short natural african american hairstyles

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African American women often encounter many surprises and troubles with their natural hair. It’s either difficult to style or lacks length for versatile impressive hairstyles you can see there on Internet. The other problem is when your hair is getting extremely dry and brittle due to experiments with styling products and styling procedures. Sometimes the only way out in such cases is to have a short haircut and wait for the new healthy growth. Meanwhile the other puzzle that emerges is how to style your short natural hair so that it looks decent. Don’t worry, there are many fantastic stylish hairstyles for your short hair. Here we have collected 75 pictures of the classiest ones.

Your Options in Natural Hairstyles for Short Hair
– Protective updos. They do not only look very stately, they also protect the delicate structure of your hair from the elements and loss of moisture.

– Twists. These take any extra volume under control and look fancy whether you wear them loose or in elegant updos.

– Puffs. A puff is a substitute for a common bun, so loved by African American ladies. When you also introduce twists or elements of braiding into your puff hairstyles, you have all chances to come up with something truly exquisite and eye-catching.

– Mohawks and Fauxhawks. Never going out of fashion, these hairstyles are perfect for black women who are open to bold solutions and extravagant haircuts.

– Finger coils. If you are searching for hairstyles which make a stake on outstanding textures, finger coils are an excellent idea.

Short Natural African American Hairstyles

 

natural hairstyles for black women

Imagine if you had a comprehensive directory of natural hairstyles.

Would that make things easier for you?

You’d probably be pretty excited to go through the list and find different styles that you like.

Today’s your lucky day, that’s exactly what we’re going to provide in this article:

…a comprehensive list of insanely popular natural hairstyles for black women, young girls, and kids that you can wear today.

Insanely Popular Natural Hairstyles for Black Women

You can use this hairstyle guide for inspiration, regardless of your hair type or natural texture.

1. Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks, which are also known as dreads or locs, are strands of hair that look like ropes. Dreads are often formed by braiding or matting the hair.

Naturally, curly hair that is left to its own devices, by abstaining from combing or brushing, will generally produce tangles and mats will be formed, however it takes planning and maintenance to form evenly sized dreadlocks.

There are a variety of methods that are used to encourage the formation of dreadlocks, for example, braiding, rolling, backcombing and the crochet hook method.

All of these methods require that consistent work is applied to the dreadlocks for them to become tight, mature and neat in appearance.

Dreadlocks are easily one of the most popular natural hairstyles for black women. We’ve put together a tutorial for those interested in learning more about dreadlocks.

 
Dreadlocks Tutorial: Dreadlocks: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

2. Bantu Knots

The Bantu Knots Hairstyle

Bantu people is the generic name for 300+ ethnic groups in Africa, which covers a large geographical region in central and southern Africa.

Most people are not aware of the history that surrounds that bantu knots hairstyle.

The hairstyle features small, lovely buns that are coiled and sprinkled throughout the hair. Traditionally, this hairstyle has been worn for centuries by women of African descent.

Bantu Knots Tutorial: The Bantu Knots Hairstyle: A Beautiful Controversy

3. Afros

afro

Years ago, the afro was commonly referred to as a natural. This style is frequently worn by males and females with curly, kinky hair.

This hairstyle is created by combing the hair away from the scalp, this allows for the hair to extend out from the head in a rounded and large shape, much like a ball or a cloud.

In the late 1960s, afros were particularly popular in African-American communities. Often times afros are shaped with the assistance of a wide-toothed comb referred to as an Afro pick.

 

The afro is at times abbreviated as a `fro´or TWA (for small afros). TWA hairstyles are quite popular, as many women are choosing to big chop when they go natural. TWA is short for ‘teeny weeny afro.’

There has been quite a bit of innovation recently with short hairstyles. Many TWA styles look great while also being simple to maintain.

If you have short natural hair and are exploring your styling options, there is far more variety than you might think for short hair.

Learn More: TWA Hairstyles For Women With Natural Hair

4. Braids, Cornrows or Canerows

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Braids, cornrows, or canerows are a traditional African hairstyle. This is when the hair is braided closely to the scalp, an underhand upward motion is used to produce a row that is continuous and raised.

The cornrows hairstyle is also found in a variety of Native American cultures.

Many times, cornrows are formed in straight, simple lines as implied by the name, they can however also be formed in designs that are curvilinear or geometric.

They are often popular due to how easy they are to maintain, if properly maintained through washing the hair carefully and regularly oiling the scalp, rows can be left in for even weeks at a time.

It’s important to note that a common type of hair loss, called traction alopecia, can be caused by braids that are pulled too tight or worn for long periods of time.

5. Poetic Justice Braids

Poetic Justice Braids

People used to refer to these braids as box braids before they were known as poetic justice braids.

 

As a matter of fact, the name poetic justice started after Janet Jackson and Tupac had their famous collaboration in the movie called “Poetic Justice” where Janet (Justice) wore box braids during the film.

Box Braids Tutorial: Box Braids: The Complete Styling Guide for Beginners

6. Goddess Braids

Goddess braids are sometimes referred to as granny braids since they look similar to some styles commonly worn by grandmothers.

They are cornrow-style braids that are large and generally lie flat along the person’s scalp. Goddess braids are a great way of protecting your hair as it grows and they can be braided in a variety of ways.

The various styles come about by twisting goddess braids into knots or buns and combining them with smaller ones, although large cornrows are the typical way for braiding them.

Goddess braids have been very popular for quite some time. Due to the number of hairstyles that can be created, they remain popular.

The versatility they offer when it comes to styling is the reason that women love them. They can look simple, casual and sleek or they can look elegant when styled up.

7. French Braids

french braids

A French braid is also commonly referred to as a French plait.

Three sections of hair are included in the French braid and they are braided together starting at the crown of the head and moving down towards the nape of the neck.

There are variations of this hairstyle, for example, the fishtail braid or the Dutch braid.

