If you have short natural hair you might be looking for some easy styles that you can do yourself at home, which also happens to help you to upgrade your style. Styles like this can include anything from the afro to embracing your natural curls to showing off bangs and a bob. Whether you’re seeing a completely new cut or need new easy styles for short natural hair, we’ve rounded up inspiration for you before you make the big chop. It never hurts to come prepared with a few Inso pics to your appointment.
Keep scrolling to check out short hairstyles for Black women and learn some new hairstyles along the way.
Short Hairstyles for Black Women
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
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
If your hair is a bit longer, you can go for the mini ponytail. 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
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 Suave Frizz Reducing Refresher Spray throughout your hair to give locks a quick boost.
4. Tiny Coils
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
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
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 a wet, glossy look.
7. Taper Fade with Natural Curls
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
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
Another popular protective style, the short twists allow your hair to stay hydrated and healthy while also showing off your texture.
10. Layered 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
Ideal for the hotter months, the short tapered cut will keep you feeling and looking cool.
12. Bob with Bangs
Whoever said girls with curly hair can’t wear bangs was wrong! This bob with bangs style is full of personality. Plus, the fringe adds more interest to the cut.
13. Blonde Pixie Cut
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! To keep your blonde color looking vibrant, use SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Strength & Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner.
14. Voluminous Pixie Cut
Get the best of both worlds with this voluminous pixie. Show off your curls while keeping your length cropped.
15. Temple Shave Pixie
There is something undeniably cool and badass about the temple shave. A shaved look is the perfect way to show off a unique style without doing anything super dramatic.
16. Straight Layered Pixie
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
We love this short-layered option because of how easily you can sweep it to the side! The side-swept look adds more movement to your style too!
18. Side-Parted Style with Curls
Amp up the drama with an intense side part. Give your curls some extra definition by using SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. We love how this product smooths split ends, nourishes your hair, and adds shine!
19. Side-Parted Pixie
The hard part is the badass addition to your pixie you didn’t know you needed. Make a statement with this short pixie cut in the best way possible.
20. Short Ringlets
Crop your curls for a cute and bouncy style. This style makes taking care of your strands so much easier!
21. Short Copper 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
Wear your curls with mega volume for a perfect ringlet Afro. You can never go wrong showing off your natural volume.
23. Pinned-Up Ringlets
Gather your curls and pin them up for an easy and understated look. This look is perfect when you’re in a rush or just need a quick updo.
This caramel-colored mohawk is one of the coolest styles of the collection. Who says you can’t have fun with short styles?
25. Mini Afro
Embrace your curls and show them off with this mini Afro. This is the perfect way to emphasize your volume while still having a style that’s easy to care for.
26. Half-Up Dreadlocks
This half-up dreadlocks style gives you all the texture and utility at the same time. It’s perfect for any length of hair.
27. Glamorous Bob
Add some instant glam to a classic bob by amping up the gloss factor. You can never have too much shine.
28. Cropped Natural Curls
Crop your curls for a short and sweet style. A hairstyle like this shows off your texture while keeping your hair short enough, which makes it super easy to take care of.
29. Choppy Crop with Bangs
Add some easy texture and dimension to any style with choppy layers. Layered looks are one of the trendiest styles now.
30. Buzz Cut
Shave it all off! Don’t want to deal with lots of hair care products or styling anymore? Opt for a buzz cut!
A classic blowout is ideal for days when you want a polished vibe. Plus, blowouts usually last for a few days, so you’re sure to have multiple amazing hair days in a row.
32. Beach Wave Bob
Add some texture to your strands with this classic beach wave style. This is truly a look that never goes out of style.
33. Short Halo Afro
Go all-in with a beautifully voluminous halo afro. It’s one of our favorite easy styles for short natural hair.
34. Mini Afro
Wear your natural hair in all its glory while maintaining a relatively short style by opting for a mini afro!
35. Asymmetrical Haircut
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
Give your hair some tousled texture! Try out these loose vintage-inspired finger waves for a unique twist on textures strands.
37. Modern Waves
Modern waves are a great more structured alternative to classic tousled texture!
38. Wavy Dreadlocks
Give your locs some extra texture by opting for a wavy style. This is such a fun way to change up your regular locs style.
39. Pineapple Hair
Gather all your curls up into a classic pineapple style! This is a protective style you can never go wrong with.
40. Pretty Pixie Easy Styles for Short Natural Hair
This pretty pixie is short and sweet! This cropped cut involves low maintenance and is easy to care for.
Are you thinking about trying one of these styles? Be sure to snap a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!