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50 Fabulous Natural Hairstyles for Short Hair that Slay Every Day

We’ve seen all of the tips, tricks, techniques and tutorials about how to grow natural hair down to your waist in weeks. And while we love a good length check as much as the next naturalista, we’d much rather you love your hair at whatever length it is right now.

So while you’re on a quest for longer hair, these short natural hairstyles will ensure you still look cute in the process. With a little ingenuity and a whole lot of inspiration, the dreaded awkward length doesn’t have to be awkward at all.

And if you’re fresh off a big chop, somewhere between a baldie and a TWA, then check out these even shorter natural hairstyles.

50 Short Natural Hairstyles to Rock After a Big Chop

1. Twist Out on a TWA

TWA twist out on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @necenita

The perfect hairstyle for beginners, if you think a twist out is basic, then you’ve definitely got it twisted. Off the face, and off the chain, this teeny weeny afro is big on style.

2. Pixie Twist Out

Pixie cut twist out on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @imgloriaann

The pixie cut is what makes this twist out so appealing. Perfect for naturals with short hair, the shape is just as edgy, should you choose to wear the style straight.

3. Twist Out with Side Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing her short natural hair in a twist out hairstyle with bantu knots on the side
IG: @itsdoreseb

Adding a few small bantu knots on the side, gives this pretty twist out a retro look, reminiscent of a frohawk.

If your interest is piqued, head this way for even more twist out hairstyles and tips on how to perfect your technique.

4. TWA Puff

Black woman wearing a TWA puff on her short natural hair
IG: @_kaicealea

Don’t let anybody tell you that your little afro can’t puff. Just opt for an elastic headband, instead of a hair tie, and only push it back a bit.

5. Ginger Triangle Haircut

Black woman with short ginger natural hair cut in a triangle shape
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The triangle shape of this cut is super cute, but the ginger color totally took this natural look up another notch. Chef’s kiss!

6. Afro with Deep Side Part

Afro hairstyle with a deep side part on a Black woman with natural hair
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As long as it’s hydrated and moisturized, let your natural hair do what it do. Beyond adding a deep side part for visual interest, or lifting it at the roots with a pick for more volume, your afro is amazing all on its own.

7. Cornrows on TWA

4C TWA with cornrows on a Black woman with natural hair
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Styling short hair when it’s at that “awkward length” doesn’t have to be a challenge. Start with a wash and go or twist out, add a couple of cornrows on the side and voilà! Awkward where?

8. Criss-Cross Twist Out

Twist out on short natural hair with a criss-cross rubber band style crown
IG: @callmechinny

Section off the front of your hair into this cute, criss-cross rubber band style. Creating somewhat of a headband effect, the hair in front is held down, while the twist out at the back, is left loose and luscious.

Be sure to use oiled rubber bands to secure each section and keep breakage to a minimum.

9. Half-Up Half-Down Afro Puffs

Half-up half-down afro puffs hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
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Short natural hair can still get in on the afro puff action. When pulling it up into one’s not possible, create two small puffs in the front and leave the back loose, for an adorable half-up half-down hairstyle.

10. Sisterlocks Pixie Bob

Black woman with her short natural hair in a Sisterlocks pixie bob
IG: @kendrakenshay

Because they behave like strands of hair, there’s no limit to the looks you can rock with Sisterlocks™. Needless to say, this pretty pixie bob is just the beginning.

11. Flat-Twisted Crown with Curly Afro Puff

Flat twisted crown with curly afro puff hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @naturallydidi

As this single slanted flat twist with high puff shows, simplicity can be beautiful.

Start this style upfront with a diagonally parted flat twist bobby pinned on the side. Then, secure the back with a scrunchie. If your curls aren’t quite popping, two strand twisting small sections or setting them on perm rods should do the trick.

12. Flat Twist Out with Perm Rods

Black woman wearing a flat twist out hairstyle done with perm rods on her short natural hair
IG: @_kaicealea

This lovely look is a departure from the type of curls typically created by perm rods. Flat twisting before setting, gives you the best of both worlds; a perfect combo of compact coils with curly ends.

13. Curly TWA with Deep Side Part

Black woman wearing a curly TWA hairstyle with a deep side part
IG: @themotleygirl

A little height and the deep side part, make this textured TWA even more awesome.

14. Curly Burgundy Frohawk

Black woman with short natural hair wearing a drawstring ponytail frohawk hairstyle
IG: @thebrilliantbeauty

Once your short hair is long enough to slick back, a world of protective possibilities opens up. For this super stylish look, sis used the Equal Drawstring Ponytail Natural Fro, Color 99J and it is serving.

15. High Top Fade

Black woman with natural hair wearing a voluminous high top fade
IG: @poupeekinky

Fashion-forward, and angled forward, this high top fade reaches haute new heights.

