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The Best Short Haircuts for Black Hair

Keeping it cropped will minimize breakage.
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Q: I'm contemplating cutting my hair. My hair is naturally curly like Mel B, but I straighten it most of the time. 

From The Styling Edit Archives

Michelle is contemplating a short haircut.

I've had it long and it's usually pretty flat. I would like to cut it short, like Halle Berry or Rihanna, but not sure it'll look good... maybe I'm just afraid to commit! 

I'm looking for a style that brings out my features a bit more. Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks so much! — Michelle

A: Michelle, I am always trying to keep it real with hair. Especially super-curly hair, because of the toll it takes from all the styling required to smoothen it out. The damage is a real problem and often after straightening for a while, you get so much breakage.

So I think a short cut would be incredible on you, with your natural curl quite cropped. 

Very short, curly hair.

Halle Berry at the 2009 Keep a Child Alive Ball.

You could go for a longer Halle cut as well, but it will be more styling work than this option.

Halle Berry at the 2012 Silver Rose Gala.

There will be no worry about breakage here.

I like this side swept bang option for you as well.

Halle Berry at the 2014 Huading Awards.

That said, a polished look always makes a woman feel another kind of real. For a smooth style for you, I see this as an option.

Chin-length, relaxed wavy hairstyle.

Zoë Saldana at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards.

Kelly Rowland at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party.

It is not far off the texture in your photo, so this should be familiar.

I am also digging this knotty idea for you as well.

Lauryn Hill's short, knotty hair.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.