French Braids Tutorial: How to French Braid Curly Hair

8. Ghana Braids

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Ghana braids are a classic style that protects your natural hair. Depending on the region or your part of the world, they might also be called banana braids, cornrows, or straight-backs.

Regardless of what they are called, Ghana braids have their origins on the African continent.

In fact, some of the earliest known depictions of Ghana braids are found in sculptures and hieroglyphics carved in approximately 500 B.C.

9. Crochet Braids

Crochet Braids

Crochet braids tend to confuse some people since the name refers to the method used and the hairstyles can look quite a bit different.

The crochet method is similar to certain types of weave styles, where you start by cornrowing hair prior to adding extensions.

Whoever is doing the crochet braids inserts a crochet needle into the selected cornrow braid.

After that, a tiny handful of hair gets threaded onto that needle, before being pulled through that cornrow braid. It gets tied into a knot, so that is secured to your natural hair.

10. Faux Locs

faux locs

If you have ever wondered what you would look like wearing dreadlocks, then the perfect opportunity for you could be faux locs.

Faux locs are artificial dreadlocks or imitation dreadlocks, they allow you to see exactly how you would look should you decide to actually grow dreadlocks.

11. Protective Styles

protective style

If preserving your hair from damage is one of your hair goals, then protective styling should be incorporated whenever possible, into your natural hair regimen.

Protective styling is a hairstyling concept that reduces consistent manipulation of the hair, encourages length retention and protects the ends of the hair strands.

This concept often leads to increased hair growth and fewer tangles. The concept is to simply mitigate damaged hair.

12. Twists

two-strand twists

Twists (i.e., flat twists, two-strand twists, mini-twists, etc.) are some of the most popular natural hairstyles for black women in the United States.

These hairstyles are usually achieved by dividing the hair into various sections, the strands of hair are then twisted.

 

The “twist out” hairstyle is a variation of hair twists, this is where hair that has been twisted is untwisted creating a texture that is large and loosely crimped.

The twist out has multiple variations, one is done with the use of two strands of hair and the other uses three strands of hair, this one is called the “three strand twist out.”

A textured hairstyle when untwisted is the end result of both methods.

Havana twists, Marley twists, two strand twists, flat twists, and Senegalese twists, are some of the most popular twists. Depending on the length of your hair, some of these twists require specific types of hair extensions.

13. Finger Coils

This is a low maintenance, cute natural hairstyle. Beauty vlogger Priscilla Flete has a finger coil tutorial that is super easy.

While finger-coils can be time-consuming to create, they look great and are an excellent choice for various lengths of natural hair.

14. Yarn Braids

If you’re looking for a fun protective style or just want to mix it up, yarn braids are a good choice. Yarn braids are braids, but instead of using human or synthetic hair, you use yarn.

 

This style will allow you to leave your hair alone without having to style it for several days. Some women wear yarn braids for two weeks at a time. At that point, they may start to get itchy, and you’ll want to take them out.

15. Flexible Curling Rods

flexi-rods on natural hair without heat

If you’ve ever used your finger to twirl your hair around and wished it would hold that shape for more than a couple of seconds, then that’s the reason why flexi-rods were created.

It is easy to use flexi-rods on natural hair and generate a multitude of different hairstyles depending on your hair type, rod size and how long they’re left in your hair.

A flexi-rod is a long flexible tube that is available in various sizes. When it comes to hair tools, it is fairly straightforward.

 

Although you can achieve curls faster when you use a curling iron, flexi-rods provide a heat-free way for making creating curly hairstyles.

16. Low or High Bun

Buns are always easy and serve as “go to” styles for many women. In fact, a high bun is one of Kira’s favorite protective hairstyles. The bun helps protect the hair ends of your hair and looks very classy.

The style works well with most hair lengths. In this video tutorial, Halfrican Beaute demonstrates her method for creating a neat, professional-looking low bun for type 3 and type 4 hair types.

17. Space Buns

Space buns (or as my wife calls them Mickey Mouse buns) are a little different from low and high buns, but space buns are a great option if you’re looking to change-up your hairstyles.

While this style can be worn at any age, it’s particularly cute on young kids. My wife, Kira, and my daughter, Kennedy, often wear Mickey Mouse buns when we visit Disney World.

Jasmine Brown has put together an easy to follow space bun hair tutorial. Even though there are multiple ways to create space buns, we love the simplicity of Nina’s process.

 

18. Frohawk (Sometimes Called Faux Hawk, Fohawk or Mohawk)

The frohawk (similar to a mohawk) is an emerging style in the natural hair community and its one that I really like.

This curly updo style is simple, attractive and can easily be customized to fit your profile and outfit. I’ve even seen some women accentuate their frohawk with platinum blonde highlights.

The style looks nice regardless if you have short, medium or long hair. In this video, Priscilla, who goes by the name ImShineStruck on social media, provides a simple tutorial on creating a braided frohawk on natural hair.

To create this style, Priscilla uses an afro pick, bobby pins, and coconut oil. This style really highlights the versatility of natural hair.

19. Hair Extension Hairstyles

I’m constantly amazed by the creativity of ladies with the curly hair community. In this video tutorial, Ify Yvonne, a popular Nigerian-American beauty blogger, demonstrates how to create a beautiful hairstyle with clip-in extensions.

As you may already know, extensions have become incredibly popular in the natural hair community.

Many popular celebrities, including Issa Rae, have worn hair extensions and weaves to supplement their natural hair.

20. High Puff

Similar to the high bun, the high puff is a simple yet elegant hairstyle that works on nearly all hair lengths and textures.

As I mentioned earlier, Kira really loves to wear high buns, the mega puff is also a common hairstyle that Kira wears to work during the week.

The hairstyle is easy, professional and classy. This hairstyle is great for the office, your wedding day, the red carpet or a night out on the town.

In this video, Actually Ashley provides a step-by-step tutorial for creating a beautiful mega high puff.

