Short natural hairstyles are one of the biggest searches on google for new naturals. Many are ready for the big chop and while it can be liberating, rocking short hair can also be scary. Natural hair blogs discuss what to do with your hair but often only cover hairstyles that are mid to longer lengths. Unfortunately, not all natural hairstyles are created equal and when you have shorter hair, you can feel left out!
Short hairstyles are glam! They are sexy, haute, and easier to maintain and fun, but first off you have to know what to DO with your hair once you big chop. Well, there are tons of things to do and with spring in full bloom, this is a great time to cut it all off and rock one of the many styles we have listed below!
Shaved sides is a hugely popular look on natural hair and lend itself to creativity on your part. Whether you leave them simply shaved or go fro a sexy line (or two) to add depth, this style is easy to maintain and fun for spring.
These short hairstyles are looks that always pair well with extensions giving the style an even edgier spirit that will exude your personality. Whether you just stick to the sides or even go for the undercut, this look is perfect for hotter months and festivals! Make sure to hit the barber for an expert cut that will keep your look crisp.
We love the tapered cut! This classic sexy style is simply the length of the hair gradually decreases from the top of the hair down to the nape of the neck and to the sides. This can be created with hair clipper and scissor and using the help of a comb using the scissors-over-comb method).
These styles can be very short to almost too long in the front for extra versatility and funkiness. Even adding a few clip ins will give the look more volume and flair and a great style to rock after the Big Chop. While a barber can also give you this look, natural hair stylist may be the professional of choice to ensure your cut is workable with your hair and styling choices.
The beloved TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) is a staple in the natural hair movement and self-explanatory. Although hailed as an “Afro”, the TWA is just natural hair short and usually the same length all the way around. It can be in any state of curl, kink or coil and the usual styles most women start with after the Big Chop. They are one of the best short hairstyles to have fun with.
Many new naturals are unaware on what this hairstyle holds. It can be left free, twisted, placed into finger coils, twists, braids (then left to fly free as the pic above shows) or straightened.
Women love dabbling with color and naturals are no exception. As we embrace colors of every hue on the color wheel, rocking short natural hair with bold colors gives character to your ‘do. You can use permanent, semi-permanent or even temporary hair colorings to alter the natural color of your hair but if just going natural, opt for a temporary color as your hair transitions from relaxed to natural texture and products.
Having fun with color is perfect if trying a short style for the first time and products like Manic Panic, hair chalk and even eye shadows allow you to play safely as you begin your natural hair journey. If you choose to use permanent color, consult a professional to ensure you are being as gentle as possible while going natural.
Not for all that color? Always know you can simply add highlights or even just a small section of color to jazz up your short ‘do. The rule is to have fun without damaging your hair…period!
Rock a fade is no longer for the guys. Whether wearing close to the scalp or going old-school with slight high top flair; this sexy style is a revamp of the style from yesteryear that our lovely black have rocked and continue to do so. Black women have always embraced this style but not in the sheer numbers as they do now and I’m so here for it!
Don’t ever feel you “look like a boy” wearing your lovely fade. This versatile style that can range from a buzz cut, to a side part to the high-top fade is perfect for so many new naturals. Head to the barber to get that sharp look and love yourself completely. Women are rocking these short hairstyles with pure sexiness!
Finger coils is a great option for a newly natural looking for a fun and lasting style. Just like it sounds, you are coiling small sections of hair around your fingers or comb on freshly washed hair. Using a styler and a few tools, this style is considered a protective style as it lasts a long time (usually 1 to 2 weeks).
What’s even better is once the style is old, you can do a finger coil out and allow hair to be removed from coils and worn free as a coily Afro. This style is easy to keep at night (simply place a satin scarf or bonnet on top or sleep on satin pillow case) and is a pretty care-free ‘do.
As Told By Brittany D has a great video on her finger coils that she starts on freshly washed hair. You get to see her create this style up close and personal and her ending look is gorgeous!
The side part is excellent on tapered cuts as it will give the front a new design. It’s great for you to play up, pair down or just keep from hair falling into that down the middle part we often fall prey to. Never underestimate the power of the side part!
The wash and go on the was my LIFE when I first big chopped. I loved the freedom and ease of this look and the pretty carefree maintenance. Far too often many new naturals assume this short hairstyle is reserved for only curlier textures but this style is designed for every type of coil, kink and curl out there!
No matter the hair type, porosity or even length, the wash and go is simply wearing hair out with your very own hair texture and every hair type is welcome! Often called the problem style, many newly naturals find the wash and go easier on shorter hair and with less tangles to fight with as a main perk.
The bottom-line is to check it out for yourself and see if you like it but know your short hair (no matter the texture) will look incredible in this style. Don’t knock these short hairstyles until you rock them!
Hats, tiara (yes, I said it!), turbans and even big jewelry are all excellent accessories for a short hairstyle. Have fun with it by playing with textures and colors and know what you like is acceptable and beautiful.
Many new naturals choose this style if they do not have pronounced curl definition and find the results very satisfying and lasting. How can something so simple like a darn sponge create beautiful twists or coils? Find out in the video below.
DaniNicoleee shares her wash and go routine using the sponge method and we have to say her hair is absolutely stunning when she’s done. The sponges are super cheap and if you are antsy for a new look, giving this technique may be the perfect look to try.
Twist or braid outs are another staple look for naturals who want uniform curls, curl definition or trying to decrease the problem of tangles. These classic short hairstyles are so lovely and creates such hair envy looks that many just assume they are for naturals with longer hair. Not so!
Twist out, braid outs, flat twist outs are all styles that can be created on freshly washed or old short hairstyles. You can create small, chunky, two strand or even three strand techniques that will keep hair from tangling or stretched while getting a uniform curl or coil pattern.
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