40 Stylish Short Hairstyles for Black Women

Check out some of these super short, super cute ringlet styles that you can rock on natural hair.

If you have natural hair you might be looking for some easy styles for short natural hair that can help revive your hair as well as help you to upgrade your style. This can include the afro to embracing your natural curls to cool braided styles. Whatever cut you’re seeking we know you need some inspiration before you make the big chop.

Read on to be inspired by our favorite easy styles for short natural hair! You’ll be surprised to see that short hair is more versatile than you’d think:

1. Mini Blonde ‘Fro

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair
Tiny ‘fros are always chic.

Just because you’re keeping your texture natural doesn’t mean you need to keep your color natural, too. We’re a bit in love with blonde Afros. Going for a short crop means much less time under the bleach, which, trust us is a game-changer.

2. Itty Bitty Ponytail

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair
A cute curly ponytail. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

If your hair is a bit longer, you can go for the mini ponytail, or punytail as we like to call it. Tight curls look extra great in a high ponytail. You can tweak how your curls lay by tugging out individual ringlets.

We also like to balance out the look of short ponytails with hair accessories. It ensures your style is more well-rounded if you can’t always see your ponytail straight on.

3. Perfectly-Defined Curls

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair: Perfectly Defined Curls
The best curls you ever did see. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Can we get a big round of applause for the perfection of these curls? Paired with a center part, these corkscrew curls are incredibly chic. You can achieve this look by following our tutorial for curling your hair with flexi-rods. When you shake out your curls in the morning, you’ll need to revive your curls a bit. We recommend spraying Nexxus Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist throughout your hair to give locks a quick boost.

4. Tiny Coils

How to wear easy styles for short natural hair: tiny coils
Miniature coils to rock on your natural hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

For some serious coils, you’ll need to use those tiny foam rollers you can find in most drugstores. To get this look, seek out the smallest size available. You can set your hair in the same way as the flexi-rods tutorial above, using the much skinnier foam rollers instead. This gives you that cool, coiled and wavy look when you take out the rollers the next morning. Fluff them up and rock that curly ‘do.

5. Bob Cut Dreads

easy styles for short natural hair: dreadlocks
Short dreadlocks are gorgeous.

You don’t need to wear curly short hair if you don’t want to! You can also go for dreadlocks if you want to keep it natural. We love short dreadlocks on women, they’re cute and versatile. Just make sure you keep your little locs hydrated and healthy by applying hair oils to your hair.

6. Super Shiny Pineapple ‘Do

easy styles for short natural hair: curly top
Embrace your curls with this cute style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

We’ve always been big fans of embracing your curls, especially with this wet-look inspired ‘do. To achieve this look on your natural hair, apply TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel throughout your hair. Scrunch the product throughout your curls to achieve the wet, glossy look.

7. Taper Fade with Natural Curls

short hairstyles for black women tape fade with natural curls
Double dip on trends.

Dip into two trends at the same time with this taper fade with natural curls. We love the combination of cropped sides with longer curls on top and the contrast it provides.

8. Short Weave Hairstyle

short hairstyles for black women short weave hairstyle
Consider a shorter cut.

Consider a weave if you want to give your hair a break. If you need to give your strands a rest after heat styling, a weave might be the answer you’re looking for. While many women opt for longer styles, we love the chic sophistication of a shorter length.

9. Short Twists

short hairstyles for black women short twists
This is one of the most low maintenance protective styles.

Another popular protective style, the short twists allow your hair to stay hydrated and healthy while also showing off your texture.

10. Layered Bob

short hairstyles for black women layered bob
This style is a new perspective on a classic bob.

Switch up your perspective and add some choppy layers to a classic bob for an easy and fun change of pace.

11. Extra Short Tapered Cut

short hairstyles for black women extra short tapered cut
Keep it short and cool.

Ideal for the hotter months, the short tapered cut will keep you feeling and looking cool.

12. Bob with Bangs

short hairstyles for black women bob with bangs
We love this length on natural hair.

Whoever said girls with curly hair can’t wear bangs was wrong! This bob with bangs style is full of personality.

13. Blonde Pixie Cut

short hairstyles for black women blonde pixie cut
This icy blonde hue really pops.

Women with darker skin tones can rock icy blonde hair in a particularly striking and unique way. We love the way this cool blonde hue pops!

14. Voluminous Pixie Cut

short hairstyles for black women voluminous pixie
We love a shorter cut with natural curls.

