Short Hairstyles for Black Women: 4 Styles We Love

Miriam Herst | 20 September 2016

Looking for a new way to style your natural hair? Check out these awesome trends and ideas for your short hair.

Short hairstyles for black women can fit tons of modern and fun options. Perfect for any season, we love how short hairstyles on natural hair are the chic, yet understated way to cultivate a more mature and fuss-free look. 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. There’s a reason why the “I woke up like this” style is as popular as it is – there’s something so attractive about the simplicity of a style-and-go look that draws everyone in. Check out four short hairstyles for black women that we are loving that showcase this trend and will pair perfectly with your new fall hair accessories.

Short Hairstyles for Black Women: Looks to Check Out

short hairstyles for black women: shaved short
This particular short style is all kinds of chic. Photo credit:

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. Hair that is this closely shaven somehow succeeds at making a statement while still letting the rest of your look take center stage. Closely cropped natural curls? Even better.

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

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 drops of the Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment is perfect for taming unwanted frizz. Bonus? It’ll leave your hair smelling amazing.

short hairstyles for black women: afro
A mini afro is a definitive yes for black women. Photo credit:

3. Mini Afro

This style 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 by the time December rolls around. A drop of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil is the best way to tame any frizzy ends.

short hairstyles for black hair: pixie
Off balance might be the edge you need. Photo credit: Dvora

4. Asymmetrical Haircut

By far the most daring and bold 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. We like the TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Firm Control Gel for maximum hold that isn’t crunchy.

Looking for more hairstyle ideas for black women? Try these hot and curly hairstyles for black women