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20 Shoulder-Length Hairstyles for Black Women

As the new year approaches we find ourselves heading out to various events including work banquets, Christmas parties, and weddings. Whatever event you’re headed out to, I’ve managed to find 20 shoulder length styles that can revitalize your look for any setting. Come on and take a look.

1. Brown Sugar Baby

Keeping your hair under a curly weave is the way to go for the cold season. This protective look is easy to wash and style for at least one or two months. Let’s see how she did it.

Brown Sugar Baby Shoulder Length HairstyleBrown Sugar Baby 2

How to Style:

1. Braid hair into 8-12 cornrows starting from the forehead.
2. Use a crochet needle to install curly extensions row by row.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Use Infusium Leave-in Conditioner for smooth locks.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style best suits oval shaped faces and looks great on all hair textures of medium length.

Tip(s):

Use a very diluted portion of Lottabody Setting Lotion. It will leave your hair with great body and silky sheen.

2. Clarissa’s Classy Look

No need to relax your hair when you want to have a straight style. All you have to do is get some great techniques and tools to pull it off. Let’s see how Clarissa does it.

Clarissa's Classy Shoulder-Length Look

How to Style:

1. Part hair and section out bangs.
2. Use flat iron to ensure hair is straight with slight curve inward towards the ends.
3. Once complete, use fingers to position the hair as desired.
4. Use firm holding spray for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try out FHI Heat’s Technique 1 G3 Original Professional Tourmaline Ceramic Hair styling iron that comes with 3 layers of ceramic for even heat distribution. This styling tool also eliminates frizz and static.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes are great for this style and is great for all hair types that are short to medium length.

Tip(s):

Use Tec Ni Art Liss Control from L’Oreal Professional Paris for silky and sleek results. In addition, by reading Sophisticate’s Black Hair magazine, you can enter to win a FHI flat iron. Only original magazine entries will be accepted.

3. Diana Ross 2014

Another protective style that’s good all year ’round is a full wig. When you’re able to get the right texture, especially the perfect curly kind, people will have no idea that it’s a wig! Keep reading for more information on this Diana Ross wig.

Diana Ross 2014Diana Ross 2014 2

How to Style:

1. Braid hair into 6-8 cornrows starting from the forehead to nape.
2. Place curly wig on head and adjust the wig for a perfect fit.
3. For drastic volume, tease and fluff hair by creating a stable base with fingers and master comb.
4. Use light sheen and holding spray to keep the shape of hair.

Recommended Products:

I recommend using a 14” Brazilian Remy Kinky Curly Lace front wig.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes suit this style along with medium length curly hair.

Tip(s):

This wig is originally $241.99, but you can purchase it for $157.29 with absolutely FREE shipping! Check out this retailer for more information. 

4. Magenta Magic

Want to keep your tween looking funky fresh? Remember, a little peek-a-boo color can totally enhance her look!

Magenta Magic Shoulder Length Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Part hair as desired. Choose the side you prefer the braid to be on.
2. Create an inside braid and use 2 bobby pins to secure in the shape of an x.
3. Straighten remaining hair with a flat iron inwards towards your face.
4. Use hairspray for light hold.

Recommended Products:

For a punky, funky magenta, use Jerome Russell’s Punky Color, “Red Wine”.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval face shapes best suit this style along with smooth to natural hair types with medium lengths.

Tip(s):

For brighter results use a lightener on the section of hair you’d like to dye and strip it to a golden orange before applying the color.

5. Roller. Set. Go!

From the beginning of time, rollers have been a woman’s best friend! Let’s see how you can achieve these flirty swirls.

Roller. Set. Go!Roller. Set. Go! 2

How to Style:

  1. Section hair into 5 sections.
  2. Put rollers into hair using thin slices and securing with flat roller pins.
  3. Brick lay the rollers to avoid splits in the style.
  4. Once completely dry, use Spritz for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

For smooth results, use smooth rollers! It’s that simple.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style. Medium length smooth hair is recommended for this hairdo.

Tip(s):

If you’d like to maintain your curls, wrap your hair! Don’t be afraid of the curls loosening. Once you want to wear the curls, brush out the wrap and use your fingers to create the curls. Trust me, they never really went anywhere.

6. Real Regal

Gorgeous goddess braids don’t have to be simple. Add some butterscotch highlighted ringlets to frame your face, and you’re all set.

Real Regal Real Regal 2

How to Style:

  1. Style hair into 6 goddess braids and gather into a side ponytail.
  2. Curl leftover hair into ringlets using a 1 inch golden curling iron.
  3. Tease hair and use firm holding spray to seal the look.

Recommended Products:

I recommend using Pump It Up Styling Spritz to instantly freeze hair into place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Suits all types of faces. This style works best on smooth medium length hair.

Tip(s):

In addition to styling spritz, use Motions light hold for soft, flexible hold

7. Va-Va Volume

When our hair has volume and life in its natural state, it brings us nothing but confidence. This wash-and-go style has our curl friends’ curious as to how she manipulates her hair. Keep reading to find out how.

