56 Popular Short Hairstyles for Black Women in 2018

When you really want to make an appearance or stand out in a crowd, short hair is a perfect go-to. Pixie and bob cuts are perfect for an everyday hairdo and a few curls added can keep you looking fun and fierce. Whether highlighted with blonde, purple or red, you can wear any of these pictures of short hairstyles and haircuts for black women with flair and confidence.

Vibrant Purple Balayage

Short Purple Balayage for black women
Instagram @gigidoesmyhair

Add some major pop into your life with this gorgeous vibrant purple short weave.

Black Bowl Cut Weave

Black Bowl Cut Weave for black women
Instagram @kemeonstarstylist

Finger Wave Weave

finger wave weave for african american women
Instagram @elandadunn_stylist

A more modern short black hairstyle for women in their 40’s.

Pin Curl Hairstyle

pin curl hairstyle for black women
Instagram @cthomdmv

These short pin curls on fire with this read and orange blend.

Razor Cut Pixie

razor cut pixie for women with natural black hair
Instagram @hairbyuno

A perfect stylish short haircut never goes wrong on anyone as long as you have the confidence to rock it. This sweet and simple razor cut textured pixie would leave you looking fresh and edgy with any outfit you wear.

Edgy Undercut

edgy undercut for black women
Instagram @pekelariley

The undercut designs are a perfect example of some new trends this season.

Waves & Curls

Waves curls for black women
Instagram @nikki_h_stylist

The waves and curls are a great way to spice up your standard black pixie.

Copper Pixie Cut Bob

Copper Pixie Cut Bob for black women
Instagram @mrskj5

This TWA copper pixie bob is a bold look for a bold personality. Do you have what it takes?

Faux Locs Bob Crochet

faux locs bob crochet for black women
Instagram @vanitybydanit

This neck length cut has unique crochet tresses that black ladies with the right personality can really pull off.

Tapered Crochet Pixie Cut

tapered crochet pixie cut for black american women
Instagram @onyestyles

This short black haircut is a unique mix of black and dark tresses.

Disconnect Faux Hawk Fade

disconnected faux hawk for black women
Instagram @floyds99nation

Balancing the volume up on top with those playful ringlets while keeping the sides short with an edgy surgical line is a great way to get the eyes up to your cool hair.

Silver Pixie Cut

A gorgeous black pixie cut for older women with gray hair.

Q&A with style creator, Shakeela
Stylist in Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as Simply Beautiful. My favorite thing about this short hairstyle is that it’s lightly curled so it goes in any direction that you want.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a very simple short hairstyle. It doesn’t require too much maintenance. It’s a great hairstyle for someone on the go. They will have to simply just use a silk scarf at night, wake up and add just a little oil. If the client has to bleach their hair to achieve this look, then oil will most definitely be necessary. However, this particular client’s hair has turned this color naturally, so it’s perfect for her.

Purple Curly Pixie

Q&A with style creator, Paula Britt
Educator & Owner @ Blendz Salon in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as a short curly pixie cut. It’s extremely feminine yet radical with color. This client is partially relaxed (around the perimeter) and naturally curly in the crown. She reminds me of the vintage photos of Rosie the Riveter. She exudes strength and at the same time looks submissive. In an eclectic kinda way.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style can be worn by many different face shapes. Although texture plays a significant role in the way that the curls lay, it can be achieved with the use of a flat iron and minimal product.

The hair color was achieved by a lifting the hair using a foiling method leaving the roots lower for a multidimensional look.

Short Gold Pixie Lines

short gold pixie haircut for black women
Instagram @greg_gilmore

An eye-popping’ short black haircut with thick hair with surgical lines that give it that added flair.

Q&A with style creator, Greg Gilmore
Owner / Hair Artist @ Modern Hairitage Studio in West Hollywood, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a very bold look and one that takes a confident person to wear. However, it can also inspire confidence in the wearer as well. My favorite thing about this look is the distinctive flavor it gives very sold, very bold.

It’s a level 7-8, cool gold, reminiscent of the 90’s. Usually, people are going for the higher lift blondes, but we opted for this tone that really complimented her skin tone.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would say that this would require a lot of moisturizing and that would consist of regular, weekly deep conditions with an intense moisturizer such as Design Essential’s Almond and Avocado Conditioner and or Design Essentials Coconut, and a Mono Moisture Masque.

