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20 Amazing Short Hairstyles for Black Women

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So you are looking for some short hairstyles for black women huh?

Well, look no further.

Here are 20 smoking hot haircuts that are styled for many different facial types of African American women. If you have cruised through Instagram lately you have seen some cuts that have made you drool. These are not the styles you see in your typical black hair magazine. You can rock these cuts and curls in the year 2015 and 2016.

Pictures of short hairstyles for black women, you ready?

We got excited in curating the selections. It’s a wonderful thing to have a platform like ours. We are able to showcase beautiful black women and men consistently. If you are about “The Cut Life” we have you covered in this post. Don’t be afraid to chop it up ladies. The short black hairstyles we display are tough. Some are bold and take crazy confidence to wear around your city. Others are toned down but still fierce.

Speaking of fierce, have you seen our 75 Black Braided Hairstyles?

We truly have set you up for dating, work or play. You can choose from a very short look with hair color. You can select curly natural styling. Or, dive right into a cute shaved number. It’s your choice. We have made it easy for everyone.

1. Dirty Blonde Curly

A beautiful way to cut your naturally curly hair. Add a bit of the dirty blonde color highlights for some dramatic contrast. This is a low maintenance choice many women can roll with.


2. Curly, Side Cut

Get the sides cut low at the barbershop and leave the top with some length. Let those curls bring out the attitude for this look.


3. Pink and Blonde Curls

The shortest bold pink and blonde hairstyle we have ever seen at Thirsty Roots. We love when African American women display their uniqueness.


4. Platinum Blonde Box

The box will never die as long as women like this rock it well. Dang she is killin’ this old school photo shoot. Are you peeping the fat gold chain? What a “Fly Girl”.


5. Side Design Haircut

Let’s bypass the dope tattoos and peep the haircut design. Either her barber is the truth or the stylist is a beast. How many of you can wear this? Your confidence has to be on point.


6. Short Chic, Honey Blonde

These razor short chic cuts always get a ton of attention when we post them. Adding the honey blonde color to the style was a creative option. She looks really good.


7. Really Low Model Look

This model is killing this outfit and the near bald hairstyle is beautiful on her. Some colors just work for certain skin tones. Blue is definitely something that enhances her profile. This picture is serious.


8. Burnt Orange with Parts

Bold, edgy, and fierce describes this burnt orange shaved haircut. Not too many women are willing to go this short, and definitely not lioness enough to go orange. That said, she is wearing this cut like a diva!


9. Low Waved Curls

Waves are always an eye catcher when adding to any hairstyle. A low cut comes to life with layers of texture. This style can be freeing due to the low maintenance and manipulation needed to get up and go.


10. Mint Green Curly Hairstyle

Ooh I am feeling minty! @KashBarb is giving us freshness with this mint green curly cut. We love the way she paired this unique hairstyle with the natural makeup look to tone down the bold color, yet highlight its vibrancy.


11. Medium Length Pixie

Layers on top of layers is what make up this medium length pixie cut. You want fierce when it comes to hair, then chop it up! What makes this style so dynamic, is the full bangs in the front chopped in wispy layers.


12. Curly with Part

The best way to add a different look to a short haircut is to add a part. Like in the photo above, the part gives this cut edge and the voluminous curls adds a feminine soft look.


13. Medium Curls with Color

WARNING…Shaved sides and full boxy layers on the top of the head, will turn heads; including yours, with the thought: “I feelin’ myself”.


14. Relaxed, bit of Color

The romantic pin curls in this style is a perfect look for a formal event. A tip to create the above style with relaxed hair, is to make sure you do not relax your hair “bone straight”. When you leave texture in your hair you achieve more volume and full bouncy curls.


15. Platinum Shave

Who wants to go blonde? Platinum blonde? Well, this shaved platinum cut will inspire many women to take a dip in some bleach. Very striking!


16. Shaved Sides, Curly Bangs

Making a statement with its masculine lines, this boxy cut lends a retro vintage feel due to the soft victory roll curls. This style is a reminder of the Rockabilly hairstyles of the 1940s and 50s era.


17. Short Chic and Relaxed

Relaxed hair comes alive when it is cut to perfection! This razor cut layered style will take you from work to nightlife with ease, delivering a chic yet funky look all in one haircut.


18. Super Curly Pixie

We love curls! Naturally curly hair is dynamic all on its own, but when you try some super defined ringlets to your haircut, it becomes a masterpiece.


19. Jet Black Short Curls

Defining those natural curls can be a task at times, but when you get the perfect results, it is well worth it. You may not be able to say, “I woke up like this”, but you can say its natural.


20. Medium Shaved Side Haircut

Go for the clean shaved side and live life on the edge! This is a fun way to bring the rock star out of you. Even though this haircut is trendy and probably won’t be in for long, it is a sexy hardcore look that demands attention. And after you are done with the limelight, don’t worry its just hair, it grows back.

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Our goal is to share the beauty of Afro-textured hair and to have a place where we can come together to get examples, advice, and information of black hair growth and hairstyles. Whether you have permed, pressed, or natural hair it's still black hair and it's beautiful.

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  • I love how they incorporated all those diff colors in her hair. I would love to do that I have yet to find a great hairstylist i live in the brockton MA area if anyone has any recommendations i would love that.

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