short hairstyles for black women

25 Stylish Short Haircuts for Black Women

While Nupita Nyong’o is busy dominating Hollywood and proving African American women are just as beautiful, talented, and intelligent as their Caucasian co-stars, African American women everywhere are re-seizing their beauty and womanhood. It can be difficult to find flattering hairstyles that work with the natural texture of African American hair, but fear not: we have compiled a list of 25 beautiful, captivating hairstyles that will look wonderful on our ladies of color. If you’ve been dreading sacrificing your length, put that fear behind you and dare to face the shears–one of these 25 short natural hairstyles for black women is sure to be a match made in heaven!

1Asymmetrical Bob

A classic cut, the asymmetrical bob has recently been given new life with the emergence of ombre and balayge hair color–feel free to experiment with temporary or permanent color for added ‘oomph’. This style is created by parting your hair to the side and having your stylist shear the parted side shorter, creating a funky and fun frame for your face.

2Curly Pixie Short Black Hairstyles

Talking about short natural hairstyles for black women, Embrace natural curls with this short and daring ‘do! Trade in your long locks for a pixie cut with longer layers so that your curls can shine; tame any frizz with curl pudding or a good hot oil treatment.

3Long, Sideswept Bangs Black Short Hairstyles and Blonde

Channel your inner Rihanna with long, sideswept bangs and trimmed sides. Use an oil treatment to keep hair sleek and smooth to better sweep bangs to the side or go natural and keep bobby pins to tame uncooperative strands. For added drama, dye your hair an nontraditional color: blonde works well!

4Undercut with Blunt Bangs

If you’re really daring, try straight cutting your bangs and pairing the top layer with an undercut. Perfect for hotter climates or the ladies who prefer no drama in the mornings, this shocking duo is sure to turn heads and give you an extra boost of confidence. We love how this ‘do looks paired with statement earrings!

5Textured Victory Rolls

No matter your natural texture, victory rolls are sure to be a hit! To achieve this retro style, section hair down the middle. Wind one section around a pencil (or other round object) until you’ve create a roll; pin it appropriately and hairspray in place. Repeat with the other section for instant glamour–no straightening, curling, or relaxing required!

6Betty Bouffant

A look that combines volume and chic spirit, the bouffant embraces all hair types. Tease your layers back and secure with generous amounts of hairspray for this gravity defying look. For extra class, tie a ribbon around the crown of your head or pair this ‘do with a head wrap.

7Snow Pixie

Platinum and silver hair looks lovely on ladies of color who are willing to make this daring color decision. However, bleach can be quite damaging to the hair. To combat this, chop it off: go for an incredibly short, incredibly modern pixie to pair with your snowy new tresses and embrace the new you!

8Blunt Short Bob Hairstyles for Black Women

A blunt bob can easily go from the office to the soccer field to the dance floor: this style is versatile and easy to manage. Relax any natural curl and keep your hair smooth and shiny with an oil treatment; straight cut your bangs and have your stylist bob your hair to chin-length. Run a straightener through your hair in the mornings (on low heat, of course!) and you are good to go.

9Curly Faux Hawk

Whether your curls are loose and wild or tightly coiled, a faux hawk is a smart move. Shaved sides and long top layers make for a bouncy, fresh look. Additionally, this look is easy to grow out if you decide short hair is not for you and it allows you to embrace your natural curls!

10Finger Waves

Head-hugging waves look mysterious and chic without much effort; this Jazz Age ‘do is making a big comeback and could be perfect for you! Beginning at the top of your hair, ‘curl’ your damp hair around your fingers and pin in place. Let air dry and remove the pins, securing your curls with pomade and you are ready to go!

11Simple Shave African American Hairstyles

Take a note from Lupita Nyong’o: super short hair can be just as sweet as long. Shave it all and allow your natural hair to shine with this close-cropped dew! A natural, dewy look with your makeup pairs well with this dramatic cut, but don’t worry: your free to try out all those wonderful earrings and low-back dresses you’ve had your eye on.

