50 Most Captivating African American Short Hairstyles

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There were times when we believed that short hairstyles did not offer us much freedom and variety. Today we are impressed at how versatile short hairstyles can be, especially those stunning styles for African American women, whose hair is naturally thick and dense. Some girls simply start blooming with short hairstyles, while longer hair makes them ordinary. If you haven’t found your perfect short hairstyle yet or seek for new variations, if you do not know how to style your short hair for the coming party so that it looks chic, here is an abundant source of inspiration in pictures.

To wear short hair in the previous century was rather a sign of manliness. Today female short hairstyles look very feminine and sexy. Practically every woman at least once dares to try a chin length or shorter haircut.

The Gist of Short Hairstyles

A beautiful short hairstyle begins from the correct choice of a short haircut, optimal for you personally. Note that short haircuts tend to highlight the shape of your face and your facial features, especially the eyes. That’s why it wouldn’t be appropriate to claim that short hairstyles suit everyone. However, if you can boast of beautiful healthy skin and oval face, you will be a goddess with literally any short hairstyle, starting from an extremely short pixie to a chin-length bob. At the same time, if you believe you have something to conceal, you should be more exacting about the choice of the right short haircut.

In case your face shape is not as perfect as you’d like, you can still correct it even with a short hairstyle. Round faces will benefit from hairstyles with volume on top and thinned sides. Oblong faces, on the contrary, require volume on the sides (waves work very good) and long bangs, blunt cut or slanting.

#1: Hairstyle with Red Balayage Bangs

The classiest short hairstyles for black women involve a combination of pronounced texture and statement color. These black choppy layers, teased and combed to the front burst out into mahogany bangs for a chic hairstyle that doesn’t need length or curls to be feminine and voguish.

#2: Classy Tapered Short Hairstyle

This excellent cut with bangs and tapered nape really shifts the focus towards the models eyes and cheekbones. Not only is it extremely practical and easy to maintain, but it is also more versatile than you would imagine. You can change your look by swapping between hair colors, which is one of the year’s biggest trends. The beautiful lady in this image is sporting a lovely hue similar to Marsala – the trendiest color of the year. We love it!

#3: Wavy Pixie for Thick Hair

A solid black color, thick, wavy texture and a short length make for a style that may seem discreet at first sight, but it is classy and doesn’t distract from your beautiful face, especially if you have big eyes and such a brilliant smile.

#4: Short and Sassy Look

The short and sassy black hairstyle was branded a while back. Since then, it has been a favorite with women, and hair-stylists are confident it will continue to be a trend-setter for years to come. The African American beauty in the image is wearing this playful haircut styled into spikes in the centre and shorter sleek sides. Hair stylists also recommend applying texturing cream and finishing everything off with hairspray in order to achieve the perfect fauxhawk look.

#5: Undercut for Natural Hair

Undercut is a hot trend not only for men. African American ladies can successfully pull off these gorgeous extra short looks with no sacrifice to their femininity. Try a two-tone hair color and maybe some carved designs to make your style even sharper.

#6: Short Curly Vintage Fauxhawk

When vintage and modern blend in one hairstyle so harmoniously, you get a fashion statement ‘do that turns around the perception of your whole look. This pastel pink/red fauxhawk is remarkable from every angle thanks to its stunning texture, flattering silhouette and unhackneyed, appealing color.

#7: Asymmetrical Pixie Haircut

Some simple African American short haircuts manage to make dapper styles. Color and styling can really do wonders. This medium brown hue matches the color of the girl’s eyes and makes her complexion brighter. The effortless side- and front combed short locks draw attention to the beautiful facial features. The beauty of your hairstyle should never overpower your own beauty.

#8: African American Curly Purple Pixie

Dark purple hair color looks interesting on black women, especially if it’s a short hairstyle. Purple in this case is not as expected as different shades of red, so you can count on a fresh look even if you go for your usual curly pixie cut.

#9: Short Bob with Bangs

More and more women are proving that short is the new sexy. The courage of embracing one’s femininity through a masculine short haircut is an undeniable sign of self-confidence. The model in the photo is sporting quite a powerful look: a modern take on the basin-cut bob. The hair strands embrace and define her cheekbones, while the uneven fringe accentuates the eyes. To achieve this look you simply apply hair products on towel-dried hair and style it with a soft paddle brush while blow-drying.

