34 Short Natural Hairstyles, from a Sleek Pixie to a Box Braid Bob

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Are you ready to do the big chop? Maybe you’re looking for a nice protective style. Or, you’re simply pumped to try latest hair trends (like the wet look or shag cut). The possibilities are endless when it comes to your natural hair, and we’ve got just the round-up for you to experiment with different looks all year long. From a sleek pixie to a box braid bob, here are 35 short natural hairstyles to try now.

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1. The “wet” Look

The “wet” look is making waves this year, with stars like like MJ Rodriguez and Zendaya sporting the style. A good mousse or styling gel will provide enough texture and sleekness to your ‘do. Also invest in a wide-tooth comb or use your fingers to create more definition and really play up that “damp” look.

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2. Slick Back

Kick the “wet” look take up an extra notch with a slick back fix. Use gel and a brush for a sleek look or resemble Christina Milian and just run some product into your locks to keep your natural texture intact.

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3. Traditional Pixie

The queen of pixies goes to Halle Berry. We’ve already seen many ‘90s and early ‘00s staples coming back, so it’s no surprise that this cut is making the rounds once again.

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4. Choppy Pixie

If you’re looking for a another pixie reference, Zoe Kravitz’s signature style has you covered. The extra-short look emphasized your features while the rough-cut pieces provide the right amount of layers for an edgy finish.

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5. Side-swept Bob

We love a middle part, but sorry Gen-Z, sometimes a side part is just what you need to elevate a classy look. Leave it to Jennifer Hudson for proof, and try pinning back one side with a snazzy accessory.

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6. Bob

Nothing is as glossier as Kelly Rowland’s bob. All you’ll need is a heat protectant, a blow dryer and a round brush to achieve the look. But the key to an ultra-sleek style is going over the sections again with a flat iron. It’ll really be baby smooth after that.

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7. Coily Bob

Calling all coily gals. Show off your tight spirals (with a step-by-step hair routine in your arsenal). Whether you wear it out or rock a side twist like Issa Rae, this wash-and-go style is versatile for any occasion.

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8. Curly Bob

This low-maintenance style doesn’t need a 10-step routine. An easy wash-and-go will make your curl pattern really pop.

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9. Braided Bob

Love bobs and want a protective style? This braided look is just what you need. Danai Guiria takes this look one step further by feathering out the ends for a fashion-forward moment.

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10. A-line Bob

This bob is all about the angles. The A-line shape consists of a shorter length in the back that gradually gets longer towards the front of the face. This design accentuates your face shape and draws attention to your most prominent features (aka your impeccable jaw structure).

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11. Bangs

If you’re still unsure about bangs, Viola Davis is telling you to go for it (or at least that what we’re hearing from this stylish pic). Whether you prefer straight or curtain bangs, it’ll definitely elevate your short hair.

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12. Tapered Side

If you’re on the fence about a short chop, consider just a section instead. Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved sides give her middle section all the attention. Add the side-swept style (with a popping blonde hue) and it’s a win-win look.

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13. Loose Curls

It’s time to add some bounce and body to your short ‘do. Reach for a curling iron (or hot rollers) and build spirals through each section. Then grab a brush and run it through for a loose, tousled look. If you’re looking for a heatless option (and have thicker hair), consider rollers, Flexi rods or hair clips instead.

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14. Finger Waves

Forget the beach, the impressive waves are in this style. A comb and mousse will help you bring the look to life, and once you part your hair, comb through it for a smooth flow. How? It’s all about working the tool downwards before lifting the hair up (like the Nike symbol). Here’s a handy tutorial in case you need a closer look.

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15. High Puff

Yes, short hair can deliver a high bun and then some. This fluffy style is great for coily texture. Just add a stylish scrunchie, lay down your edges and you have yourself a casual look.

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16. ‘60s Flipped Ponytail

Step into the ‘60s with this classic ponytail style. Whether you’re following the TikTok trend (with a deep side part) or slicking it back like Gabrielle Union, the most important thing is flipping those ends. Use a flat iron to create the signature swoop.

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17. Twisted Pompadour

If you have high-textured hair, chances are you can play around with different shapes and structures. When it comes to having fun with hairstyles, this twisted pompadour is the icing on the cake.

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18. Layers

Sometimes your hair just needs a little shaping. Layers can be a great addition and spruce up any hairstyle.

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19. Curly Fro

A curly fro can really bring out your pattern and texture. For Solange, her blonde spirals work perfectly with her bone structure. Use styling products (like cream or gel) to define your curls or use a hair pick comb to bring more volume to your look.

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20. Shaggy Curls

This popular haircut is a hit in the curly world. The style focuses on the shape of your face for maximum volume and definition.

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21. Pineapple

This curly hairstyle isn’t only a protective style for bed. You can rock this high ponytail day or night. A good trick to perfecting this style is flipping your hair over, grabbing your curls from the nape of your neck and brushing towards the front. And if you have super short hair, no biggie, just grab a few bobby pins for the flyaways.

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22. Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are so customizable that there’s no one way of styling them. Not only does it work on all hair types and textures, but it can be worn at any time. Have fun playing around with the size, quantity and directions of your buns.

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23. Intricate Braids

Whether you’re an expert at braiding hair or booked your hair appointment, reference Alicia Keys’s protective style for your next look.

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24. Cornrows

If you want braids a little more straightforward, cornrows are the way to go. This simple design starts from your hairline and works its way down to your desired length. To make this style uniquely yours, consider the number of braids or even try adding some jewels and gems. And, as always, don’t forget to lay down your edges.

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25. Box Braids

Yup, box braids aren’t just for the long hair gals. If you rock short hair, the style is still a winner in our books. You can show them off down or work with different hairstyles (and we have 25 options to get you started.)

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26. Updo

Got a fancy shindig to attend? Try an elegant updo that would work well for the occasion. Similar to Jurnee Smollett, play around with volume and texture using treatment spray or gel.

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27. Bowl Cut

Now, hear us out. We know you’re thinking about Coconuthead from Ned’s Declassified or Timothée Chalamet in The King, but if Zendaya can look amazing sporting the look, why can’t you? Bring this hair inspo to your next appointment and show off your new cut with confidence.

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28. Big Chop

Looking for a big change? Try a major chop. This popular style is great for starting over or just doing something outside of your comfort zone.

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29. Buzzcut

There’s the chop…and then there’s the buzzcut. If you’re ready for a big hair change, follow Michaela Coel’s footsteps.

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30. Locs

A classic look that will never go out of style. Similar to braids, locs are so versatile. Try a half-up ‘do, space buns or even leave it down for a casual look.

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31. Low Bun

This low-maintenance style only needs a brush and a gel to keep flyaways at bay. Whether you’re with friends or doing a date night, this look is timeless.

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32. Curly Fade

This curly fade consists of the sides and back being completely tapered down so that the main focus is all on the curls on top. Celebs like Samira Wiley have been rocking this signature style for years.

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33. Sleek Down Curls

Gel, gel and you guessed it, gel will be the number one product to smooth down those curls but still keep them defined. Bring back old Hollywood and do a side part for a ‘20s inspired ‘do.

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34. Curly Fohawk

This faux mohawk look lets you rock the style without relying on a big cut. Bobby pins are a great way to twist and pin your curls in place.

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