60 Great Short Hairstyles for Black Women

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#6: Curly Pixie Haircut

Here’s another cute pixie variety to add to the stock of classy black women hairstyles. This curly style is neat and discreet, but it oozes good taste and sophistication.

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#2: Curly Pixie Mohawk

For black girls a short cut is a chic way to show off a personal style. Want something a little edgy, but still feminine? A mohawk teamed with luscious curls is the style for you. Instead of shaving your sides, slick your hair down in gorgeous finger waves for a retro vibe.

#3: Tapered Scarlet Pixie with Layered Top

Short hairstyles for black women are a nice canvas for experimenting with hair color. Go bold with a primary hue like red. Contrasted against dark roots, the fiery shade pops even more. A pixie cut is already sexy and sassy but the color amplifies the effect.

#4: Long Tapered Pixie with Springy Curls

Styling natural hair can be tricky. Make the most of your tapered cut with a protective do, like wearing your hair in rods overnight and taking them out in the morning for the cutest coils. A look like this one can be easily achieved without any heat, saving your locks from a lot of damage.

#5: Short Curled Hairstyle with Copper Highlights

There is something about short cuts that radiates confidence. Part of it is the sleekness of the cut. Mix in some highlights to bring depth to the tapered hairstyle. Big curls deliver even more dimension, making this an eye-catching coif.

#6: Curly Pixie Haircut

Here’s another cute pixie variety to add to the stock of classy black women hairstyles. This curly style is neat and discreet, but it oozes good taste and sophistication.

#7: Fiery Pixie with Voluminous Angled Top

Have a little fun with short haircuts for black women. Go bold with a bright red-orange hue, or whatever electric shades suit your style. Colors picked from the rainbow are expressive and showcase more than just your style, but also a bit of personality.

#8: Tapered Platinum Cut with Feathered Crown

Always wanted to try out platinum locks? With blonde hair you can transform your look and create instant allure. Feather your cut for a modern finish and some extra volume. Be careful, because such a drastic change to African-American hair can lead to damage. Luckily, short styles like this one are easy to maintain and keep hydrated.

#9: Short Maroon Tresses

Not only is the style spunky, the color sets you apart from other black women. Short hairstyles with a tapered silhouette are popular among African American beauties with thick hair. If you have a similar cut, why not visit the barber and get him to refresh your look by lining you up?

#10: Rosewood Ombre Hairstyle

The days of subtle highlights are gone with the wind. Bring out the color of your skin tone with an exquisite rosewood dye job. Also, keep them guessing with a side swept bang – they don’t need to know what’s behind that veil. Not yet.

#11: Black Curls of Softness

Short hairstyles for black women can vary in texture and type – in this example we see soft, controlled curls that are obtained through a hair relaxer followed by hot rollers or a large barreled curling iron.

#12: Short Dramatic Edging

Beautiful hair isn’t always sweet and orderly – if you like a bit of an edge to your style, why not add some actual edges? This hairdo features a long, pointed tip at the nape of the neck, as well as curved edges at the ear line and choppy layers up top.

#13: Varied Lengths for Short Hair

Black hair styles are too cliché at times – so next time you visit your salon, go for something more sophisticated and modern. This curly ‘do brings some overall softness without the hassle of long or high maintenance hair.

#14: Front and Forward

Show off your assertive side with this sassy cut that trumps all other short black hairstyles. Get your hair relaxed or go with a stylish short weave to get this soft yet not-too-curly look that will give you confidence each and every day.

#15: Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair

For every black girl with thick hair, there are several ones with thin, weaker strands. Short styles can give thinner locks a boost and look just as lovely as long hair.

#16: Embracing Short Natural Curl

Going natural is very popular right now with black women, but sometimes it isn’t realistic for all. It requires a lot of maintenance and isn’t always very functional for certain vocations. If you love the idea of natural hair but struggle to sport it yourself, go for a short and cropped version like this cute style.

#17: Pixie with Long Swoopy Layers

The beauty of natural hair is that you can wear it naturally curled when you want to, but you can also straighten it for a sleek and shiny style when you are ready for a change. Wearing your natural hair makes it that much fuller and healthier, so when you do put heat on your hair, there is minimal damage.

#18: Tapered Pixie with Defined Curly Top

Bring on the texture with curls on top of curls! The beautiful spirals give short black hairstyles so much body and volume. But despite the fullness of the coif, it still maintains sheen and sleekness, as you see in the picture. There is no frizz here!

#19: Side-Parted Pixie Bob

For short hair, keeping your cut simple can be just as cute as something with more texture or color. With layers at the back and super subtle highlights, you will be able to pull-off a look that’s stylish and sophisticated in equal measure.

#20: Perfectly Coifed Short Black Hair

A modern take on 1950s haircuts, this is one example of the sophisticated hairstyles for black women that are available from today’s stylists. The hair is relaxed and then cut at an angle that’s just long enough to be tucked behind the ear. A stylish swoop of front bangs brightens the eyes.