Get the best of both worlds with this voluminous pixie. Show off your curls while keeping your length cropped.

15. Temple Shave Pixie

short hairstyles for black women temple shave pixie
There’s something undeniably cool about a temple shave.

There is something undeniably cool and badass about the temple shave.

16. Straight Layered Pixie

short hairstyles for black women straight layered pixie
Jagged layers work together to create this short layered style.

If you’re looking to lose some length and show off your relaxed style, the straight layered pixie might be your best option.

17. Side-Swept Pixie

short hairstyles for black women sideswept pixie
Swoop your short layers to the side.

We love this short layered option because of how easily you can sweep it to the side!

18. Side-Parted Style with Curls

short hairstyles for black women side parted style with curls
A side part adds more drama to any style.

Amp up the drama with an intense side part.

19. Side Parted Pixie

short hairstyles for black women side parted pixie
Add a hard part to a chic pixie for a look that’s equal parts edgy and chic.

The hard part is the badass addition to your pixie you didn’t know you needed.

20. Short Ringlets

short hairstyles for black women short ringlets
Keep your curls short and bouncy.

Crop your curls for a cute and bouncy style.

21. Short Copper Curls

short hairstyles for black women copper curls
Add a copper sheen to your curls!

Have your stylist highlight select curls in this copper hue to give your hair some new dimension without doing any heavy damage.

22. Ringlet Afro

short hairstyles for black women ringlet afro
You can’t go wrong with a classic ‘fro.

Wear your curls with mega volume for a perfect ringlet Afro.

23. Pinned-Up Ringlets

short hairstyles for black women pinned up curls
Gather your curls and pin them up and out of your face.

Gather your curls and pin them up for an easy and understated look.

24. Mohawk

short hairstyles for black women mohawk
This style is all kinds of edgy and cool.

This caramel-colored mohawk is one of the coolest styles of the collection.

25. Mini Afro

short hairstyles for black women mini afro
Embrace your curls.

Embrace your curls and show them off with this mini Afro.

26. Half-Up Dreadlocks

short hairstyles for black women half up dreadlocks
There’s a half-up style variation for every type and texture.

This half-up dreadlocks style gives you all the texture and utility at the same time.

27. Glamorous Bob

short hairstyles for black women glamorous bob
This glossy bob is all kinds of glamorous.

Add some instant glam to a classic bob by amping up the gloss factor.

28. Cropped Natural Curls

short hairstyles for black women cropped natural curls
Keep ’em cropped and cute.

Crop your curls for a short and sweet style.

29. Choppy Crop with Bangs

short hairstyles for black women choppy crop with bangs
Choppy layers add major texture to any style.

Add some easy texture and dimension to any style with choppy layers.

30. Buzz Cut

short hairstyles for black women buzz cut
Buzz it off for the edgiest style you’ll ever have.

Shave it all off!

31. Blowout

short hairstyles for black women blowout
This polished and proper style gives your hair a whole different vibe.

A classic blowout is ideal for days when you want a polished vibe.

32. Beach Wave Bob

short hairstyles for black women beach wave bob
Give your bob some subtle texture.

Add some texture to your strands with this classic beach wave style.

33. Short Halo Afro

short hairstyles for black women: halo afro
A halo-style afro is a perfect hairstyle to try for fall.

Go all-in with a beautifully voluminous halo afro.

34. Mini Afro

Mini Afro
This is a great way to wear your natural hair that won’t be too overwhelming!

Wear your natural hair in all its glory while maintaining a relatively short style by opting for a mini afro!

35. Asymmetrical Haircut

short hairstyles for black women angled bob
Try a look that’s longer in the front and shorter in the back.

An asymmetrical haircut is perfect for women with thicker hair as it allows you to cut down on some of the bulk!

36. Tousled Bob

short hairstyles for black women: tousled bob
Give yourself some vintage lovin’ with loose finger waves swept to one side. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Give your hair some tousled texture!

37. Modern Waves

short hairstyles for black women
The wavy effect.

Modern waves are a great more structured alternative to classic tousled texture!

38. Wavy Dreadlocks

short hairstyles for black women: wavy dreadlocks
Adding waves to your locs adds lots of volume and style.

Give your locs some extra texture by opting for a wavy style.

39. Pineapple Hair

short hairstyles for black women: pineapple
Chic pineapple pony.

Gather all your curls up into a classic pineapple style!

40. Pretty Pixie

short hairstyles for black women pretty pixie
Keep it cropped and cute.

This pretty pixie is short and sweet!

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