21. Wash and Go

One of the first hairstyles that many new naturals master is the wash and go. This simple hairstyle is a staple of many natural hair regimens.

In this video, by AlyraTV, a YouTube vlog managed by twin bloggers, Alisha and Kyra, provide an awesome wash and go natural hairstyle.

During the video, Kyra provides a quick step-by-step wash and go tutorial that will last for a week.

22. Halo Braid

How to Do a Halo Braid on Natural Hair

The halo braid, which is similar to a crown braid, has such an ethereal, classy hairstyle that has quickly grown in popularity over the past several years.

Celebrities and many popular beauty bloggers have been wearing halo braids lately, so it’s one of the most popular braided styles right now.

23. Military Hairstyles for Black Females

military hairstyles for black females

The United States Army has recently announced new grooming standards via a leaked PowerPoint deck.

My wife, Kira, is a 9 year veteran of the United States Navy. She was appalled that the depth of diversity enlisted in the United States military wasn’t a vital component in making such a drastic overhaul to the grooming standards (i.e., military hairstyles for women).

There are obvious physical differences in everyone’s hair texture, length, individual styling capabilities, and each person’s comfort level.

To label common African American hairstyles as unacceptable military hairstyles for women, it really shows the limited vision of military decision makers.

The goal should be to achieve a diverse, more balanced approach, for acceptable military hairstyles for women.

A balanced approach would include all ethnic groups, not exclude them.

It’s encouraging to see that weaves, hair extensions and wigs are acceptable army hairstyles.

The Army sends a very strong message when the hairstyle guidelines include weave, extensions, and wigs, but prevents military personnel from wearing their natural hair in a manner that is confident and professional.

military hair hairstyles for women

Your personal choice of hairstyles goes well beyond the uniform.

Women shouldn’t be made to relax their hair, wear short hairstyles or hide the texture of their hair.

The United States military is comprised of various groups of people with many differences.

When a rule makes characteristics that are unique to an ethnic group a violation, you immediately make that group a target for correctional actions.

You also introduce an unnecessary level of uncertainty about how those individuals carry themselves. The confidence that should propel you to be the best that you can be is no longer there.

Women who wear their natural hair, without chemicals or extensions, are expressing their individuality by not applying chemicals to straighten their hair or add hair extensions.

There are no adverse effects on military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health or safety.

The female personnel of today’s military are volunteers. They voluntarily enlisted in the military and were accepted, meaning they have a place in the military.

Wearing professional, uniformed, natural hairstyles should be included within Army Regulation 670-1 as approved military hairstyles for women.

A petition was created by Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs to allow professional natural hairstyles. The petition needed 100,000 signatures but didn’t successfully obtain the necessary number of signatures.

Natural Hairstyles for Work

It’s not uncommon for ladies with natural hair to ask if we recommend specific natural hairstyles for work or job interviews.

It’s our opinion that regardless of whether you’re relaxed or natural, there are certain hairstyles that are more appropriate for professional environments.

Plus, natural hair is much more versatile than relaxed hair, so the styling options that you have are only limited by your imagination.

Depending on where you work, the expectations of your appearance may be documented in an employee handbook.

Although it’s worth noting that some companies within Corporate America aren’t accepting of African American cultural norms, including clothing, food, language, and hairstyles.

This can be magnified by the often rigid corporate environment layered with dress codes and other appearance and behavior related policies.

I always tell women that it’s important that they feel comfortable with their appearance; that’s always the most important factor in my opinion.

Typically non-profit organizations don’t have the same rigid work environment as corporate settings; therefore, you may be able to experiment more freely with various hairstyles and color treatments.

Ultimately all of the hairstyles included in this article can be styled appropriately for work.

The key is to present a neat, professional appearance based on your personality, preferences and the culture of your company.

The Most Inspiring Natural Short Hairstyles
Check out the ideas below.

10 Simple Hairstyles for Short Natural Hair or TWA


More and more women are going natural by doing the Big Chop- cutting all chemically treated hair off at once, and starting fresh with healthy hair. The Big Chop is a great way to start your healthy natural hair journey! Not only does it get rid of your unhealthy hair, but it can also be liberating and empowering if you have grown over-attached to your hair.

However, hair takes a long time to grow back, so the Big Chop means committing to several years of short hair. Short hair is versatile and beautiful, but if you’ve had long hair for a long time, it can be hard to know what to do with your new short hair.

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We searched the internet for short hairstyle ideas, but most of the looks we found involved getting a very specific cut or color. We are more inspired by simple hairstyles you can achieve without a hairstylist, and by styles that won’t require constant cuts or color treatments to maintain. You can achieve almost all of the 10 styles highlighted below as your hair grows from an inch long, to two inches, to four or five!

So if you just did the Big Chop, plan to do the Big Chop soon, or have short hair for another reason, read on to learn some fun and easy ways to style short natural hair!

lupita nyongo bantu knots

1. Bantu knots. The shorter your hair is, the smaller you’ll need to make the knots, but we love the look of small bantu knots! (We’re looking at you, Lupita Nyong’o.) If you want larger bantu knots, you can easily use extensions to make them bigger. Here is a tutorial that uses just your natural hair!

natural hair finger waves

2. Finger waves. This sleek style will turn heads! Learn how to do finger waves here.

twist out on short natural hair

3. Twist out. Try smaller twists to create a stunning textured look. You can do this style on almost any hair length. Tutorial here.

short natural hair faux hawk

4. Faux-hawk. You don’t need as much length as you think to pull off this cute look! Here is an easy tutorial.

twa styles

5. Simple side part. This style looks BOMB on tapered 4B and 4C hair, and can be achieved in a couple minutes. Combine with a vibrant color for a dazzling summer look.

flat twist twa

6. Flat twists. These are achievable with very short hair, and they can be as simple or complex as you want. Check out this incredibly detailed tutorial here.

natural hair puff TWA

7. TWA puff. You don’t need long hair to rock a puff! Here is a tutorial that uses just your hair, but you can also add clip-ins or Marley hair for a bigger, higher puff.

finger coils short natural hair

8. Finger coils. These look great on short hair if you’re willing to put in the time! Tutorial on very short hair here

natural hair protective style

9. Protective style. If none of these options sound fun and you just want to wait out the short hair phase, you can get box braids, Marley twists, or whatever protective style calls to you. Just be sure to take care of your hair in the style! Myths and tips about protective styles here.

wash n go twa

10. Wash n go. One of the most beautiful things about short hair is that it takes so much less time to style than does long hair. Enjoy this unique phase of your natural hair journey by rocking your curl pattern with a wash n go. Tutorial here.