#21: Short and Silver

Black women transform into silver foxes when hair is colored platinum blonde with a hint of metallic shine. Black short hair doesn’t have to commit to a homegrown color – think outside of the box and go grey, silver or white for a fun new take on life.

#22: Short Haircut with Chopped Layers

Simply brushed back and cut close, this is one African American haircut that is not only lovely but convenient too. You’ll love how easy it is to get ready in the morning, not to mention the money you’ll save with a quick trim at regular salon appointments instead of paying for a fancy weave.

#23: Spikes and Curls

Short black hairstyles can come with many personalities – is yours a bit on the wild side? Using a high quality hair product, this ‘do is created through finger combed spikes and curls that stay strong all day.

#24: Short Hairstyle for Summer

When warm weather hits, consider chopping your locks. Not only is your hair totally beach ready, but you will give off a laid back summer vibe that will be envied.

#25: TWA with Tapered Sides and Shaved Part

Crisp edges and a fade aren’t just for guys. Ladies, you can embrace tapered cuts too! You’ll probably have to head to a barber to get a shape-up like this one. Perfect lines and the shaved part bring a touch of boyish charm to your hairdo, but they are still chic and cute.

#26: Sleek Ash Blonde Pixie Bob

Hairstyles for black women know no boundaries. Anyone can go blonde, but it really is about finding that perfect hue that complements you. Try an ash blonde to really make a statement. This exquisite monochromatic palette plays up the wow factor of your whole look.

#27: Feathered Side-Swept Pixie

If you find bangs a bore, spruce yours up with feathered layers. The gorgeous swoop brings movement to the side-swept hairstyle. This elongated pixie is a timeless choice if you are searching for your new signature hairstyle.

#28: Short Hair with Drama

Are you a drama queen? Then check out this short style that is perfect for all those ladies out there with big personalities. Still short enough to be manageable, the dramatic long front bangs and the wavy side burns breathe new life into a common style.

#29: Side–Parted Caramel and Burgundy Pixie

Changing your hair color is always fun. Use your short crop to display an array of hues, creating a unique take on ombre. Mixing burgundy and caramel, this pixie style is unique and refreshing. It is also understated, because the short tresses are not overpowering.

#30: Short Black Perfection

Count this hairstyle in when you’re looking for a change that is both fun and stylish. This coifed cut is ready to party but is also sophisticated enough to wear to the office. Add in some cut in lines on one side for a youthful accent you’ll love.

#31: Long Black Pixie with Swept Back Layers

Layers can make or break short black hair. The varying lengths are what bring depth, volume, and style to an otherwise drab cut. Layers really take centre stage in shorter cuts like bobs and pixies; in the style below they deliver the stunning effect of the hair being swept back.

#32: Black Stacked Bob with Flicked Layers

Bobs are a universal favorite and a classic style if you are someone who prefers short locks. Wispy layers flicked backwards build beautiful movement. A stacked back will dial up the body of the cut and also give it a chic tapered effect when you opt to wear your hair natural.

#33: Short Stacked Choppy Bob

Even though there isn’t much length to work with, short haircuts can still be bold and make a statement. A high contrast palette with blonde and black locks boosts visual interest. The clean angled lines of the cut make the short hairdo even edgier.

#34: Long Side-Parted Pixie with Undercut

Haircuts for black women can be fashion-forward and trendy, yet still professional enough for work. For example, the undercut is a traditionally edgy look, but in this instance it really just makes the elongated pixie feel modern and refined.

#35: Neat Sleek Cut with Highlighted Top

For short hair, sometimes less is more. If you are opting for a bright color - like blonde and caramel highlights on the black base - keep the cut, itself, understated. Something sleek and polished won’t detract from the impact of the fun shades mixed throughout the cut.

#36: Side-Parted Pixie with High Shine Finish

Looking for drama, but still want to keep things somewhat tame? A combover pixie with bangs and a slick back could be your next style. A jet-black color is timeless, yet still feels modern and alluring. Bring some volume to the sleek cut with feathering around the crown.

#37: Short Curly Hairstyle with Caramel Highlights

African American short hairstyles are the perfect opportunity to put intricate styling techniques on display. Vintage-inspired finger waves and highlighted ringlets are so stylish and make a big impact when paired with a short pixie. It will look stunning regardless of what color you decide to use as highlights.

#38: When Doves Fly Hairstyle

Give the folks passing by a show with this curly take on the modern day long curly pixie. The classy style is upgraded to the elite status with the off blonde color – a daring dye for any black girl.

#39: Raven Haircut

Short black hairstyles are probably no less versatile than longer ‘dos. You can’t complete much of braiding with this length, but when it comes to texture, you may try spikes, curls, waves, feathers, and look different each time!

#40: Black Beauty

This style gives the “Jersey Bump” a run for its money. While not as extreme as the famed ‘bump’, this fluff takes a typical African American hairstyle and adds a little flavor. Accomplish this by fluffing the back of your crown. Whip it real good.

#41: Backswept Feathers

Short hairstyles for African American women are always very impressive in texture, and this one is not an exception. It’s a nice idea of how you can style an updo-like look for short hair. Top it off with some gorgeous sparkly studs.

