The best part of being in the natural hair community is the freedom you see in the styling. Curls can be long, short, tight, or loose. They can be ultra-defined or sport a little care-free frizz. Regardless of what your personal preference is, there’s a style out there for you. This includes the cropped looks you’ll find on Instagram that prove blunt and uniform haircuts simply won’t do for textures that don’t want to be tamed.
Whether it’s a dramatic undercut or a mohawk-inspired style, natural hair looks amazing in a variety of tapered cuts. Here are a few of our favorites.
Don’t want to part with your length, but still want to make a bold statement? Ask your hairdresser for a conservative frohawk that tapers your sides oh-so-slightly. This smooth transition creates a shape that directs a viewer’s eye up to your longer, textured locks and beautiful face. Opting for an icy blonde color is another way to make this hairstyle pop.
Lowkey naturals that are at stage two in their hair journey can join the tapered cut team by keeping their hair shorter at the back of their head. This creates a choppy, medium-sized afro that still maintains definition. To really make the cut stand out, make sure to fluff up the front of your hair and pull a few strands to create cute, wispy curls.
Naturalistas that want to enjoy benefits of short hair without having to chop it all off can elevate their look with a teeny weeny afro. The secret to this look? Keep hair short enough to be out of the way, but also long enough to show off your texture. A handy boar bristle brush can be used to lay down baby hairs or create soft waves, while a monthly (or weekly) auburn rinse adds a touch of color.
This is our favorite boar-bristle brush.
Pretty in Pink
If daring is your middle name, you’ll love the idea of a magenta frohawk. Ask your stylist to buzz off the sides, create a shaved lightning bolt, and hit the bleach bottle. Of course, you can ask for any color you want, but this vibrant shade packs plenty of personality and complements neutral wardrobes.
The 90's are back with flat-top fades—but this time, they’re out with a modern twist. No longer will you have to settle for a streamlined cylindrical cut; your natural texture can shine through. You can ask for extra personalization by requesting shaved patterns like zigzags or arrows.
If you need a tapered cut that’s easy to manage and can go from a night out at a concert to morning meetings at a corporate office, this style is a fit for you. All you really need is a slight trim to your sides and a hydrated wash-and-go routine. Keeping your temples short while the rest of your hair grows will create a chic high-top that stands out from the crowd.
Replace the spikes you see in standard mohawks for stretched out kinks and coils. Just shave down the sides and pick an optional design. If your hair needs assistance in the texture department, you can opt for a braid out to give you that tousled look. Last but not least, tie in a ginger hue for an alternative vibe.
You’ve probably seen your fill of frohawks, but this dip-dyed style is anything but repetitive. Simply shave your sides and create a large "Z" pattern for a fun view. When you’re ready to go out, toss your hair upfront and pin or tie it in place to show off your lightened curly ends. Pro tip: Don’t forget to fluff for extra volume.
Not looking to get close to your hairdresser’s clippers? No problem. This long, layered pixie hair cut may be right up your alley. It’s a conventional and timeless style that looks great with curly textures and highlights the face beautifully. Moreover, this cut is an excellent choice for naturals who have fine hair and desire more volume.
Move over Ariel, there’s a new mermaid in town. Even better, this mystical mermaid brings a whole lot of personality to the table with bold ultraviolet and turquoise hues. Buzzing off the sides and shaving in an intricate ocean wave pattern is another way you can make this aquatic fantasy come to life.
Remember when Cassie sported her iconic asymmetrical buzzcut? You can mimic that punky style by shaving off one side of your hair. The look can be enhanced further by implementing box braids as a protective style.
Finger Curled Frohawk
Have you ever seen a mohawk with springy finger curls? Just snag your favorite defining gel and get to twisting. If you want the texture to really pop, go for a lighter hair color like strawberry blonde.