16. Bobby Pinned Curly Frohawk

Faux mohawk with bobby pin accessories on a Black woman with tapered natural hair
IG: @pekelariley

When it comes to frohawks, you can make your own rules. Your bobby pins don’t always have to be hidden with this hairstyle. Feel free to create a design or choose colored clips, that can be showcased on the side, like in this tapered look.

17. Round TWA with Cinnamon Tips

Rounded TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @brosiaaa

Between the perfectly rounded TWA, the texture and the cinnamon tips, we can’t get enough of this lovely look.

18. Half-Up Half-Down Twist Out

Half-up half down twist out on a Black woman with 4C natural hair
IG: @sheilandinda

This luscious look is the result of taking down two strand twists with hanging bantu knots, done on dry semi-stretched hair.

19. Half-Up Half-Down Roller Set with Bangs

Similar to the previous style, you can switch things up by setting your hair on rods or rollers and separating the curls more to maximize the volume.

20. Bantu Knots

Black woman wearing bantu knots in her natural hair
IG: @caressatearla

If you can create a classic bun, then bantu knots should be no problem. And the best part is, they’re a great protective style to get you to those hair goals.

Simply twist each section of hair, until it starts to wrap around itself. Then, continue until the ends are secured at the base to protect them.

If you’re feeling brave and want to go a little bolder, we’ve got even more bantu knot hairstyles for you.

21. Headband on Curly TWA

Black woman with short natural hair wearing a headband in her curly TWA
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

A chic headband around your hairstyle can add a retro vibe, and take your curly TWA from adorable to amazing.

22. Ombre Tapered Cut

Black woman with short natural hair in an ombre tapered cut
IG: @daynabolden

Whether you’re more into an ombre off-the-face look like above, or a forehead-framing platinum pixie like below, these styles are proof that a simple change in color and direction can make a drastic difference, despite being the same hair cut.

23. Platinum Pixie

Black woman with short natural hair in a platinum tapered pixie cut
IG: @michellethompsonhair

24. Ultra Curly and Tapered TWA

Black woman wearing her short natural hair in a curly TWA
IG: @jasminemariemitchell

This ultra curly TWA is the definition of definition. No worries if your hair type isn’t naturally this tight, some botanical gel and comb coils should get the job done.

25. Curly Afro with a Flat Twist

Black woman wearing a curly TWA hairstyle with a flat twist and gold cuffs
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A flat twist with gold cuffs along the front of this curly afro provides just the subtle visual interest needed to enhance this simple style.

26. Laid TWA

Black woman with short natural hair wearing a curly TWA hairstyle with baby hair
IG: @rahelbrhane_

The perfect accent to poppin’ curls, laid baby hair takes this TWA to a whole other level.

27. Finger Coils on a Ginger TWA

Black woman with ginger colored 4C hair wearing a finger coils hairstyle
IG: @crystalotv

Coils and color create a must-have combo on this teeny weeny afro.

28. Wash and Go Curly Fro

Black woman with short natural hair wearing a curly wash and go teeny weeny afro
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

This look was not only left partless, but the roots were lifted to maximize the volume, and ensure that there’s nothing teeny about this TWA.

29. Curly TWA with a Flat Twist and Cuffs

Black woman with natural hair wearing a TWA hairstyle with a flat twist and cuffs
IG: @lynnettessilhouettes

A flat twist with gold cuffs is giving glamour to this curly TWA.

30. Straight-Back Flat Twists into Low Bun

Straight-back flat twists hairstyle into a low bun on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @thejennjackson

If you can create one flat twist, seven should be no problem. Then, wrap them all into a bun at the base of the braids. Ease meets elegance, this is truly the perfect protective style. And the best part is no extensions are needed.

31. Temporary Color

Black woman wearing a twist out on medium natural hair with red hair paint wax
IG: @itsdoreseb

Whether you want to be a fiery redhead or have more fun as a blonde, rocking bold gold, thanks to temporary hair color brands like Curls Unleashed Color Blast and Hair Paint Wax, you can transform any short style into a head-turner without the trouble and potential damage of coloring your natural hair.

32. Chestnut Wash and Go

Black woman with short curly tapered natural hair
IG: @naturallydidi

Beyond simply using the right curl cream or gel, shingling is the secret to replicating this luscious look. Follow with a diffuser to maximize volume, minimize frizz and cut your trying time, so you can put the go, in wash and go.

33. Cinnamon and Copper Coils

Black woman with natural hair wearing a tapered haircut with cinnamon and copper coils
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One of the easiest ways to stand out with short hair, is by adding colors that complement an already daring cut. While her texture is also undeniably fabulous, the copper highlights are actually the highlight of this hairstyle for us.

