51 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.

51 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. 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. 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.

Afro Mohawk with Shaved Sides for Black Women

Source: @brittj_mua

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. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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.

Natural Curly Fade Mohawk Hairstyle

Source: @misskendrak

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

Short Natural Hairstyle with Color

Source: @salonpk

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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

  22. ash-lee

    December 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    seems as if you got no one who has nappy hair to show us those hairdo…but i do have nappy hair and i cant use one of the styles couse they curled…show us hairdo with stiff hair

  23. Anonymous

    January 13, 2018 at 7:26 am

    These styles are great for the young ladies, but being a senior with mixed gray hair and very nappy I don’t feel represented in the photo’s shown. Please provide more variety. than you

  24. Gail B

    January 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Need more styles for women growing out of a perm Most of the styles shown are for naturally curly black hair.

  25. Trina

    January 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Please add more kinky hair styles for medium length hair.

  26. A. Natty

    February 3, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Ladies check YouTube. There are videos showing how to get these curls

  27. Charlotte Marsh

    March 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you A.Natty I’m 66 have no ideal how to do it always had a perm now gray & natural

  28. Joanne

    March 24, 2018 at 1:21 am

    I have short, natural hair but it is thin on the sides. and temple I want to see pics on how it would llook if the sides are cut extremely low/faded. I’m afraid to go that low of fear somecportions will be lower than others and I don’t want the look of a guy.

  29. ameenah k

    April 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    this is what you find when you type in “short natural hairstyles for black women”. these women look great, but their hair is nothing like mine. and last time i checked i was still black. is it even worth saying we need to do better? this is what i’ve always found in “black” hair magazines. this is why i stopped looking in them 15 years ago. this is partly why i grew locs. and now that i’m thinking of cutting my locs, this is still what i find. nothing for us. thanks for nothing.

  30. ameenah k

    April 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Well, not quite nothing. looking back, there are a couple of girls with natural fades. i guess it’s fades for us, ladies. that’s our only option.

  31. Ekemini

    April 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I also keep natural hair nd it’s long full and fluffy but sometimes I cry to comb it but anyway am happy it’s growing

  32. Anonymous

    April 26, 2018 at 6:22 pm


  33. Easter Robinson

    June 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Do have locks for black ladies?

  34. Gracie

    June 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I am Jamaican. in Jamaia, a lot of people wear long rasta locs. You can call me a notty-head rasta gal. I just love my natural hair. I love using aloe and coconut oil in it to grow my hair any make it beautiful. I know that natural beauty is easy to achieve by just being true to oneself. When a lady wears her hair natural, it is very sensual and attractive on her. I am true to myself by wearing my hair natural year round.

  35. Monique

    July 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Easter! Yes, we have articles that feature beautiful faux locs looks. Make sure to check them out!

  36. Kryss

    July 19, 2018 at 2:06 am

    I am a black female and a lot af the girls in this have hair like mine, I think they did a good job representing all grades of natural hair! Thank you

  37. MzMulaah23

    July 31, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Not so many options for girls in between phases… like growing out a perm or something like that. And most of the styles are short what about medium short hair styles??? All these. Short styles are making me want to cut my hair off again but I was planning on continuing to grow out my hair so thia totally difeated the whole perpouse for me… Also all these styles I would have to manipulate my natural hair texture Im tryna grow out my natural hair so that goses aginst what Im tryna to accomplish yet again. Im not completely staisfied or disatisifed as I didnt find what I came for for but left with some pretty good ideas but a bit dissappointed that Ill have to cut my hair again to achieve something cute, sexy and apropreiate to rock as a black girl wanting to go natural. It seems like the go to is always lox/dreads. Not really my style though Im sure Id look great. I always wear weaves and for the past 10 yeasrs Ive been wearing wigs {Mostly lacefronts and frontals} so my sides are a bit shy as well. So maybe Ill use this opportunity to shave the sides into something cool funky and low so that they have the opportunity to come in much, much, much more fuller than they are now. I dont know as of yet but it gives me a lil bit of stuff to think on I guess. Oh yea my hair should be growing back fast too cause Im starting my rice water treatments today as well, hehe.

  38. Anonymous

    August 11, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Great looks, but this literally the same 2-3 styles repeated over and over until you got to 31. So not helpful for transitioning natural women.

  39. Anonymous

    August 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I Love All the Natural Hair Style there awesome!

  40. Rusestela Cordones

    October 7, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Me encantan esta pagina

  41. Rosalind Goens

    November 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I love the gray curly top, I’m 68 years old, I don’t wear makeup but I still look good with that style. I don’t have that texture hair but would love to know how she makes the top like that, and I’d like to see the back. I love all the beautiful styles we can wear

  42. Karen

    November 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Hello, am on a low hair-cut but it doesn’t look curly when washed nor glowing. Please, what kindda things can i use for my hair.

  43. Jaleah

    December 3, 2018 at 3:27 am

    This was a good description

  44. Denice

    February 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Looking for good styles for natural hair

  45. melb

    February 10, 2019 at 9:25 am

    they all look great but most of them look inappropriate for professional women. I wish I could see more natural hairstyles for doctors & lawyers

  46. hildah

    February 16, 2019 at 11:58 am


  47. cynthia

    February 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm


  48. Andrea Street

    May 2, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I just recently decided to cut my hair because of hair breakage and I like the natural look just get up go.

  49. Beatrice Ashford

    June 1, 2019 at 12:06 am

    I’m 79 and have been wearing a short natural consistently for over twenty years. My problem is that I have just moved to Phoenix and can’t find a beautician to cut and style.

  50. Carol G

    June 3, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I love all the styles , you have done a lovely Presentation of each cut, The makeup also added a Pleasant complement to every model hair cut. It’s really difficult for me to decide on just one. It’s great that the Styles can please a large group of black ladies of all professions

  51. anonymous

    July 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    All the hairstyles are beautiful, think I will try a few I just love the natural look.

  52. Anonymous

    February 8, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    I was thinking at first, Wow…these negro women have some nice hair. Is it truly their “natural” hair or have other things been added? Even if not chemicals, but something else? Show some styles with really tough negro hair, not so much the curls and twirls.

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