Short Natural Hair Styles
What does it mean to have “natural hair”? What exactly is excluded from “natural hair”? Can “natural hair” still be just as glamorous as “unnatural hair”? For the purpose of this article, “natural hair” is any hair that has not had its texture altered. AKA, if you have curly hair naturally and go out of the house with curly house, it is “natural hair”. This phrase applies any hair style that has not been altered by heat or any other texture-altering product; colored hair and product (preferably minimal) are still good here. Because heat is not being applied and there are no texture-altering effects being used, hair is naturally stronger, less prone to frizz, and all-over healthier. If you’re looking to take part in the natural hair movement but you have shorter hair and don’t know where to begin, we’ve gathered 25 short natural hairstyles for you to use as inspiration!
1Knit Cap Nonsense
Looking for cute natural short hairstyles alternative to toying with your texture in the mornings? Throw on a slouchy knit cap (secure with pins if you want it really far back on your head) and your good to face the day with no heat! This is one of our favorite natural hairstyles for black women!
2Shaped Taper Short Natural Hairstyles
Take a note from Nupita: a fashionable, short taper with a styled top looks just as good as spending hours with a flat iron. Use the time you would have spent applying heat to your hair to apply a dashing red lip!
3Super Short Pixie
No matter your hair’s natural texture, a close-cropped pixie will always look cute. Keep un-tameable hair under control by getting your stylist to chop your locks so they fall high on your forehead and stay off your ears.
4Black Natural Hairstyles: Put a Bow on it
If you’re looking for short natural curly hairstyles, Nothing is cuter or sweeter than a hairbow! If your ‘do is too short to keep a bow pinned, opt for a headband with a bow attached or DIY one yourself. There’s no need to style with heat when you can accesorize!
Ready to take a daring plunge? Opt for a buzz cut: buzzed hair on women is becoming big and you’ll be able to move away from any previously damaged length. We love how Amber Rose pairs these golden big earings with her peach fuzz ‘do!
Looking for funky hairstyles for natural hair? If you have straight (or straight-er) natural hair, opt to keep a bit of length and shear your sides. An undercut with a longer top layer looks incredibly glamorous; if you ever need help styling your strip, a bit of gel or hair spray can do the trick.
7Fancy Frohawk Short Black Hairstyles
The frohawk is a pretty chic look and you can create it with your natural texture: rock your curls! We love how the model has hers faded and dyed the front tips for even more of a ‘rockstar’ vibe.
8Pinned Side Top
If you want a style that looks effortlessly cool no matter your texture, pull the top layer of your hair back or to the side and secure with bobby pins or an elastic. You can braid it or leave it natural. This look can also be done with rag-curled or other non-heat curled hair.
Crown braids are undeniably fashionable: pair one (or 2) with your natural texture for a look that’s darling and dynamic. Take the front section of your hair and french braid along your head, pinning the end and tossing the layers of your hair around it for best results.
10Messy but Dressy
Messy, short layers don’t need any heat to be achieved: create them with a bit of gel or pomade in the mornings and you’re good to go. This style can be created on straight, curly, or wavy hair textures!
11All Wrapped Up African American Hairstyles
When in doubt, wrap your ‘do with a beautiful head scarf! Selecting a silk scarf with keep frizz away and you can even let your bangs (or the front half of your hair) peek free for a fun, easygoing look.
If you’re tired of toying with your pixie, set your flat iron down and simply let it grow free! A messy, slightly-too-long pixie cut looks soft and feminine and works with multiple hair types. Add a bow or headband on “bad hair days” to keep your look tamed.
13Natural black hairstyles: Close-Cropped
Kinky hair can sometimes grow out of control; if you’re done fighting with it, crop it! Closely cropped twists black short hairstyles are modern and daring, perfect for the professional woman and the party girl alike. Dramatic brows are a great pair for this dramatic ‘do.
14Cute Natural Curly Hairstyles
Play around with different lengths to embrace your new natural approach. We love how the model pairs short sides with a slightly overgrown front and back, creating a flirt and appealing look. You can even rag curl the longer pieces for more drama or try out a new color (hint: Henna dye looks amazing and it can be washed away if you decide the color is not for you.)
Wavy style and big curls are a great way to embrace your natural hair while still changing things up every now and then. You can rag curl your hair, pin curl your hair, do a ‘headband curl’–the possibilities are endless and a search engine is your friend! If you’d like to vamp up your no-heat curls, hair accessories are the way to go: a simple headband and some cute waves are a great natural look.
16Rag Curl Pixie
The model’s curly pixie is all thanks to the power of rag curls. You can recreate this look by tying pieces of your hair with thin strips of cloth into waves or curls. This method is great for changing up your every day look and can be done on growing pixies or slightly longer pixie cuts.
17Pin Curl Perfection
Pin curls will always be glamorous and appealing! All you need to recreate the model’s stunning style is a packet of bobby pins and some patience. Pin your curls after the shower or before bed, allowing them to settle into a ‘curl’ and then simply pull out the pins, brush out your hair, and tame with oil or hairspray.
18Side Swept Glory
Lengthy top pieces look even cuter when swept to the side, allowing you to show off your short-sheared sides. When paired with statement earrings or makeup, this look is killer and perfect for special events or just every day glam! This style looks great with straight, curly, or wavy textures.
19Contained with a Scarf
If you have curly or kinky hair naturally, contain it in the mornings with a head scarf, wrap, or headband. Pair fun and funky patterns with solid outfits for a pop of color; toy with different materials and styles to find what looks best on you. This is a great protective hairstyle! If you want to vamp up your curls before tying up your hair, try rag curls before securing with a scarf or substitute.
Chunky knit toboggans and scarves look so cute and chic with shorter, natural hair and can help tame any messy fly-aways or odd cowlicks. Wear your scarf or toboggan low for a more modern look or high on your head to create a fun vibe. Play around with colors and patterns! If you’re going for the beanie, A cute pom-pom on top can take this look a step further.
21Bobby Pin Beauty
Bobby pins are truly a gift for short-haired gals: if your hair is misbehaving, throw in a few and you are good to go. We love how Rihanna pairs slicked back hair with bright big black pins in a fun shape: recreate this look or arrange yours in different patterns and shapes for a variety of looks.
22Tiny Top ‘Tail
Gather the top layer of your hair and pull back into a tiny ponytail for a nearly effortless, adorable new look! This style can be done with straight, wavy, or curly hair; it looks adorable with shorter lengths. Let a few pieces escape your ponytail for a messier, trendier style. Adding a few simple bobby pins to one side in a cute design (like a triangle) adds to this style’s appeal.
23Goddess of Glamour
Glamorous statement headbands can spice up your natural hair and help you tame any truly rambunctious strands. We love how the model selected a band that was a close color to her hair: it looks even more stylish! Play with different headbands and try cloth bands, metal bands, or others for a wide arrangement of styles.
Headbands are cute, but braided bands around your head are even cuter! Make your crown braid a circlet braid by taking a strands from right in front of your ears and braiding to the back, securing both with an elastic and pinning in place. This look looks cute on a mixture of hair types.
25Slicked Back Strands
If your natural hair simply can’t be tamed or you are just looking for a quick and easy style, slicking your strands back or to the side looks stunning. Take a note from Kelly Rowland and keep your makeup simple for even more of a dramatic flare. You can add pins or even headbands to spice this ‘do up if you so desire.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of natural hairstyles for short hair!