Traditional Short to Medium Black Hairstyles

Actress Taraji P. Henson sports a razor cut bob with side-swept bangs in California.

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Black women are very versatile when it comes to hairstyles. Regardless of hair length or type, there are traditional short to medium hairstyles that can be created with real hair or a weave. A traditional haircut can be worn one day and replaced by a traditional weave style the next, so you never feel limited to one hairstyle or length.

The Haute Ponytails

When there are more casual days than elegant nights, a low ponytail or a ponytail of any kind is a classic hairdo. Pulled back or with some cute bangs, a ponytail can be worn straight or curly and even to the side. A high clip-in ponytail with a braided scrunchie is a cute, traditional updo. Black women with short hair are not limited; there is no hairstyle that some hair extensions and clips can't do.

The Classic Bob Styles

Rock a shoulder-length bob or short asymmetrical bob for an edgy look. A bob is a very versatile style that can be worn very short to long. The bob is often worn as box braids on black women as well. Box braids are achieved by parting real hair in small, square-like boxes, then braiding your real hair by mixing it in with synthetic or human braiding hair, to create braids away from the scalp. The braids are burned at the ends. Black women with natural hair also can wear twists and dreadlocks in bob styles.

The Pixie Cuts

Besides short bobs and Caesar cuts sported by women with natural hair, you can find traditional cuts like pixies a la Halle Berry. Short strands are flipped and chopped different ways all over your head, giving your style so much personality. Go super short or long enough to sport a flat, side-swept bang.

The Shag Cuts

Short to shoulder-length shags are haute, common hairstyles for black women. Shags are like a step up from a pixie cut. There are longer layers and more chopped, wavy tresses all over -- but it's a bit more tamed than a pixie cut and your ends are flipped a specific way.

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