#42: Purple and Gold

Light golden brown is a very soft and delicate color that flatters medium skin tones. Some women think it’s too subtle, but you can always spice things up with a temporary color, like this pastel purple, for instance, or any other shade of your choice.

#43: Faux Hawk Inspired Short Haircut

Punk out with this fun and free hairstyle that looks great on women of different ages. Short haircuts for black women don’t have to be by the book – instead, have a good time and wear hair that loves life as much as you do.

#44: Shapely Waves

One of the best ways to add body to hairstyles for black women, especially those with relaxed hair, is with a heavy dose of texture. It’s best to keep your hair dark because solid black hair is better able to show off every curve in your waves.

#45: Color Pop on Short Hair

Say goodbye to short hair that follows the rules – today’s black females love to mix it up with both bold styles and colors. This color contrast of a deep burgundy and a more attention-getting orange will light up any room.

#46: Curly Pixie with Long Feathery Bangs

Shy girls rejoice! Here is a hairstyle that is still short and easy to maintain without revealing all of your secrets. These long bangs graze past the eyes to keep the introverted side of your personality comfortable, while also exuding an aura of mystery that will be attractive to everyone who sees you.

#47: Beautiful Arched Bangs

A bob with bangs will always be a classic and stylish cut. But, if you want to make your look truly exciting, try upgrading it with bold makeup. Multi-colored eye shadow and pretty purple lips will surely do the trick.

#48: Waves of Amber

One of the queens of “slaying” a short haircut is none other than Rihanna. Because of this, she constantly serves as inspiration for women flocking to a stylist’s chair. This swirled style in a vibrant reddish-brown tone is one of the singer’s best and most popular looks.

#49: Varied Lengths in Black Hair

If your hair is relaxed or naturally straight, there are many different hair cuts you can try. A favorite, however? This brushed forward pixie cut that sprouts long front layers out of the shorter back.

#50: Striped and Short

Black and white patterns usually conjure up memories of a zebra, but within black women hairstyles it can look surprisingly fresh and cool. This is perfect for mature women who are going grey and want to sport a hairstyle that looks appropriate, quite natural and stylish at the same time.

#51: Shimmer and Shine

Were you an 80s baby? Do you love throwback looks that aren’t seen too often these days? Black people hold the distinct advantage of being able to wear a stunning pop of color in their hair without it looking too bold or brash. This vibrant purple hue will look adorable on both straight and curly hair. When you’re browsing ideas of short haircuts for African American women, don’t count out some day glo hues that could be a ton of fun.

#52: Vintage Vision

Pixie cuts are great because they have the ability to look classy or edgy depending on how you style them. This look veers more towards polished because of its vintage inspired texture; ideal for a woman who enjoys drawing inspiration from the past decades.

#53: Redheads Have More Fun

Whoever said that blondes have more fun certainly has never been a redhead. For black women, short hairstyles need to be fun and fancy when pulling off a red or orange hue.

#54: Black and White

These ebony and ivory strands stand out by themselves, but when worn by stylish black ladies, they take on a new and unique form. Do not hide your exceptional fashion sense, share your glory with the world.

#55: African American Short Lavender Cut

African-American short hairstyles can participate in any color trends and win the first prize. This silver lavender pigment creates a welcome stark contrast with the rich bronze tone of the girl’s skin tone. Bold locks are not for the faint of heart. Dare to show your true colors today and forevermore.

#56: Blonde Bombshell Haircut

Who says blonde bombshells have to rock long tresses? A cute pixie cut and simple everyday makeup is more than enough to stir a crowd. Here natural beauty is brought to the forefront with the hairstyle leading the way. Shine on.

#57: Short Black Round Curled Pixie

Short hair is not an excuse to stop your styling experiments with beautiful and unusual hair textures. These tight circular curls remind round brushstrokes which look amazing with the high shine finish. Something like this can be easily pulled off with a length of a short pixie.

#58: Choppy Pixie with Jagged Ends

Black women who do not shy away from extra short lengths should try a choppy pixie like this. Not only is it very cute in texture and silhouette, it’s one of those no-styling-needed hairstyles we all dream to wear and look good. Short haircuts for black women are meant for such effortless looks.

#59: Black Funky Tricolor Pixie

If a chic texture isn’t just enough for you, resort to the great potential of modern hair color. Mixing natural black, chocolate brown and golden blonde via the most popular today balayage coloristic technique creates a black short hair style that’s anything but common.

#60: Tousled Pixie With Layered Bangs

Short hairstyle for black women can be neatly styled or messy, depending on the occasion and outfit planning. Curly, straight, or just slightly wavy and tousled – the choice is yours. This classy pixie boasts a tapered silhouette and messy, voluminous bangs brushed forward roughly, as if tousled by the wind. That’s a beautiful hairstyle, full of life and motion for a girl on the go.

While choosing a proper hairstyle for yourself, take into consideration the fact that it is a challenging and time-consuming process. If you are not absolutely sure as to what to choose, you should better consult your stylist, ask family and friends, look through different magazines, etc. Then your choice will be perfect. Stay beautiful and elegant!