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10 Modern Short Haircuts for Black Women

Thanks to celebrities like Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson, short haircuts for black women are super hot right now. If you are thinking of taking the plunge, keep your short haircut looking fresh with tons of texture and personalized touches.

10. Chin Grazing Bob

This is a classic hairstyle that always looks chic. Make this classic modern by adding texture and layers to the ends. This gives the haircut a light and airy feeling.

Chin Grazing Bob Haircut For Black Women

Style by LACEY SINGLETON, Upscale Hair Salon, Savannah, GA

How To Style:

1. Starting with towel-dried hair, apply a blow dry crème from roots to tips.

2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.

3. Section hair into 4 quadrants and flat iron in small sections.

4. Add a little curl to the ends by rotating the flat iron 180 degrees and allow hair to gently glide through ends of hair.

5. Style bangs as desired.

6. Apply a light oil to ends and mid lengths.

Product Recommendation:

To protect your hair from thermal styling and humidity try Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender.

Face shape:

This chin grazing bob style will work for all face shapes.

9. Inverted Graduated Bob

The Inverted Graduated Bob is classic bob that is  longer in the front and shorter in the back. For drama, the back is stacked, creating fullness through the crown and the back.

Inverted-Graduated-Bob

Style by Marva Williams, Marvalous Hair Studio, Tallahassee, FL

How to style:

  1. Prep hair with a blow dry crème.
  2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Beginning in the nape of the neck, smooth hair with a flat iron and bend the ends lightly.
  4. Lightly backcomb from the crown down the to occipital bone.
  5. Style front as desired.
  6. Apply a light mist of a shine enhancing spray.

Product Recommendation:

Carol’s Daughter Tui Moisturizing Hair Sheen can be used to add moisture and shine without weighing hair down.

Face Shape:

This inverted bob style will work for all face shapes.

8. Short and Natural

If you are embracing your natural curls, try this super cute short curly hairstyle. Allowing the curls to be free form keeps this style looking fresh and modern.

Short Natural Curly Hairstyle For Black Women

Style by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

How to style:

  1. In the shower, apply a generous amount of conditioner
  2. Out of the shower, apply a generous amount of a curling crème.
  3. Twist small sections of hair into tubes and allow hair to air dry.
  4. Once hair is dry, gently breakup twists and fluff hair as desired.

Product Recommendation:

Great curls start in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner made to meet the needs of curly hair. Try Deva Curl’s low or no ‘poo shampoos and the Heaven In Hair conditioner for moisturized and defined curls.

Face Shape:

This short curly style will work best for oval and oblong face shapes.

7. The Shag

Face framing layers and soft edges on the neckline are what this chic shag is all about. To keep the look fresh and modern, have your stylist build lots of texture throughout the top, sides, and back.

The Chic Shag

Style by ASHLEY WHEELER, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

How to style:

  1. Starting with damp hair, apply a blow dry lotion from roots to tips.
  2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Using a small flat iron, smooth hair.
  4. Apply a small amount of texturizing crème to the ends.

Product Recommendation:

I recommend Carol’s Daughter’s Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother. It will define your locks with out drying them out. You can also use this as an edge smoother!

Face shape:

This shag style will work best with oval, oblong, heart, and triangle face shapes.

6. It’s in the Details

The secret to keeping your short haircut looking modern is to pay close attention to the details and build subtle elements. The face framing on this short haircut is a feminine touch that helps to balance out the masculinity of a faux hawk.

It's in the Details Short Cut

Style by KENYA NICHOLS, High Praise Hair Boutique, North Augusta, SC

How to style:

  1. Starting with blow-dried hair, flat iron hair up and away from head in small sections.
  2. Flat iron hair around face towards it.
  3. Apply a small amount of argan oil to ends.
  4. Fluff hair as desired.
  5. Apply a light mist of hairspray.

Product Recommendation:

To moisturize hair and tame frizz use Moroccan Oil’s Original Treatment.

Face shape:

This faux hawk style will work for all face shapes.

5. Layered Short Bob

Most bobs are all one length and that can make the ends feel heavy.  In this style, the added layers give the bob movement.

Layered Short Bob Haircut For Black Women

Style by MARIE COLEUS, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

How To Style:

  1. Starting with towel-dried hair, apply a blow dry lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair straight using a comb attachment.
  3. Section off the front from the back.
  4. Starting in the back, flat iron hair and gently flip ends out.
  5. Release the front section and create side part.
  6. Flat iron side opposite of the part away from the face.
  7. On the side of the part, flat iron hair and curl hair by rotating flat iron 180 degrees away from face.
  8. Finish hairstyle by applying a small amount of argan oil.

Product Recommendation:

Prep towel dried hair with Moroccan Oils Hydrating Cream to soften and moisturize hair.

Face Shape:

This layered bob style will work on all face shapes

4. Asymmetrical Bob

A fun and playful way to keep a short bob haircut looking young and modern is to create a side that’s longer than the other.

Modern Asymmetrical Bob Haircut

Style by SHAKIA ALLEN, 10 Gems Salon, Beaufort, SC

How to style:

  1. Starting with towel-dried hair, prep hair with a blow dry lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Working in small sections, and starting in the nape of the neck, flat iron hair straight with a light bend on the ends.
  4. In the front, flat iron hair away from face to create a gently swoop backwards.
  5. Finish style with a small amount of argan oil.

Product Recommendation:

For ultra smooth locks, try Joico’s Silk Result Straight Smoother.

Face Shape:

This asymetrical bob style will work for all face shapes.

3. Short Hair and Long Bangs  

Pairing a short pixie with long bangs creates a sexy and flirty look. Long bangs help frame your eyes and draw attention to fabulous cheekbones.

Short Pixie Long Bangs Haircut For Black Women

Style by DRE RAMSEUR BLANTON, Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Starting with towel-dried hair, apply a blow dry crème.
  2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Flat iron hair in small sections. Rotate the flat iron to bend the ends under.
  4. Style bangs as desired.
  5. Apply a styling wax.

Product Recommendation:

To add shine and definition to a short cut, try Kenra’s Grooming Pomade.

2. Feminine Layers

To keep a short cut looking modern and feminine, opt for head hugging layers with texture and natural sideburns.

Feminine Layers Short Cut

Style by LaRhonda Fields, Royal Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

How To Style:

  1. Starting with towel-dried hair, apply a blow dry lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Flat iron hair and gently bend ends down on sides and back. On top, bend ends towards face.
  4. Style bangs as desired.
  5. Finish style with a small amount of pomade.

Product Recommendation:

For a textured look with shine, try Aveda’s Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade.

Face shape:

This short cut style will work for all face shapes.

1. Nearly Buzzed

If you are looking for a really short modern haircut, try this one. Have your stylist contour the cut to your face shape for a flattering look.

Nearly Buzzed Short Cut

Style by MELODY TRICE, MELODY’S BEAUTY SALON, Linden, AL

How to style:

  1. Apply a shine enhancing pomade to damp hair.
  2. Allow to air dry.

Product Recommendation:

Try Aveda’s Brilliant Humectant to define curls and add shine.

Face Shape:

This style will work for all face shapes.

Whether you are considering jumping on the short hair trend or if you already made the jump, try one of these modern short haircuts for black women to stay one step ahead of the trend.