#1: Flat-Twist with Twist Out
A twist-out is an easy natural hairstyle for short hair that African-American women can use to achieve full curls sans heat. It’s a popular protective style among the “naturalistas”. The style is easy to maintain, it can be slept on without messing up the curl pattern. This look combines a flat twist detail in the front to further protect the edges of the hair, which are the most prone to breakage.

natural hairstyle with twists and curls
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#2: Natural Hairstyle with Closely Clipped Sides
This wild curly style oozes sex appeal and confidence. Tapering the curls in the back with them growing longer in the front creates a bang-like effect that adds mystery to your look. If you are feeling bold, complement this look with the classic red lipstick and winged liner makeup for a daring appearance.

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#3: Natural Fauxhawk with Temple Undercut
Many curly-haired women struggle with edges and face framing strands when they don’t end up curling properly. Keeping hair on the temples short and sleek with a product is a great idea to refresh your short hairstyle and enhance the bounce of longer hair on top!

Short Natural Hairstyle For Women
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#4: Short Natural Mohawk with Flat-Twisted Sides
The fabulous thing about short natural hairstyles is that you can customize them and get a variety of looks on the base of the same cut, and they will also look different on deferent women. Flat twists are a very popular addition to curly ‘dos, as they bring a youthful feel and texture diversity, creating a beautiful contrast to twisted curls, like in this example.

Natural Twisted Fauxhawk For Shorter Hair
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#5: Blonde Curly Twist-Braided Mohawk
Don’t be deterred from natural hair cuts if you’re the one who likes to play with braids, flat twists and new fun hues! Keep your beautiful curly texture while exploring new, exciting color choices. Different shades of blonde create a pretty and playful medley that looks very cute on curly locks.

Short Natural Hairstyle With Braided Sides
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#6: Sectioned Mohawk with Small Coils
If you can’t pull your hair into a ponytail, pinning it into a Mohawk in the middle of your head allows to get it out of your face without trying to force it into a tiny bun or ponytail. Add in a parted design for a unique natural hairstyle for short hair. Or you can try making it more spiky.

fauxhawk hairstyle for short natural hair
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#7: Updo with Bangs for Short Natural Hair
A distinctive enhancement of natural hairstyles is bangs. Not only will they give you a younger looking appearance, they also serve as a sweet accessory for any updo! Bangs that start further back near the crown are extra funky.

Natural Short Ponytail With Twists
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8: Burgundy and Copper Tapered Natural Hairstyle
Shorter natural hairstyles for black women are versatile and universally-flattering once you’ve chosen a nice shape that suits your face and curl pattern. Tapered hairstyles flatter many women and give you an opportunity to try a popular two-tone dye job — such as this gorgeous burgundy and copper combination.

Tapered Natural Haircut For Women
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#9: Short and Chic
Different red hues are great for natural hair, whether you prefer plum reds or copper reds. This style reverses the trendy ombre look by fading upward into bright burgundy coils up top. Add some color to your curls and give new life to your favorite short style.

Short Natural Burgundy Hairstyle
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#10: Strawberry Blonde Natural Taper Cut
Strawberry blonde is a unique color choice that suits women with healthy natural black hair, those who want to try new feminine shades. Pair you new color with a short trendy cut like a side-parted taper, and your makeover will make the greatest impact.

Short Natural Side-Parted Hairstyle For Women
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#11: Knotted Headscarf
Some cute and simple natural hairstyles for black women rely on accessories – headscarves, bandanas, headbands, etc. This look is timeless, it’s versatile, and it’s vital for protecting natural hair. It’s also the perfect ‘do for those days when you simply don’t want to show off your hair.

Natural Hairstyle With A Bandana
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#12: Inverted Cornrows
Inverted cornrows, also known as Didi braids, are magical. Cornrows are ideal for natural hair anyway, especially for women who need a style that protects their hair. The inverse of this popular style looks as a fresh take on traditional cornrows. It showcases a similar sleekness, but the braids seem to be pressed into the hair.

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#13: Short Natural Sass
Short natural curls don’t need much to look gorgeous, other than some hold and definition easily achieved with styling products. With this short length you probably won’t use some large accessories, but a couple of hair clips complimenting the texture of your hair will definitely add a lot.

Curly Black Hairstyle For Short Hair
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#14: Temple and Nape Undercut for Natural Hair
Add some height at the crown of your head embracing a bold undercut. Pro tip — building up volume from the nape of the neck and temples upwards is an effective approach that works for short hair styles and round face shapes.

African-American Long Top Short Sides Hairstyle
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#15: Fierce Natural Curls
Faking an undercut is simplicity itself – do it with a few side braids. The braids and twists in this hairstyle definitely stand out, but the tawny, gorgeous profusion of curls is the real statement. This woman is fierce, and she knows it.

Natural Mohawk With Side Twists
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#16: The Tightest Tiny Curls
This stunning afro is all tight curls and high shine. At the time when women are embracing their natural hair more than ever, afros are absolutely in vogue, and with good reason. Embrace those curls!