It’s very important to follow up with a great leave-in conditioner such as Almond and Avocado Leave In or from the Coconut and Monoi line.

My client here has natural coils hair type, which can be naturally dry so it’s important for her to keep it moisturized. It’s also important to apply products that will protect her follicles from the elements such as curling creams and or essential/botanical oils ( jojoba oil, argan oil, hairdressings/pomades).

This is a wet and go type of style, so it would be important to rinse the hair and add more product to the hair each day to recreate the look or redefine the curls again. Keeping this hair moisturized is what’s needed for the long-term success of the style.

Box Braids

box braids hairstyle for black women
Instagram @superbraider_

Q&A with style creator, Kisha Jackson
Licensed Hair Braider @ Super Braider LLC in Miami, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is called a short bob plaits. I love this look because it gives the braids distinct characteristics that will last as long as you care for it properly. Braids in itself are also good for hair growth if properly done and cared for.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For shape, always sleep with a bonnet to keep the braids to a curve and prevent frizz.

If possible, hair no longer than shoulder length works best for this style and preferably hair with texture.

(Ladies stay away from the perms! )

This style looks best on people with long thin faces.

This style is ideal for individuals that like to get up and go, while still keeping an edgy, yet professional look.

Pixie Waves

Pixie Waves for black women
Instagram @bonefide.hair

Q&A with style creator, Bo Lenoir
Salon Owner / License Cosmo @ Bonefide Hair in Lakewood, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is best described as the wave look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is look is universal because it frames the face when styling. The stylist will adjust the curls to lay in a certain position to accommodate the client.

Stylish Pompadour Undercut

Stylish Pompadour Undercut for black women
Instagram @hairbiz1

Q&A with style creator, Monika Parham
Master Stylist @ Salon Ramsey in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this particular short hairstyle as a pompadour. This particular client said “just do whatever you feel”, and this was the result.

My favorite thing about it is that it’s funky yet clean at the same time.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First and foremost, be willing to simply rock the cut! The cut itself supports the style, so there is no need for heavy sprays and spritzes. I did style this particular look with a holding spray, but nothing that would make the hair hard.

This style is most flattering on women with fuller faces because of the height and closeness on the sides give a slimming appearance. However, if you are a trend-setting, adventurous, live on the edge type of woman, I say go for it!

For home care, a styling pomade or curling wax can be used to smooth the sides and back. Use the same product to pull the hair upward and maintain the height.

Short Disconnected Cut

Q&A with style creator, Karen D. Wilson
Stylist / Owner @ Natural Root Salons in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look?

I describe this look as a short disconnected cut. What I love about this look is the color and the way the hair falls in the front of the face.

I also love the layers that were created for this cut. They are a soft, feminine touch to complete the look. The stylist must be awesome!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider the cut and what versatility you can once you achieve the cut. Adding color only makes the cut more attractive. This style is very low maintenance and you don’t need to use a lot of products. The magic is all in the cut!

This cut can be customized for every face shape. Happy cutting!

Blonde Pixie Cut

Blonde Pixie Cut for women with black hair
Instagram @b_andrew_hair

Q&A with style creator, Brian Andrew
Hairstylist @ Hair By Brian in Bronx, NY


How would you describe this look?

It’s bold, it’s vibrant, and it’s a statement!

My favorite thing about this look is that it works for all hair types and textures and that it’s fun and flirty. The best part about the coloring process is watching the hair go from one dynamic to another. Color has a tendency to brighten up the face and highlight specific features like the eyes and cheekbones.

A platinum blonde color on African American women is no longer taboo, it’s fierce and sophisticated. For too long only darker tones and hues were reserved for African American women, but this year it’s go bold and have fun with colors. I predict that platinum blonde will be the hot trendy color for spring/summer.

All color, cut, and styling are customized specifically to the client and I use their current style and lifestyle to play up the look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For a client that’s thinking about this look, I would take a close look at the health of the hair and ask a battery of questions such as:

How often do you visit the salon?

What is your current hair care regimen?

Do you have an active lifestyle?

Are you currently on medication?

Do you have any hair concerns?

I would also like to add that hair type doesn’t matter much, it’s the aftercare that is most important. Blonde is very drying to the hair, so the client must keep the hair moisturized with regular treatments and use product geared toward color treated hair.

