55 Examples of Black Hairstyles for Women (Photos)

Awesome collection of black hairstyles for women - all lengths, hair types and styles.
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When you consider the population of the world as a whole, from straight raven-haired women from China to the dark complexions near the Mediterranean desert, black hair is both the darkest and most common hair color amongst every possible hair color.

This is largely due to black hair existing as a dominant genetic trait, which makes it supersede others and whole populations of the Earth have entirely black hair in their genes.

Check out hundreds of different black color for women including dozens of gorgeous celebrities with black hair.

Mid-Length Waves
Megan Fox channeling her subtle edginess with this medium-length, wavy hairstyle tousled a little for an extra texture.

Megan Fox channeling her subtle edginess with this medium-length, wavy hairstyle tousled a little for an extra texture.

Loose and Edgy Hairstyle

Francesca Eastwood rocking her loose, medium-length hair with super short side bangs for an added detail.

Francesca Eastwood rocking her loose, medium-length hair with super short side bangs for an added detail.

Sophisticated Loose Waves

Kylie Jenner with her long and black, wavy hair flowing on one side This sophisticated look is easy to achieve and doesn't require much hair products.

Kylie Jenner with her long and black, wavy hair flowing on one side This sophisticated look is easy to achieve and doesn’t require much hair products.

Thick Hair with Side-Parted Bangs

Shannen Doherty looking extra gorgeous with her thick, black hair freely flowing down her shoulders. The side-parted bangs gave this look an extra style.

Shannen Doherty looking extra gorgeous with her thick, black hair freely flowing down her shoulders. The side-parted bangs gave this look an extra style.

Sleek and Straight

 

Nicki Minaj sporting a simple yet classy look with her long, straight hair with a sleek and polished finish.

Nicki Minaj sporting a simple yet classy look with her long, straight hair with a sleek and polished finish.

Slicked-Back Realness

Demi Lovato unleashes a sophisticated look with her medium-length, black hair in a slicked back style.

Demi Lovato unleashes a sophisticated look with her medium-length, black hair in a slicked back style.

Low Ponytail with Loose Waves
Selena Gomez with a center-parted low ponytail. The top part of her hair is polished while the tip part is styled with soft waves for some soft textures.

Selena Gomez with a center-parted low ponytail. The top part of her hair is polished while the tip part is styled with soft waves for some soft textures.

Slightly Messy Updo

Ashanti's black hair in a simple updo during the 2013 Grammy Awards looks very regal, indeed.

Ashanti’s black hair in a simple updo during the 2013 Grammy Awards looks very regal, indeed.

Wispy Bangs and a Bun

Kendall Jenner slays this cute yet edgy hairstyle during the 2015 American Music Awards. Her extra high bun is paired with wispy bangs to balance out the whole look.

Kendall Jenner slays this cute yet edgy hairstyle during the 2015 American Music Awards. Her extra high bun is paired with wispy bangs to balance out the whole look.

Simply Short and Sassy

Anne Hathaway with her comfy and trendy, short side-parted hairstyle during the 2013 Pink Party.

Anne Hathaway with her comfy and trendy, short side-parted hairstyle during the 2013 Pink Party.

Hippie Curls with a Twist

Alicia Keys channeling her inner hippie with her thick, curly hair parted in the center and incorporated with some twisted styles.

Alicia Keys channeling her inner hippie with her thick, curly hair parted in the center and incorporated with some twisted styles.

Super Short PixieOlivia William's super short pixie is incorporated with subtle layers that created a soft texture.

Olivia William’s super short pixie is incorporated with subtle layers that created a soft texture.

Thick and Black Curls

Ariane Andrew's center-parted, curly hair looks extra shiny and polished. The shine added a little depth to her thick and back hair.

Ariane Andrew’s center-parted, curly hair looks extra shiny and polished. The shine added a little depth to her thick and back hair.

Medium-Length Black and Wavy Hair

Camila Mendes is effortlessly beautiful with her loose, black hair swept to one side. The subtle waves gave her over-all look a mild texture.

Camila Mendes is effortlessly beautiful with her loose, black hair swept to one side. The subtle waves gave her over-all look a mild texture.

The Goddess Wave

Demi Lovato is like a regal goddess with this hairstyle! Her center-parted, long and black hair is loosely set above her right shoulder. This one frames the shape of her face perfectly

Demi Lovato is like a regal goddess with this hairstyle! Her center-parted, long and black hair is loosely set above her right shoulder. This one frames the shape of her face perfectly

Cute Bob for Black Hair

Gabrielle Union's short, black hair in a simple bob paired with light makeup with neutral colors.

Gabrielle Union’s short, black hair in a simple bob paired with light makeup and neutral colors.

Blunt Bangs on Thick Hair

Nicki Minaj with her long and thick, black hair flowing down her back. The simple hairstyle is paired with blunt bangs for a preppy look.

Nicki Minaj with her long and thick, black hair flowing down her back. The simple hairstyle is paired with blunt bangs for a preppy look.

Carefree Curls

Tracee Ellis Ross looking carefree with her thick curls flaunted beautifully with the help of hair products for easy maintenance.

Tracee Ellis Ross looking carefree with her thick curls flaunted beautifully with the help of hair products for easy maintenance.

Elegant Updo

Megan fox looking extra elegant with her black hair styled into a sleek and tight bun, showcasing her facial assets.

Megan fox looking extra elegant with her black hair styled into a sleek and tight bun, showcasing her facial assets.

