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50 Best Short Hairstyles and Haircuts for Black Women

Classic waves, soft curls, a smooth pixie and so much more — it's all just a little bit of Black girl magic.

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No matter what's going on in the world, hair doesn't have to be complicated. Enter low-maintenance short hairstyles, which can simplify your life with quick styling options. For the natural girl with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), you have the option to get a low fade, twist-out, or just comb it into a classic fro. For the woman transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, you can wear short braid hairstyles, hot press curly hair, or rock cornrows. And for the woman with relaxer in her hair, you can sport a pixie cut, bob, fingerwave... the options are endless!

With the plethora of hairstyle options Black women have, you may not be sure where to start. For guidance, we asked Sabrina Porsche, celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles who has styled the coifs of A-listers like singers Beyoncé, Solange, and Jennifer Lopez to reveal the hottest hair trends of 2022 so you can enjoy the year in style.

Additional reporting by Nicole Blades and Danielle Gray

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Shaggy Bob

Actress Gabrielle Union shows off her short shaggy bob. The tapered back helps shape the face and makes this short hairstyle great for women with oval and heart-shaped faces.

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Playful Pixie

Update your short black pixie with a single curl like singer Janelle Monáe! Shape the curl by using hair wax or your favorite edge control product.

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Blowout Beauty

Model Maria Borges is known for rocking her teeny weeny afro, and she switched it up with a short blowout look. So chic!

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Braided Bun

Short looks can be super versatile: Actress Tracee Ellis Ross knows a thing or two about easy, protective styles. Keep your braided bun sleek and edges laid without the mess by using an edge control product like her own Pattern Mini Strong Hold Gel.


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Tousled Tresses

Actress Taraji P. Henson's short tousled tresses give off a romantic air. The bias cut helps to show off her highlights and draws attention to her collarbone.

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Flip Hairstyle

Try flipping out...your hair that is! This sleek look is coming back and Saweetie shows us how it's done. The 70s are trending on runways, so it's no surprise that the "70s big hair flip out will be popular this year," Porsche reveals.

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Fulani Braids

Actress Issa Rae's glam updo hairstyle has an extra touch of sparkle with gold embellishments. With or without the decorative beads, this Fulani braids look is both regal and fun.


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Low Cut Fun

Short cuts and fades are getting a new look in 2022: Trendsetters "are becoming very brave and cutting off their hair and doing multi colors," Porsche shares. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out rapper Saweetie's short multi-color low cut style in the Back To The Streets video. "Although hers is a wig, she is a big trendsetter," she says. Opting for a wig versus cutting your real hair allows you to try out this bold look without committing to a big chop. If you aren't ready for multi-color hair, then take a style tip from model Amber Rose by having your pro add a fun design with clippers.

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Pinned-Up Fro-Hawk

Have some fun with your TWA by pinning or braiding the sides into a cute fro-hawk like Issa Rae's.

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Loose Curls

Taraji P. Henson smiles as she shows off her easygoing chin-length bob with loose curls. Don't be afraid to separate the curls for added volume.

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Updo With Tapered Sides

Orange Is The New Black actress Samira Wiley is showstopping in a tapered updo. Blow out your natural hair and twist it up to create a beautiful updo that allows the focus to be on your face.

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Finger Waves

Actress Danielle Brooks adds sparkly barrettes to her finger waves for a red carpet-worthy natural hairstyle.

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Curled Bob

Let your curls loose with this carefree hairstyle seen on actress Tessa Thompson. For more defined ringlets, part strands and twist small sections around a curling iron.


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Curls and Cornrows

Pair your curls with intricate cornrows. Actress Regina King mixes it up by tightly braiding one side of her hair and leaving the rest to cascade in beautiful ringlets.

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Tight Voluminous Curls

Issa Rae's tight curls create a full, fabulous frame for her face. Bangs of the same texture are the perfect finishing touch.

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Making Of The Bang

What goes good with a stylish side bang? A sexy smize of course! Actress Yara Shahidi illustrates the look on curly hair and we love it.

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A Different Angle

It's all about the angles! Actress Amandla Stenberg asymmetrically styles her short curly hair for a sophisticated look. Curls are here to stay for naturalistas, Porsche says. "For the curly/natural girls, focusing on the health of the hair will be a big deal this year!" she adds. Going out less and spending more time at home allows for experimentation with styles and products and less manipulation of your curls (so therefore less damage).

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Swooping Waves

Actress Meagan Good served classic Hollywood glamour with cherry red lipstick and a short cut with waves of hair in the front. Her whimsical curls can be achieved by blending in clip-in extensions.


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Cropped Flip

The flip style also looks great on more cropped cuts, a la actress Amandla Stenberg. To style, "instead of blow-drying hair over a round brush, blow-dry it under to make the curl flip upward," Porsche says. If that is too difficult and you want an easier option, "you can also do this with a barrel curling iron by curling the ends upward," she notes. Finish your flip with a middle part.

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Sleek Middle-Parted Bob

Always on the go? Singer Kelly Rowland's sleek bob is a busy girl's dream, as it's so easy to maintain. Keep the part centered for a symmetrical, even look.

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Brushed-Out Finger Waves

Janelle Monae's curled bob is all about super soft texture. This classic look can be achieved by twisting your natural hair into bantu knots overnight and letting them loose in the morning.

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Pinned-Up Volume

Rock out like Jada Pinkett Smith with this brown bob that has a mid-section elevated by bobby pins. Smooth out those baby hairs with a dab of hair mousse on a clean toothbrush.

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Naturally Beautiful

Maria Borges made a huge statement by being the first model to rock natural hair during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Achieve this look by keeping your short afro well-moisturized.

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Raised Curls

If you have a loose curl pattern that grows upwards like actress Kiersey Clemons, try having your stylist cut the sides and back of your hair low for this beautiful look, which shows off your facial features.

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Finger Coils

Model Ebonee Davis is all smiles with hair styled in finger coils. Smart tip: The smaller the coils, the longer they last.

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Tapered Afro

Danai Gurira knows how to rock a short natural hairstyle either casual or glam, as seen here, and is right on trend. "I think we will see even more people embracing their hair texture and wearing their hair in its natural state!" Porsche says. "More brands than ever are coming out with curly hair lines, so there are many products to choose from to improve overall health and curl definition."

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Closely Cropped Sides

Taraji P. Henson balances the volume up top by keeping the sides shorter. The gorgeous auburn shade also draws the eye upward.

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Moving On Up!

If you are running short on time and still want an elegant look, wear your naturally curly hair up. Instead of using a hair tie, opt for gold string like Amandla Stenberg to add an elevated air.

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Headband Wig

Headband wigs work wonderfully on short hair. "Headband wigs are half wigs that come with headbands attached to them, for those days when you're between styles and need a quick go-to that's cute, quick, and easy," Porsche explains. Installation is simple: "All you do is put your hair in a low ponytail (add baby hair/edges if you prefer) and pop the wig on," she says. The look is versatile, too. "The best part of the headband wig is being able to change out the headband of your choice!" Porsche adds. We love singer Estelle's turban style seen here.

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Slicked-Down Waves

Go back in time with this more formal pinned hairstyle worn by Tessa Thompson. Styled like the flapper dancers of the 1920s, slick one side of hair over to the opposite side of the head and secure with pins to achieve the look.


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