We Found the 21 Best Black Hairstyles for Every Hair Length

Kiersey Clemons

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One thing all naturalistas can agree on is that no matter what hairstyle we're currently rocking, black hair is unapologetically beautiful hair. Our curls, coils, and kinky hair texture allow for plenty of styling versatility. From rocking our afro-textured hair in its natural state to crochet braids, pin-straight weaves, and wigs that would impress even Beyoncé, the hair styling options for black hair are seemingly infinite. 

Ahead, we feature some of the best black hairstyles that are so good, you'll want to DM these looks to your hairstylist and share them in group chat. No matter your taste or preference for your own look, you're sure to find some major hairstyle inspiration ahead. From Bad Gal Riri's boundary-pushing hairstyles to Zoë Kravitz's enviable waist-grazing braids, feast your eyes on some statement-making black hairstyles.

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Singer Rihanna

Rihanna short haircut

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Rihanna is both a style and a beauty innovator. So it shouldn't come to a surprise that the artist and Fenty Beauty mogul has experimented with various hair lengths and colors. While today, she may be rocking plenty of bundles, the pop superstar shocked fans when she went from a fresh-faced Bajan singer with long, warm brunette hair to chopping her hair and dying it black during her "Umbrella" era.

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Model Malaika Firth

Malaika Firth red carpet photo

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Some women take a break from costly weaves and salon treatments and let their hair go, while others firmly embrace their natural hair and make a permanent choice to let it grow out. Enjoy the versatility of rocking both natural hair and freshly pressed curls like model Malaika Firth.

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

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Chin-length bobs and shags are a gorgeous option for black hair, as Jada Pinkett Smith proves here. it's the perfect face-framing hairstyle to show off your killer bone structure.

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Actress Tamara Taylo

Actress Tamara Taylor

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You can never go wrong with shoulder-length hair. This hairstyle is ideal for both work and play. Add some loose curls for a romantic look or beachy waves during your next night out. 

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Actress Gabrielle Union

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Updos are great options for formal occasions (or even every day ones) and this braided updo on Gabrielle Union is definitely one to mimick.

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Model Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman in a yellow dress

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Model Chanel Iman's hair signature is long, straight, raven hair and she's the perfect muse for sticking to a beauty aesthetic if you love how you look and how it makes you feel. 

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Actress Yaya DaCosta

Actress Yaya DaCosta Hair

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A short, edgy haircut can be hard to pull off, however, it's truly all about confidence. You've got to dress to complement this attention-grabbing hairstyle.

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Talk Show Host Tamron Hall

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No matter your natural hair texture, whether thick, kinky, curly, chemically straightened or wavy, a pixie haircut is a gorgeous choice. Just remember to wrap your hair and sleep on a silk pillowcase at night.

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Singer Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter

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Short hair doesn't have to be "too mature" and frumpy. Take a page from Sevyn Streeter's beauty vibe and opt for loosely tousled waves to keep your freshly chopped hairstyle looking youthful and fun.

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Fashion Model

Model with short black and blonde hair

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During fashion month, runway models have to confidently sport daring hairstyles. Besides being confident, the key to pulling off a shorter hair do is to let a trained professional handle the hair cutting. (Sorry, no DIY jobs here! It's just too risky). Also, don't be afraid to experiment with color like the fashion model pictured here. Sometimes taking beauty a risk really does pay off.

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Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson

Lisa Arrindell Anderson

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If you recently went natural and we're brave enough to do the big chop, then let actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson's short twists be your new hair inspiration. Although your hair is in a protective style, you'll still need to keep your strands regularly moisturized.

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Singer Monica

Monica red hair at BET Awards

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Firey red hair is equally daring and stylish. Don't believe us? Just take a look at Monica who wore the warm red hue on the BET Awards red carpet with ease.

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Actress Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

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Sleek and shiny hair will always be in style. Whether you silk press your hair or decide to wear extensions or a wig to recreate this look, the key is to keep your hair protected. Liberally apply a heat protectant to your strands before heat styling.

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Supermodel Iman

Iman blonde hair

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Supermodel Iman has been in the modeling game since the mid-'70s, so she undoubtedly knows a thing or two about "good hair." If you want to go blonde, then consider doing a sew-in with a closure to protect your natural hair. You'll get all of the perceived fun of going blonde, without the unnecessary damage to your precious curls.

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Fashion Model

Model with natural hair

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Afros are more than just a trend, they're a symbol of self-love. While they may have been at their peak mainstream popularity in the '70s, if you feel inclined to let your natural hair do it's thing, then do a twist out to make sure your curls are juicy and extra popping.

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Singer-Actress Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz box braids

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When you're parents are Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, then it's safe to say that you're naturally pre-disposed to being as effortlessly cool as your family. Actress and musician Zoë Kravitz is making a serious case for box braids, even though certain looks require up to 10 hours in the salon. But if in the end, our hair will look as stylish as Kravitz's then an extra-long salon day will be worth it.

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Actress Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons short hair and blue eyeshadow

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Pin your curls into an updo like actress Kiersey Clemons. When you're hair is popping, you'll want to make sure your makeup game is equally on-point. Complement your hairstyle with fun flares of color around your eyes. Try the Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette from Urban Decay ($49), which has 21 shades to choose from including Radio, a deep emerald and Big Sky 9, a frosted green shadow that is like the Kira Kira filter IRL.

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Actress Halle Berry

Halle Berry smile

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Throw it back to your childhood and revisit flexi rods to get heat-free curls that will really last no matter how windy it is outside.

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Actress Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor smiling

Keep your look fresh and try a hair dye if you're feeling particularly bold. Dark and Lovely's Fade Resist Conditioning Color ($6) is available in 18 colors, so you're sure to find a hue that will make your melanin pop.

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Director Jennia Fredrique

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Treat your bundles great, and your bundles will have you looking great. Instead of using a curling iron to achieve these soft curls at home, try a hair wand, which is easier to use. Harry Josh's 2-in-1 Marcel Curling Iron ($185) is a favorite because you can pop off the marcel clip with ease when you want waves or, if you're already comfortable using a curling iron, you can leave the clamp on. Remember, the key to creating a flattering look is to wrap your hair away from your face.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell's fashion trajectory is legendary, but one constant the British catwalk queen is known for is her killer hairstyle. If you're not ready to make the full commitment to cutting bangs, try out clip-in bangs to recreate her classic look.

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