Short Afro Hairstyle
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#17: Nape-to-Forehead Natural Braided Mohawk
Braided Mohawk hairstyles for short natural hair are suited for ladies who prefer edgier ‘dos. Starting from the nape and going to the forehead, you may unleash your creativity and try thicker and thinner braids in intricate designs.

Natural Braided Updo With Curly Top
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#18: Cornrows to Twist-Out Top Updo
If you’re drawn to undercuts and tapers, but aren’t ready to cut your hair that short, try braided updos that mimic the styles you like. This is a pretty example of a modern protective updo particularly stunning for African American women.

Braided Updo With Twisted Top
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#19: Natural Faux Hawk
This natural faux hawk is a work of art. It’s a perfect example of an intricate braided pattern composed of simple twists and zigzag parts. Look at those clear zigzags, the flawless lines, and the twisted curls. This ‘do has everything, and it’s quite short and comfortable to wear.

Curly Fauxhawk With Side Twists
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#20: Chocolate Brown Undercut with Twisted Curls
Chocolate brown twists are as lovely as they are stylish! Keep natural hair very short on the sides and back to get a trendy dynamic style with progression and contrast to the longer, more luscious curls above.

Curled Tapered Hairstyle For Women
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#21: Pixie with Curls
This is a pixie taken all the way to the next level. Those curls are flawlessly formed – neither too tight, nor too loose, soft, manageable, and shiny. The details, such as the baby hairs and the curled sideburns, are particularly gorgeous.

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#22: Caramel Curly Twist Bob with Undershave
Undershaves instantly make your natural hairstyles for short hair edgier. Drawing an alluring aura, a dramatic side part is key if you want to emphasize your favorite facial feature.

Half Shaved Asymmetrical Natural Hairstyle
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#23: That’s a Wrap
Who knew that a simple headwrap was so eye-catching? This is an excellent way to create a statement hairstyle without spending a lot of time, money, or energy. Headwraps and scarves are ideal accessories for protecting natural black hair, styling with them is pretty and easy!

Short Natural Hairstyle With Headband
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#24: Top Knot Meets Afro
When you want to sleek hair back but don’t have enough length, you can either go the popular afro puff route or make a curly half up top knot. The back is left on its own, a full, lush ‘fro. Together, the two create a dynamic ‘do that will make strangers do a double take – so simple and so cute!

Half Up Natural Hairstyle
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#25: Short Natural 4C Hairstyle
This twisted out ‘fro is fierce, fabulous, and fantastically easy to steal. A twist out lasts for days and every new day it looks a bit different, making everyone think you are making something new with your hair every day.

Natural Afro Hairstyle For Women
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#26: Side-Parted Afro
The obsession with side parts hasn’t passed by natural hairstyles for short hair, and you see, the good old afro is getting a cool update. The edges may need some pomade or coconut oil.

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#27: Vertical and Circular Flat Twists Updo
Flat twists can be a lovely idea if you want to design a new updo. No fuss, no muss, here’s a fantastic hairdo that’s protective and low maintenance. In case you search for something that is youthful and won’t take up a lot of styling time, flat twists are for you.

Twisted Updo For Shorter Natural Hair
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#28: Wet Look
Embrace those kinky curls and coils. Let them stand out and shine. Add some product for sheen and structure, but for the most part, this ‘do is low-maintenance and high glamour.

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#29: Short and Shaved
Love androgynous looks? Adore super short black natural hairstyles? Pick this one next time. Shaven in the back and on the sides, this style also embraces textured curls, resulting in a cute super short Mohawk. The curls are tight, flawlessly formed, and add just enough feminine edge to balance out the entire style.

Short Undercut Hairstyle For Natural Hair
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#30: Blonde Curly Mohawk with Braided Sides
A daring impact of the Mohawk is enhanced when it’s worn in two tones. High contrast looks, like this curly black and blonde fauxhawk, are the trendiest and fun to rock in any setting.

Black And Blonde Curly Natural Fauxhawk
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#31: Nape-to-Crown Braids with Bantu Knots
Sporty styles have been extremely popular, now and always. Bantu knots are staples in black natural hairstyles and make a perfect pairing to an athleisure wardrobe by giving off an easy going, confident vibe.

Bantu Knots Crown Updo For Natural Hair
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#32: Up Braided Updo with Curls on Top
Mature women looking for an elegant way to rock their natural texture should consider an up braided updo. With this style you always look put together, while the curls above bring a fun, youthful air into the look. Whether you’re just running out the door to do the shopping or going to attend a more formal setting, you’ll never be underdressed or overstyled.

Twisted Updo For Short Natural Hair
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#33: Pinned Back Short Natural Hair
This look is super cute. Keep your style simple and fuss-free trying this version of an afro puff. Push it more back and add some sort of pompadour bangs. It’s actually a small roll above your forehead for an added height.

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#34: Beautiful Kinky Curls
For an easy style that you can dress up or dress down, short hair is where it’s at. All-one-length curls make for a classy, chic look that can go with just about anything. To make the style extra special, brush and pin hair back at the temples.

Simple Hairstyle For Short Natural Hair
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#35: Tri-Color Curls
Natural short hairstyles don’t have to be completely natural. It’s more about natural texture — the color is totally up to you. This style is fun and bright. Plus the color blocking is a creative way to transition from black to blonde.

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#36: TWA with Red Twisted Curls
Teenie weenie afros, TWA, are cute and daring, so why not pair them with a bright color? Red curls are sassy and dynamic, sure to add life to any and every environment you’re in! Consult a professional colorist and pick the red shade that suits your skin undertone best.

Burgundy Twa Hairstyle
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#37: Women’s Natural Haircut with Line Up
Elevate a more basic haircut by trying a pristine line up. It’s a feature we borrow from men’s hairstyles and make it ours. That’s also the magic of natural short hairstyles; the beauty is all in details!