Va-Va Volume Shoulder Length Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Wash and towel dry hair to remove majority (70%) of the moisture.

2. Use Denman brush to brush through hair.

3. Apply and manipulate curling custard throughout hair.

4. Use firm holding spray for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try out Crème of Nature Argan Oil Twirling Custard to help keep your ringlets and waves frizz free and full of lustrous shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style fits all face shapes. Curly hair textures are recommended.

Tip(s):

Natural hair can get out of control very quickly! It’s good to use a diluted leave-in conditioner while combing through the hair. A quick spray will re-moisten the hair while working through those annoying knots.

8. Creative Contrast

Braid strands are tucked away neatly under afro kinky hair. This is great for a forgettable evening out.

Creative Contrast Creative Contrast 2

How to Style:

1. Braid hair into desired mohawk style.
2. Sew/crochet extensions into braids to create mohawk. Pin hair into place if needed.
3. Add shine for the finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try out Proclaim’s Shea Butter Leave-In Moisturizer for pure unrefined shea butter.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style. Curly, wavy hair, or anything in between is recommended for this hairdo.

Tip(s):

For amazing results, use Proclaim’s Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. The sulfate-free shampoo replenishes moisture, while the conditioner nourishes and detangles hair.

9. Color Me Blonde

This sleek ombre look makes its way from deep brown into a creamy caramel color. Loose waves trickle over her shoulder as she smiles at the world. How does she do it?

Color Me Blonde Shoulder Style 2 Color Me Blonde

How to Style:

1. From the top of your head, section out a horseshoe portion of hair to be left out.
2. Braid the rest of your hair on a slant down to nape. Sew the ends to head in a crisscross pattern to keep hair flat as possible.
3. Sew extensions to hair.
4. Flat iron the portion of hair on top. Blend with extensions.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Nude Malaysian Remy Loose Deep extensions for a healthy, sleek and gentle hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A slender face shape will suit this style best. Medium to long lengths and smooth texture hair is ideal.

Tip(s):

To ensure smooth, realistic hair extensions, instead of adding loose extension hair to cornrows use thick black thread.

10. Upbeat Up-do

Playful curled locs can mold quickly into your very own signature style. All you need is some pipe cleaners!

Upbeat Shoulder Length Up-do

How to Style:

1. Tie one end of the pipe cleaner around the root of loc and proceed to wrap it all the way to the end. Repeat until entire head is complete.
2. Completely dry locs before removing pipe cleaners.
3. Take the back section of the head and pin up locs in preferred style.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Pipe cleaners or flexirods are great for executing this style. These can be found at any hair store or online.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style. Medium length dreads suit this style best.

Tip(s): 

For more sculpted styles, you can use black or brown pipe cleaners and leave them in to help mold the hair into intricate shapes.

11. Charlie’s Angel

This 1980’s style has comeback around in a huge way! The subtle ombre gives our angel a soft, yet rich color which totally compliments her skin tone.

Charlie's Angel

How to Style:

1. Make a middle part, dividing the bangs equally to frame face.
2. Use 2 inch golden barrel curling iron to curl hair away from face.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Luster’s Pink Stylin’ Shaper is a humidity-resistant thermal protectant that helps shield hair from heat and helps damaged hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style, and smooth, medium length hair suits this style best.

Tip(s):

Use Luster’s Smooth Touch Olive Oil Sheen Spray. It will help make your hair more manageable and bring a great glimmer and shine.

12. Gorgeous Whirls

This burgundy hued beauty is rocking highlights all over. She’s definitely ready for a night out on the town!

Gorgeous Whirls Shoulder Length LookGorgeous Whirls 2

How to Style:

1. Part hair as desired.
2. Start curling the hair towards the left into ringlets for the first row.
3. For the second row above, curl hair in the opposite direction.
4. Continue until the entire head is completely curled.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

For smooth curls, use a mix of Marcel wax and L’Oreal Mythic Oil for extra shine and protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style, and smooth textured, medium to long length hair suit this style best.

Tip(s):

If you want to try another oil with the Marcel wax, I suggest Mizani’s Supreme Oil which delivers soft, supple and seriously smooth strands!

13. Be the Topic

This mane is fashioned into a sleek do that veils one eye. With this look, you will be the talk of the town.

Be the Topic Shoulder Length StyleBe the Topic 2

How to Style:

1. Part hair on preferred side.
2. Use a touch of Apricot oil and L’oreal’s Liss control to protect hair from heat.
3. Flat iron hair to perfection with a slight bend on the ends. Curl bangs away from face and the rest of the hair towards the face.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

For luster and shine, deep conditioning is the answer! Try out Dr. Miracle’s Double Deep Moisturizing Masque for a bit of pampering for your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style and smooth, medium length hair will suit this style best.

Tip(s):

When preparing for bed, remember to wrap hair with a  silk or satin bonnet.

14. Bun’d Baby

Our adorable princess is rocking a high bun with a few loose ringlets. She’s ready for her first day of day care!