One thing to note is not all haircare lines are created equal, so I include a product discussion as part of my consultation. I put together a plan that fits the needs of each client and work my magic from there.

Teenie Weenie Afro (TWA)

Teenie Weenie Afro for black women
Instagram @jaivali

Q&A with style creator, Vernita Ali
Freelance Cosmetologist & Barber @ Hair by Etc Etc in Ewa Beach, HI


How would you describe this look?

I would best describe this look as a TWA (teenie weenie afro). This look can be rocked by all natural haired women with or without color in their hair.

My favorite thing about the TWA is the different ways it can be styled. It complements a woman in a way that says she’s fierce, serious, and confident. I am currently rocking this look and short hair just makes me feel exhilarated. I am at my best with short hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I’d advise an existing or new client to make sure they are certain they would like short hair if they are going for a big chop, because the grow-back process can be bumpy. If it’s a client who is already a short hair girl, I’d simply educate them on tools to maintain their look of choice.

Some of my favorite go-to products are Creme of Nature Perfect Edges, Lotta Body to get those curls bursting and moisturize the hair, and black castor oil with lavender in it for shine, strength, and growth. Shampoo and conditioning all hair types is very important, but for natural African American women to get health and strength in each strand, I use Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer. I also use Matrix Oil Wonders shampoo and conditioner. For color clients, I use the Paul Mitchell Color Protect shampoo and Ultimate Color Repair conditioner to help preserve the color the client has invested so much time and money into.

As far as styling goes, a TWA is very simple to style, but the maintenance can seem a bit of a hassle for those who do not even shampoo their own hair. I recommend making sure you see your stylist regularly if that applies to you. Otherwise, flat twist, flexi rods, perm rods, or simply scrunching the hair with your hands can create a beautiful fro with the natural curl pattern and, of course, some products to give the hair shine and body.

The TWA is for any woman who is in the military, a stay at home mom, or even a corporate woman/entrepreneur. An oval-shaped head is ideal, but just because you may not have that bone structure doesn’t mean you can’t wear what makes you happy.

Cropped Cut

Cropped Cut for black women
Instagram @aaronscottlacy

Q&A with style creator, Aaron Scott Lacy
Artist & Educator @ theFactory in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a cropped haircut. My favorite thing about this look is how there is nothing to hide behind. The cut draws emphasis to your natural features while simultaneously complementing them with a minimalistic look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this type of cut based on a number of factors regarding suitability. A cropped haircut is ideal for a woman with soft features, a reluctance to spend hours styling their hair, and a preference to look and feel unique.

Chocolate Brown Curly Pixie Cut

Chocolate Brown Curly Pixie Cut for african american women
Instagram @bethtastik

Q&A with style creator, Beth Johnson
Curly Hair Specialist @ Southern Curl in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

I describe this look as fun and feminine. A lot of women with natural curls are afraid of short hair because they think it won’t be flattering to their face or they won’t look feminine. This look is all about the shape.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Short hair can take less time to style, but it may need to be styled more often. When your hair is long, it’s easy to throw it up into a bun or puff until you’re ready to wash. Short hair will need a little more care throughout the week to look its best.

Brown Highlights

Brown Highlights for black women
Style by Kanitra Barrett, Micah Thomas Studios, Covington, GA

Showing up fashionably late with this style is ok in my book! The cut and color go so well with her fashion. Look below for details.

How to Style:

  1. Mold wet hair from the center of head down in the back, down to the sides of the ear and down to the front
  2. Use flat iron to slightly bevel hair. Style fringe as desired.
  3. Use sheen for a shiny finish.

Recommended Products:

Use coconut oil to give your hair a healthy shine while protecting your hair from the inside out.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and round shaped faces with relaxed hair can pull off this style.

Tip(s):

A hairstyle is only part of the package. Make sure your life style and personality match up.

Golden Blonde Highlights and Layers

Golden Blonde Highlights and Layers hairstyle for black women
Style by Courtney Garcia, Royal Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

This is a short bob with light brown and golden blonde highlights.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in a circle.
  2. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for a perfect hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for heart and square face shapes.

Chin-Length Bob with Caramel Highlights

Chin-Length Bob with Caramel Highlights for black women
Style by Alvienia Middleton, B-Hive Salon, Richland, WA

The strategically placed highlights in this black bob denote style and grace while the cut and length will help you get out the door in seconds.

