50 Best Short Hairstyles for Black Women

By on August 6, 2014

Running out of ideas when it comes to styling your short hair? Don’t worry, these celebrities have you covered. From glamorous updos to lovely, elegant curls, we have a short hairstyle for everyone.

1. Rihanna Short Black Hairstyle: Super Short Straight Bob

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This super short haircut is super chic and super stylish, just like the edgy singer Rihanna. We loved her jet black locks cut short, right at her jaw line which emphasizes her amazing facial features beautifully. This hairstyle has plenty of attitude, and with the addition of long side bangs and a bit of teasing at the root of the hair, this super straight short bob gets a little boost of volume and sass with ease.

2. Rihanna Short Black Hairstyle: Colored Pixie with Bangs

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Caramel highlights gives this gorgeous singer an amazing, vibrant makeover that is nothing short of breathtaking. If you’re looking to switch up your ‘do without going overboard, try adding some deep blonde highlights to your locks for a seriously hot look. Cut it short into a stylish, messy pixie cut for extra style points and enjoy this simple and fun hairdo!

3. Nicole Ari Parker Short Black Hairstyle: Spiked Pixie

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Nichole Ari Parker shows us how to keep it sassy while staying elegant and classy. She doesn’t settle for straight locks that don’t do a thing- instead she teases and tussles to achieve a chic and stylish spiked hairdo that is oh-so-fancy with plenty of attitude. This hairstyle could easily work the room at a nightclub or work the Red Carpet. Super versatile, not to mention the length of this hairstyle looks fabulous on her long face shape.

4. Nicole Ari Parker Short Black Hairstyle: Pixie with Tight Curls

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Nicole Ari Parker switches up her style by showcasing her natural looking tight curls. If you don’t already have super tight rings like Nicole, you can use hair rollers to achieve this look (or get a professional perm). We love how these lovely tight curls gives her hair plenty of sass and volume, almost looking like an edgy afro that goes from day to night with ease. Forget straight hair- Nicole Ari Parker is proof that sometimes it’s best to rock your natural look!

5. Taraji P. Henson Short Black Hairstyle: Angled Cut with Side Swept Layers

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Certain types of bangs come and go, but side swept bangs are always a hit- especially for the year 2014! We love side swept bangs because they are super stylish and incredibly feminine, giving any lady a delicate touch to her appearance. Taraji P. Henson looks stunning with this angled short cut paired up with matching side swept bangs that are flirty and delicate, perfect for any occasion. Oh, and did we mention how super easy it is to pull off this style? Go ahead and sweep it to the side!

6. Taraji P. Henson Short Black Hairstyle: Medium Curls

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On days or occasion when you just want to glam it up, take a page out of Taraji P. Henson’s hairstyling book and throw on some medium curls to your ‘do. The end result? A super sensual and dazzling hairstyle that looks absolutely amazing. We love these curls because they are loose and romantic, making her look extra classy, fancy, and fun. Pair it up with your favorite dress and jewelry for an extra glamorizing look that will sweep onlookers off their feet.

7. Yaya DaCosta Short Black Hairstyle: Side Swept Updo with Curls

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Updos are always the go-to hairstyle when it comes to fancier occasions. And why wouldn’t they be? They are super fabulous and turn any lady into an absolute elegant knockout. Yaya DaCosta doesn’t just settle for any updo. First she styles her hair with plenty of lovely loose curls for a bit of volume and fanciness, then she sweeps it up into a side updo that is obviously fabulous in every way. Paired up with an elegant long dress, this side swept updo is as sophisticated as it gets. Two thumbs up from this blogger!

8. Yaya DaCosta Black Short Hairstyle: Medium Voluminous Tight Curls

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Sometimes you just want to be the center of attention: all eyes on you. But that can be hard to achieve in a world of over a billion people. So how can you stand out, while still looking amazing? Check out Yaya DaCosta: she’s got the answer for ya. Here we see this drop dead diva sporting some seriously voluminous tight curls that are funky, quirky, and cool. Her eye-catching hairstyle comes with all the hipness you could ever dream about while also being feminine and stylish. Wear it anywhere and have ALL eyes on you.

