Steve Harvey once commented to an African-American female contestant on Family Fued that he thought women with short hair styles exuded confidence. Some people may hold a different opinion. However, there are some perks and considerations for having short African American hair. Some people have shared how short hair styles require more maintenance and take more time to style; yet they balance out with the fact that getting used to the styles provides them with greater ease as time goes by. Such styles become cozy over time and women juggling a lot of plates will often opt for the stylish short styles. There are some wondrous examples of trending short styles that turn heads and don’t require a lot of work.
There are some African-American women who have trouble getting their hair to grow. They can turn this around by rocking styles so ingeniously created for their short length, that it turns the problem into an outright blessing.
Although there might not be a lot of it, that short hair requires loving attention. For example, it will need moisture through natural hair conditioning treatments with products like Nexxus Humesctress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner. Regular trims will help the short style to hold its layers and form.
Blonde African American Hairstyles
Naturally Black Women come onto the world scene with natural, short hair. In adulthood, a bleaching treatment such as the lady in the picture has, will lighten the tresses. Bleaching doesn’t come without its cautions, however. For example, if one decides to dye their hair blonde, they should give thought to their skin color. This lady sports a bright blonde short style, but her skin tone is light. No insult to darker skinned sisters, but this shade of blonde may not be your best choice. Hold on though, there are more short hair shades to come later in this article.
MANDATORY DO-IT-YOURSELF SUPPLIES
- Blonde bleaching powder brush
- Neutral protein filler (to replace proteins in the hair)
- Tinting brush (to apply the bleach)
- Plastic bowl (for mixing bleach powder with water)
- Plastic hair wrapper
- Shampoo and conditioner for bleached hair
HOW TO STYLE SHORT BLONDE HAIR
Conditioner: Considering the fact that you have short, black natural hair, you be required to use a natural hair conditioner to ready your tresses for a new style. After washing the hair thoroughly with a sulfate-free shampoo and towel drying it, apply a sulfate-free conditioner all through hair and then rinse it with tepid water. Once again, towel dry it. At your hair’s length, a blow dryer may burn your scalp.
Choose: Take a look at your face shape. There are several varieties of shapes that define the face and frame the hair. If you have an elongated face, you will probably look good with a pixie haircut.
Purchase Bleaching Supplies: Bleaching chemical or powders on the market vary. Bleach powder is packaged in packets. There is also crème developer, toner, red gold corrector and other bleaching products.
Use Neutral Protein Filler: This is applied post-bleaching. The reason for this sequence is that during the bleaching process, your hair will lose much of its protein. You refill and replenish them with filler.
Mix Bleaching Chemical: Read all instructions carefully. It’s critical that you mix it properly and follow instructions precisely so you don’t damage your hair. Before handling the product, put on the gloves to give your hands protection. REMEMBER: you are using chemicals.
Apply Bleach to Hair: Once hair is completely dry, use a brush to apply the bleach to your hair. One precaution is to put petroleum jelly on the facial hairline all the way around. This will protect your skin from any flow of the bleaching product. It also keeps any remnants from drying out your skin. If you find all this work overwhelming, get help from a trusted friend.
Cover Your Tresses: As soon as you finish applying the bleaching chemical to your hair you should cover it with a plastic wrap. This aids the chemical in working optimally. Set the timer for 15 minutes and check to see if the chemical worked all the way through. If the chemical has not worked, set the timer for another 15 minutes. If after 30 minutes total, the chemical has not worked, add a little more bleaching chemical and cover the hair again.
Wash out the Bleach: When your hair has reached the perfect hue of blonde, remove the bleach by washing the hair with a special shampoo designed for cleaning bleached hair.
Finger Coils Hairstyles
Another choice is to rock the short hair using a mane full of finger coils. A woman with a small head and oval face like the woman in the picture will look good with tiny finger coils. Women with round faces can opt for the medium length finger coils.
HOW TO DO FINGER COILS ON NATURAL HAIR
- Clean and condition your short hair
- Make a decision on which size coils you want
- After making that decision, allow the hair to air dry or towel dry it
- Use your fingers to make the coils in the size you decided. Take your time and work through the hair until it’s all done
- Moisturize the coils when finished and use a coil spray to give them needed stiffness and permanence
HOW TO CARE FOR SHORT AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR
- Twice a month you will need to apply shampoo and natural hair conditioning products. This is important for keeping the hair clean and healthy. Over time, your hair will become stronger and longer.
- Avoid using blowers and heat. When a blow dryer or other heat is used on the hair every time, it will damage the delicate African American hair. Use natural methods, like air drying or gentle towel drying. Some have found that microfiber hair towels are gentle, yet absorbent.
- Stay healthy. What you take into your body will affect your hair. Consider drinking plenty of water and eating a proper diet so that your hair will have a healthy and strong constitution. Fatty food lead to useless fat deposits under the skin, and to unhealthy weight gain. One healthy option is an organic diet rich in nutrients and vitamins. Eating fruit and vegetables will keep you healthier.