How to Style:

  1. Section hair on preferred side.
  2. Flat iron bone straight.
  3. Add shine promoting product to finish.

Recommended Products:

Women should use Shea Cocoa Leave-in Conditioner to keep hair moisturized.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Beautiful for every texture of hair and my ladies with oval faces.

Tip(s):

To keep hair looking straight and feeling soft, wrap your hair into a beehive style, then place a head scarf on it before going to sleep.

Choppy and Spiky Pixie Cut

Choppy and Spiky Pixie Cut for natural hair women
Style by Alvienia Middleton, Blue Velvet Hair Studio, Laurel, MD

Do you want a style that will last? This one is perfect for you. Little to no curling plus a simple head tie at night and in the morning you’re set!

How to Style:

  1. Mold hair while wet in slight circular motion.
  2. Set and sit under heated dryer until dry.

Recommended Products:

Try  Carol’s Daughter Tui Moisturizing Oil for shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: 

This style especially suits oval and round shaped faces.

Tip(s):

Eating healthy foods can keep your hair strong and lustrous and also prevent hair loss. Foods such as flax seed, milk and tuna are great for the health of  your hair and body.

Inverted Curls

Inverted Curls for black women
Style by Ebony Curtis, A Lady Becoming Salon, Laurel, MD

This modern cut can carry you from week to week, requiring the most maintenance at the crown.  But don’t worry, it’s easy to work with!

How to Style:

  1. Make a side part.
  2. Use  a 1/2 inch curling iron to curl both sides toward the side part.
  3. Use sheen product for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

A hairspray product is a must for ultimate hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style suits round faces best. Relaxed and texturized sisters, this one’s for you.

Tip(s):

To keep this style intact, use a rectangle shaped head tie. For additional support, use a bonnet over the head tie.

Side Swept Bangs with Copper Hair

Side Swept Bangs with Copper Hair for black women
Style by PAMELA WEBSTER, Greg’s Professional Barber and Beauty Salon, Mobile, AL

The side copper swept fringe style is particularly popular.  It’s tapered edges and bangs make it a favorite of short hair divas who want a chic and easy look.

How to Style:

  1. Use a 1/2 inch flat iron or curling iron to slightly curl sides and back of the head.
  2. Flat iron towards the face. Sweep hair to the preferred side for long fringe effect.
  3. Use serum for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try natural grape seed oil for heat protection and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Relaxed and texturized hair is best for achieving this straight short hairstyle.  This style is suited for beautiful round or oval faces.

Tip(s):

Opt out of saturating hair with too much product.  This will contribute to the soft and light look.

Side Swept Bangs

Side Swept Bangs for black women
Style by LASHONDA HOWARD, First Impressions, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

This short hairstyle is great for a day at work and for a night out on the town!

How to Style:

  1. Mold wet hair from the center of head down in the back, down to the sides of the ear and down to the front.
  2. Part hair on the desired side and dry.
  3. Use a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch curling iron for the sides and back.
  4. Flat iron to the side.

Recommended Products:

Use Design Essentials Relaxer for soft texture.  After, try their 6 in 1  Conditioning Treatment which will rejuvenate your hair with the moisture needed for the chemical relaxer service.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style works great for relaxed and texturized hair.  This style flatters round and oval shaped faces.

Tip(s):

If you have just relaxed your hair and wish to have color, use a colored clip-in weave to avoid excessive chemical processing. Use taper shears to blend the weave with your relaxed hair.

Classy Asymmetrical Bob

Classy Asymmetrical Bob for black women
Style by Kanitra Barrett, Micah Thomas Studios, Covington, GA

The soft wave curls of this asymetrical black bob lay ever so gently over the ears for a classic and fresh look.

How to Style:

  1. Part hair as desired.
  2. Section by section, flat iron. Curl bottom of hair towards the middle of head for similar effect.
  3. Use serum for soft shiny results.

Recommended Products:

Try Jane Carter Solution leave-in conditioner to de-tangle and protect hair while heat styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style best suits oval faces. Texturized, relaxed, or natural women can wear this style.

Tip(s):

Getting hair treatments every 2 to 3 weeks will keep your look fresh and heads turning.

Natural Curl Hair

Natural Nancy Wash and Go Look for women with black natural hair
Style by KATRINA AMMONS, A Perfect Image Hair Studio, Hampton, VA

This is the ever popular and low maintenance wash and go.  Perfect for women with natural curls and are always on the move!

