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. Whether you have relaxed or natural hair, check out these short hairstyles for black women we’re loving right now:
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.
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.
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.
19. 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.
20. Itty Bitty Ponytail
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 lie by tugging out individual curlicues. We always like to even out short ponytails with hair accessories. It makes sure that your style is more well rounded if you can’t always see your ponytail straight on.
21. Perfectly Defined Curls
Can we get a big round of applause for the perfection of these curls? Paired up 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 take out your curls in the morning, you’ll need to revive your curls a bit. We recommend spraying some of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist throughout your hair and you’ll be good to go.
22. Tiny Coils
For some seriously tiny coils, you’ll need to use those tiny foam rollers you can find in most drugstores. To get this look, you’ll need to 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.
23. 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.
24. Super Shiny Pineapple ‘Do
We’ve always been big fans of embracing your curls, especially with this wet-look inspired ‘do.
25. Taper Fade with Natural Curls
Show off your natural curls and keep your cut cropped and cool on the sides!
26. Short Weave Hairstyle
Many women head straight for a longer length when it comes to their weaves. We love this short alternative for a change of pace.
27. Short Twists
This low maintenance style doesn’t take too long to create and the upkeep is super minimal!
28. Layered Bob
Add some easy volume to your bob by opting for a layered alternative.
29. Extra Short Tapered Cut
This extra short style is ideal for staying cool in the warmer months but works just as well in the winter, too!
30. Bob with Bangs
We love all the personality wrapped up in a style that features bangs with curly hair.
31. Blonde Pixie Cut
We can’t get enough of this icy blonde hue.
32. Voluminous Pixie
Show off your natural texture with a super voluminous pixie.
33. Temple Shave Pixie
The temple shave is perhaps the coolest addition to a style of any length. We love how it pairs with a slightly longer pixie!
34. Straight Layered Pixie
These jagged layers blend together perfectly to create a smoothly layered style.
35. Angled Bob
This angled bob is shorter in the back and longer in the front. It gives you that asymmetrical look that’s both edgy and sharp.
36. Sideswept Pixie
Sweep your pixie over to one side for a super laidback look.
37. Side Parted Style with Curls
Add instant drama to your look with the addition of a side part!
38. Side Parted Pixie
A sharp hard part takes a basic pixie to edgier levels.
39. Short Ringlets
The shorter your ringlets are, the more bounce they’ll have.
40. Copper Curls
Lighten up by including scattered copper curls into your strands.
41. Ringlet Afro
Add some drama to your curls by going all in with a ringlet afro.
42. Pinned Up Curls
Pinned up curls keep your hair out of your face while simultaneously showing off your gorgeous unique texture.
Blonde highlights take a typical mohawk to newer and trendier levels.
44. Mini Afro
Show off your curls with a low maintenance mini afro.
45. Half Up Dreadlocks
A half up style is the quickest way to look like you put effort into your hair in about 5 seconds.
46. Glamorous Bob
Amp up with the glam with a super glossy bob.
47. Cropped Natural Curls
This look is ideal for women who want to show off their texture without sacrificing convenience and easy styling!
48. Choppy Crop with Bangs
Choppy layers add major texture to any style.Subtle layers give your style some added texture and definition without forcing you into a dramatic haircut.
49. Buzz Cut
This look proves that buzz cut season is all year round.
Swap out your curls for a slightly more subdued style.
51. Beach Wave Bob
A little bit of texture makes a major statement with this beach wave bob.