Black hairstyles are designed to protect and get thick, natural hair under control, but don’t worry because this doesn’t mean putting limits on what you can do with your locks! Whatever length and texture you prefer, there is always a long list of great African-American hairstyles that you can choose from.

If you need help, you can get a ton of inspiring ideas from popular celebs and their spotlight-worthy looks. Take it from Issa Rae’s Fulani braids and Alicia Key’s side-braided pony to Anika Noni Rose’s wavy pixie and Maria Borges’ short ‘fro.

With today’s hairstyling techniques, there’s no stopping black women from owning heavenly styles – whether it’s a rocking blonde pixie, a sleek boss-babe bob, or exquisitely done waist-length braids! You’re free to decide whether to pick from long or short hairstyles depending on your mood and lifestyle.

Style your tresses with curls and bangs, ombres and highlights, or braids and beads. Talk to your trusted hairdresser about your face shape, lifestyle, and maintenance, and for sure, you won’t leave the salon without a stand-out hairdo!

Embrace your natural hair and start bringing out the best and most confident version of you. Catch these super chic and trendy hairstyles for black women down below!

Weave Hairstyle

A weave black hairstyle
Instagram @necij_

A simple weave hairstyle can turn into something extraordinary if spiced up with curls, braids, ponytails and more. This naturally installed weave hair can either make you the edgy one or the chic one.

Shaved Hairstyle

A shaved black hairstyle
Instagram @beautybystudiolorne

Make a bold statement by wearing crochet passion twist braids with texture that is shaved on the side for an added wow factor. Aside from twist braids, this shaved hairstyle will work with other protective styles for natural curly hair such as dreadlocks or box braids. How cool is that?

Natural Afro

A black natural afro hairstyle
Instagram @nicole_pembrook

Flaunt your natural afro hair and show how foxy you can be. Even on the colored hair, you will like how good it looks on you.

Long Hairstyle

A long black hairstyle
Instagram @studiobhairsalon_

A long hairstyle, matched with a huge highlight on the side, is something to try on. The maintenance of this natural-looking straight weave hair may be high but the outcome is superb that makes all the styling effort worthy of time.

Razor Pixie Cut

A razored pixie black hairstyle
Instagram @sittingprettyslayed

To rock this razor pixie cut, all you need to have is a sassy vibe and a confident smile. With the best care products to maintain the curls’ shape and volume on natural black hair, it is not hard to stand out from the crowd with this edgy hairstyle.

Pixie Bob

A pixie bob black hairstyle
Instagram @jazmahairinc

This pixie bob is the kind of style that is always screaming to have some fun. The voluminous waves add texture to hair, resulting to an entire stunning effect.

Side Parted Bob

A side parted bob black hairstyle
Instagram @elegant.elaine

Who else thinks that this side-parted bob is on point and really outstanding? Natural hair never looks so perfect with a little styling and highlights. Look creator Tiffany Samanthos from Augusta, Georgia did a partial foiled blonde highlights and silk press for this gorgeous bob cut.

Black Natural Hairstyle

A black natural hairstyle
Instagram @toi_styles

Everything on this black natural hairstyle, including the tight curls that create volume and texture, is on fleek! Matched with curly bangs, this style and cut that goes own to the neck will make a striking impact instantly.

Short Black Hairstyle

A short black hairstyle
Instagram @hairby_him

The black hairstyling has leveled up with this short black hairstyle with blonde highlights. The combination of pin curls, soft waves, and additional highlights make volume and hair body movement illusion. This is one of the artworks of Hairstylist Marcus Hutchison from Rock Hill, SC to style hair with alopecia case.

With Braids

A black hairstyle with braids
Instagram @narahairbraiding

This long protective hairstyle with braids, paired with swirled baby hair, looks so flawless and nicely done. Never settle for what is simple and pull off this neat tribal-inspired Fulani braids before someone does it first.

Black Bob

A black bob hairstyle
Instagram @hairbytyflyy

A side-parted black bob that is cut asymmetrically frames a good angle of the face. With traditional sew-in bob, no wonder why women are going crazy over this hairstyle.

Finger Coil

A black finger coil hairstyle
Instagram @esh_naturalchic

This black natural hairstyle jazzed up with few hair accessories and blonde-to-amber hair tip color is a masterpiece by a Youtube vlogger Ayesha. She used Kurleebelle Tropical Fruit Infusion Collection to style her finger-coiled hair. “This pic was taken after the Curlfest. 90-degree weather felt like 100 and still looked bomb,” said the vlogger.

For Girls

A black hairstyle for girls
Instagram @getgedup

This asymmetrical bob cut gives a stylish finish to natural and beautiful black hair perfect for girls. But this princess and hairstylist Giulia Crupi of Hot Heads Salon from East Stroudsburg, PA prove that this is more than a haircut. Getting a fresh, charming haircut plus donating old long hair to an organization to help other kids is such a win-win situation.

Medium Hair

A black medium hairstyle
Instagram @vickiecparker

This layered bob cut for medium hair is ideal for wearing on important events like a wedding. The golden brown highlights on voluminous loose waves and curls leave dimensional illusion on hair for a stunning impression.

For Long Hair

A long black hairstyle
Instagram @kosmetic.ky

A classic straight style for long hair is so versatile you can be anyone you like to be. Just partner it with any of your fashion clothes, and no one can’t stop you from being gorgeous.

Loose Curls

Loose curls black hairstyle
Instagram @sir_mcuk

Loose curls on a blonde brunette hair color look like it can slay any particular party or gathering. The waves are perfectly and smoothly volumized from the middle to the hair ends.