How to Style:

  1. After washing hair, lightly blot out about 30% of the water in hair.
  2. Use curling mousse to set and define curl.
  3. Use sheen for a shiny finish.

Recommended Products:

Try using Got2B Curling Mousse by Schwarzkopf. It gives high volume and has double curling power.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape would look great in this style. This style compliments short curly hair.

Tip(s):

If your face is small fold and your hair back so that your hair doesn’t overpower your face.

Flipped Side Bob

Flipped Side Bob for black women
Style by MARIE COLEUS, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

A cute bob is an easy to do style. Saved time in the bathroom means more time to get things done.

How to Style:

  1. Part hair as desired.
  2. Choose the side that will be beveled under. Use a 1 inch curling iron to curl hair as seen in the photo.
  3. Take fringe section all the way to behind the ear and flip hair using 1 inch curling iron.

Recommended Products:

Jane Carter Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum helps heal and soothe your scalp using all natural essential oils, botanicals, and vitamins.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks best on round and oval faces.  All textures can enjoy this fun do.

Tip(s):

Minimize heat styling by  flat ironing no more than once a week. If you are successful, try stretching the time between each heat styling session by a few more days since too much heat can make your hair brittle and weak.

Classic Bevel Under

Classic Bevel Under for natural hair
Style by LACEY SINGLETON, Upscale Hair Salon, Savannah, GA

Framing your face with subtle curls always makes for a cute style. Check below for ways to achieve this look.

How to Style:

  1. blow dry as straight as possible.
  2. Use a 1 ½ inch gold barrel curling iron to style.
  3. Comb fringe towards the front side of face. Bevel under slightly.

Recommended Products:

Try Motions Weightless Conditioning Shampoo for a wonderful bounce and lots of body.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All types of faces and hair textures can rock this do anytime, anywhere.

Tip(s):

You are what you eat! Make sure you are eating foods such as salmon, walnuts, sweet potatoes and oysters to grow healthy and strong hair.

Super-Short Pixie Cut

Super-Short Pixie Cut for black women
Style by KATRINA AMMONS, A Perfect Image Hair Studio, Hampton, VA

This black cute pixie cut is fashion-forward, fresh and beautiful.

How to Style:

  1. Mold wet hair from the center of head down in the back, down to the sides of the ear and down to the front.
  2. Slightly curl hair with flat iron. To achieve this look, refrain from making too tight of a curl.

Recommended Products:

Try using vitamin-rich almond oil to moisturize your scalp, prevent split ends and promote soft and silky hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is best for round and oval-shaped faces. Relaxed hair will give the sleek look needed for this do.

Tip(s):

When lining the hair at the nape of the neck, be sure to use alcohol to wipe away any dirt from the blade on the liner.

Layered Bob with Center Part

Layered Bob with Center Part hairstyle for black women
Style by ANGIE WILSON, Amanda’s Salon 2844, Charlotte, NC

A short layered bob with volume and shine will keep heads turning! This hair on the go is easy to maintain.

How to Style:

  1. Make section part in the middle of head.
  2. Curl hair away from the face.
  3. Use finishing spray for added shine.

Recommended Products:

Use Olive Oil Professional Replenishing Conditioner to restore moisture and rebuild damaged hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on ladies with oval faces and when your hair is relaxed or texturized hair.

Tip(s):

For added flare place peek-a-boo hair colors on the sides.

Natural Updo with Micro Braids

Natural Updo with Micro Braids for black women
Style by RASHEEDA BERRY, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

This funky short natural updo will last about a week before you need to retouch it.

How to Style:

  1. Make 2 vertical partings from temples of the head to nape of neck.
  2. Braid the outer sections in style desired. Use mini black rubber bands to hold each braid in place.
  3. Use curly pudding on the middle section to define curl.
  4. Use sheen for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream is for black curly hair, or hair that’s wavy, and will help give great definition. If your curls are frizzy, you can also try  Moroccan Curl Control Mousse.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This does look best on oval faces and natural hair types.

Tip(s):

Stay away from heavy grease or wax so  your curls don’t lose there body.

Classy Layers

Classy Layers for black women
Style by LACEY SINGLETON, Upscale Hair Salon, Savannah, GA

Classy layers plus healthy hair makes for an attention-grabbing short hairstyle.

