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8 Short Hairstyles for Black Women

By Carly Cochrane - 4 years ago | Updated
short hair styles for black women

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.

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R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray


Jam-packed with naturally occurring clay and moisturising ingredients, this styling spray can be used to add texture, shine and style to pixie cuts.

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.

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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.

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.

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Tsuyu Sleek Straightening Blow Dry Oil

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Keep your sleek style in check with this blowdry oil from Shu Uemura. Infused with precious natural ingredients, it ensures that your hair stays smooth, hydrated and frizz-free.

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.

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Bumble and bumble BB Curl Mousse

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This mousse for curls 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 gives sides an enviable gloss and shine, all whilst providing volume to curls on top.

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.

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment

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

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.

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Moroccanoil Moulding Cream

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Take back control with this celeb-approved matte pomade. 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.

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.

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer 40ml

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer

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The Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer 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.

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.

Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

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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.

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.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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