31 Best Short Natural Hairstyles for Black Women

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Let’s be honest, after a while of wearing hair extensions and your weave repeatedly, your hair needs a break and what better time to do just that than in the summer when the sun is hot, and you definitely don’t want your hair in your face.

You might think that you don’t have many options when it comes to short natural hairstyles for black women but the reality is very different. Make yourself a cup of tea (or grab yourself a glass of wine) and get ready to be amazed.

31 Best Short Natural Hairstyles for Black Women

We all know that growing out your own hair is a long and tiresome process, and it’s easy to get super excited about it right at the beginning, only to realize it sucks later on when your hair isn’t growing as fast as you’d like it to, and your hair won’t style quite the way you had intended either. These designs give you the opportunity to be playful and experimental.

1. Natural Curls + Caramel Highlights

If you’re going through the motions of growing out your natural hair, why not add a vibrant splash of color? These natural curls have been cleverly livened up with some caramel highlights along the top and ends, adding a brand new dimension.

Curly Caramel Short Natural Hairstyle for Black Women

Instagram / styledbyshamila

It’s punk and pretty all at the same time, and at least you won’t need to worry about styling those long braids every day.

2. Natural Mohawk Haircut

If you’re going short, why not go brave and super short? This natural mohawk haircut is a brave one, but for no muss and no fuss, you can’t really beat it.

Afro Mohawk with Shaved Sides for Black Women

Instagram / brittj_mua

The best thing about a look like this is you can literally get up and go – comb the top, make sure you keep your hair well hydrated and moisturized, and you’re pretty much good to go.

3. Short Natural Hairstyle with Shaved Sides

If you’re going back to basics and leaving your natural hair to bounce free for a while, make sure you don’t over-wash it. The main point of going au naturel is to do your hair a favor, you’re not going to be doing that by washing it every day.

Short Natural Hairstyle with Shaved Sides

Instagram / coconutdreamer

Try to wash it only every two to three days, encouraging the natural oils to work their magic on your scalp and follicles. Your hair will thank you for it – we’re all washing our hair too much!

4. Short Natural Tapered Cut

Dependent on how short you go, you won’t need heated styling tools to get the look you want but if you are tempted to grab the hair straighteners, don’t.

Short Natural Tapered Cut

Instagram / abigail.martina

If your hair is already dry and damaged, or brittle from years of heavy hair extension use, using these heated tools won’t help your hair, it’ll just hurt it. Give your hair a break – that’s the point here.

5. TWA Hairstyle (Teeny Weeny Afro)

If you don’t want hair that’s going to get int he way this summer, the TWA or teeny weeny afro is definitely one of the coolest looks!

Natural TWA Hairstyle for Black Women

Instagram / corkandbeans

Hair that’s this short takes the most minimal of styling and maintenance, giving you plenty of free time to perfect those eyebrows and the rest of your makeup routine.

6. Super Short, Blonde Haircut

Amber Rose is a fan of this look – super short and sassy blonde too! We love it, it’s fierce, feisty and fabulous.

Short Natural Blonde Haircut for Black Women

Instagram / alissa.ashley

You will need to have a good chat with your hairstylist before making a bold color change, especially if it’s an all-over color. Remember that you don’t have a lot of hair to play around with, so the color you choose will need to work well with your own skin tone.

7. Cute Natural Style

When your hair is washed, play around with styling ideas and techniques. Your hair is much easily played with when it’s in its wet stages, and you’ll find your locks will easily move, twist, braid and curl into a number of different styles.

Cute Short Natural Hairstyle

Instagram / sheilandinda

Black women often don’t realize quite how many ways there are to style their natural hair, and playing around with curls and twists while it’s wet will give you a wide range of variations when it’s dry. Perhaps it’s time to get experimental.

8. Fade Mohawk

It’s only a subtle change – an undercut with a bigger faded mohawk on the top, but the undercut has been graduated and shaved into a design to give it a little something new and exciting.

Natural Curly Fade Mohawk Hairstyle

Instagram / misskendrak

You might think this is quite a scary look but the shaved areas of your hair won’t actually take that long to grow back. You’ll also need to remember that maintenance will need to be kept up to date with. Regular trims if you want to keep the look for a while, for example.

9. Long Pixie Haircut

Rihanna had a look like this for a while, alternating between wearing it naturally curly just like you can see here, and also wearing it poker straight, looking more like the ‘pixie’ cut you’re usually used to seeing.

Natural Long Pixie Haircut for Black Women

Instagram / splendidbeauty

We love the way these tight curls have been left natural – you too could achieve a look like this if you leave the weave alone for a while. Perhaps it’s time for you to starting thinking about these short and natural hairstyles for yourself?

10. Short Natural Hairstyle with Color

If your hair is damaged, plus it’s been colored and dried out too, make sure you’re using the right combination of oils to keep it in good health. Before you wash your hair, add an oil treatment and leave for around half an hour before washing.

Short Natural Hairstyle with Color

Instagram / salonpk

Once it’s washed, towel-dry, ignore the blowdryer, add some leave-in conditioner and style to wait for it to dry.

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  1. Cheye R. Williams

    July 15, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I would like to see some more short Black Women Hair Cuts

  2. Weezy

    August 15, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Love these looks!!!

  3. Valerie Horton

    October 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Going Natural loving less time on my hair and would like advice how to grow my hair out.

  4. Rosemary Watson

    October 9, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Love the natural look,I have wearing my hair natural for a year now,but getting different styles is not easy. The salons are very expensive.

  5. Malika

    March 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Most of the women appear to have naturally curly hair, which makes the styles effortless.

  6. Donna

    April 15, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Show some styles of women who do not have naturally curly hair.

  7. MediacoreShri

    May 4, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Too Shabby I don’t see my comment Posted lol

  8. She

    May 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I would like to see some styles for older ladies with Naturals hair.

  9. Anonymous

    May 25, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I would like to see natural styles for women who do not have curly or naturally curly hair, but styles for women with the more kinky, nappy hair


    June 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm


  11. Uchenna

    June 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Plz consider show styles with different textures. My natural is a dry and kinky butbyou don’t have any styles representing me.

  12. Anonymous

    July 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    These women manipulated their hair to get those curls and coils. Utilize YouTube for directions on how to get them.

  13. thodhlana pauline

    July 3, 2017 at 8:40 am

    nice. would like more of natural hair styles

  14. Jeannine toudle

    July 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I love my natural 55 yrs old and I’ve never wore makeup.and i look stunning.taking care of my hair.has been a blessing and i thank god for my hair body and brain

  15. Anonymous

    August 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm


  16. Anonymous

    August 21, 2017 at 1:45 am

    The beautiful thing about african american hair is that it can do so much. It has even fooled some of you into thinking that some of these women are naturally like this. Some may be but some are definitely not. As a 4c girl myself who has learned to style her natural hair, i can tell you its manipulation. These are the results you can get after a twist out or rod set etc.

  17. Anonymous

    August 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Nice one

  18. Darwton

    August 30, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I wear my hair very short and I have been given some great suggestions for varying my looks

  19. Latoya

    September 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Fact i love my natural hair…and it does take it’s time growing..maybe because i don’t give it mucb time groaning it. Have been extension braiding for long,yet now i just want to treat my hair and watch it grow…I was wondering what am i going to do…so i googled and Yes am happy with what i found..the hair styles are just Perfect.

  20. Chery

    September 11, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I’m just going natural now just taking out the extensions I’ve had for years so it’s gonna be my first day go natural happy days .

  21. Anonymous

    November 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Show some really real nappy natural hairstyles. No hairpieces

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