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 65 – yes, 65 – hairstyles for black women to get inspiration from before you make your choice.

woman with long box brais in a pink balayage color
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

1. Box Braids

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 here.

Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

2. Sleek Bob

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.

side view of a woman with a halo goddess braid hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

3.  Gorgeous Goddess Braid

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.

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

side profile of a black woman with a bantu knots hairstyle

4. Bantu Knots

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.

Black woman with a big afro
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

5. Big Afro

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.

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

6. Jumbo Braids

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.

black woman with a braided twists natural hairstyle

7. Braided Twists

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.

black woman with a twa hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

8. TWA Hairstyle

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.

side view of a woman with a senegalese twists hairstyle

9. Senegalese Twists

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.

black woman with short natural curly hairstyle in an auburn color
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

10. Short Natural Hairstyle

It’s fun to dream of long, flowing hair but who says that’s 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 a complete look.

back view of a black woman with long blonde cornrows
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

11. Long Cornrows

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.

razor pixie hairstyle on black woman
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

12. Razor Pixie Haircut

Low cut styles like this razor pixie equals 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.

black woman with a long faux loc hairstyle

12. Faux Locs

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.

black woman with a short curly natural hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

14. Short Curls

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 some of the Love Beauty & Planet Lavendar & 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.

mohawk style with hair pins on a black woman
By: Shaquille Dunbar

15. Mohawk

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.

black woman with feed in braids hairstyle

16. Feed-In Braids

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.

Next Read

brown yarn braids on a black woman

17. 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.

black woman with a blue and green mohawk braids hairstyle
By: Shaquille Dunbar

18. Mohawk Braids

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.

black woman with a natural hair updo style and hair rings
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

19. Updo

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!

woman with a white and purple micro braids hairstyle

20. Micro Braids

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. Need ideas? You can wear ponytails, curl them with rollers, crimp them, rock space buns and more.

black woman with short brown Nubian twists hairstyle

21. Nubian Twists

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.

back view of a black woman with a shaved hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

22. Shaved Hair

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.

black woman with a blonde and brown balayage natural hairstyle

23. Balayage Blends

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!

asymmetrical bob hairstyle on black woman

24. Asymmetrical Bob

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

side view of a woman with a ghana braids hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

25. Ghana Braids

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.

black woman with natural hair bangs
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

26. Bold Bangs

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

long smooth ponytail on a black woman

27. Sleek Ponytail

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 the 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!

black woman with a natural hair bun hairstyle

28. Natural Hair Bun

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

long hair with layers on a black woman

29. Long Hair with Layers

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.

black woman with short ombre dreadlocks

30. Ombre Locs

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.

black woman with a natural hair puff hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

31. Afro Puff

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.

Next Read

woman with long black and grey dreadlocks

32. Black and Blonde Locs

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.

black woman with a short natural hair twist out

33. Short Twist out

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.

long straight hairstyle on black woman

34. Straight Hair

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.

short curly blonde hair on black woman

35. Short Curls

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.

black woman with a silver marcel waves hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

36. Marcel Waves

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.

black women with a kinky curls hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

37. Kinky Curls

Show off your tight curl pattern in a variety of styles. While kinky 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!

sleek shoulder length bob hairstyle with blue and green highlights

38. Shoulder Length Bob

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).

goddess braids hairstyle with accessories
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

39. Goddess Braids

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.

balck woman with big curly natural hair and a gold hair accessory
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

40. Big Curls

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.

long blonde hairstyle in loose waves on a black woman
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

41. Long Blonde Hair

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.

black woman with an undercut hairstyle and dreadlocks with hair clasps

42. Undercut

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.

faux hawk hairstyle with side braids
Photo credit: @studio91nhs

43. Faux Hawk

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

half up half down hairstyle for black women
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

44. Half Up, Half Down

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.

shaggy bob on a black woman

45. Shaggy Bob

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

black woman with a wrap braid in pastel and blonde colors
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

46. Opal Hair

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.

black woman with long twisted braids flicking them with her hand

47. 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.

woman with blonde cornrows texting on her phone

48. Simple Cornrows

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.

short wedge haircut on black woman

49. Wedge Cut

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

straight chin length hair on black woman
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

50. Chin Length

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.

black woman with side swept long layers hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

51. Side Swept Layers

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.

sleek pompadour hairstyle on black woman with a ponytail

52. Pompadour

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.

corkscrew curls natural hairstyle

53. Corkscrew Curls

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.

woman with a long smooth ponytail black hairstyle

54. Smooth Ponytail

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.

side view of a black woman with a big curly bun hairstyle

55. Big 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.

black woman with a brown bob hairstyle with side swept bangs

56. Short Bob with Side Swept Bangs

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.

black woman with burgendy long waves protective hairstyle
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

57. Long Waves

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.

short loose waves black hairstyle

58. Loose Waves

Sport this beachy look long after you’ve left the sand. Loose waves add texture and volume to your tresses.

short cornrow bob black hairstyle

59. Cropped Cornrow Bob

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 this look with shaved sides, colorful extensions, beads, and braid cuffs.

braided bun black hairstyle with hair cuffs

60. Braided Bun

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.

black woman with high ponytail
Credit: Shaquille Dunbar

63. Half-Up High Ponytail

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.

cropped blonde curls on black woman

62. Cropped Curls

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

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 them.

black woman with box braids in a neat ponytail

64. Braided Ponytail

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

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?


Next Read