#10: Disconnected Side-Part Hairstyle

Short black hairstyles with accents and edgy twists are no less popular than simple classic styles. You can go for a long colored bang, a dramatic side sweep, undercut, carved designs or… all of them in one style!

#11: Textured Pixie for Natural Hair

The textured short haircut is a modern and fresh style that showcases one’s playful and independent nature. The center-piece of the cut is the Mohawk-like fringe. The sides are tapered and they blend practically seamlessly with the top. If you want to make a stronger impression with this hair style, you may consider dying the fringe in an unusual color.

#12: Short Undercut with Highlights

The undercut has become a classic unisex look. Its beauty lies in the fact that it works with all types of hair, hair colors and hair lengths: long blonde locks, short black hair, you name it. This type of hairstyle is characterized by a longer portion of hair at the top of the head which is styled in a unique way, and closely clipped sides & back. This image is a great example of a curly undercut that has a layered appearance due to the carefully styled highlights.

#13: Adorable Curls and Neat Side Undercut

African American short hairstyles have infinite styling options. For example, you can spice-up the short crop with a long fringe and transform it into something modern and cute. The cool look with side undercuts can be obtained by working the bangs and the top hair into a big curly ‘do. Add some highlights optionally, and you’ll get yourself one sassy hairstyle! Did you know Rihanna wore the same hairstyle on the red carpet?

#14: Black Choppy Haircut with Bangs

The most eye-catching looks today come from the styles which blend a few different textures. A short choppy crown, styled spiky and a longer, sleeker front section is a very good solution for a short length.

#15: Textured Pixie Cut

As much as we love beautiful long locks and edgy hairstyles, simplicity often manages to create the most sophisticated look. In addition to this, black short haircuts are usually more attractive than long ones. Just take a look at this gorgeous simple pixie cut that does nothing more than enhances the model’s natural beauty. The best thing about the short pixie cut is the fact that it requires little to none maintenance. Simply ruffle it up a bit in the morning for a casual look, or add some hair product for a sleek appearance.

#16: Extra Short Natural Hairstyle

Extra short natural hairstyles look very charming and moving. It’s almost like baby’s hair that nevertheless, doesn’t look childish. Yes, hair grows out quickly and you will need an update soon, but that’s the fascination of black short hairstyles like this one.

#17: Asymmetrical Side Part Style

All sorts of black updos with the front section styled like a pillbox hat look very elegant and feminine. If you like this flair, you can re-create it even on the base of a short side part hairstyle with expertly swirled long side bangs.

#18: Sexy Layered Bob

Not every woman feels comfortable with an extra short length. But a bob is probably the only haircut every woman has tried at least once. When it comes to bobs, African American hairstyles are stunning even when no flashy colors or unusual textures are used.

#19: Boyish Short Style with Balayage Highlights

One of our previous examples featured a simple black women short hairstyle. While we believe it’s extremely elegant, some might consider it a little too simple. Don’t worry! You can make the look more exciting by adding vividly colored highlights. Just take a look at these beautiful tangerine streaks!

#20: African American Choppy Pixie Cut

As a rule, short haircuts for black women don’t require long bangs or asymmetrical twists, because they are more into texture. Choppiness suits thick black hair. This cute sassy pixie doesn’t even need any particular styling.

#21: Beautiful Short Black Curls

You know that sought-after mix between effortless and put together? Yeah, well this is it. These curls are just the right combination of natural and all done up—not too loose and not too stiff. The hairstyle is as cute as can be with a slight retro touch.

African American Curly Pixie

Instagram / @najahliketheriver

#22: Cute Blonde Pixie Cut

The best short hairstyles for black women are edgy and bold. Bright colors like gold or red pair so well with warm-toned skin. To recreate this look, have your stylist straighten your hair, but not too much, so it retains some of its natural wavy texture.

Short Blonde Hairstyle For Black Women

Instagram / @khimandi

#23: Edgy Black Spikes

Short cuts with volume and height are what life is all about, right? Get your hair closer to heaven with the right combination of product and heat. Start with a high-powered blowout, and then create twists and spikes with a straightener that has curved edges.