- Rest well and avoid unnecessary stress. Some stress is unavoidable. By staying relaxed and learning to live life on a daily basis, you will reduce your stress levels. Make sure your body gets enough sleep to provide you with optimum health. Sleep can help the body recuperate and restore what is taken from it through daily living.
Blonde Hair for Black Women:
This short blonde bob can turn you into a blonde bombshell. A long face can be ideal for a style such as this one. As you can tell from the photo, one side is longer and the bang is side swept, while one side goes just below the chin. Medium length hair can be styled similarly. If you want to go blonde from black hair and then having this style, consider going to a salon and allowing a professional to do it for you.
Curly Black Hair Hairstyle:
Short doesn’t always mean very short. The medium length hairstyle in this picture goes to the shoulders. You can go fabulous in this curly mode like this African American female.
STEPS FOR RECREATING THIS HAIRSTYLE
- Prepare your hair for a new hairstyle: Prior to curling short hair, make sure to clean and condition it with quality sulfate-free products. To keep your mane thick, wash with cold water. Dry with a blower or a towel, while keeping it somewhat moist.
- Use a heat protectant: For short black hair, using a curling iron is one option. If this is your preference, use a heat protectant spray or crème on each section before applying the heat.
- Separate the bangs from the remainder of the hair: Pin the bangs so they are out of the way. This frees you to concentrate on the rest of the hair. In fact, if you segment the rest of the hair with a rat tail comb, this will make it easier for you to curl each section within the isolated segment independently. Once the rest of the hair is finished, you can work on the bangs.
- Spray your hair: Use a water sprinkle bottle to spray a little water over your hair. This does not mean you get it wet. It only needs to be a bit moist.
- Use a Professional Quality Curling Iron: While hair is moist and segmented, use a moderate barrel curling iron to make curls that mirror the ones in the picture. The best procedure is to fold your hair on the curling iron and then roll the iron downward slowly.
The medium length haircut will look good on females with oval, round and square faces.
Super Short Black Hairstyle
This short natural hairstyle in the picture above is ideal for women because it looks adorable and flaunts the natural vibe. Many top-tier celebrities and models sport this style.
The maintenance for this super short style of natural hair is reasonable as long as you bear in mind that hair has to stay shiny, moist and fine.
A super short haircut like this is for women with long, square, heart-shaped and diamond face shapes.
Cornrows and Braids Short Hairstyle
Getting braids in short hair is not as timely an affair as it is for braids with long hair. The lady in the photo above has a braid style that looks great. If she wants to grow longer hair, she can accomplish this by wearing the braids over time. This particular style is easy to do on one’s self, so going to a braid stylist is suggested.
Bob Hairstyle for Black Hair
A woman with a round face like the woman in this picture can rock a bob hairstyle very elegantly. Bobs are nice to style and they highlight the face shape very well without overdoing it. For this chic look, a so-pretty face like this girl has is important, and you probably have one.
Short Afro Hairstyle
If one is dedicated to going the way of the full Afro, it may take some time to get the hair thick enough. The lady in the picture above, looks both natural and unique. In today’s hair style showcase, the Afro can certainly be said to be making a comeback.
HOW TO HAVE A SHORT AFRO HAIRSTYLE
- Keep your hair and scalp moisturized: Wearing an Afro requires growing an Afro. It requires a thick mane, which can be gained by using natural hair products full of nutrients and moisture that can nourish the scalp and hair.
- Plait your hair regularly: Body hormones go to work when you go to sleep. Because of this, hair grows when you are asleep. If you plait your hair before going to bed, it will retain its moisture through the night.
- Keep your hair away from heat: Stay away from hairstyles that require heat. During the summer, wear a hood or hat; especially if your hair is having one of those in-between days.
- Keep split ends under control: Having the split ends trimmed, or trimming them yourself makes sense. Once that hair is gone, the remaining hair will be stronger and the hair can gain thickness.
- Eat Well: Protein-rich foods like eggs, whole grains, carrots, bran, green vegetables, etc are healthy options for the body, and for the hair.
Medium Hair Cuts
A round or square face is a superb compliment for a style like this. With a sweeping side bang, the fabulousness of the face can be shown off.
Short Wig Options
Now that we’ve shared the glorious options in short African American hairstyles, we have to share that we understand that many busy, multi-tasking African American women have no time to maintain their own natural hair properly. This is where short wigs can be an answer to prayer.
The African American Short Wig solution has been around for a long time. Time-honored and beautifying, it has graced the heads of the likes of the late Whitney Houston and many others.
Some examples of such wigs follow. While they come with their own instructions, we offer some basic maintenance tips for the wigs shown.
Even when African American hair is thick, it may not be as long as many would like. The African American lady featured in the picture with medium brown shoulder length hair is showing one cute wig option. With a lace front design and a human hair texture, it looks like the real thing. This type of lace front wig can be donned in minutes, providing a similar look to the one shown on this celebrity. The salon saving wig will need similar care to the natural hair. One tip is to keep that glossy glow by spraying the wig regularly.
With a super short and bright look, this wig exposes the face the way it does for Rihanna. If you have a similar skin tone, you can wear a wig this color. Going for fake eyelashes to accompany this look is also a bright and mighty find idea.