Short Natural Androgynous Hairstyle
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#38: Twisted Curls with Undone Ends
For those preferring to stay away from braids, knots, or other more confined styles, twisted curls are for you! The twists with undone ends have a flirty, enthusiastic vibe sure to brighten your mood.

Natural Twist Out Hairstyle
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#39: Curly Mohawk with Side Bantu Knots
Another curly Mohawk example but with an extra design element! Play around with Bantu knots, varying their number and size. The great thing about this hairstyle is that the design can be changed easily whenever you wish!

Curly Fauxhawk Hairstyle
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#40: Tapered Hairstyle for Springy Curls
Natural black hairstyles are all about embodying the natural beauty of African American hair. A tapered cut always looks put together while letting your texture thrive.

Natural Tapered Cut For Women
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#41: Natural Updos
Don’t be fooled into thinking natural styles can’t be classy and professional. Toy with looks that are fun but also utilize the versatility of your hair. Naturally curly hair has so many possibilities. Braid it or twist it up into a sleek updo, with some soft waves for an evening or interview-ready hairstyle.

Braided Updo For Natural Hair
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#42: Short Puffy Curls
She is killing it with that kinky hair. When you’re on the hunt for natural hair ideas, it can be easy to forget the classics in the search of something new. But the best idea might just be the classic, side-parted afro.

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#43: Afro American Frohawk
If somebody is ever looking for a unique way to spruce up their natural hairstyles, the Mohawk is always the first place people turn. However, for those unwilling to make such a daring commitment, this chic alternative is perfect. It looks great with natural hair, and provides the edginess of a Mohawk while remaining fashionable.

Women’S Long Top Short Sides Natural Hairstyle
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#44: Mini Curls with Silver Highlights
Short natural haircuts are often super simple. For a modern, fuss-free style, ask for an inch of curls on the back and sides and a few inches on top. While a simple style can be sophisticated, it can also look boring. To play up to your short hair, add in a bit of a modern cool-toned color like gray, pastel, or platinum.

Short Natural Tapered Haircut
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#45: Short Platinum Crop
Many hairstylists believe that every woman should go platinum at least once in their life. And here’s why: it will always be the classiest, chicest way to stand out. Platinum color looks gorgeous on natural hair because it’s even more unexpected.

White Blonde Natural Hairstyle
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#46: Short Natural Wash-and-Go Style
This style is the result of an easy wash-and-go routine. Of course, you don’t actually leave the house after washing, but first apply the right moisturizing and styling products.

Short Frohawk Hairstyle
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#47: Pretty Cinnamon Curls
For a quick African American natural hairstyle, try a half-up top knot, which is very on trend. What really makes this look special is how beautifully that cinnamon shade looks against her warm-toned skin. Ask your stylist what shade would help bring out your inner glow.

Half Up Bun For Short Natural Hair
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#48: Curly Afro Puff with Perfect Edges
Don’t have enough length for a curly ponytail? Try an afro puff. It’s a beautiful option when it comes to hairstyles for natural hair that’s rather short. Because this style is glossy and smooth, it can work well for a formal occasion or a date night.

Afro Puff For Short Hair
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#49: Short Twist Out
If you find yourself completely over your everyday afro, just know you aren’t alone. Many naturalistas get bored with their curly q’s and yearn for something new. A gorgeous twist out is an instant solution to this common issue. Pin up one side for an added bit of style.

Medium Twisted Natural Hairstyle
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#50: Natural Twisted Up Style
Sick of your normal wash and go? Throw a few twists along your hairline. It’s super easy and incredibly cute for any length or texture of hair. For those still skeptical about wearing natural black hairstyles, this is a quick way to add some pizazz to a simple afro.

Short Black Curly Hairstyle With Side Twists
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#51: Pinup for Natural Hair
Who says pinup styles are a thing of the past? Natural hair with a 50’s twist is both classic and modern, depending on how you do it. This style incorporates a pastel bandana, and the ever-favorite front bump. The contrast between the natural curls atop and the smoothed sides is deliberately stylish.

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#52: Braided Mohawk for Short Hair
This look has enough eye-catching elements, but they all come together to create one of the classiest natural hairstyles. The twisted curls with flawless form spring out over the tightly braided cornrows on the sides, which create a kind of faux undercut. The two-tone hair color is also worth attention.

African American Two-Tone Braided Mohawk
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#53: Short and Steady
The best way to keep your natural style up to par is with simple maintenance. Keeping your hair moisturized and trimmed is the most stylish thing you can do. Healthy hair looks best, and your curls look the nicest when they’re taken care of. This is one of the cutest short natural hairstyles for black women that showcases the importance of healthy hair.

Very Short Natural Hairstyle For Women
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#54: Short Red Curls
It’s hard to pick out the most gorgeous aspect of this style. Like many short natural hairstyles, it highlights those stunning, all-natural curls, which are twisted and formed into flawless spirals. The color is on-point, too.

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#55: Curly Hair
This hairstyle is short, cute and super easy, and it works best with naturally curly hair. Wash-and-go is great for your hair when done right, and it looks great on most hair textures. Find the routine that has proved to be the most effective for your hair with the products that are specific for your hair type and curl pattern. Once you get the hang of your routine, it’ll be a cinch to rock this style.

Short To Medium Natural Hairstyle
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#56: Short Natural Faux Hawk
The faux hawk is a popular style among women with natural hair because it’s showy, flattering and quite easy to style. Slick the sides, fluff the curls, and that’s basically all it takes. Of course, the color also means a lot if you want to enhance the feel of Mohawk with hair this short.

Short Caramel Blonde Natural Fauxhawk
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#57: Afro Puff with a Headband
This hairdo is nothing less than spectacular. From the cute baby hairs to the pops of color and vivid orange scarf, it’s simplicity, convenience and beauty, 3 in 1. Afros are not protective, as you don’t wear your ends tucked away, but there are clip in afro puffs you can use for this purpose.

