If you haven’t yet watched the movie Nappily Ever After by Haifaa al-Mansour, perhaps you should as the movie flawlessly portrays how liberating and gorgeous natural hair can be. Gone are the days when women with natural hair went around doing everything in their control, all the heat or treatments, to hide their natural locks.
It’s 2020 and we embrace our naturally beautiful selves and manes. This whole revolution of women empowerment comes with giving women the liberty to shed the cumbersome coils of societal beauty standards. Women now dare to get rid of all the gender-imposed notions that believed that long hair had anything to do with a woman’s femininity or beauty.
Today, women around the globe look to embrace their hair as short as per their desires. A breathtaking way to carry your coils is to carry them, short sister! There’s no doubt that kinky hair with all of its volume, texture and spunky vibe can also be very difficult to maintain and when you chop it short you can still manage and work those curls as you embrace them.
As true as this unpopular opinion is, natural hair has nothing to do with the colour of your hair or the length but the texture. Natural hair can be a little hard to manage, but if you want to go bold, you go natural. Quit torturing your hair with chemical alterations, artificial relaxing, head et cetera and take your natural hair to your heart girl.
50 Hairstyles for Short Natural Hair You Will Love to Sport
Here we have a list of 50 of the best hairstyles for your short natural hair to help you keep your mane unique and gorgeous.
To get the springy look, you will have to follow the overnight Bantu knots method. In this method, you basically divide your post-shower hair into six sections and then twist them. You then leave the knots overnight and as you open your hair in the morning you will get defined and springy no-heat curls in the morning.
Get yourself the basic Mohawk hairstyle for a total spunky and fun vibe with your hair. You can also experiment with colours and highlights of whichever tone suits you well.
Short Natural Curls
Ethnic hair requires a lot of maintenance; it requires limited use of heat and a lot of moisturising. You can always rock those natural curls when you have short hair, without worrying about styling them or any extra protection.
A simple and clean tapered cut helps you get rid of all of your daily styling problems in one go, with regular minimal hair-care, a tapered cut can go a long way in providing you with that gorgeous ‘fro look.
Twists with Undershave
The magic that twisted coils and an under shave bring out when together can’t be expressed in words! After all, it’s both beautiful and bold together and leaves all those heads turning for you.
Natural Pixie Cut
This is the best “wash-n-go” hairstyle for short natural hair as all it really needs is for you to use a good quality shampoo and some leave-in conditioner and voila! You’re good to go.
Bob-length Spiral Curls
Now, who doesn’t love a springy natural bob? The twist hairstyle is the best! They come with a vibe that makes you feel like a queen and walk around with all that confidence.
You can always spice things up with these easy, go-to braids for any and every occasion. Braids also help you lock in that moisture and serve as protective hairstyles from the environment.
Thick Nape Braids
If you feel like going different, go for this nape braid look and leave some lovely loops out in the front. The hairstyle is classy and it literally takes 5-7 minutes to do.
Getting your braids done for the short term can really help you in cutting all that daily struggle of styling and washing your hair frequently. You can get really thin protective done for your natural hair and still look stylish with the right accessories.
Short Hair with Etched Sides
Etched sides can make you look really bold and fashionable. You can try out various patterns of your choice on your nape or the side of your head. These are timeless and will be trendy until the end of time.
Natural Fade Hairstyle
You can try a simple yet classy fade hairstyle if you’re not too much about that snazzy and pop. This hairstyle is very low-maintenance and will give you a very subtle and elegant look.
Undercut for Natural Hair
Your hair type or texture doesn’t really matter when it comes to undercutting hairstyles. Any and every hair type can rock an undercut!
Braids and Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are an excellent way to protect your hair against pollution and they are also really cute. If you’re in the mood for some chic and flirty vibe, you should definitely go for Bantu knots or braid them out!
Coily hair is very high-maintenance and hard to manage. However, you can leave it open and long with a simple bob hairstyle and some leave-in condition to let those locks breathe.
Gradient Buzz Cut
Natural hair can get really messy during the summer season, it can cause a lot of trouble like sweaty hair and forehead, oily scalp et cetera. To save yourself from this struggle, consider getting a buzz cut that gives you a free feeling and relaxation.
Mohawk Hairstyle with Etched Sides
Mohawk gives you a classy and baddie look, while the etched side shows your creative side. Altogether, the hair will shape your confidence and give you an amazing look.
Extra Short Natural Hairstyle
This hairstyle is simple and comfortable, yet bold and different. With this hairstyle, you won’t even have to bother about washing, styling or even brushing your hair.
Corn Rows for Short Hair
Cornrows are the best hairstyle to get your hair out of your face, up in braids for a few days. These are everyone’s go-to hairstyle and help in locking in the moisture, all while staying snazzy!
If you don’t want to go too short and feel like preserving your long, luscious locks, you can go for the long-top haircut. Although the top will need some extra care, you still get to rock those coils like anything girl.
Poppy Pink Tapered Hairstyle
To get a nice, poppy and bold look, you can try dyeing the upper half of your hair in pink and leaving the roots in their natural colour. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can experiment with some etched sides as well.