12Waves and Braids short hairstyle for black women

Loose, beachy waves pair well with this half-crown braid. Get this look by curling your hair with a curling wand and running your fingers through your curls; next, gather the front sections of your hair and french braid to your ears, pinning and hiding with higher strands of hair.

13Chunky Layers and Lights

Have your stylist highlight your hair several shades warmer than your current color and then chop your length. Have her create varying, choppy layers that you can sweep across your forehead and use to frame your eyes. This look is sexy and chic rolled into one!

14Wavy Tiers

Another hot-layered look, tiered layers look beautiful with a slight wave to them. Pin one side of your hair behind your ear and curl the other with your straightener, arranging the tiers over one another for a perfect framing look.

15Bangs and a Wavy Bob

Sweet, side-swept short bangs and loose curls create this feminine style. Keep your hair above shoulder-length for the best results: too much length will weigh your hair down and flatten your curls. For added sweetness, pair your loose locks with natural makeup and a light lip to draw attention to your eyes.

16Spiked Faux Hawk

Spiky, choppy layers in this faux hawk lead to a look that’s dangerously stylish. Don’t be afraid to let your sides grow out: the messier and spikier this look is, the better! Pomade is your friend for keeping your layers controlled and taming any flyaways that might pop up. Bonus: this style is perfect for showing off ear cuffs!

17Short curly hairstyles for black women: Kinky Curls

Embrace your natural kinky, curly texture and let your hair run wild! Maintain the ‘do with regular trims to cut off dead hair and keep your hair well-hydrated with masques, but allow your naturally beautiful texture to shine! If all-natural doesn’t do it for you, considering playing around with a new color.

18Sleek Side Part

Long, sleek, straight layers scream “look at me world!” A deep side part accentuates your features and allows just the right amount of hair to fall over your face. Smoothing serums and hot oil treatments will help fit frizz and keep you polished.

19Gathered Curls

A few steps below the beloved ‘fro, gathered curls at the top of your head create a light-hearted look that transitions well from daily to professional life. Have your natural curls cut in long, loose layers for this bouncy look.

20Braided Beauty

This 90’s classic will always have a special place in our hearts! Tiny plaits all over your head are just the right amount of funky and fun to space up your beauty routine. No maintenance is necessary except re-braiding your ‘do when your hair starts growing out.

21Choppy and Chic

This choppy, asymmetrical pixie-bob hybrid is edgy without being too ‘rockstar’. Short, choppy layers on one side and a polished, short cut on the other create a well-balanced ‘do that can be handled with smoothing serum and a low-heat flat iron.

22Pin Curls

Pin curls will forever be stylish and will leave you looking prim and polished. Secure small, damp curls with pins fresh from the shower and release when dry; run your fingers through them and set your beautiful curls with high-hold hairspray. This look is a bit high-maintenance for every day life, but perfect for special events.

23Waterfall Waves

Have your hair cut into a severe asymmetrical pixie, leaving your bangs almost chin-length and layered. When you step out of the shower, run mousse through your fingers for frizz-free waves that form a waterfall over your face. Small highlights or a gentle ombre could add extra extra “wow factor” to this funky style.

24Middle Part Bob

Take a clue from our First Lady: part your hair down the middle and curl your sides with a curling wand for this beautiful and professional look. The looser your curls, the bouncier the frame for your face. This is another look that transitions well between your professional and day-to-day lives; it can be styled up or down, depending on your wardrobe and accessories.

25Flattering Layers

A good mix between the bob and the pixie cut, this short ‘do has just the right amount of layers to create natural volume. Keep your hair parted to the side to allow your bangs to help frame your face. For an extra dash of perfection, try a shocking color: cherry red or ocean blue would be the perfect hue.

We hope you enjoyed our list of stylish and cute short hairstyles for black women!