Short Afro With Caramel Highlights
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#58: Natural Waves
Soft waves may have peaked in the twenties, but they have their place in the modern day fashion for African American women as well. Brush out your curls for extra body and length. This natural look is perfect for a night out, it definitely oozes class and good taste.

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#59: Sky-High Curls
Take a moment to observe this beauty. Somehow the curls are both loose and soft as well as tight and structured. This style is effortlessly glamorous and fabulously casual. It’s the best of all worlds, indeed, and the silhouette is modern.

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#60: Twisted Roll and Side Bang
For a style that will last for weeks and still look appropriate try this twisted short natural hairstyle for black women. The side bang creates some versatility: you can pin it back or wear it down for a funky casual look.

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#61: Braids and Double Bun
For a quick natural updo hairstyle, pair chunky cornrows with two adjacent front buns and get a lovely look that will last all day long. This creative-yet-simple style can transition from day-to-night with ease.

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#62: Individual Braided Natural Hair Style
Individual braids are a go-to protective hairstyle for African American women, as they provide more versatility than flat cornrows and twists. For shorter styles with braids use a hair accessory like a thick headband. Is it winter or summer outdoors, you will always look great.

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#63: Perfectly Curled Natural Hair
The best natural curls are ultra-moisturized. Curly hair should get regular doses of natural creams, butters, and oils. These products will not only have a positive impact on your hair health, but also help in styling.

Short Gelled Natural Hairstyle
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#64: Curly Copper Red Bob for Natural Hair
Bobs are extremely popular among women of all ages, but for some reason, some naturalistas don’t think they can rock one with textured hair. Wrong! Natural hair can be bob-cut, benefiting particularly from varied layers.

Natural Red Curly Hairstyle For Short Hair
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#65: Two-Tone Haircut with Design
Just because you have a closely-cropped cut does not mean that you cannot experiment with your look as this natural hair style shows. The blonde color on top makes the style pop and the parted design adds a bit of interest on the sides. If you want to maintain the cut, simply change the color and designs to keep the look fresh.

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#66: Long Curly Pixie with Side Part
The pixie cut is compatible with every curly hair type. When styling, add a side part, ideal for women new to the pixie club and testing new hairstyles.

Short Natural Side-Parted Hairstyle
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#67: Twisted Up Natural Updo with Curly Top
The refinement of many natural hair styles makes you look done. This beautiful cascading updo creates a visually interesting and dynamic look that uplifts any casual outfit. Pro tip — elongate the lifespan of your ‘do by protecting at night with large satin bonnets, or satin/silk pillow cases!

Flat Twists And Curls Updo For Natural Hair
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#68: Blonde and Brown Curly Undercut
Brighten your complexion by lightening the top section of your hair. An undercut is a hairdo that pairs easily with two-tone hair colors. Ash brown and platinum is a cool couple, indeed!

Short Natural Two-Tone Hairstyle
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#69: Cute Afro with Fluffy Curls
Curls that are less defined look effortlessly chic. Afro haircut styles are low maintenance, require minimal morning styling time and also suit a more bohemian wardrobe wonderfully. Oh, yeah, this is how gorgeous your TWA will be when it grows out!

Afro Hairstyle For Women
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#70: Lovely Natural Curly Do with Bangs
Short natural hair is intimidating to some women because, quite honestly, it requires confidence. Upgrade your curly ‘do with some sassy side bangs if you want a more feminine style in a short length!

Short Natural Hairstyle With Sleek Edges
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#71: Curly Natural Hairstyle with a Splash of Red
Bam! Here’s a bright tri-color hairstyle to be the center of attention wherever you go. Dye jobs with fun pops of color aren’t only restricted to those with longer locks. Whatever color you go for, stick within your skin’s natural undertones, warm, neutral or cool, for a really flattering effect.

Burgundy And Pink Short Natural Hairstyle
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#72: Tight Natural Curls in Tapered Style
A tapered hairstyle like this is great for all ages, and it’s current. Here is a wonderful example of how refined short natural hairdos are! A fool-proof, classic hairstyle is an impeccable accessory to your outfits, so choose it thoughtfully.

Short Curly Natural Hairstyle For Women
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#73: Taper Fade with Layered Colors
Tapered cuts bring dimension into natural hairstyles, and you can enhance this feature by layering colors. Whether you want to do it in the lightest to darkest manner, or mix up completely different colors, it’s sure to add intrigue and personal flair.

Black And Blonde Undercut Hairstyle
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#74: Caramel and Brown Hairstyle for Natural Hair
A subtle balayage is a smart color solution for short natural hair. The curls get much more depth and bounce, and your complexion also benefits from delicious shades like a mix of caramel, mocha and espresso. Sweet and fragrant!

Short Natural Hairstyle With Balayage
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#75: Short Natural Haircut Styled As Fauxhawk
If your length is not sufficient to make even an afro puff, there are still creative ways to style your coils in a beautiful way. Pinning the sides with delicate combs adds visual interest; also try metal combs for a look that pops a little more.

25 Best Afro Hairstyles For Men

Getting and styling the best afro hairstyles for men shouldn’t be a tedious search. With so many cool ways to style afro haircuts – short, long and curly – black guys have a lot of options when it comes to creating a dope look. Naturally, thick and kinky hair men have their own set of challenges. While there are many different afro cuts and styles, guys still have to maintain their hair, and afro hair certainly isn’t easy to work with.

With our guide below, black men with afros will find some of the hottest examples for their hair as well as learn how to grow their afro hairstyles. From the mini afro to the curly afro fade to the flat top, our collection of pictures incorporates the freshest types of afro styles for black men.

Best Afro Haircuts

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How To Get and Style An Afro

To get an afro, you have to be prepared to grow your curly hair out. What this really comes down to is a healthy lifestyle and proper hair care. For example, you will need a good diet of quality proteins, regular exercise to increase blood circulation, stress relief in the form of sleep, and maybe a multivitamin to make sure you are getting all the right vitamins and minerals for hair growth.