Center-Parted Twin Buns

Vanessa Hudgens looking cute and playful with her black hair partitioned into two loose buns. This style, paired with winged liners, is a famous Asian trend.

Vanessa Hudgens looking cute and playful with her black hair partitioned into two loose buns. This style, paired with winged liners, is a famous Asian trend.

Medium Cut with Straight Bangs

Kylie Jenner's thick black hair in a medium cut, paired with straight bangs. This hairstyle goes really well with dark, smokey eye makeup.

Kylie Jenner’s thick black hair in a medium cut, paired with straight bangs. This hairstyle goes really well with a dark and smokey eye makeup.

Vintage Curls

Angelina Jolie is absolutely gorgeous with any hairstyle but this vintage-style curls gave her an extra hint of sophistication without even trying.

Angelina Jolie is absolutely gorgeous with any hairstyle but this vintage-style curls gave her an extra hint of sophistication without even trying.

Retro Upstyle with Side Bangs

The red-lip, classic look is Lily Collins' trademark! Her iconic look goes well with this retro upstyle with short, side-swept bangs.

The red-lip, classic look is Lily Collins’ trademark! Her iconic look goes well with this retro upstyle with short, side-swept bangs.

Fancy Blunt Bangs

Zooey Deschanel's wavy hair with thick, blunt bangs embellished with a pearl headband.

Zooey Deschanel’s wavy hair with thick, blunt bangs embellished with a pearl headband.

Curly Bob

Rihanna sporting a carefree look with her curly bob, styled with hair mousse for a maintained finish.

Rihanna sporting a fresh look with her curly bob styled with hair mousse for a maintained finish.

The Miranda Look

Miranda Cosgrove's iconic look during the School of Rock is her actual on-the-go hairstyle. This center-parted straight hair in black is definitely a Miranda thing.

Miranda Cosgrove’s iconic look during the School of Rock is her actual on-the-go hairstyle. This center-parted straight hair in black is definitely a Miranda thing.

Tousled Black Bob

Lana Condor's deep black hair in a tousled bob will never go out of style! This one looks good on her simple everyday makeup with a bit of an accent on the eye part.

Lana Condor’s deep black hair in a tousled bob will never go out of style! This one looks good on her simple everyday makeup with a bit of an accent on the eye part.

Sexy and Fluffy Curls

Curls, although fluffy and bouncy, can achieve a fierce and smokin' finish. Nathalie Halcro's hairstyle during the amfAR GenerationCure Solstice 2018 is one good example.

Curls, although fluffy and bouncy, can achieve a fierce and smokin’ finish. Nathalie Halcro’s hairstyle during the amfAR GenerationCure Solstice 2018 is one good example.

Mini Pompadour

Lana Condor achieved a high-fashion yet relatable look at the Art of Elysium annual celebration last January 2019. Her simple bob is incorporated with a mini pompadour just to spice it up a bit.

Lana Condor achieved a high-fashion yet relatable look at the Art of Elysium annual celebration last January 2019. Her simple bob is incorporated with a mini pompadour just to spice it up a bit.

Curtain Bangs and a Ponytail

We are used to Zooey Deschanel having blunt bangs with her loose, thick hair all over. The 2012 Billboard Awards must be really special since she attended with her medium-length hair tied into a low ponytail. Her curtain bangs made this whole look softer and more feminine.

We are used to Zooey Deschanel having blunt bangs with her loose, thick hair all over. The 2012 Billboard Awards must be really special since she attended with her medium-length hair tied into a low ponytail. Her curtain bangs made this whole look softer and more feminine.

Facts About Black Hair

Black hair gets its raven black look because the strands are made of incredibly large amounts of a chemical called eumelanin, which also makes the hair strands less dense in comparison with other colors of hair. However, other shades of hair, such as incredibly blackish-black, may often be mistaken for true and natural black hair, especially because black hair can be found in almost every part of the world.

Geneticists believe that black hair is the first, the original hair color of the human race, and as such it can be found in almost every continent today. It is especially common in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern and Southern Europe, such as Spain and Portugal.

However, black hair along with some other aspects of dark coloring can be found in more surprising places, such as Ireland, where individuals are called the “Black Irish”, but the hair color get more and more common as you travel East across the continent.

The Best Coloring for Black Hair

Black hair can come genetically with a range of naturally coloring, from pale luminescent skin to a glowing dark skin tone. Individuals born with black hair may also be born with either dark, almost black colored eyes or light gray or sky blue eyes.

However, that doesn’t mean anyone can’t turn their own hair black with a little hair dye and time. In fact, as of 2015, as many as 75% of women dyed their hair, a process that is much more normalized since the 1950’s, when only 7% of women dyed their hair.

And yet, the strict and dramatic shade of black means that the color isn’t meant for just anyone. This rich color is guaranteed to make your facial features sharper and your overall face shape thinner, so be sure these are aspects you are hoping to enhance before you choose to dye.

Black Women’s Hairstyles Stands Out in Lighting

All hair reflects light naturally, so it shouldn’t’ be surprising that black hair also finds a way to reflect light, even though the shade may typically be thought of as matte or dark enough to suck in the light around it. In fact, due to the unique shade of black, it usually reflects in beautiful shades of blue, such as the iridescence found on the wing of an equally black raven.

For black women’s hairstyles, whether it is worn curly and short or straight and long, or any combination in between, this color is often suited most to women with independent and determined personalities.


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