I think everyone should try a short hair cut at least once. At the start of my natural journey, I big chopped. Now, I do have to be honest and let you all know this wasn't by choice. The decision came after a hairstylist didn't correctly rinse the black dye out of my hair, and a few weeks later, all of my hair had fallen out. The head stylist at the salon said the only way to fix the damage was to cut my curls off and start over.
Getting used to seeing myself without what everyone thought made me pretty was an adjustment. However, I eventually learned to embrace it by channeling my inner Rihanna. That time in my life was liberating, and it is a moment in time that I am still very proud of. You may already be wearing a short style, or you might be interested in a welcomed beauty change. Either way, we have rounded up 25 short hairstyles that work well on a variety of natural hair lengths and textures to help you find your next signature hairstyle.
Pink-Hued Cropped Curls
Experimenting with color is an effortless way to switch things up when you've found your signature silhouette. Now thanks to hair paint wax, you can apply colorful hues without the damage.
Gumby but make it fashion. Mona Baltazar is an NYC-based hairstylist hailing from the Philippines and specializes in shaping curly hair. Making a trip to the big apple for one of her unique cuts is now on my list of things to do.
Straight Fringed Pixie
A sleek short cut with a bang gives the hair a classic edge. To achieve this style, having relaxed or heat-trained hair will provide you with the best results. However, if you want to try this look on natural hair, you'll need a serum that protects, smooths, and keeps frizz at bay. Moroccanoil's Moroccanoil Treatment ($34) and Mizani's Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Serum ($20) are two products that have helped keep the frizz away when I straighten my natural hair.
Accessorizing short hair is simple. You can try everything from embellished Bobby pins to headbands, as you see here. Grace Eleyae's Turban Style Headband's ($20) are a great option since jersey knit material won't snag or dry out your curls.
Eva Marcelle has served up short styles that wow since her America's Next Top Model days. If you decide to take your hair color this blonde, keep a protein-rich treatment on deck at all times. Since bleaching my curls, Olaplex's Hair Perfector No. 3 ($28) has been at the top of my haircare list.
Flexi Rod Set
Whether you're relaxed or natural, flexi rod sets can give you up to a week of no to low hair manipulation. All you need is a good mousse and rods to achieve this minimal maintenance style.
Curly Fringed Bob
Yara Shahidi is a curly girl that enjoys trying new looks. If you cutting your hair isn't on your beauty to-do list, invest in a wig. Heat Free Hair's "Flo" Wig ($400) offers this look and has been shaped by a stylist so you can try this look without any additional shaping.