Short, Layered Haircut Styles for Black Women

Halle Berry's pixie cut is practically a legend.

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Long locks might be lovely, but short has sass, and African-American hair is versatile enough to carry any number of short looks. Black women with short hair might opt to layer it, just to offer a wide array of styling options. Play up the sass factor by styling your hair in any number of ways to show off your fabulous sense of style and moxie.

Layered Bob

Perhaps you don't want to go super short; you just need a bit of weight taken off of your longer locks. Try a versatile and easy-to-style layered bob, cut just below the ears. The layers will take some of the weight off of your tresses and give you crazy styling versatility. With the layers, you can do a fab half-up, half-down style that leaves a fringe of hair around your face because of the layers. You can also use a curling iron to create a halo of curls around your head.

Modern Mullet

Forget about the old-school, back-country version and look to the new millennium mullet instead. This works best for curly hair because it comes across as a natural progression of curls from short in the front to a bit longer in the back. Think less mullet and more style maven. The short in front, long in back cut opens up your face so you don't have to worry about your locks falling into it; it keeps just a tad of length in the back. This is a fairly low-maintenance style.

Top Heavy

This is one of the more popular short hairstyles for black women, as it mimics the Halle Berry pixie cut, but with layers. The premise of the cut is that it is longer (about three to four inches of hair) and layered on top, and short and cropped close in on the sides and back. You can create any number of styles with this cut, from funky spikes to a soft, laid-down look.

Layered Afro

Perhaps you rock a shorter, natural style; this doesn't mean you can't choose a layered cut. Particularly if your curls are fairly defined, you can have a lot of fun with a huge 'fro. Ask your stylist to create different lengths of layers to help give your Afro added volume. The layers will help it look textured.

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