9. Estelle Short Black Hairstyle: Bob with Curls

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This beautiful singer looks elegant and cute with her short bob haircut, glammed up with a few simple curls at the ends of her locks. We love this hairstyle because it’s super simple to throw together yet looks amazing in every situation. It’s easiest to pull off these sexy curls with a hair curler or hair rollers!

10. Estelle Short Black Hairstyle: Bowl Cut Pixie

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We couldn’t help but fall out of our seats when we saw this lovely lady with her chopped locks- and for all the right reasons. Estelle switches up her hair with a cool boy cut that takes us back to our elementary school days. This is definitely a hairstyle that’s not for everyone, but if you’re bold and quirky like this sensational singer, then you might want to give it a try. Yes it’s different, but it’s actually quite intriguing and we can’t help but to love it. Talk about an edgy hairstyle that will get everyone talking.

11. Keri Hilson Short Black Hairstyle: Side Swept Bob with Side Bangs

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Keri Hilson amps up her hairstyle with plenty of golden blonde highlights, which brightens up her face and makes her a show-stopping diva. She accents her blonde locks with hints of dark brown for a bit of natural effect that plays off of her skin tone beautifully. Besides her glamorous hair color, we’re also head over heels for her edgy and sexy hairstyle that is rather easy. It’s perfect for those with short, oval, and round faces! Just cut it short and don’t forget the super stylish thick side bangs!

12. Keri Hilson Short Black Hairstyle: Blonde Voluminous Ringlets

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Going to an elegant event? There’s only option: ringlets. Ringlets are not only super trendy and cute, but they are seriously sexy and sophisticated. You can’t tell me Keri Hilson doesn’t look fabulous with her voluminous ringlets! You can get ringlets using a hair curler or hair rollers, but if you want the ringlets to start at the base of the hair like Keri Hilson, hair rollers are your best bet. You could even make this hair bigger by teasing the roots a bit for a really amped up ‘do that steals the show.

13. Kelly Rowland Short Black Hairstyle: Side Parted Pixie Crop

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Kelly Rowland’s short pixie haircut looks dazzling on her. The generous side part and blend of lowlights and highlights really makes her beautiful brown eyes stand out. We love this hairstyle because it’s sleek, sexy, and to the point. Plus the shortness makes it super easy to work with while still allowing for some wiggle room. This is the perfect hair color for women who want to brighten up their locks without adding any blonde, and it looks beautiful.

14. Kelly Rowland Short Black Hairstyle: Topknot with Bangs

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Topknots are seriously all the rage right now. Like, if you’re not sporting a topknot, you aren’t in style. It’s as simple as that. We are LOVING Kelly Rowland’s gorgeous topknot because it’s accented with some thick, edgy bangs that really gives her whole look some serious attitude. This hairstyle can easily go from the office to the bedroom with ease, plus it’s really easy to put together. Just pull your hair up into a tight knot on the top of the head. Pull out your bangs and a few extra strands for an added glam effect like Kelly!

15. Ashanti Short Black Hairstyle: Swept Back Updo

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Ashanti charms and dazzles the crowd with her fancy and feminine updo. Her swept back updo softens her face generously, leaving her with a very seductive and flirty look that we can’t ignore. This is a wonderful option for date night or fancier events like weddings or parties. Pair it up with your favorite jewels and a lovely dress for an added boost of feminine flavor.

16. Ashanti Short Black Hairstyle: Slick Straight Bob

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Sometimes it’s best to ditch the bells and whistles and just reach for your straightener, leaving you with a slicked down ‘do like Ashanti. She looks absolute glorious and fierce with her slick straight locks, and we can certainly say this hairstyle works anywhere. It’s great for the office, nights out with the girls, or just when you’re hanging out with your boyfriend on a Friday night watching movies. It’s super cute, yet has some serious attitude that we LOVE.