How to Style:

  1. After using heat protectant, blow dry straight.
  2. Flat iron, section by section.
  3. Slightly curl the ends of the hair using vertical partings.
  4. Use serum for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Ultra Sheen Gro Natural has a hair and scalp treatment that is a lightweight oil. As it does contain some mineral oil, be sure to only use as much as needed.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Every face shape and every texture can wear this becoming hairdo.

Tip(s):

Wrapping your hair at night is great for keeping your hair moisturized and  straight for this style,  but it can be a difficult task for first timers. Purchase a silk pillow cover  in case your head tie comes off during the night.

Curly Coils for Thick Hair

Curly Coils for Thick Hair for black women
Style by PATRICIA CLINKSCALES, Why Knot Hair Salon, Fayetteville, NC

Tight curls can look contemporary and without having to look messy. This look will last longer and save you time in your morning rush.

How to Style:

  1. Wash hair and towel blot dry so that hair is 30% dry.
  2. Use soft rods or flexi rods to wrap hair around rod. Use end paper to prevent fishhooks at the end of your hair.
  3. Sit under dryer until the style is completely dry.
  4. Remove rods and separate curl if desired.
  5. Use finishing spray and sheen.

Recommended Products:

Use Kinky Curly Curling Custard on your curls for long-lasting hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A beautiful oval shaped face with natural hair can wear this style.

Tip(s):

If it’s the winter season and you want to protect your hair from the cold, make a wig and keep your hair braided underneath. This way you are able to moisten your scalp and hair when needed.

Copper Red Highlights with Fringe

Copper Red Highlights with Fringe for black american women
Style by LaRhonda Fields, Royal Designs, Oklahoma City, OK

Sleek and clean always makes the cut. See details below on how to achieve this look.

How to Style:

  1. Mold wet hair from the center of head down in the back, down to the sides of the ear and down to the front.
  2. Choose the desired parting where fringe will lay.
  3. Slightly curl middle of the head forward to the face.

Recommended Products:

Tea Tree oil is great to add to your shampoos or conditioners to enhance the cleansing ability.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style looks great on women with oval shaped faces with relaxed hair.

Tip(s):

Use a wide tooth comb to separate curls and for blending purposes.

Blonde and Red Highlights

Blonde and Red Highlights for black ladies
Style by Angela Vickers, Staci Salon and Boutique, Oklahoma City, OK

The red and blond in this style really stands out and makes a bold statement. This easy to maintain do is a show stopper!

How to Style:

  1. Part hair as desired on preferred side.
  2. Curl hair using a 1 ½ inch barrel iron only on the ends of the hair.
  3. Add colored clip in weave to top and sides of hair. Make sure your hair covers the clip in completely.
  4. Use sheen for additional shine.

Recommended Products:

Use antioxidant-rich pomegranate oil to repair dry and damaged hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style works best with round face shapes.  Relaxed and texturized hair are perfect for this do.

Tip(s):

When adding clip-ins, slightly back comb the area where you want to place the piece.  Follow up with hair spray. This technique will help secure the clip in.

Blonde Buzz Cut

Blonde Buzz Cut for black women
Style by MELODY TRICE, MELODY’S BEAUTY SALON, Linden, AL

This almost buzzed cut is the easiest low maintenance short hairstyle out there!

How to Style:

1. Drench hair with water.
2. Apply curl activator evenly throughout hair.
3. Sit under hooded dryer until ready or leave style to air dry.
4. Use sheen for finishing touches.

Recommended Products:

Try Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Leave-in conditioner for curl definition.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This styles best suits individuals with round faces and natural hair.

Tip(s):

If you’ve colored your hair blond, stay away from using black gel.

These easy to maintain hair dos will save you lots of time and stress. So go ahead and book an appointment with your stylist to request a fresh, easy to style cut with a dash of color so you can continue on being that awesome black woman on a schedule that everyone loves. Work hard, stay humble, and keep it moving!

Short But Fierce Pixie Cut with Bangs

Short But Fierce Pixie Cut with Bangs for black women
Style by TERRESA MURRAY, Hair Explosion, Panama City, FL

This style features short, sexy curls and a nice bang.

How To:

  1. Curl hair all over with curling iron.
  2. Heighten the top by using super hold spray..

Recommended Products:

I recommend super hold spray, not spritz for a lasting hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for round and heart  face shapes.

