27 Short WOC-Friendly Hairstyles for Summer

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Rich Fury

Back in 2009, I chopped off all my hair and never looked back. Sure, I attempted to grow it back out once or twice, but honestly…I never feel like myself with longer styles. There’s simply something so unapologetic about facing life all without any hair covering your face. The long story short? I collected 27 pictures of celebs with short styles that will inspire you cut it all off — or at least try something new.

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Zoë Kravitz

The petite actress is equal parts known for her razor-sharp cheekbones (Thanks Lisa and Lenny), acting chops, and super chic pixie cut.


Yara Shahidi

When it comes to experimenting with her hair, Yara likes to switch it up. This curly bob with a bang is perfect for naturalistas ready to let go of some length.


Cynthia Erivo

Oh hello blonde bombshell! A closely-cropped cut like Cynthia Erivo’s is the perfect time to start testing out new colors. Just get ready to spend a bit more time in the salon for upkeep.


Willow Smith

At the tender age of 12, Willow boldly shaved her head so she is no stranger to the “short hair, don’t care” club. Her baby locs look super stylish pulled into a high pony for the red carpet.


Jennifer Hudson

A blunt cut bob like Jennifer Hudson’s is always a good idea. Plus, her color with subtle blonde highlights is a beauty *chef’s kiss*.


Jada Pinkett-Smith

Like mother like daughter, Jada’s hair transformation history is impressive. We might be biased but Mrs. Smith knows how to slay a short style.


Issa Rae

HBO’s favorite funny woman has the auburn color game on lock. Her natural texture is also enhanced by this layer bob cut.


Tamar Braxton

After years of rocking wigs and weaves, singer Tamar Braxton decided it was time for a big change — and a big chop.


Marsai Martin

Yes queen! “Black-ish” star Marsai Martin switched it up on all of us with a sleek, Asian-inspired bob for Disney’s “Mulan” premiere and we are O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.


Teyana Taylor

It’s no secret that Teyana loves her collection of fabulous wigs, but her features really pop when she rocks a closely-cropped style.


Amandla Stenberg

Want the look of a bob without having to grab the scissors? Try a braided bob with extensions like Amandla. Bonus points for a fierce shade switch-up.


Logan Browning

In between rocking protective styles (like faux locs for season three of “Dear White People”), Logan showcases her natural texture in a layered curly cut.


Tika Sumpter

Don’t call it a comeback, Bantu knots are an easy styling option for both shorter and longer styles.


Lashana Lynch

British actress (and soon to be 007 star) Lashana Lynch credits director Melina Matsoukas for giving her the confidence to cut her hair for a TV role. We think she’s never looks better.


Jodie Turner-Smith

This #TBT look is certainly worth bookmarking. It’s an edgy, old-school look that feels fresh and modern on the mom-to-be.


Tia Mowry

After years of shoulder-length styles and longer, actress and entrepreneur Tia Mowry decided “it’s time” to go short. And from the looks of her IG page, she seems not to regret it one bit.


Kerry Washington

When Kerry pulls up at the function 8 times out of 10, she’s rocking a fresh bob guaranteed to put her on a “Best Beauty Look” list.


Anika Noni Rose

Cropped sides with a more voluminous top will elongate your face and help you fake a little height.



Want to play around with the big chop but not go all the way? Try shaving your sides like Kelela —and accent with a major earring.


Lolly Adefope

Simple, chic, and straightforward, it doesn’t get better than a classic ‘fro like stand-up comedian, Lolly Adefope’s natural look.


Laverne Cox

Not too long, and not too short, Laverne’s fresh-out-the-shower lob is a sexy, summer alternative for hot days ahead.


Blac Chyna

Go glam with wet-looking, deep finger waves that channel the glamour of the roaring twenties like Blac Chyna.


Laura Harrier

What’s not to love about Laura Harrier’s wavy lob? This is a great option if you’re one the fence about going super short, but want a noticeable difference.


Samira Wiley

Tell your barber to get creative with the clippers and add designs like a side part. Clearly actress Samira Wiley is all smiles about it.


Taraji P. Henson

When you Google ” Taraji P. Henson bob” nearly 1,140,000 hits come up. Seems like the streets can’t get enough of her signature look.


Michaela Coel

A low fade cut is the epitome of short and sassy. Michaela’s Ceasar really opens up and brightens her face.


Kiki Layne

Need weight lifted off your shoulders? Try chopping old braids into an unexpected bob style like actress Kiki Layne.

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