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12 Cute Short Hairstyles for Black Women

Change up your look with one of these lovely picks.
December 23, 2022


There's no denying that short haircuts can elevate your entire beauty look. Whether you prefer to showcase your natural texture or want 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 stylish short hairstyles for Black women, there are a plethora of options, but if you need to see a few more before deciding, you’re in the right place. Ahead, 12 of the best short hairstyles for Black women to inspire your next cut. 

1. Razor Cut

If you want to add a boost to your short strands, consider a razor cut. 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 using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color. The semi-permanent and ammonia-free hair dye will give you a vibrant color, but it also gradually fades with shampooing so you can try a different shade.

2. Pompadour

If you want to play with height and angle, you should give the pompadour style a try. A stylish option for short hair, this hairstyle highlights your length at the top while keeping the sides short, and styling wise, all you’ll need is a touch of mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to give your strands flexible hold.

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 cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Leave-in Conditioner, onto the sides of your hair and brush it upward, and then pin your strands. Fluff your texture in the middle, and you’re all set.
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4. Short Curls With An Undercut

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 still popular. The undercut adds a unique detail to the look while also letting your curls shine.

5. Buzzed Side-Swept Pixie

If you love hairstyles that frame your face, 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. 

6. 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 the mirror? Bring on the buzz cut. 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.

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7. Short Twists

If your strands started growing out after your previous short cut, now is a great time to experiment with short twists, as they add just the right amount of definition to textured hair for a look that won’t go unnoticed. Twists are easy to DIY at home, and when you undo them you can also rock a twist out.

8. 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 hairstyling products, this haircut is particularly great if you’re working with thin hair while  It’s also stunning on  curls and straight textures.

9. 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 to achieve them. Apply a styling product like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Simply Clean Curl Cocoon Creme to your hair 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.

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10. Cheek-Length Bob

For all sleek hairstyle lovers, this cheek-length bob is just what you need. This look helps to keep your strands 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 EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant.

11. Pixie With Side Bang

For a cool way to upgrade your classic pixie haircut, add some  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 fringe for a colorful accent. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray to try out different colors. 

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12. TWA With A Shaved Design

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. 

Next: The Best Short Haircuts for Curly Hair

Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Associate Creative Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Associate Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Model: London Knight

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