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8 Short Hairstyles for Black Women

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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Whether it’s been to reinvent ourselves after a breakup or to save time in the morning, we've all contemplated going for the chop and then chickened out.

It's believed styling options for short hair are limited, which is why so many of us crumble when it comes to making the commitment. But with the likes of Rihanna, Lupita and Jada Pinkett-Smith all continuously proving short hairstyles are nothing but straight-fire, we find ourselves in the middle of yet another short hair pep-talk.

In a bid to bust that bogus belief once and for all, we round up eight short hairstyles for black women that we know you'll love.


1. Tapered pixie cut

The pixie cut is a great place to start if you’re thinking about going for the crop. Not only does it frame the face but it’s super easy to style as you can spice it up with anything from a fringe to curls.

Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray

Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray

Jam-packed with natural goodness and moisturising ingredients, this spray can be used to add texture and style to pixie cuts.

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2. Short curls

Take the 'I woke up like this' mantra to a new level with this short curl style which provides your look with effortless elegance.

Cantu For Natural Hair Define & Shine Custard

Cantu For Natural Hair Define & Shine Custard

This magical formula brings even the most tired curls back to life. Bursting with moisturising ingredients, it adds a healthy shine and definition to kinks, curls and coils.

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3. Blunt bob

Sleek and sophisticated, the blunt bob is the short hairstyle that’s ideal for work, date night and get-togethers with the girls.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shusu Sleek Masque

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shusu Sleek Masque

Keep your sleek style in check with this treatment mask from Shu Uemura. Infused with exotic black cumin oil, it ensures that your hair stays smooth, hydrated and frizz-free.

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4. Shaved sides

If you love a style that’s more of a statement, check out shaved sides. Whether you choose to go super short or ease in with a fade, this is one sure-fire way to give your hair a cool edginess.

Cantu For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

Cantu For Natural Hair Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel

This edge-control gel is your one-stop shop to keeping the shaved style sleek and free from flyaways. A cocktail of cocoa butter, shea butter and jojoba oil laces hair with enviable gloss and shine, all whilst providing a firm hold.

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5. Buzz cut

Bite the bullet and go for the buzz cut. A completely shaved head showcases your beauty in all its glory, plus has the least maintenance of them all. If you get bored with the style, you can easily switch it up with a different colour.

As I Am Dry & Itchy Scalp Care Olive & Tea Tree Oil Leave In Conditioner

As I Am Dry & Itchy Scalp Care Olive & Tea Tree Oil Leave In Conditioner

Keep your scalp healthy, protected and flake-free with this leave-in conditioner. Olive oil provides moisture and shine to both your scalp and hair, whilst tea tree soothes itching and warns off dandruff.

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6. Finger waves

S-shaped finger waves are making a comeback, with everyone from Beyonce to Zendaya flaunting the look. The style gives hair a vintage, feminine touch and is perfect for the days you want to feel a little more glam.

KeraCare Edge Tamer

KeraCare Edge Tamer

Take back control with this edge tamer. A must-have for finger wave styles, this formula offers a strong and reliable grip that makes frizz and flyaways a thing of the past.

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7. Mohawk

This mohawk style will easily set you apart from the crowd. Suiting every face shape and hair type, it’s a great option if you’re looking to make brave, bold moves. Plus, you can personalise it as much as you like, whether that be with big curls, tight, short coils, shaved sides or vibrant colour.

Bumble and bumble Super Rich Conditioner

Bumble and bumble Super Rich Conditioner

The Bumble & bumble Super Rich Conditioner can handle any hair texture or style, making it a must-have for managing your mohawk. It softens super curly, rough and chemically-treated hair, so you can achieve a style that looks healthy and is full of life.

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8. Braided bun

Braided buns are a fab choice if you’re booked and busy. As frizz and flyaways stay neatly tucked away for a few days, your hair can catch a break from harsh heat tools and heavy-duty products.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner

Coating hair with this leave-in conditioner before getting stuck in with the braids will totally benefit you in the long run. Not only does it help to grow and restore locks, but it reduces frizz and smooths split ends, meaning your braids will look super sleek and stay in place.

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So, there we have it: eight gorgeous short hairstyles for black women that will undoubtedly inspire you to take the plunge. Ensure that your new look stays looking fresh and healthy with our guide to the Best Hair Oils for Your Hair Type and the Ultimate Guide to Hair Treatments.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.