Black Pixie Bob

Instagram / @hairbiz1

#24: Ultra-Modern Cut and Color

We’re loving the combination of blonde and pastel for African American women. So chic! This version of the trend kicks things up a notch with all the right accessories: perfect brows, sparkly earrings, and a bold pink lip.

Short Tapered Hairstyle With Bangs

Instagram / @msklarie

#25: Asymmetrical Style with Side Designs

Short black hairstyles practically beg for edged-out designs. If you’re willing to go super short on the sides, why not add some fresh designs? Ask your stylist to freestyle something just for you, that way it will fit in with your haircut and your head shape.

Short Black Asymmetrical Cut

Instagram / @sorayahstyles

#26: Soft and Flowy African American Bob

The classic bob is a favorite for black women. Whether you get a weave or have your hair straightened doesn’t matter. All that really matters is the shape. This bob is so successful because of its rounded shape and soft, flowy layers.

African American Layered Bob

Instagram / @angieshairsalon

#27: Wild Child Hair Designs

Are you willing to go very short? A faux hawk or mohawk with side designs is definitely attention-grabbing, especially when paired with bleached tips. This style is cool, urban, and unique. Pair it with bold earrings and makeup for a more feminine look.

Short Black Mohawk For Women

Instagram / @starlinerz

#28: Golden Bronze Layers

African American hairstyles have a lot of freedom in terms of color. This hue is gorgeous against deep skin tones but would look out of place on anyone else. If you’ve never tried bright bronze before, now’s the time. To keep it classy, ask your stylist for slightly darker roots and lots of layers.

African American Honey Blonde Bob

Instagram / @stylebycre

#29: Elegant African American Finger Waves

Finger waves are a favorite for African hairstyles. Short hair needs structure, otherwise it can get really boring really quick. With structured waves and curls like these, short hair becomes elegant and refined. Be prepared to get your hair done regularly, as finger waves are very difficult to do at home.

#30: Cool Platinum Bowl Cut

Cool-toned platinum hair is ultra-modern. Channel your inner diva with bright, silvery hair that’s cut to perfection. While not everyone can rock a bowl cut, it’s a style that most black girls can pull off with ease. Just be sure to keep the bangs long and the hair color on point.

African American Short Ash Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @msklarie

#31: Boldly Colored Mohawk

For black women short hairstyles that are out of the ordinary, pick your favorite candy colors. Pinks, purples, and fuchsias are all really beautiful against black skin. There are many different shades of any given color, so definitely bring in pictures when asking your stylist for an unusual hue.

Pastel Purple Mohawk For Women

Instagram / @i.am.hair

#32: Textured Pixie for Black Hair

In search of the perfect pixie? You don’t have to look anymore. This iteration is everything a pixie should be: cute, classy, simple, and full of life. The razored layers give tons of movement to the hair, while the overall shape is very flattering. Can’t go wrong with this one!

Black Pixie With Long Layered Bangs

Instagram / @hairbiz1

#33: Bob with Short Peekaboo Layers

Yes, you’ve heard of peekaboo highlights before, but have you ever seen peekaboo layers? Don’t think so. This hairstyle is nothing short of amazing. Think of this as mermaid hair in a much shorter version. The layered, textured cut makes the colors really shine.

Layered Bob With Rainbow Highlights

Instagram / @stylebycre

#34: Classy Pixie Cut

Short black hair is here to stay. This pixie cut is sassy and sexy. To recreate the look, go for super short bangs, straight hair around the hairline, and cute curls on top. The face is on display with this cut, so have fun with bold lips and brows.

Curly Black Pixie

Instagram / @360_hairstudio

#35: Short Purple Hair with Shaved Sides

The brightness of this hair color is really amazing. It’s practically glowing! If you want a really bold color, skip pastel and go for a fully saturated hue. The flowy bangs and layers paired with a shaved side make for an all-around modern cut.

Purple Pixie With Temple Undercut

Instagram / @ciliciarene

#36: Full and Bouncy Bob

For black short haircuts that are totally on trend, try a bright balayage. The gold hues mixed with dark brown and black hair are super sexy and very now. Of course, a bob with tons of body and volume never hurts either. This really is the definition of bombshell hair.

Black Bob With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @haircolorkilla

#37: Super Short Chocolate Waves

Here’s a way to keep your pixie cut from looking like everyone else’s: keep the hair just a little bit longer than usual at the side burns and the nape. The grown-out hair contrasts really well with ripple waves, so that the style comes off edgy instead of formal.

