Short Hairstyles for Black Women in 2016: 6 Cool Ideas for Work

Allison | 29 October 2016

Work wear or anywhere. 

When it comes to work, we want to look chic, but also don’t really want to deal with our hair all day. We’re always tying it back in a ponytail so we needed to find inspiration for new styles. Short hairstyles for black women 2016 don’t all have to be the same cropped ‘fro! There are so many different ways to wear short natural hair that we just had to put together this list for you. Read on to see our favorite work wear short hairstyles for black women 2016.

Short Hairstyles For Black Women 2016: 6 Favorite Looks

short hairstyles for black women afro
Show off your style with a short ‘fro.

1. Short Halo Afro

Your halo ‘fro doesn’t need to be long! If you are growing out a super short cropped style, or want a more manageable shorter ‘do, try this length. Keep your afro moisturized and shiny by using a serum or a cream. The Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum works to tame frizz while also providing your hair with shine and manageability.

Short Hairstyles For Black Women 2016

2. Modern Waves

We love asymmetrical pixie cuts because they give you so much more room to play. Keeping the top extra long and rocking with an undercut gives this cut extra edge. Style the top into modern Marcel waves for added cool factor. Either use a curling iron to set loose waves or use a gel and shape with your fingers. Use some of the TRESemmé Flawless Curls Defining Gel for setting your hair without the crunch factor.

short hairstyles for black women boxer braids
Boxer braids are a quick but cool look for shorter natural hair. Photo credit: Dvora

3. Double Dutch Braids

Box braids or double dutch braids are a great way to keep your shorter, natural hair, tied back in style. All you need to do is part your hair down the middle and braid back each side. Dutch braids and boxer braids use the same technique as a three-strand cornrow braid. Instead of braiding on top, braid underneath. Secure at the bottom with a tiny hair tie.

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

4. Wavy Dreadlocks

To shake up a more traditional style, add some waves to your locs. Dampen your hair with water so the waves can set as it dries. Taking either three or six dreadlocks do a simple three strand braid all the way down and secure with a hair tie. Repeat this until all of your locs have been braided. Once they dry unbraid for perfect waves.

Short Hairstyles For Black Women in 2016

5. Pineapple Hair

We love this look for getting your hair off your neck and showing off your crazy gorgeous curls! Pineapple hair is a favorite style because you can wear it as is or accessorize for more fun. Tie a bandana to make a headband for a retro look. Follow this tutorial to re-create this pineapple updo at home.

short hairstyles for black women dutch cornrows ponytail
Sweep back your hair in style with this braided pony.

6. Braided Ponytail

Add some oomph to a boring ponytail with braided accents. Start by applying some of the Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-In-Oil to add moisture and shine to your hair. Separate the front section of your hair with a part down the middle. Just dutch braid each section all the way back and secure with a hair tie. Gather the rest of your hair and tie back into a ponytail.

Need more inspirational short hairstyles for black women 2016? Check out our four favorite cuts!

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