17. Jada Pinkett-Smith Short Black Hairstyle: French Twist with Bangs

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Wow. Just look at those bangs. Are you in love? Well if you aren’t, you should be. Those thick bangs skim the top of her eyes for a majestic and fierce look that complements her facial features beautifully. These bangs look best with women with longer faces like Jada, and pulling her hair back into a glamorous french twist only made her face appear longer and even more elegant. Matched with that sexy black dress, this is a look that kills. Dazzle your date with this astonishing style!

18. Jada Pinkett-Smith Short Black Hairstyle: Halo Braid

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If I could sum up popular hairstyles for 2014 in just one word, I would choose this one: braids. Braids are ridiculously hot this year, much like updos- only even more so. Here we see Jada Pinkett-Smith sporting one of this year’s hottest hairstyles: the halo braid. And just as you’d expect with something with the word ‘halo’ in it, it produces a very angelic appearance that is downright beautiful. She looks like a majestic lady from above with this gorgeous hairstyle. It might look difficult to achieve, but there’s plenty of easy how-to guides online that can leave you with this seductive style in just a matter of minutes.

19. Ciara Short Black Hairstyle: Slicked Back Low Bun

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While updos with plenty of volume are always fun and stylish, there is something about a low updo that has plenty of sex appeal, which you can clearly see in Ciara’s gorgeous low bun hairstyle. She slicks her hair back and pulls it into a low bun, showing off her gorgeous cheek bones perfectly. Recreate this hairstyle easily and don’t forget to add some product to get that gorgeous silk effect just like Ciara.

20. Ciara Short Black Hairstyle: Super Short Waves

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We can all certainly agree that Ciara is looking fabulous with her retro-inspired locks. Her lovely waves has a certain ’50s appeal that is oh-so-chic and beautiful. We also love how she’s added some caramel blonde highlights to one side of her hair, giving her a boost of attitude and sex appeal. Overall, this flashback style gets a 10 out of 10 from us.

21. Raven Symone Short Black Hairstyle: Tight Curls with Headband

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Who doesn’t love headbands? They were out favorite thing back in elementary school, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still sport them today. Here we see Raven Symone all grown up with a super cute hairstyle that is just lovable. She showcases her gorgeous, all natural tight curls in a voluminous way, adorning her mane with a cute white headband for a really adorable style. We think this hairstyle has the words “cute”, “lovely”, and “summery” written all over it.

22. Raven Symone Short Black Hairstyle: Layered Razor Cut

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Raven Symone might have been looking like a cutie pie with her headband, but she sure knows how to turn her style upside down with this edgy razor cut. She transforms her whole look with this simple cut, which includes plenty of trendy layers that frame her face gorgeously. With the addition of dark eye makeup and spicy orange lips, she turns herself into a sex goddess with plenty of edgy attitude that can’t be missed. Feeling trendy and edgy? Ask for this razor layered cut!

23. Beyonce Short Black Hairstyle: Angled Bob

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Beyonce is always looking beautiful, but with this lovely bob haircut she gets an extra boost of beauty and glam. We love her angled bob haircut. It’s super stylish, amazingly trendy, and has just the right amount of edgy and seductive attitude to keep us interested. And with the addition of super light blonde locks and pretty pink lips, she instantly transforms herself into a bright and bold diva that we can’t keep our eyes off of. Switch it up with bright blonde locks and an angled ‘do!

24. Beyonce Short Black Hairstyle: Voguish Waves

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Beyonce takes us back to the 1920’s when women were as elegant as can be. She looks graceful and sophisticated with these voguish waves, which take us back to the earlier days of glamour and sophistication. This cool hairstyle is a great one to showcase at your next upscale event, and it’s something totally different from the norm so it will definitely attract plenty of stares and compliments. Dazzle it up with light blonde coloring and dark brown eye makeup for a very striking finish.