Edgy Mohawk

edgy mohawk for a black woman
Style by Tammy R. Herod, Tammy’s Hair Gallery, Oxford, MA

This style features a funky quick-weave mohawk.

How To:

  1. Mold the sides down.
  2. Curl the rest of the hair as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for perfect curls and hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for heart face shapes.

Classy Curls

classy curls for black women
Style by DRE RAMSEUR BLANTON, Hair Infiniti Wellness Salon, Charlotte, NC

This do is a classy short hairstyle that is very easy to manage and great for everyday living.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under hooded dryer and allow to dry for about  30 minutes.
  3. Comb out and style.

Recommended Products:

Use Paul Mitchell’s Skinny Serum, mousse and heat protectant for the perfect coiffure.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for any face shape.

Short and Choppy

short and choppy for black women
Style by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

This style features a haircut with volume at the top to heighten the style.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in a circle.
  2. Allow her to dry for 30minutes under dryer.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for perfect curls and hold.

Best face shape:

This style suits all face shapes.

Cherry Bomb Layered Hair

cherry bomb short layered hair for black women
Style by Barbaralene Sellars, Heavenly Creations, Burlington, NC

This style features soft curls flowing into a layered smooth short haircut.

How To:

  1. Mold the sides down.
  2. Sit under dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Try  Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell along with your favorite mousse for a lasting style.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for any face shape.

Orange Sapphire

orange sapphire for black women
Style by Sheleta Mason, Shelia’s Creative Hair Designs, GREENSBORO, NC

This is a burnt orange hair color with curls going opposite the face.  This do is perfect for a summer day or any special occasion.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under hooded dryer and allow to dry for about  30 minutes.
  3. Comb out and style.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for perfect curls and hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for heart face shapes.

Wavy & Tousled for Older Women

Wavy & Tousled for Older Women for black women
Style by Alvienia Middleton, Blue Velvet Hair Studio, Laurel, MD

This style features red layers falling on top of a black, flat and smooth cut.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and heat protectant.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for all face shapes.

Ruby Red for Women over 40

ruby red for women over 40 for black women
Style by Sheleta Mason, Shelia’s Creative Hair Designs, GREENSBORO, NC

This cool style features nice subtle curls softly flowing into a concave cut.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and Paul Mitchell’s Skinny Serum.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for any face shape.

Honey Blonde

Honey Blonde for black women
Style by ASHLEY WHEELER, Godly Image Hair Studio Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

This cut features a nice honey blonde hair color to compliment the model’s soft brown skin tone.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products: 

Use quality  foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for perfect curls and hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for all face shapes.

Ribbon Curls for Women over 50

Ribbon Curls for Women over 50 for black women
Style by PAMELA WEBSTER, Greg’s Professional Barber and Beauty Salon, Mobile, AL

This style features tighter curls for a beautiful comb out.

How To:

  1. Mold hair in circle.
  2. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes.
  3. Comb out then style as desired.

Recommended Products:

Use quality foaming mousse and light holding styling spritz for perfect curls and hold.

Best face shape:

This style is suitable for heart and square face shapes.

Curly Chin-Length Bob

Curled Chin lengthh Bob for black women
Style by LACEY SINGLETON, Upscale Hair Salon, Savannah, GA

This is a classic short curled bob 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.

How To Style:

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

2. blow dry 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.

Inverted Graduated Bob

Inverted Graduated Bob for black women
Style by Marva Williams, Marvalous Hair Studio, Tallahassee, FL

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.

How to style:

  1. Prep hair with a blow dry crème.
  2. blow dry 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 the 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.

Short and Natural Curls

Short and Natural Curls for black women
Style by SHAE THOMPSON, A Heavenly Place In Hair , Walton Beach, FL

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

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 to air dry.
  4. Once 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 natural curls. 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 hairstyle will work best for oval and oblong face shapes.

Modern Asymmetrical Bob

Modern Asymmetrical Bob for black women
Style by SHAKIA ALLEN, 10 Gems Salon, Beaufort, SC

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.

How to style:

  1. Starting with towel-dried hair, prep hair with a blow dry lotion.
  2. blow dry straight with a comb attachment.
  3. Working in small sections, and starting in the nape of the neck, flat iron straight with a light bend on the ends.
  4. In the front, flat iron 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 asymmetrical bob style will work for all face shapes.