braids or a combination of large and small braids for a complete look.

26. Bold Bangs

black woman with natural hair bangs
Make a major statement. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Frame your face with the perfect bangs. Curly, straight or wavy, bangs are an easy way to add a little extra oomph to your overall look.

27. Sleek Ponytail

long smooth ponytail on a black woman
Long and sleek!

Nothing says classic like a sleek ponytail. It’s a simple go-to when you’ve got little time to style your hair before heading out the door. Try changing the position of your ponytail (high, low, side) for different looks.

Keep your strands sleek and shiny with the help of Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream. This cream not only helps to give you up to 24-hour frizz prevention but your hair will be left lusciously glossy too!

28. Natural Hair Bun

black woman with a natural hair bun hairstyle
Try this versatile look.

There are so many occasions that call for a natural hair bun. Think about the gym, office or even a simple casual Friday. Wear a high bun for fashion and a low bun for comfort.

29. Long Hair with Layers

long hair with layers on a black woman
Wear it long and layered.

Let your hair flow with long layers that drape down your back. Take this style to work or pull it back for a quick workout.

30. Ombre Locs

black woman with short ombre dreadlocks
Try this ombré transitional style.

Step up your locs game with a splash of color on the end. Ombre locs are in right now and can add depth to your overall appearance. Go wild with bold colors like pink, purple or whatever fits your fancy.

31. Afro Puff

black woman with a natural hair puff hairstyle
The more volume, the better! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Just as the ponytail is a classic, the afro puff stands closely behind. Show off your true texture with this gorgeous puff that requires no heat styling. Not to mention, it adds tons of volume to super curly hair.

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32. Black and Blonde Locs

woman with long black and grey dreadlocks
Try this unique blend of colors.

Transform your everyday locs into a trendy look. This involves adding blonde hair when creating faux locs or coloring the tips of your own black locs.

33. Short Twist out

black woman with a short natural hair twist out
This short style is sweet and simple!

Twist outs can bring out the best in your hair. They leave you with texture that lasts for days. The key to a great twist out? Leave your two-strand twists in for days at a time before unraveling.

34. Straight Hair

long straight hairstyle on black woman
Wear your strands shiny and straight.

Show off your shiny hair with this straight style. Use your flat iron to straighten small sections that will result in a sleek and polished look.

35. Short Curls

short curly blonde hair on black woman
Try a bleach blonde hue for a bold statement.

Contrary to belief, there are loads of cute styles you can do with short curls. Pin them to the side with bobby pins, add sparkling hair accessories or add curl defining products for an extra pop.

36. Marcel Waves

black woman with a silver marcel waves hairstyle
How beautiful is this silver hair color? Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Let’s take it way back to the 1920s and 1930s. Marcel waves, also known as finger waves, continue to make a comeback. You can rock these waves today and still receive compliments on this timeless look.

37. Tight Curls

black women with a kinky curls hairstyle
These kcurls are short and cute! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Show off your tight curl pattern in a variety of styles. While textured hair does require a watchful eye, as the curls are more fragile, they can be styled in a variety of ways. Our favorite style is to let them loose!

38. Shoulder Length Bob

sleek shoulder length bob hairstyle with blue and green highlights
We love this super edgy length.

If you see a haircut in your future, you will no doubt want to go with a shoulder-length bob. Flex your creative muscles by adding in a pop of color (or two).

39. Goddess Braids

goddess braids hairstyle with accessories
We love all the details in this intricate style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

If the halo goddess braid didn’t fit your fancy, maybe more is what you need. Goddess braids are eye-catching and an easy way to keep heat away from your hair for healthy tresses long-term.

40. Big Curls

balck woman with big curly natural hair and a gold hair accessory
Go big or go home! Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

The bigger the curls, the better time you’ll have! Dress up your big curls with hair accessories like crowns, hair clips, beads and more.

41. Long Blonde Hair

long blonde hairstyle in loose waves on a black woman
This pop of blonde hair color is everything. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

You were meant to stand out from the crowd! Do so by rocking blonde in its full length. This sleek style is the perfect hue to complement your skin tone.

42. Undercut

black woman with an undercut hairstyle and dreadlocks with hair clasps
Blend two trendy styles.

An undercut takes shaved sides to the edge of time. Not only are the sides shaved, the entire back of the hair is also shaved.

43. Faux Hawk

faux hawk hairstyle with side braids
Fake it till you make it. Photo credit: @studio91nhs

No shaved sides required for this bold look. Use inverted braids and long winding curls to create a show-stopping look.

44. Half Up, Half Down

half up half down hairstyle for black women
Try a half-up half-down style. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

This style you may have worn as a child has gotten a makeover! Style your hair in a top knot (complete with hair accessories) and let the back just flow. It’s an easy style that stays put all day.

45. Shaggy Bob

shaggy bob on a black woman
Embrace the shaggy hair trend.

Who says all bobs have to be straight? Show off your texture with a shaggy bob that’s mostly effortless to style.

