11 Pictures of a Tapered Cut for Natural Hair You Have to See

Natural hair tapered cut

A natural tapered cut is a natural haircut that gradually gets shorter in length as it goes down the back of the neck and behind the ears. Tapered cuts are incredibly chic and hassle-free when it comes to upkeep. Plus, you’ll get excited once you learn how crazy versatile this natural hairstyle is!

With your lengthy hair on top, locs and knots are just two of the things you can do to your mane, and your cleanly tapered sides can serve as a canvas for a cool-girl shaved design.

Tapered ‘fros come in different colors and forms – pixie, bobs, faux hawks, with or without bangs, crochet, twist-outs or natural hair – as proven by The Taper Queen, Karess Sydnor‘s feed showing her award-winning creations!

Products and the right tools are key to rocking this edgy short hairstyle. Moisturizing and hold products seal your strands and let you style them easily.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of the boldest natural tapered cut and style ideas.

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Natural Tapered Cut on Pixie

Natural Tapered Cut on Pixie
Instagram @kendrakenshay

A receding, taper cut coming from jam-packed curls will forever be a combination to admire. This also proves that with a braided piece and fashion colors, tapered natural hairstyles on African-American ladies make a neat and head-turning finish!

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Tapered Undercut for Black Women’s Natural Hair

Tapered Undercut for Black Women's Natural Hair
Instagram @ofa.04

The curls on top with the tapered undercut are the maximum coolness that you can achieve. Chic short styles and masculinity in a woman look so good!

Tapered 4c Hair with Blonde Color

Tapered 4c Hair with Blonde Color
Instagram @janainaaisha

It may be hard to maintain but this 4C natural hair with a tapered cut is so worth it! The warm honey blonde hair color definitely adds dimension and vividness to such tapered natural hair.

Tapered TWA For a Round Face

Tapered TWA For a Round Face
Instagram @naturalbeauty365

Clean edges off of this short teeny weeny afro (TWA), creating a stunning tapered TWA haircut to flatter the wide features of a round face. This natural tapered cut with the color job gives nice depth, too. Feel free to also add a shaved line to one side for extra flair.

Tapered Cut For Natural Long Hair

Tapered Cut For Natural Long Hair
Instagram @dariathecurlartist

A tapered cut on long natural curls? Why not! This sister got her curly hair all locked up to make y’all swoon!

Taper and Twist Out for Ladies’ Coils

Taper and Twist Out for Ladies' Coils
Instagram @chasity16janae

Keep those tight twist-outs with the hidden taper haircut and add some hair accessories! With volume, body, and attitude—natural black hair has never been this good!

Tapered Cut For Thin Hair

Tapered Cut For Thin Hair
Instagram @blkhairstory

The short taper fade gives a certain dimension to the whole style. This helps thin-haired girls appear to have fuller hair.

Tapered Sides Perfect for Growing Out Curls

Tapered Sides Perfect for Growing Out Curls
Instagram @natalliapekena

Don’t be shy—give your natural hair a tapered cut because short natural hairstyles deserve all the rave they receive today.

Big Chop with a Taper Fade

This tapered haircut makes a modern look for a woman who is empowered.

Hairstylist Michelle Araújo of Brazil, says “I think this natural tapered hairstyle is a 21st-century look. I see a lot of women doing the same cut because it feels beautiful, and we don’t feel like we need to have long hair anymore. I have never had such short hair like this, and I couldn’t be loving it more.”

To recreate this natural hairstyle, use products that will not give it such a curly definition because it will make it stuck in the head. You can use a very simple leave-in and a lot of fort comb and you’re ready, and Araújo notes that you don’t need to have a specific face shape for this at all.

Short and Natural Tapered Cut

This short and natural tapered haircut was made by stylist Dana Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s is perfect for a lady who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time styling their hair due to a hectic professional or social lifestyle and those who are looking for something edgy and easy to maintain.

Alexander adds, “The best thing about this haircut is the length on top that allows you to have different styling options for different hair types like finger coils, twist out, Bantu knots, rod sets, blowouts, and a regular wash and go.”

Short natural haircuts for black women like this can be customized by working with the shape of the head and face. Alexander notes, “It’s a great option for transitioning women or those who want a shorter, more manageable length but are still looking for styling options.

You can allow your curls to fall free over your face or pushed back for a frohawk look. For this style, Alexander did some finger coils to add definition and control to the curls for a longer-lasting hairstyle.

Edgy Faux Hawk and Natural Tapered Hairstyle

Edgy Faux Hawk and Natural Tapered Hairstyle
Instagram @jmb.hair

This is a natural tapered haircut, jazzed up with a dark copper ombre color. It’s an editorial style mohawk that’s able to be worn day to day. Designed by curl stylist Jason Baker of Ohio, the versatility is one of the cool parts about this cut.

Some positives of a pixie cut on tapered hair are that it’s so simple to style and that you use way less product. Baker further explains, “Having short hair is much easier to manage when doing a wash and go style. Whether that is on 2a or 4c curls, it’s super simple!”