Women with oval, heart and square faces will look best in this style. A woman with an ample forehead can have the bangs brushed to the front to provide some coverage. Keep this wig moist and smooth by spraying it with wig spray.
Roses aren’t the only thing that’s red, as the rhyme goes. In this fiery red style, called Red Wig by Rhianna, it’s hard to not get noticed. Those who don’t follow the beaten path, or who wish to announce that they are on the scene can wear this bold and bright wig style. Curling or waving the hair before coloring it red is another option for those who prefer their own hair in this brilliant color with the same style.
Rihanna has served as a source of hairstyle inspiration for many African American and other black women worldwide. She has been featured with short haircuts, and she delivers a special attitude with each one. In the three featured pictures of Rihanna, she showcases great versatility. Her versatile passion should be catchy, leading you to consider how to use variety in your own hairstyles. Trying on wigs at the beauty store can give you valuable inspiration. Perhaps you’ll find one to take home.
COLORS TO WEAR WITH RED HAIR
Clashing colors is not the name of the game. Red hair does not match every color of outfit. Following are some acceptable colors to wear with red hair.
- White. Neutral and a great contrast, this color in a top, blouse or complete outfit gets a green light. Go!
- White and black. If you like to take a walk on the wild side, you’ll be glad to know that you can do white and black clothing with red hair, such as a zebra print.
- Purple. Those who are color blocker fans will love this color. Purple works well with red hair.
- Teal. This is another color blocker option, but it will not be a good choice for those who are not fans of color blocking.
- Black. Black is safe. You can’t go wrong with basic black, and it works remarkably well with red hair.
- Polka Tops. Black and white, or polka dots using red or yellow work well with red hair.
- Blue. Denim will work with red in a short hair style. A denim jacket with black and white bottom will prove an excellent selection.
- Dark Gray. This color is very similar to black, so it carries the same acceptability with red hair.
- Red. A red blazer with a white, black or yellow top will help you carry off short red hair very well. Even a red dress or red top will work, as will a red top with a pink skirt and peplum pumps.
Those who are a bit thick could stand to take my advice and avoid hairstyles that are volumized. Afro hairstyles are one example. The problem with them is that they make you look plumper.
Curly hair and short hair can be a great team. Take a look at the three curly/wavy hairstyle options provided. Keep in mind that the dimension of the curl will be determined by the nature of your hair and the barrel size of the curling iron. Making waves and curls naturally can be another heat-free option, but a curling iron can make this a bit easier. As long as you use heat protectant#, you should be OK with using a curling iron to achieve this style.
Big waves are not just for the ocean. The lady in position 17 is able to have these big waves in her tresses because she has thick, volumized hair. If you braid your thick hair, which is often thick as a tendency for African Americans, you will be able to add length. A healthy diet and the use of hair growth supplements will help speed along the hair growth process.
There’s nothing wrong with a straight hair cut. It can give you a simple and cool, comfortable look. If you spray it in the morning and brush it straight, you can save time and money. Wigs that feature this straight look is another option. The three featured examples of beautiful black women with straight short haircuts may give you plenty of ideas.
These two ladies above have a side swept bang hairstyle. It gives the face a diagonal long face look. Notice how the bang is trimmed diagonally. This translates to it draping downward with a short top. Use a comb or your fingers to move the bangs to the side – just be sure that it integrates with the remainder of the hair.
THINGS YOU NEED:
- Organic / All Natural Hair Conditioner.
- Professional Quality Flat Iron
- Wide Toothed Comb
- Heat Protectant
- Hair Spray
- Hair Gel or Hair Serum if you want to repair and treat your hair at the same time
TIPS FOR STRAIGHTENING SHORT AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR
- Wash and condition your hair: While this routine seems so repetitive, it works wonders. This is the first place to start when styling your hair. Make sure the products you use are sulfate free and rinse the conditioner out with cold water so the volume remains thick,
- Dry your hair: After rinsing out the conditioner, use a gentle on your hair professional quality blow dryer to partially dry the hair. Leave it a little bit moist, but do not straighten wet hair.
- Apply heat protectant: Make sure you use heat protectant on each section before straightening it with a flat iron.
- Comb the hair straight: Comb the hair straight with a wide tooth comb to help prepare it for the new style and for the straightening tool. This also removes tangles.
- Set the flat iron: Use a moderate heat setting to get the flat iron ready. Part the hair into sections to make it easier to straighten. Straighten one section at a time after applying heat protectant. If a section gets dry, mist it a little bit with water, so that it gets moist (never wet).
- Trim Split Ends: Nice straightened hair will broadcast split ends. After finishing the entire head of hair, get hair shears and trim off the split ends. The end result will be a neat, straight cut.
- Spray the new fresh hair: If you want results like the ladies in position 12 & 13, you should spray the hair with good hair spray to keep it smooth and volumized.
- Use all natural hair products exclusively: Organic or natural hair products is the best medicine for African American hair. Make sure to find products that cater to your hair, be it oily or dry. Jojoba & Olive oil are excellent options for dry hair. However, don’t use products that are too heavy, for they will weigh hair down and make it too thick.