46. Opal Hair

black woman with a wrap braid in pastel and blonde colors
We can’t get enough of these pastel hues. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Can’t decide on one hair color? No problem. There is no doubt that opal hair leaves a mighty impression. It’s the hair color everyone will be talking about for days and a great way to show off your personality.

47. Twisted Braids

black woman with long twisted braids flicking them with her hand
We love the length on these twisted braids.

Let your twists hang as long as you want. Twisted braids can be worn in every which way. This makes them good if you like to change things up often.

48. Simple Cornrows

woman with blonde cornrows texting on her phone
Keep it simple.

Call them what you want, but let’s go by the simple term of cornrows. Sometimes referred to as boxer braids or reverse French braids, cornrows are a style braided to the back of the head that originated in Africa. While cornrows can be done on wet hair, style on blow-dried hair for a full look.

49. Wedge Cut

short wedge haircut on black woman
This cut is edgy and effortlessly cool.

Get a fresh start with a chic wedge cut. Add some texture to this flirty look with curl-defining products.

50. Chin Length

straight chin length hair on black woman
This straight bob is the epitome of edgy. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Add a happy dose of fearless fun to your hair with a chin-length cut. It will frame your face perfectly and bring a bit of attitude thanks to the precise trim.

51. Side Swept Layers

black woman with side swept long layers hairstyle
Go heavy on the volume. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Volume? Check. Layers? Check. Side Swept Bangs? Check. This style has everything you could practically want all in one. Create large curls and enhance your layers with hot rollers or a large curling wand.

52. Pompadour

sleek pompadour hairstyle on black woman with a ponytail
Go heavy on the volume in the front.

Once you give this hump a try, you’ll never look back. This style adds tons of volume to the top of your head, and may be perfect for those with fine or thinner textures. Pair it with a ponytail or bun for added glam.

53. Corkscrew Curls

corkscrew curls natural hairstyle
These classic corkscrew curls are so beautiful.

With the right shape and products, your corkscrew curls will be ready to be unleashed to the world. This is a common style for those embracing their natural hair texture.

54. Smooth Ponytail

woman with a long smooth ponytail black hairstyle
Smooth it out.

Break out the gel and your favorite brush because its time to get your ponytail as smooth as can be! Smooth ponytails create a polished look while taming your edges.

55. Big Bun

side view of a black woman with a big curly bun hairstyle
Pull your curls up into a high bun.

Protect your hair from harsh weather conditions and give yourself a break from rigorous styling by wearing a big bun. Style your bun by pulling loose pieces to add texture and depth.

56. Short Bob with Side Swept Bangs

black woman with a brown bob hairstyle with side swept bangs
These side-swept bangs are so sweet.

Short bobs are convenient because they don’t require tons of upkeep. This cut-above-the-shoulder style can be set into place with your favorite hair spray.

57. Long Waves

black woman with burgendy long waves protective hairstyle
These long waves are so beautiful. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

These long waves are perfect to wear no matter the season and they are a great protective style. Keep your loose waves defined with a light spray or leave-in conditioner.

58. Loose Waves

short loose waves black hairstyle
These loose waves are everything!

Sport this beachy look long after you’ve left the sand. Loose waves add texture and volume to your tresses for one of the best hairstyles for Black women.

59. Cropped Cornrow Bob

short cornrow bob black hairstyle
Cropped and cute.

The cropped cornrow bob is back and better than ever. It could be seen in the 80s and 90s and has found its way into future decades. Spice up one of the best hairstyles for black women with shaved sides, colorful extensions, beads, and braid cuffs.

60. Braided Bun

braided bun black hairstyle with hair cuffs
This style is regal and so beautiful.

Get the best of both worlds by sporting a braided bun. It’s perfect if you want the glam but don’t want to deal with daily upkeep.

61. Half-Up High Ponytail

black woman with high ponytail
Try this cute and flirty look. Photo credit: Shaquille Dunbar

Worn for decades, this style is timeless. Choose to wear it sleek or curly, with a ball gown or jeans, it always fits the occasion.

62. Cropped Curls

cropped blonde curls on black woman
Wear your curls cropped.

Fresh cut, fresh you! Cropped curls were practically made for our wash and go queens. The best cropped curls are achieved by allowing your hair to dry without touching it.

63. Double Braids

double braids hairstyle
Double up on your braids.

For a quick but impactful way to style your hair, opt for double braids worn in pigtails. Sweet and simple, there’s nothing not to love about one of the best hairstyles for black women.

64. Braided Ponytail

black woman with box braids in a neat ponytail
Wear your braids low and sleek.

Keep things sleek and neat with a braided ponytail, which will not only give you a beautiful style but you’ll also have a look at won’t get in your way – so you’re free to be a boss lady all day!

65. Big Cornrows

low bun hairstyle
We love how neat and sleek this low bun looks.

Do it like a real Fashion Week girl and rock big cornrows, gathered at the back into a neat low bun.

And there you have it, our rundown of the best hairstyles for Black women. How many of these styles will you be trying?

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