25. Alicia Keys Short Black Hairstyle: Mohawk Inspiration

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There’s your typical pixie haircut and hairstyle, and then there’s Alicia Keys’ hair. Here we see this amazing gal sporting a hairstyle that is totally different from the norm. She uses styling product to mold her hair up into a mohawk-styled ‘do, leaving the sides of her mane shaved short to really give it that extra boost of edginess. With bright pink lips and a fierce style, this hairstyle easily equates to one of the most edgy and stylish hairstyles on the market. We absolutely love it, and if you’re bold enough to wear it, we say go for it.

26. Alicia Keys Short Black Hairstyle: Curled Mohawk Inspiration

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We loved Alicia Keys’ mohawk-inspired hairstyle so much we just had to mention it again. Here we see the lovely girl switching it up for a more relaxed and elegant yet still super edgy look. She curls the top of her mane, feminizing her mohawk haircut and making her look good enough for the Red Carpet. And we can’t forget to mention how pretty her smile looks against those fierce red lips. Winning combination!

27. Mary J. Blige Short Black Hairstyle: Short Blonde Curls

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When you want a perfect new hairstyle, there’s always one lady you can trust: Mary J. Blige. This woman not only has a beautiful voice, but beautiful hair to match! Here we see this striking lady sporting a short haircut glammed up with just a few simple loose curls, which almost looks like waves. She adds these loose waves to her side bangs as well, adding an extra boost of feminine charm that works wonderfully. We can’t forget to mention her dolled up mane with blonde highlights, the perfect combination with her dark brown natural locks!

28. Mary J. Blige Short Black Hairstyle: Messy Pixie

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There’s really only one way to describe this hairstyle: cool, comfortable, and calm. It’s a triple C knockout hairstyle that works well anywhere. The shortness gives it some serious edge while the light blonde hair color really brightens up her whole appearance. We love the messy bed head look too: it’s casual yet alluring and we can’t wait to try it out.

29. Zoe Saldana Short Black Hairstyle: Curled Ends

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Zoe Saldana makes looking elegant and gorgeous easy. She doesn’t go overboard with anything fancy or out-there, she just simply applies some loose curls to the end of her locks to give her that oh-so-seductive style. NOt to mention the addition of dark pink lips and dark eye makeup. Overall, this stunning style gets a 10 out of 10 and two thumbs up from our judging panel. This SHOULD be your go-to style or your upcoming date night- your man will love it.

30. Zoe Saldana Short Black Hairstyle: Messy Side Bun

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I think by now we all know how alluring and amazing Zoe Saldana looks. She has an elegant face with perfect facial features that look good with anything- especially this messy side bun. Side buns are SO hot right now- everyone’s wearing them. And leaving some strands loose for a messy effect really calms this hairstyle down into a seductive and enticing style that works well anywhere. Wear it to your next date night and your man won’t be able to take his eyes off of you, or simply wear it to your next day at the beach for an easy yet glamorizing look that kills. What can we say? WE LOVE THIS LOOK.

31. Halle Berry Short Black Hairstyle: Simple Pixie

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When it comes to short hairstyles, there’s really only one woman that comes to mind: Halle Berry. It’s her trademark. It’s her go-to style that looks flawless on her. We love her simple pixie haircut because it’s easy yet cute and can be styled in a dash. We can all agree how utterly adorable yet feminine she looks with this hairstyle. She messes it up a bit to give it a casual feel, and paired up with some pale pink lipstick she looks as cool and calm as ever. Definitely a haircut inspiration!

32. Halle Berry Short Black Hairstyle: Super Short Layers

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Before Halle Berry settled down into her trademark pixie haircut, she actually sported a bit longer locks- which, of course, still looked beautiful on her. Can Halle Berry ever go wrong? We love this look because it is super flirty and fun. The flips on the side of her head really add a splash of delicateness to her entire appearance, and the lovely chocolate brown hair color she’s chosen is as dazzling as ever- the perfect match for her skin tone. Achieving this look is fairly simple. Get a short haircut to match Halle, then add some simple flips to the ends of your locks and mess it up a bit with your hands. The end result? A super flirty style that can be glammed up or down for every situation.

