Spring is right around the cor­ner and since you’re ready to free your hair from the pro­tec­tive styles you’ve had in all win­ter, you might be itch­ing to try some­thing new! A lot of nat­ur­al blog­gers (myself includ­ed) have been chop­ping their hair off left and right over the past year, so there is plen­ty of well-shaped hair­cut inspi­ra­tions for nat­u­rals of every length and tex­ture. Whether you decide to ful­ly fade the back and sides for a dra­mat­ic look, have a more grad­ual shape or play with col­or, here are 25 looks to take to the hair­dress­er:

1. Goapele


2. Deena Camp­bell

Deena Campbell

3. Nikia Phoenix

Nikia Phoenix

4. Sado­ra Paris

Sadora Paris

5. Shine Struck

Shine Struck

6. Jouelzy


7. Dia­mond Mahone

Diamond Mahone

8. African Export

African Export

9. Ali­Mara


10. Miss Kendra K

Miss Kendra K

11. Ms Dan­ti

Ms Danti

12. Nat­ur­al Belle


13. Beau­ty by Lee

Beauty by Lee

14. Eunique Jones

Eunique Jones

15. McKen­zie Renae


16. PRoy

P Roy

17. Arielvs­cup­cake_


18. Jenell B. Stew­art

Jenell B. Stewart

19. Tima Samad


20. Kelsey Janae

Kelsey Janae

21. Danie­andthe­bloom


22. Ianthé

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23. Ahsiek1118 (Keisha)


24. Adele Supreme

Adele Supreme

And just in case any­one is con­fused about who start­ed tapered cuts, home­girl Vanes­sa Huxtable put us all on:


How do you feel about tapered nat­ur­al hair? Did I for­get any tapered hair inspi­ra­tion?

Klassy Kinks

KlassyKinks.com founder and edi­tor, Ijeo­ma Eboh, is on a mis­sion to change per­cep­tions of kinky tex­tured hair around the world. You can find her on social media @klassykinks.

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Flori­da Evans!!


Now you know we can’t for­get the one and only Grace Jones , Salt -n — Pepa, and ANi­ta BAKER who all were rock­ing the tapered cuts back in the day.. Any­ways, these ladies are very love­ly and I fol­low a few on you tube. I’m in the process of grow­ing my hair but I wore this look back in the 90’s. I may just grab some gel, slap it on the sides ‚and fake the tapered look for a lit­tle bit..lol


Am I the only one who thought I would see 25 pics of proy’s delight­ful curls lol


Unfor­tu­nate­ly my tapered fro is grow­ing out into a mul­let! The back of my hair is so loose it’s not even fun­ny! And I don’t want to cut my hair again since I am try­ing to grow it out…but it’s so tempt­ing!
I remem­ber hav­ing a coarse kitchen when I was younger!


I have the same issue. My nape is very loose and if I wash and go my hair looks like a mul­let. I find let­ting my hair dry on small perm rods cre­ates a tighter curl


I have the same issue! I often shape mine with bob­by pins. I will push the back of the hair up to my scalp and slide the pins in along the hair line. Instant tapered look! lol

Toia B.

Looks like I’ve got some more peo­ple to check out on Insta­gram! Great list.


I was wear­ing the tapered ‘fro 5 years ago; nice to see y’all catch­ing up… ;) Actu­al­ly I’m still wear­ing a ver­sion of it: I have far more shrink­age up top than on the bot­tom, so when I air-dry I stretch only the top, cre­at­ing a wedge shape.


Y’all killin’ me with Tem­pestt Bled­soe, but I’m lov­ing this!!!


Thank you for this post! I’m try­ing to grow my hair out and every­day I want to run to the bar­ber and get my hair cut again LOL this pic­ture was tak­en 2 months before my last hair cut — I miss this look — but now I have some inspi­ra­tion to keep the faith in this in-between stage!

Hair Anomaly

Yessss! I love all of these. As soon as I saw Goapele, I almost dropped my phone and ran to the salon. 

Some day, I hope to have the guts to try to pull off one of the edgi­er styles.


The best thing to do is find a hair­dress­er who can cut and style hair, as each head of hair is indi­vid­ual and peo­ple do not have the same head and face shape.


I find it eas­i­er to go to a bar­ber for the cut and the an actu­al styl­ist for the styling. Bar­bers don’t usu­al­ly charge as much either!


True. Once you do find one its a real­ly fun and ver­sa­tile hair cut. I’ve been enjoy­ing mine a lot.