There's no denying that short haircuts can elevate your entire beauty look. Whether you’re obsessed with your natural texture or prefer to rock sleek straight strands, the right cropped hairstyle can highlight your features and make getting ready a whole lot easier. And when it comes to searching for stylish short hairstyles for Black women, there are a plethora of options. For the natural gal with a TWA, you can go for a twist out or just style your ‘fro and wear it out. For those with relaxed hair, try going for a blunt bob or finger wave style. Need a few more options before deciding? Ahead, we’ve rounded up 13 of the best short hairstyles for Black women to inspire your next cut.
1. Razor Cut
If your short strands are looking a little bland, consider bringing them back to life with the help of a razor cut. Known as one of the trendiest short haircuts for Black women, this cut keeps your strands nice and short at varying lengths, typically with the sides and back at a shorter length than the top for added volume. If you’re not too shy to play with hair color, you can take the cut up a notch by adding a pink hue using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Pink.
Want to play with height and angles? You may want to give the popular pompadour style a try. A stylish option for short hair, this hairstyle highlights your length at the top while keeping the sides short. All you’ll need is a touch of mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to get the look. Head on over to our article, How to Style a Quiff Haircut, for a step-by-step tutorial.
3. Wavy Faux Hawk
The wavy faux hawk style is a great way to make your texture the star of the show with a rocker-inspired aesthetic. Simply apply a small amount of hair mousse to damp strands, scrunch, and let air dry. Once dry, slick a dime-sized amount of hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel, onto the sides of your hair and brush upward. Fluff your texture in the middle, and you’re all set.
4. Short Curls With An Undercut
Short haircuts with an undercut are seriously in style, with this wavy variation leading the pack. This look adds shaved detailing to the sides or back of your mane for a bold statement. An edgy hairstyle that can be seen on A-list celebrities and all over your social media feed, it’s no surprise that this look is reigning supreme.
Featuring shaved sides with longer lengths at the center, this hairstyle is all about turning heads. Add a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Extreme Style Gel to your length and shape your strands upward to create chic spikes. You can also ask your stylist to shave your sides higher or lower, depending on how much hair you’d like to be left to play with.
6. Buzzed Side-Swept Pixie
Love hairstyles that frame your face and call attention to your stunning features? A buzzed side-swept pixie should top the list of your favorite short haircuts for Black women. Featuring long side-swept bangs that blend into bob-length strands on one side while the other side is buzzed short, this look plays with a contrast of lengths for the ultimate must-have style.
7. Dyed Buzz Cut
Searching for a low-maintenance haircut that doesn’t skimp on style and won’t leave you spending too much time in front of the mirror? Bring on the buzz cut! This super short ‘do keeps things simple and stylish without having to worry about using hair styling tools. You can also amp up the look by dyeing your hair using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color line. It’s the perfect no-fuss style for minimalists. Let the big chop begin!
8. Short Twists
Have your strands started growing out after your previous short cut? If so, now is a great time to experiment with short twists. Short twists add just the right amount of definition to textured hair for a look that won’t go unnoticed. Section your strands into inch-wide sections and apply a touch of hair gel to each section, creating a two-strand twist. Repeat until you have a mane full of short twists.
9. Choppy Crop Cut With Bangs
Crop cuts are always a style win, and when you add choppy layers and bangs, things only get better. A fabulous option for individuals who want to boost texture without relying on hair styling products, this haircut also comes in handy if you’re working with thin hair. It’s great for curls and straight textures.
10. Tapered Pin Curls
Not only does this style allow you to rock a gorgeous set of curls, but you also don’t have to worry about using any heat. Apply a styling product like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In and create pin curls across your entire head. Cover your hair with a silk scarf and let the curls sit overnight. In the morning, fluff out your strands with a hair pick and finish up with a touch of hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume, to keep your fresh curls intact.
11. Cheek-Length Bob
Calling all sleek hairstyle lovers! The chin-length bob is just what you need. This look helps to keep your strands neat and smooth for a chic look. You’ll need to use a blow dryer and flat iron for this look, so be sure to prep your hair with a heat protectant like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In.
12. Pixie With Bangs
For a cool way to upgrade your classic pixie haircut, try a pixie with bangs. This look keeps your strands short while allowing you to frame your face with bangs. You can also use the dip-dye trend to paint your bangs for a colorful accent. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray to try out different colors.
13. TWA With A Shaved Design
Ah, the beloved TWA! One of the most coveted short hairstyles for Black women, the TWA (teenie weenie Afro), is a great way to flaunt your natural texture without putting too much work into your mane. Paired with a shaved design, this cut has an edgy touch that will capture the attention of many.
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