33. Janet Jackson Short Black Hairstyle: Shaved Down

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The Jackson family is always doing things to shock us (in a good way, of course). And this was definitely something that left our jaws open. When Janet Jackson stepped on the scene with this super short cut, we were in shock- and in awe. She looked lovely, yet it was certainly nothing we were used to. It was a bold move, but c’mon- she looks like an elegant, beautiful, and sophisticated woman with an equally bold and beautiful voice to match. If you want to go the bold route like Janet Jackson (and also never have to worry about styling your mane again), try this shaved down haircut! We think this would be a great idea during the warmer months of Spring and Summer!

34. Janet Jackson Short Black Hairstyle: Wild Volume

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There’s something about volume that gets us every time. We love it, and the more volume, the better. Janet Jackson looks like a sexy, red hot diva with this super volumized hairstyle. She starts off by cutting her hair short, then pulls it back into a slicked back hairstyle that is seriously hot and trendy. Tons of volume means looking like a sexy diva no matter where you go, so try on this sky-high style.

35. Michelle Obama Short Black Hairstyle: Super Short Volume Curls

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Didn’t think you could take hairstyling advice from the First Lady herself? Think again! We can’t help but want to copy this lovely look. Here we see First Lady Michelle Obama showcasing some seriously beautiful curls starting at the root of her hair, leaving her with plenty of appealing volume that looks glamorous and elegant. Paired up with dazzling jewels and a dazzling blue dress, this entire style has high class and beauty written all over it. Try on these lovely curls at your next high class event and stun the crowd just like beautiful Michelle Obama!

36. Michelle Obama Short Black Hairstyle: Textured Updo

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Why settle for a regular updo when you can do something polished and intricate like Michelle Obama? Sure, it might take you a little extra time in the bathroom to complete- but c’mon, you can’t argue with results, and it’s well worth the wait. Her gorgeous updo is adorned with plenty of twists and curls (and not to mention plenty of volume, too) for an updo that isn’t “just” an updo. It’s a piece of art. It’s a masterpiece. Shock everyone around you with this masterpiece of a hairstyle at your next important event. You won’t be disappointed.

37. Kerry Washington Short Black Hairstyle: Mid Length with Waves & Bangs

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Kerry Washing looks as cute as ever with this adorable hairstyle. We love everything about this look, starting with her jet black hair that is lightened up with a few peek-a-boo dark brown highlights. She gives her medium length ‘do some lovely, flirty waves for a bit of volume and beauty while the wispy bangs ties her whole style together magnificently. We love this look and it looks great on any lady, especially those with longer face shapes. Wispy bangs are seriously hot and they are the best choice for those who are interested in bangs but don’t want to go overboard or be left with too thick of bangs. Not to mention how delicate and feminine they are! This is definitely one of our favorite hairstyles.

38. Kerry Washington Short Black Hairstyle: Volume Updo

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We’ve said it before, but we will definitely say it again: volume equals sexy. We love volume. Everyone loves volume. Especially when it is paired up with a glamorous updo like Kerry Washington’s. Here we see this absolutely stunning actress sporting a heavily volumized updo that is nothing short of dazzling. She stuns the crowd with volume and side swept bangs which look very appealing against her soft face. With the addition of gorgeous jewels, a lacy white dress, and shocking red lips, she becomes a seductive and alluring lady sent from Heaven above. Can you tell we’re a bit in love with Kerry Washington’s look? Try this style on the next time you want to stun the crowd around you!

