There are plenty of short hairstyles for black women that work for various occasions. Short hair is perfect for any season. There’s something about the ease of styling shorter hair that not only frees up your time but also makes a statement about the effortlessness of your look.
1. Closely Shaven Hair
One way to showcase your favorite shade of lipstick for the fall is to go short enough on your hair to let the rest of your look do the talking. Closely shaven short hairstyles for black women somehow succeeds at making a statement while still letting the rest of your look take center stage. Closely cropped natural curls? Even better.
2. Halo Afro
A little extra volume never hurt anyone. Now that the cooler months are approaching and we’re saying goodbye to the humidity, letting your natural hair grow out a little is no longer a recipe for disaster. A few pumps of Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Leave-In Smoothie Cream is perfect for taming unwanted frizz. Bonus: It leaves your hair smelling amazing.
3. Mini Afro
This black short hair look is the three-months-down-the-line sister of the closely shaven haircut featured above. Just as chic but a little softer, it’s the haircut-free change of pace you might be craving a few months later. A drop or two of Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil is the best way to tame any frizzy ends.
4. Asymmetrical Haircut
By far the most daring and bold short black hairstyles of all of these options, the asymmetrical haircut is the edgy way to rock a classy short hairstyle. Styling it takes nothing more than wrapping a few strands around your curling iron and a dab or two of gel to keep things locked in place.
5. Pretty Pixie
A sophisticated yet bouncy pixie is a cool, understated way to peacock your recently-relaxed strands. Ask for some longer layers in the front so you can sweep them to the side while backcombing the crown, creating a cute, mini-beehive effect.
6. Cropped Pixie
Those who aren’t afraid of showing off stunning features shouldn’t shy away from a close-cropped pixie cut. Whether your strands are fully relaxed or retain some texture, the most enticing length is one that tapers at your neck.
7. Neat and Natural, a.k.a. the TWA (“Teeny Weeny Afro”)
If you’re a gal who wants to K.I.S.S.—keep it short and sweet—a cropped length of your natural tresses gets your point across. This look is particularly flattering for the low-maintenance yet ambitious #girlboss who loves her natural texture but also wants something simpler and more manageable than a full-on ’fro.
8. Ringlet Bob
Don’t shy away from ringlets with your texture and embrace those rollers. Ask your stylist for a feminine bob near your chin and maybe even some peek-a-boo bangs or highlights to further soften the look. The look is best rocked with low-key, natural bounce and sheen via a moisturizing detangling agent that doesn’t flatten curls, like Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler.
9. Fierce Mini-Pomp
A lob easily becomes a video-vixen-worthy style with some attitude (and mini-hawk hair) up top. Create a small pompadour with your bangs using some non-stick yet 24-hour-hold gel like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, a blow-dryer and comb your hair back.
10. Spiky Pixie
The messier, the prettier—a spiky, choppy pixie puts gorgeous eyes at the forefront and can easily transition from day to night. Short styles like these are susceptible to frizz due to its length, so feel free to play around with anti-frizz products with hold, such as Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream, and highlight your favorite features.
11. Tousled Bob
A playful, layered bob comes to the fore when rendered with some texture. Black women with relaxed or wavy hair work this style best, and all that is needed is a small drop of mousse and a flat iron to create those irresistible vintage waves.
12. Volumized Boy Cut
Full, thick, curly strands have a lot of grip and can hold a lift really well. After washing your hair, dry with a diffuser so your ringlets stay intact. Similar to a long pixie, these have longer lengths at the crown which can be blown back and pumped up, then combed at an angle for a sophisticated take on a cropped ’do. Or, for an even more fun version: ringlets!
13. Short Halo Afro
Short hairstyles for black women like afros are a popular style to try. 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. Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum works to tame frizz while also providing your hair with shine and manageability.
14. 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.
15. Double Dutch Braids
Box braids or double dutch braids are great short hairstyles for black women styles and 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.
16. Wavy Dreadlocks
Shake up more traditional short hairstyles for black women with locs. Dampen your hair with water so the waves can set as it dries or wrap your dreads around a curling wand to create the waves. 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.
17. Pineapple Hair
We love short natural hairstyles like this 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.
18. Braided Ponytail
Add some oomph to boring short hairstyles for black women like ponytails with braided accents. 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.