I Need Ideas for Styling Short African-American Hair

There are a ton of ways that you can style short African-American hair.

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If you have short hair, you might think there’s not much you can do with it. If you're bored with your everyday short 'do, amp up your look with a versatile plan that suits your face and helps to beat the humdrum style you’ve been sporting.

Asymmetrical Bob

If you have a few inches of length, wear it in a neat bob. Leave layers even along the front and choose the way you want to style your bang. Opt for a blunt Chinese bang from eyebrow to eyebrow, a swooping bang off to the left or right, or a part directly in the middle. Create layers, starting in the back where your hair is shaved down to less than an inch, that increase in length as you reach the top. Your final style will be a bob that is short in the back and long in the front.

Faux Hawk or Mohawk

No matter whether you’re ready to bare it all on the sides of your head or create a style that seems like you have, the Mohawk-inspired style works for many face shapes. You don’t have to wear your Mohawk spiked up 5 inches above your head in a rainbow of shades for this look to work; simply use the overall concept with layers and flips. Shave both sides of your hair as low as you desire and leave the middle section long, with the front and back layers longer than the center. This creates a Mohawk style that you can spike up, comb to one side or a little bit of both.

Low Cut

Shaving your hair in an all-over-even short cut is for the confident, daring woman only. Pay a visit to your local barber or short haircut stylist and ask that all of your hair be cut as low as you can stand. If you’re going for a pixie cut, leave about 3 inches worth of hair all over, tapering your edges. With such a bold cut, leave your hair in a monochrome color such as all black, blond or brown. This cut requires no tricky highlights, which can make your style appear too busy.

Weave It In

When your short hair just won’t do, add a few short hair extensions to give your look fullness and length at the same time. Extensions give you the versatility to wear your hair in flips, a short ponytail or even a messy style by pulling your hair back with a headband. You don’t have to add 22 inches of hair to look like a super vixen; just an inch or two will do the trick and help you fall in love with your hair all over again.

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