39. Brandy Short Black Hairstyle: Braided Low Bun

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Brandy never lets us down- whether it comes to singing, acting, or hairstyles. She’s always been one of the ladies we look up to or think about when the word ‘box braids’ come to mind. Box braids just so happen to be making a ferocious comeback in recent years. They might’ve been pushed to the side for several years, but we’re definitely seeing more and more of them recently. Here we see lovely lady Brandy sporting her trademark box braids, pulled back into a low bun that is super stylish and trendy. Not to mention it keeps annoying strands away from her face, letting us get a better look at her perfect bone structure. What can we say? This easy style is as good as it gets. If you’re already sporting box braids (or thinking about getting them), try this easy ‘do.

40. Brandy Short Black Hairstyle: Braided Pigtail Buns

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Sometimes you just want to look innocent and cute. Well, Brandy is here to tell you that it’s easy and A-OK to look sassy and cute no matter how old you are or where you’re going. We love her cutesy hairstyle, featuring braided pigtail buns. It might be a look right out of junior high, but it’s definitely one we can appreciate. Loving it, Brandy!

41. Michelle Williams Short Black Hairstyle: Blunt Bangs

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Thinking about getting bangs? Then we invite you to try on these lovely blunt bangs from Michelle Williams. Her eye-grazing blunt bangs have some serious trend appeal and they look stunning. Plus they can easily be curled or brushed to the side so you can switch up your hairstyle in a flash. They look extra amazing on ladies with oval or heart-shaped faces!

42. Tyra Banks Short Black Hairstyle: Elegant Side Twist

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When you’re thinking of a glamorous, highly sophisticated look to wear to your next high class event, why look to anyone other than drop dead gorgeous model Tyra Banks? She always knows what’s in style, especially when it comes to hair. Here we see this glamorous individual sporting beautiful hair with plenty of blonde highlights against her light brown locks. She pulls her hair into a voluminous side bun complete with pulled back bangs with a vintage feel. Match this retro look with a sparkly dress like Tyra for a really show stopping sight!

43. Tyra Banks Short Black Hairstyle: Vintage Updo

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If you want to switch things up with your look, we invite you try on a vintage style like the one Tyra Banks is wearing. She looks like a beautiful diva right out of a 1920’s movie, with lovely vintage waves pulled back into a low updo that is simply flawless. Matched with gorgeous earrings and a navy outfit that plays off her skin tone beautifully, she achieves an alluring style we absolutely adore.

44. Meagan Good Short Black Hairstyle: Pixie with Curled Long Bangs

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Meagan Good switches up the average pixie haircut by leaving the front of her mane longer, which look like super trendy long bangs. She pulls them over to the side and flips them up high, leaving her with a super flirty and oh-so-stylish mane that is glamorous and fun.

45. Naturi Naughton Short Black Hairstyle: Half Updo

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When it comes to hairstyles, we simply can’t forget about half updos. Half updos are the perfect way to switch things up if you’re tired of leaving your hair down but don’t want to do a full-fledged updo. We love this style: there’s volume, there’s curled side bangs, and there’s trendy oversized earrings to pull the whole look together!

46. Tracee Ellis Ross Short Black Hairstyle: A Bit Frizzy

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47. Janelle Monae Short Black Hairstyle: Voluminous Pompadour

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Want to be the talk of the town? Then try on this super edgy and totally fun pompadour from Janelle Monae!

48. Janelle Monae Short Black Hairstyle: Braided Mohawk

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Leave it to Janelle Monae to show off a hairstyle that is totally out of this world and ridiculously edgy. We’re loving this super voluminous braided mohawk!

49. Selita Ebanks Short Black Hairstyle: Pulled Back

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Want to instantly become a hundred times more glamorous then you ever imagined possible? Simply pull and slick your hair back like Selita Ebanks. It’s a rather simple trick that leaves you looking heavenly.

50. Sabrina Washington Short Black Hairstyle: Wild Shaves

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It started with girls shaving off the side of their heads for an edgy style. Now these girls are taking it a step further with funky and wild designs added right into their heads. Sabrina Washington showcases a super hot shaved head with leopard print detailed RIGHT into her hair. The end result? A ridiculous trendy and funky hair that is voluminous, quirky, and cool.


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