Bun'd Baby Shoulder Length Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Smooth hair into high pony tail.
2. Leave some strands out at the front and curl ringlets using ½ inch wand.
3. Roll left over hair into bun and pin into place.
4. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Check out Aunt Jackie’s Girls for a wonderful line that includes Soft and Sassy conditioner for that naturalista in training.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A round face shape will suit this style and medium length, smooth textured hair suits this style best.

Tip(s):

Aunt Jackie’s Girls also has a leave-in conditioner call Knot Havin’ It! This is for all those little girls who may have a hard time with combing out their hair. Some of our princesses tend to have tender heads, so this product should really help out.

15. So Dynamic

This intricate high bun is nicely woven into royalty. Whether it be her wedding day or another special event, she’s set.

So Dynamic Shoulder-Length Look

How to Style:

1. Part and section out bangs.
2. Smooth the rest of hair into ponytail. Create a bun by rolling hair in different directions and pin into place.
3. Smooth bangs to preferred side and spray into place.
4. Use light firm spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Fantasia’s Hair Polisher Firm Hold Edges smoothing gel is vital for holding up this regal style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape will suit this style and any texture, short to medium length hair will suit this style best.

Tip(s):

Some people don’t like using edge control because they really don’t know how to use it. Make sure to just use a bit of edge control at a time. Use your fingers for edges and if you’re using it to smooth hair into a ponytail, rub it in the palm of your hands and use a smoothing brush to help direct the hair appropriately.

16. Go Bold

This modernized mullet proves to be fashionable and stylish with its layered look.

Go Bold Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Flat iron hair and slightly curl ends outwards.
2. Curl the top of the style to preferred side.
3. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try out Orofluido. It’s mixed with 3 natural oils that awaken the beauty in your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A slender face shape will suit this style and smooth textured, medium length hair will suit this style best.

Tip(s):

Products are not nationality specific! Try using dry shampoo for braids, weave, or extremely greasy hair.

17. Make a Fierce Statement

Don’t you love this asymmetrical attraction with touches of coppery highlights in the bangs? Read below to find out how to style it.

Make a Fierce Shoulder-Length Statement

How to Style:

1. Part hair as desired.
2. Braid hair down and sew ends in a crisscross pattern.
3. Sew extensions to hair covering entire head.
4. Flat iron hair with slight bend. Curl bangs away from face.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Purchase silky hair from Secret Extensions.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape and textured, medium length hair will suit this style.

Tip(s):

Go to the Secret Extensions site  for great deals on hair now! Either blend the hair or buy hair for a full weave.

18. Caramel Cuteness

A soft blend of deep brown to caramel, coiled over each other define this hairdo.

Caramel Cuteness

How to Style:

  1. Braid hair down and sew ends in a crisscross pattern.
  2. Sew extensions to hair covering entire head.
  3. Curl hair away from face using a 2inch curling iron.
  4. Smooth hair to preferred side and pin into place. Make sure curls are styled as desired.
  5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Buy Outre Beat Brazilian Remi from your closest Beauty Supply Warehouse. You can find this brand on sale right now.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape and hair texture in medium length will best suit this style.

Tip(s):

To maintain extensions once carefully removed, thoroughly wash hair. Put conditioner in a small pot and boil hair for 5-7minutes. Rinse with cool water. Use a hooded dryer to dry hair.

19. Sculpted Locs

Before, we explored the spiral locs but now you can add some flat twists to this beloved style.

Sculpted Shoulder Length Locs

How to Style:

1. Pre-curl locs using the pipe cleaner method.
2. Take a horizontal section from ear to ear and flat twist hair, and then use a loc to wrap around the end of the twist or use a rubber band.
3. Repeat step 2, 3-4 times.
4. Style the curls that are leftover on the side. Use pins if necessary.
5. Use light finishing spray for hold.

 Recommended Products:

Use Jane Carter’s Natural Hold Locking Spray to hold freshly twisted hair and for smoothing locks.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape and medium to long length locs will suit this style.

Tip(s):

If your locs have not grown to your desired length, add faux locs to the ends. You no longer have to wait for great length. Use Vivica Fox kinky hair for natural results.

20. Shear Perfection 

At the end of the day, all women desire is a terrific set of tresses! These locks are smooth and bouncy with a whole lot of life.

Shear Perfection Shoulder Length Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Roller set the hair and remove rollers when completely dry.
2. Smooth out the roots using a flat iron.
3. Part the hair as desired and spray light hold.
4. Use light sheen spray for hold.

Recommended Products:

For our sisters who have relaxed hair, use the moisturizing and conditioning shampoo from Salon Finish for that buttery smooth finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Slender face shapes and smooth, medium length hair suit this style best.

Tip(s):

After rinsing your relaxer out, use Salon Finish Shampoo twice and then your neutralizer and conditioner. Use the nozzle and strong water pressure to comb out the knots. You will thank me when you discover your amazing results!

I hope you can find among all these gorgeous shoulder length hairstyles the perfect look for you. Season Greetings and Happy New Year to all my dedicated readers. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you for your continued support!