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Popular African American Short Hairstyles

Pragya T
Wondering what the popular African American short hairstyles are? Here are some of the most popular hairstyles for African Americans.
Short hairstyles for African American hair works great, as they are easy to maintain, style, and get.
African American hair is very thick and curly, also tends to develop frizz and dryness easily. To maintain long black hairstyles, a lot of hair care measures to keep the hair conditioned and healthy are required. However, short hairstyles require less maintenance.

African-American haircut styles and ideas

Pixie Cuts

Cut the hair on the sides into short crops, and the crown hair longer, and style the front section into long side bangs.

Graduated Bob

These are great looking hairstyles with bangs. For these, the hair near the nape of the neck is cut short and the hair on sides is kept longer. The front section is then styled into sweeping bangs.

Faux Hawk

This can look good in office, club, parties. The hair on the sides is cut into short crops, and the middle band is kept longer.
The hair needs to be straight, and hence hair relaxers, straightening irons, or other forms of straightening are required.


Cornrows can be created into various designs. These styles suit men, women, and children, however, these take a long time to style. Also they are very painful, and cannot be done at home. You will need to visit a stylist to get cornrows done in your hair.

Half Cornrows

These are similar to cornrows. For half cornrows, the top half of the hair is styled into cornrows, and the rest is worn down.

Short Dreads

Short dreads are popular among children, though some men and women also like to wear them. Go to a stylist to get dreadlocks in your short hair.

Relaxed Afro

This allows to wear the hair naturally. Short afro styles are worn like a cloud. Let the bangs fall on the forehead.

Straw Curls

Straw curls are opted by those in a transition period, and are done using straws or thin perms.
The best African American short hairstyles are natural hairstyles, because, to get them you just need to trim or braid your hair. Also, maintenance of natural hairstyles is easier, because all one needs to do is shampoo it and condition it.