34. Flat Twist Halo Updo with a Middle Twist

Flat twists halo updo with middle twist and gold cuffs on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @mynaturalsistas

Remix your boho chic halo braid by opting for flat twists instead of cornrows and adding a third one down the center. It’s an easy way to switch up a classic natural look.

35. Defined Finger Coils on a 4C TWA

A Black woman with finger coils on tapered 4C natural hair
IG: @glammzmore

For a cute, quick change, finger coils add a tad more texture to a tapered 4C TWA.

After applying your liquid leave-in, moisturizing cream and gel, rapidly brush your hair in circles all over to start creating a coily look. Then, simply take one small section at a time and twist up from the root in the direction that you want the hair to lay.

And just like that you have an easy 4C hairstyle, literally right at your fingertips.

36. Tapered Mohawk

Tapered mohawk TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @amaosei_ @ronkeraji

Edgy yet dainty, we adore the juxtaposition in this tapered TWA mohawk.

37. Voluminous Flexi Rod Set on Short Natural Hair

Flexi rod set on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @awalkingdoxology

This look was said to be shaped by shrinkage and getting slept on; proof that flexi rod sets only get better with time.

38. Perm Rod Set with Flat Twists

Perm rod set with flat twists on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

Reminiscent of a frohawk, but far more subtle, this perm rod set with flat twists is tame but still terrific.

39. Flexi Rod Set with Single Flat Twist

Flexi rod set hairstyle with a flat twist on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @jd_winters

Created using Luster’s Pink Shea Butter Coconut Oil Collection, this flexi rod set is the definition of perfection. A single flat twist puts the finishing touch on an already adorable hairstyle.

If you’re feeling it as much as we are, click here for even more must-see rod set hairstyles.

40. Mixed Blonde Highlights

Tapered TWA hairstyle with mixed blonde highlights on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @daynabolden

Clearly, the tapered TWA is popular among naturals with short hair. It’s easy to maintain as well as grow out, not to mention the style suits every face shape.

But if you’re looking to set yourself apart, consider adding mixed blonde highlights. As you can see, they’re definitely a mane changer. Or should we say game changer?

41. White Fade

A white fade on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @frizzybri

Looking every bit the super star, we weren’t ready for such an effortless slay while sporting a white fade.

42. Mini Two Strand Twists

Mini two strand twists on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @thejennjackson

Mini two strand twists are one of our go-to low manipulation hairstyles if length retention is a goal. Similar to sister locs, but far less permanent, you have infinite styling options, like this lovely half-up half-down hairstyle.

43. Perm Rod Set with Deep Side Part

Black woman wearing a perm rod set hairstyle with a deep side part on her natural hair
IG: @_harrisjanae_

A simple way to switch up the look of any style, we heart the instant drama and volume that comes with a deep side part.

44. Razored Tapered Mohawk

Razored tapered mohawk on a Black woman with natural hair
IG: @iam.tiffany.renee

Obviously this razored mohawk is fire. But for those who can’t quite get with the shaved sides, check out these equally lit faux hawk looks.

45. Rubber Band Wash and Go

Black woman with short 4C hair wearing a rubber band hairstyle
IG: @luzianacastro

The contrast of the sleek rubber band style upfront vs the wild wash and go at the back is what makes this hairdo a must-do.

46. Accessorized TWA

Black woman wearing a curly TWA hairstyle with a rhinestone word hair clip
IG: @yourfablifetoday

This TWA makes a statement with help from a rhinestone word hair clip, and we couldn’t have said it better.

47. Flat-Twisted Bob with Cuffs

Flat twisted bob with gold cuffs on a Black woman with medium natural hair
IG: @mynaturalsistas

This side-swept bob is a gorgeous gold-cuffed combo of two strand and flat twists.

48. Twisted TWA

Rounded curly TWA hairstyle on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @necenita

A twist out, or even a curl sponge, can be used for definition, adding texture to an already amazing afro.

49. Cornrowed Blonde Frohawk on TWA

Cornrowed blonde frohawk on a Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @fitness_journee

A frohawk is also an awesome look for natural hair that’s at that “awkward length.” Tribal cornrows on the side not only make a great complement to the curls on top, but they keep your cut cute while you grow it out.

50. Unseparated Twist Out

Unseparated twist out on Black woman with short natural hair
IG: @faceovermatter

Separating the ends of your hair too much after a twist out can lead to frizz. This lovely look minimizes the manipulation, which really showcases the definition.

Regardless of how little or much you pull your twists apart, just remember to add a light oil to your hands before you start.

Look, we get that you might not be at your ideal length yet, but as you can see from these styles, there’s no reason you can’t be short hair goals too.