11 Short Natural Hairstyles That Are Anything But Basic
Short natural hair is forever versatile. Whether you want to change the game with a decorative style focused on an unexpected accessory (OMG hair pins), work in braids to restructure your shape, or just adjust the way your curls fall (to the side/upwards/in the middle) there’s no end to the levels of switch-up when blessed with short natural hair. Inspired by the pros of Hollywood and the babes of Instagram, here are the top short natural styles to try right now.
Short hair is no excuse for shapeless hair. Switch up your look by concentrating volume at the crown and pushing curls upward and outward, like stylist Vernon Francois does for Lupita Nyong’o.
Hair besties Lupita and Vernon are a never-ending source of short style inspo. Instead of hiding hair pins, this style brings them into focus in a truly unique way, that you can copy RN.
Work natural locks into a cluster of triangles for a punky vibe, in another stellar collab by the Vernon-Lupita dream duo.
Layers make short hair appear more voluminous—and adding a fringe is the ultimate dimension boosting hack, as seen on Amandla Stenberg by Vernon Francois.
Delicate braids push hair back, functioning as a built-in headband in this style for Danai Gurira, also by Vernon.
Curls are defined and soft cropped close to the scalp in this always on-trend pixie by Hollywood go-to stylist Lacy Redway.
Add geometric braiding to hair of all lengths for an enviable revamp. Yara Shahidi slays hers (duh) courtesy of Lacy Redway.
Issa Rae’s perfect faux hawk by Felicia Leatherwood is an unexpected (and relatively easy) way to switch up a short style.
Concentrate volume to one side of your hair—and then switch it up next week—like this iconic look on Natasha Rothwell by Felicia Leatherwood.
Even if your length is shorter, you can still cheat long curls. These super defined coils are stretched enough to create length, thanks to this motion-boosting cut.
Extend shorter curls through your edges—these baby hair ringlets are laid and shaped to perfection.