Twisted Protective Hairstyle
We all are well aware of the toll that pollution in the cities takes on the health and quality of our hair. It is for this very reason that protective hairstyles were made a thing. You can go for any hairstyle of your wish, twists or braids, to protect your hair in style.
If you are someone who loves to stand out from the crowd, this very hairstyle is made for you. Dare to be different with those blonde coils and rock them in a manner in which only you can.
Curls, when paired with that bold red colour, give you the hair some people can only dream of. Get your hair dyed or do it yourself and slay with this hairstyle.
Kinky Short Crop
For someone with a hectic schedule, a kinky short crop is the best alternative amongst all. It is manageable, gives you a pretty look and neat edges all while being super easy to style in various ways.
The layered look is a nice and decent option if you like the length of an afro but are bored with your hair. You can keep experimenting with the colour and texture of your hair all while maintaining the length and layers that you desire.
Tiny Curls with Etched Nape
Another effortless and stylish hairstyle would be getting your name etched in whichever way you want and letting those curls be their way on the crown of your hair.
You can go for this easy, go-to afro puff hairstyle to create a chic look while putting all of your hair back up in a puff or bun as it may look like.
Twists may be a little hard to manage, but oh the bold look you get with them. You can go for this nape-to-crown look for a little edgy and unique vibe going on in your hair. If in the mood for some colour, you can also try getting the tips coloured different from the roots.
When styled with some dainty diamond earring, light makeup and a nice outfit, this hairstyle looks bomb! Although it does take a while to do this hairstyle, if you’re getting ready for an event or anything important but are out of ideas on how to do your hair, a nice pineapple updo has got your back girl.
Shaved Lines and Undercut
The undercut hairstyle is known for power and boldness. You can spice up the basic undercut look with some lines and pattern underneath, for a fun look.
If you’re planning to go for a perky and cheerful vibe, this is the most suitable hairstyle as the curls provide you with all the bounce and you feel jolly throughout the day.
Curls with Highlights
Want to go for something new while also sparing some length to play with? Try this chin-length layered hairstyle with some highlights. Highlights may not be a massive change but they totally change your look, while keeping the length allows you to try various new hairstyles as per the occasion.
Purple Short Hair
Getting your natural curls coloured purple, will give you a fresh and young look. You can also get your mane cut really short and an under shave to try this particular style for a dainty new look.
Natural Textured Coils
To get this look, you’ll need to detangle your coils using a brush and then start moisturising them part by part. Once you’re done, do a side parting or any parting of your choice. This is a very subtle and easy-to-carry look.
Short Hair with Finger Waves
When styled with chic diamond earrings, some lip gloss and a snatching outfit, finger waves are perfect if you like keeping your hair short and they’re also really easy to create.
Pixie with Finger Waves
You can try taming your hair using some hair gel and a brush, and then use your fingers to create these fresh finger waves look.
Puffy Tapered Hairstyle
As we all know, natural hair has an excellent ability to hold shape. So one can give it whichever shape that they desire and it will stay that way for long. You can go for this puffy tapered hairstyle for a modish and attractive look.
Mohawks are one of the boldest hairstyles on this list and once paired with some braids, they give you a really matchless look. You can try doing the braids from the sides or from nape to crown, whichever you may wish to.
Natural Rich Curls
Keep it natural with your hair down as you grow it out. This is the classic look for women with natural hair as they embrace their curls and congenital texture with grace and beauty.
Let’s bring back the galaxy buns trend with this cute, easy-to-do hairstyle which gives you a lively, sweet vibe and look absolutely adorable with literally any outfit.
Short Mohawk with Beads
To make a very basic short Mohawk look unique, try accessorising with beads. This will give you a lovely and fashionable look for almost any occasion.
Braid-crown for Natural Hair
Remember when our mothers used to make these cute little braided crowns for us in childhood? Bring it back by trying the hairstyle once again. It may ask for a little extra time and effort but the result will be indubitably stunning and fabulous!
Flat twists are a very easy and stylish way to protect your hair while you’re growing it out. You can pair these up with rings or beads in your hair and they will look gorgeous.
The Kriss-Kross Hairstyle
As complex as this hairstyle may appear to be, it is rather early to do. You just have to divide your hair into sections and pin them in a criss-cross manner to attain this look.
Rings and Pineapple updo
You may have seen models doing this hairstyle for their photoshoot and you can try it too! All you need is a brush, bobby pins and a set of rings. You will have to start braiding your side hair up with rings, as you go for a basic pineapple updo and then secure all of it together with bobby pins and hair ties.
Half Buns for Natural Hair
Half buns are very easy to make and require no heat or any other efforts; this is a very cute and classy go-to hairstyle if you’re confused as to what to do with your hair.
Kinky Rock Hair Vibes
This hairstyle will take you back to the 90s will a spunky vibe all over. It is very easy to attain, all you have to do is brush your hair out and leave it that way.
Magical Blue Hair
If you’re looking forward to changing your look entirely, you must preferably try this angelic blue hair colour for your gorgeous natural curls.
Lastly, you can go for this platinum blonde look with dark roots for an appealing and vigorous vibe with extremely short and coily curls.