Other hair tips to grow and style an afro include the following:

  • Stop combing your hair and start using your fingers or a pick to help detangle your curls and poof out your hair.
  • Choose an afro hairstyle that is right for you and start transforming your hair’s shape to conform to that look.
  • Keep your hair conditioned and moisturized with butters, creams, or essential oils. Afro hair can get dry, nappy and very frizzy, so a good coconut oil or shea butter can help you keep your hair frizz-free all the time.
  • You will not grow or get a perfect afro overnight. Be patient and keep at it. Men’s hair generally grows at about 1/2 inch per month, so growing out a natural afro will take time and perseverance.

If you need more inspiration, check out our gallery of cool black men’s haircuts.

Afro Hairstyles For Men

Types of Afros

With so many different types of afros, men have a number of hairstyles to choose from. For example, black men can pick from twist hairstyles to the mini afro taper fade, afro with a part and flat top.

Although there are numerous cool hairstyles for black men, some cuts and styles are better-suited for certain hair types and textures. If you have thick, kinky hair, growing and styling a tall afro may be easier. If you have tight curls, a short tapered afro might look better.

As part of the short sides, long top men’s hair trend, we generally recommend tapered or faded sides to highlight the cool hairstyle on top. However, some guys may want an all around afro.

Other ways to tailor your style to your personality include the option to ask your barber for a line up or shape up. A line up haircut will allow your barber to use trimmers to shape your hairline and neckline.

Different Types of Afros Men

Best Afro Styles For Men

If you’re a guy with afro hair, finding a good hairstyle can sometimes be tricky. Because afro hair can be curly or straight up kinky, your hair texture really comes into play. This is why most guys choose to get a fade – the short buzzed sides make the afro easier to get.

Furthermore, the taper fade afro offers plenty of variation – black men can get a high, mid, low, burstdroptemp or skin fade cut on the sides along with a shape up or hair design. A line up can be great at sculpting the hairline around the temples to create a fresh, clean cut.

Here are the best afro styles and haircuts to try this year! Whether you want a short or long afro, flat top or side part, with twists, thick curls or dreads, these are the best afro hairstyles to get this year. With so many different types of hairstyles for afros, every guy should be able to find a cut and style they love!

High Top Afro Fade

Short Afro

A barbershop favorite is the small or mini afro – a low-maintenance style that allows you to grow your hair out on top without the headache of managing a big afro. Plus, a regular trim can keep your hair healthy by cutting off split ends to allow new growth.

Mid Bald Fade + Short Afro

Big Afro

A big afro will require time, but the final look is well worth the wait. We recommend you get a barber or stylist to help with your long afro to make sure it comes out perfect!

Big, Long Afro

Long Afro Hair

Long afro hairstyles give guys many options. Some black men prefer to grow out their hair and keep it styled high and big. This requires regular combing and excellent hair care, but the end result is a badass big afro with shape, volume, and size. Others prefer to let their long afro flow down. This can be especially stylish if you have long curly hair or twists.

Big Afro

Curly Afro

As your hair grows out longer, a curly afro is inevitable. This is because most black men already have thick, kinky hair. Fortunately, curls can add a lot of awesome texture and shape. In this case, combine a long curly afro hairstyle with a high or low taper fade on the sides and you’ll have a badass look.

Curly Afro Fade

Afro + Shape Up

This low tapered afro with a line up is a perfect example of good styling. The all around taper afro is shaped evenly and naturally. The sideburns are slightly faded, and the full beard offers a stylish finish.

High Skin Fade + Line Up + Afro

Long curly afro hairstyles are perfect with a high bald fade on the sides and back. Faded sides that cut down to the skin focus the eyes on the longer hair on top. This example also comes with a clean edge up. Starting along the hairline and curving around the temples and to the beard, the sharp edges give this style a modern look.

Afro + High Skin Fade + Line Up

Afro with Curls

Growing a short curly fro is a good way to use your natural hair’s texture to your advantage. While curly hair can sometimes be hard to manage and control, styling a curly afro with short hair is the best way to get a simple yet trendy black men’s hairstyle.

Afro with Curls

Faded Afro + Kinky Hair

This high skin fade with short twists provides a unique take on very short afro styles. If you want to style an afro but don’t want to deal with growing out long, nappy hair, then this easy hairstyle is for you.

Faded Afro + Kinky Hair

Curly Afro Fade + Groomed Beard

Whether you have naturally curly or nappy hair, afro hairstyles work well with all hair types. In fact, one way to stand out is to combine a unique texture to create the different types of afros. This tapered afro with thick kinky hair on top and goatee results in an edgy modern hairstyle.

Curly Afro Fade + Groomed Beard

Afro Twist

Afro twist hairstyles are very popular these days. Afros with long twists are special to black men and can be paired with a taper fade on the sides. However, guys can also leave the hair long everywhere and enjoy a big afro twist.

Long Afro Twist

Long Kinky Hair with Twists

The best twist hairstyles for men are often styled as messy afros. This long afro twist was fashioned out of long kinky hair. The short, thick beard and big afro give off an edgy, rugged look. If you already have a small afro and want to take your style to the next level, this picture should inspire you.

Long Kinky Hair + Beard

Mini Afro + Part + Cool Beard Shape

An afro with a part is a cool way to customize your haircut. Whether you want a side part afro or just a thick part shaved into your hair on top, ask your barber to give you the afro part.

Mini Afro + Cool Beard Shape

Temple Fade + Afro

Temple Fade + Afro

Low Fade + Short Afro with Curls

Low Fade + Short Afro with Curls

Natural Tapered Afro

Natural Tapered Afro

Textured Afro + Temp Fade

Textured Afro + Temp Fade

Box Fade + Line in Hair + Beard

Box Fade + Line in Hair + Beard

Short Curly Afro

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