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7 Fabulous Hairstyles For Short Natural Hair

• Nov 30, 2014

Don’t be fooled, short haired naturals; your hair’s length has nothing to do with how fabulous it can look! Natural hair can be rocked in various styles, even at super short lengths. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a master stylist or creative to come up with a show stopping hairdo. See below for styles and tutorials that will for sure get you many more admirers!

Straw Set

Coily Bella shares her secrets to a mean strawset that accentuates your natural curls and kinks.

Aislinn Straw Set
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125+ straws
Hooded dryer (optional)
Approximate Setting Time:
You may need up to 2 hours to put in all the straws. Allow to fully dry for 1 hour under a hooded dryer or to air dry overnight.

Sponge Twists

I’m sure, by now you may have heard of the technique of using a  ginormous sponge with holes in it to get super cute twists at a fraction of the time it would take if you palm rolled to get them instead.  She’Kia Renae shows us how to get incredible twists on her TWA with a DIY twist sponge.

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DIY twisting sponge (created using a big sponge and scissors)
Approximate Setting Time:
Up to 30 minutes.

Stylized Mini Twists

Mini twists are a fabulous ‘do for all lengths and for short hair naturals it provides an array of styling options. Check out AnnisaLiMara’s short to medium length twists and the 5 styles she whipped up with them.

Mini Twists Styles
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Approximate Setting Time:
Most of these styles will take 10 minutes or less to complete. The mini twists can take up to 6 hours to complete.

Asymmetrical Afro

My Natural Sista hooks up with the cutest asymmetrical afro look for high style naturalistas with short hair. While her cut is tapered at the sides, she explains any lady can chose to pat your hair down at the sides to get the look. I would suggest employing a satin scarf to further pat down the sides.

Asymmetrical Afro Natural Hair Sistas
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Approximate Setting Time:
This style will take more technique than time and I predict 20 minutes of worth of parting, rolling and patting is in order.

Chunky Twist Out

Chunky twist outs are truly a style for all length and look especially cute on the awkward in between short and medium lengths.

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Approximate Setting Time:
Depending on whether your hair is already moisturized this style can take up to 30 minutes to set.

Flat Twisted Updo

Some naturals are of the mind that you can’t do updos with your own hair until it’s at least shoulder length. but this naturalista doctor puts that misconception to rest.

flat twisted updo on short natural hair

flat twisted updo on short natural hair

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Approximate Setting Time:
Depending on your level of skill for flat twisting, this style may take up to 60 minutes to complete.

Curly Fro Updo

Jessica Pettway shows us how to do short to medium length natural hair right in this tutorial or a curly fro updo. Ladies- this one is cute, cute, cute! Watch it here.

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Approximate Setting Time:
40 minutes to twist and add perm rods
10–15 minutes to take them out and twist hair up

Ladies, what do you think of these styles? Which would you try?

About Cassandre

Just another naturalista playing by my own rules! Got hair that doesn't seem to grow past your shoulders? Check out my free Grow Your Hair Faster Video Course

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11 Comments on "7 Fabulous Hairstyles For Short Natural Hair"

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I love these hairstyles. But I’m lazy, and have such a poor selection of hair products where I live. 🙁


Where are you located? You can always shop online or with a box subscription and get products mailed right to your house like with curlbox or curlkit.


I’d try the chunky twist out and curly fro undo. Great article!




I liked the chunky twistout. 🙂


I’m going to try the curly fro updo.


After being locced for nearly nine years, it’s been rough being back to simply natural. The locs made me lazy because the upkeep was simpler. The cuteness of these styles have me inspired to style my hair again.

Elodie Careme

I deal with the same issues. 8 years of locs and now 10 months of growth and I don’t know what do do with my hair! These styles are inspirational.

Asma Shahzadi

Much appreciated, this simply helped me alot, I generally felt that you needed to ponder face shape. I show some kindness formed face, and thick wavy hair, I need to have a medium to long Shorter hair style, however I simply can not discover the style that I like. I like medium hairstyles with bangs.


Trying the asymmetrical afro. However, I needed a lot of hairpins to make the sides as low as hers. I don’t think patting is enough, for anyone.


Stylized Mini Twists 🙂

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