(Last Updated On: October 6, 2014)

African American women have long been trying to conceal the natural beautiful hair they have already been born with using extensions and wigs. However, times have changed and some of the most influential women of color have been sporting their natural locks and making their short do’s super trendy. So before you opt to wearing another wig, consider trying out one of the following short natural hairstyles below.

Top Short Natural African American Hairstyles

#1 Rihanna, Glamour magazine cover

Rihanna (African American with Short Curly Hair)
Rihanna has always been known for her edgy fashion sense, and this hairstyle simply just captures that persona of hers. The great thing about this hairstyle is the fact that it’s so easy to achieve. It looks as though the stylist just volumized her curls using mouse or some sort of hair product and enhanced the texture. This hairstyle is perfect for women who want something simple yet sophisticated all at the same time.

#2 Beyonce at the Grammy’s

Beyonce Knowles (African American with Short Curly Hair)
Despite this look being one of the most simple and effortless hairstyles of Beyonce, it definitely is one of the most stunning one yet. The color combo of blonde and her natural hair color makes the entire look just perfect. The part in the middle allows for her face to be more defined and the ombre color and curls allowed her to express her stylish side. This hairstyle is perfect for those who want to try something new without going too drastic.

#3 Tyra Banks – vintage look, on the set of gossip girls

Tyra Banks from the set of the show, "Gossip Girl," (African American with Short Curly Hair)
This hairstyle of Tyra just exudes the 1950’s and is the perfect hairstyle to wear during a special occasion. This look obviously takes a lot of effort to achieve, and of course a lot of product, but it can be done with the right technique and tools. First you will have to curl your hair so that the curls are more loose, and then start to section out the curls so that you can create this wavy part on the side of your face. When you’re happy with the finish product, use bobby pins to secure everything.

#4 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys (African American with Short Curly Hair)
Alicia Keys is beyond gorgeous and will look hot in simply whatever hairstyle, but this one definitely would have to be one of the most flattering hairstyles she’s ever had. It’s a basic thick mohawk that really accentuates her natural curls and hair texture. She likely used a number 2 to shave the sides of her head, and used some mouse to thicken up her curls and create more volume.

#5 Halle Berry

Halle Berry (African American with Short Curly Hair)
Halle Berry is known for her signature look and is by far one of the most beautiful women in the world. She really enjoys the natural short hair look and works it very well. Recently she has been sported with a bit longer hair using product that volumizes her locks.
All of these hairstyles are definitely worth trying and will most likely be some of the best looks you ever try. Wearing your natural hair is probably one of the most sexy and liberating things any woman can do, so don’t wait any longer to take that weave off and work your curls.