Photos of Short, Long & Medium Black Hairstyles

Updated 05/14/19

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Gorgeous Black Hair: Short, Long & In-Between

Rihanna. Getty: Kevin Winter, Steve Granitz, Jerritt Clark

There are so many options for black hair these days. You can go totally natural at any length, then there are the straightening options and the wigs, weaves and extensions.

In this gallery, I feature some of the best black hairstyles right now and include links to galleries featuring other hairstyles like them. No matter your taste or preference for your own look, you're sure to find some styles you like here.

Here we feature 3 short hairstyles on singer Rihanna. Rihanna changes her hair more than any other black celebrity, in my opinion and has worn her hair short on several occasions. These styles are from 2007, 2008 and 2012 and all are simply gorgeous and flattering to her face and body shape.

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Malaika Firth

Malaika Firth. Getty: Timur Emek, David M. Benett

Perhaps the biggest hairstyle trend of the moment in the black hair community is natural hair. 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.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the European Premiere of 'Magic Mike XXL' at Vue West End on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Chin-length bobs and shags are a gorgeous option for black hair, as Jada Pinkett Smith proves here.

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Actress Tamara Taylo

Actress Tamara Taylor arrives at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - FOX All-Star Party at Soho House on July 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Hair that falls to the shoulders is the hottest hairstyle length at the moment. And, as you'll see from this gallery, the trend works just as well for black women as it does Caucasian women. Top Shoulder-Length Black Hairstyles

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union. Getty: Jason LaVeris, Jeffrey Mayer

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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Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

In this gallery, you'll find photos of gorgeous, long, black hairstyles. 

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Actress Yaya DaCosta

Actress Yaya DaCosta. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center For Media

I love short, edgy haircuts and braids like these on Yaya DaCosta. An edgy haircut can be hard to pull off, however, you've got to dress to compliment it and you have to have the confidence to bring such attention to yourself.

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Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall attends the Discovery Communications 30th Anniversary Celebration at Paley Center For Media on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

Pixie black hairstyles can be absolutely stunning. No matter your natural hair texture, whether thick, kinky, curly, chemically straightened or wavy, a pixie can be a gorgeous choice as you'll see in this photo gallery, The Perfect Black Pixie Hairstyles.

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Sevyn Streeter

Singer Sevyn Streeter attends the 2015 BET Awards Debra Lee Pre-Dinner at Sunset Tower Hotel on June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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A Short, Edgy Hairstyle

A model walks the runway during Fashion and Beauty @BETX presented by Progressive during the 2015 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/BET/Getty Images for BET)


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Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson

Actress Lisa Arrindell Anderson poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images Portrait)


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Singer Monica

Singer Monica attends the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)


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Actress Garcelle Beauvais

Actress Garcelle Beauvais poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images Portrait)
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Actress Malinda Williams

Actress Malinda Williams poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images Portrait)
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Actress Gabrielle Union

Actress Gabrielle Union attends the The Paley Center For Media hosts a tribute to African-American achievements in television at Cipriani Wall Street on May 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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Tisha Campbell-Martin

Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin from ABC's 'Dr. Ken' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio powered by Samsung Galaxy at the 2015 Summer TCA's at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images
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Model Iman

Iman. Michael Loccisano/Getty
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Natural Hair

Instagram // Natural Hair Daily
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Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz. Steve Granitz for Getty
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Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons. Getty Images: Jim Spellman
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Actress Kimberly Elise

Actress Kimberly Elise. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP
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Actress Regina Taylor

Actress Regina Taylor. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP
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Tamara Taylor

Tamara Taylor. Kevin Winter for Getty
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Jennia Fredrique

Jennia Fredrique. Alberto E. Gonzales/Getty
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Photos of Short, Long & Medium Black Hairstyles

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Photos of Short, Long & Medium Black Hairstyles

Rihanna. Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images
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Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell. Fernando Leon // Getty Images
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Vanessa Williams. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

This was Gallery 7 of black hairstyles.

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