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Styling Natural Short Hair: 40 Natural Hairstyles for Short Hair

Just because your natural hair is short doesn’t mean you can’t manipulate it into different styles. Styling natural short hair is an art on its own and it requires much care because 4C hair is fragile. 

a beautiful lady wearing finger coils for styling  natural short hair

Though your 4C hair may be delicate, it still remains the most versatile of all hair types. Now, what does this mean for you?

a lady wearing bantu knots for styling natural short hair

It means your natural hair can give you gorgeous looks regardless of its length. The strands are elastic and the coils are curvy. This makes it able to form braids, twists, curls, and different shapes with (or without) wax, gel, hair pins, or rubber bands.

a lady wearing curly kinky hair

Now that you know this, don’t you wanna learn how styling natural short hair works?

How to Style Natural Short Hair 

a bespectacled lady on low cut

If your type C hair is short, manipulate it into any of these styles:

Short Haircut

a beautiful lady rocking a blonde short haircut

Wanna take a break from manipulating your hair? Cut it. Low cuts aren’t only good for men. They look good on women too.

a beautiful lady wearing low cut with fades

You can cut all your hair low at the same length or shave the sides to create fades for short hair.

Bantu Knots

a cute lady wearing bantu knots for styling natural short hair

If you want an Afrocentric look that’ll take you back to your roots, the Bantu knot hairdo is the way to go. They suit any occasion so long as you style your knots right.

a lady wearing bantu knots hairstyle

Furthermore, consider using bobby pins to keep your knots in place. And wear a satin bonnet to retain moisture in your hair.


Marsai Martin wearing two afro puffs

Afro puffs are similar to the common bun.  It involves using a rubber band to style your afro hair into an updo that is dense and creates one or two puffs. 

a gorgeous black lady wearing afro puff for styling natural short hair

Many naturalistas love the puff. You can add hair accessories like clips to your hair or wear one or two braids/twists by the side.


a lady wearing bounce twists for styling natural short hair

Twists blend in with the coils of your afro-textured hair to create appealing rope-like looks.

a lady wearing natural twists for styling natural short hair

You can go for Senegalese twists or bounce twists. The latter suits natural hair better as it compresses after twisting to create bouncy curls that increase in length when stretched.


a model wearing sunshades with cornrows for styling natural short hair

Cornrows are sleek and perfect for styling natural short hair.

Alicia Keys wearing cornrows for styling natural short hair and holding an award

You can braid your hair into different styles of cornrows or add some hair extensions to increase the length a bit while still maintaining a natural look.


a lady wearing natural box braids

If you don’t want twists or cornrows, manipulate your hair into box braids as you’d like.

A lady wearing natural box braids for styling natural short hair

You don’t have to braid or twist all your hair. You can manipulate half and leave the rest untouched for a stylish look.


a beautiful naturalista smiling with her frohawk for styling natural short hair

Frohawk takes inspiration from the mohawk. But here, instead of shaving the sides of your hair, you manipulate all your hair into a frohawk.

a naturalista smiling while wearing a frohawk

This style is perfect for you if you don’t mind a bit of drama.

Twists Outs

a picture showing how twist out for styling natural hair is achieved

This styling for natural short hair involves dividing your hair into sections, twisting them, letting them dry, and unraveling the twists to achieve wavy strands.

a lady wearing twist out

Finger Coils

a lady wearing finger coils for styling natural short hair

You don’t need to visit the salon to pull this off. You can do it alL by yourself in your bedroom or sitting room by wrapping your hair around your finger. The result will be tight and bouncy coils in your hair. 

a lady wearing finger coils, a hand is holding half of it

This is a gorgeous hair styling for natural short hair. If you don’t have the patience to do it yourself, by all means, meet your hairstylist.

Finger Waves

Zendaya wearing finger waves hairstyle

Got a dinner, red carpet, or black-tie event on your calendar? Why don’t you style your short hair into finger waves? It’ll look great when paired with your dinner dress.

a beautiful lady wearing finger coils for styling natural hair

This coiffure involves shaping the hair into flat “S-shaped” waves that lie flat on your scalp. The waves create a sophisticated look that can elevate a casual outfit to a glamorous one.

Use Extensions

a lady wearing faux locs

Don’t wanna use your natural hair alone to achieve any of the coiffures on your mind? Use hair extensions instead.

a lady wearing crochet hair extensions

From attachment extensions to clip-ins, crotchet, faux locs, wool, African threading, etc., there’s a lot for you to choose from. And they come in different colors too which helps you take a break from your natural hair color.

a lady wearing cornrows with attachment for styling natural short hair

There you have it. If you need more ideas for styling natural short hair, feast your eyes on these:

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