Pixie With Long Sideburns And Nape

Instagram / @khimandi

#38: Classic Black Bowl Cut

The bowl cut is not recommended for round faces, but it really flatters an oval face showing off cheekbones and lips. The key to a bowl cut that is feminine and sexy is the bangs—they should be textured and layered instead of overly blunt. Search for portfolio pictures of stylists in your area and find someone who is a master at this cut.

Short Black Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @ohdiane_hair

#39: Styled Finger Waves and Curls

If full-on glamour is your thing, then finger waves and curls are the way to go. Especially when done up in shades of burgundy and cherry, this hairstyle is fit for a diva. Of course, perfection is of the utmost importance, so don’t try this style if you can’t keep up with the required maintenance.

African American Curly Vintage Pixie

Instagram / @sorayahstyles

#40: Short Platinum Blonde Shag

The undercut is one of the best African American short hairstyles for women. With shaved hair on the sides and back and longer hair on top, this classic male cut gets a whole new life when done in a platinum color on females. Style the hair forward and boost the texture in the layers to give off a mysterious, sexy vibe.

Short Blonde Undercut For Black Women

Instagram / @salonchristol

#41: Blonde Balayage for Short Hair

Some African American women also want to check what it is to be a blonde. With a popular balayage highlighting technique you will be able to blend blonde with your natural color so that it doesn’t look awkward, quite the opposite – more natural than the solid color and much more sophisticated.

#42: Flicked Back Vintage Hairstyle

Vintage hairstyles flatter most African American women, and you don’t necessarily need long locks and styles like passionate finger waves or dramatic Victory rolls. A short bob neatly flicked back with an accurate side part gives the same flair and looks modern while hinting on the past.

#43: Fun Curls for Black Hair

Short hair-styles are all about self-expression. That’s why you will often see women wearing amazing never-seen-before hairstyles. The idea is to be creative, like the model in the image. She decided to go with a vintage short-style, featuring Betty Boopdyed curls. If you want her look, you will need a curling iron and hair cream. This sexy short hairstyle with ombre hair strands is really fabulous!

#44: Messy Hairstyle for Tapered Cut

A short haircut with a tapered silhouette is another popular style for women who prefer to wear their hair short in a classy way. Tapering means neat gradually shortened sides with longer hair up top, and this is where you can unleash your creativity and experiment with different finishes. Messy, tousled texture looks modern and remains trendy, so this is likely to be one of your favorite options.

#45: Two-Tone Blonde Wavy Hairstyle

Platinum blonde is a rather rare color to see on black women – not every girl would dare to strip her locks off color so drastically, but the result deserves attention. If you want a dramatic change and want a light, dazzling color, you may consider this option.

#46: Messy Short Black Hairstyle

Neatly combed sides and a wild top reveal your inner sassy girl. It’s a stylish, present-day look that always makes you look a couple of years younger, more active and ready for life as an adventure.

#47: Cute Kinky Curls

Black short haircuts for natural hair may also feature a tapered silhouette with longer hair up top to show off your beautiful kinky texture. For an accent, shape a few tight ringlets in the front section which are lost in the mass of short natural curls.

#48: Black and Gray Layered Hairstyle

A mixture of black and gray layers is another powerful attractant used in modern hairstyles. Trying this hair color solution on shorter hair, you will be able to switch to another color and style quite soon if in a while you’ll decide to try something else.

#49: Side-Parted Style with Long Bangs

This pretentious cut is a combination between the bob and the pixie. The longer side-swept fringe is perfectly styled over the forehead, and the sleek sides gradually become shorter towards the ear and nape to add more volume to the ensemble. This unique look is really cool but it requires constant maintenance and styling to keep the perfect shape.

#50: Short Black Hair with a Stylish Quiff

This style represents the perfect combination between a refined lady’s classic appeal and rebel heart. The quiff, which is considered by most a hipster cut, is styled in sophisticated wavy strands. If you are torn between getting an extremely short cut and keeping your medium-length hair, you should definitely go for this look. Simply style your hair on the sides with pomade and use a curler for the wavy quiff.

Well, that’s all for short hairstyles for now. We wonder what you have chosen for yourself.

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