12 Trendy Medium Hairstyles For Dark-Skinned Women

From bobs to braids, you can now make a fashion statement with these trendy hairstyles.

Reviewed by Casey SimmonsCasey Simmons, Curly Hair Expert
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Dark skin looks so beautiful. It highlights your facial features, like eye color, and has a natural glow. So, we have listed amazing hairstyles for dark skin to accentuate your face shape and hair type. From bobs, topknots, ponytails to braids, keep reading to find versatile hairstyles for people with dark skin.

Scroll down to learn how to achieve those styles.

Before You Get Started
  • All haircuts and styles can go with dark skin, provided they suit the face shape first.
  • For naturally kinky hair, keep chemical and heat styling minimum as natural curls are damage prone.
  • Your skin undertone is important when considering hair coloring options. If you have warm undertones, go for vibrant colors. For cool undertones, ashy shades are ideal.
  • Metallic hair accessories give a beautiful contrast against dark skin. Use gold, silver, and rose gold hair accessories to your advantage.

1. Asymmetrical Blunt Lob

Asymmetrical Blunt Lob1

Image: Shutterstock

Thandie Newton grabs everyone’s attention with this black asymmetrical blunt lob. She slays this razor-sharp ultra-chic cut with boldness and style This edgy hairstyle softens the cheekbones and complements her sultry makeup perfectly.

2. Sleek Low Ponytail

Sleek Low Ponytail1

Image: Shutterstock

This sexy diva is always on top of her hair game. We absolutely love how JLo effortlessly sports this slicked-back ponytail with grace and confidence. This versatile hairdo paired with a power suit or a plunging neckline gown will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.

3. Shaggy Bob

Image: Getty

Actress Halle Berry turned heads at the Golden Heart Awards with her gorgeous, shaggy, medium-length bob. We adore her mix of warm highlights and lowlights, and the subtle texture of her mid-length beachy waves. The American actress sports a soft middle partition with the extra volume that accentuates her facial features.

StyleCraze Says
Since Shaggy Bob needs to appear voluminous, spray some dry shampoo on your scalp or use a texturizing spray before styling your hair.

4. Side Braids

Image: Getty

Recording artist Vaja keeps it simple with her version of side braids on her shoulder-length hair. She sports a stylish hair pin that gives her hairdo a touch of bling, and we love how the rest of her hair is left open.

5. Topknot

Image: Getty

Actress Thandie Newton looks super sexy when she shows off her curls. Having said that, this curly hairstyle she rocked at the premiere of Good Deeds is chic and contemporary, and a perfect hairstyle for you to keep cool in summers. Make use of bobby pins, soft hair ties and hairspray to keep your hair secure without causing any breakage or damage.

StyleCraze Says
The temple area for this hairstyle needs to be clean. You may use a spoolie brush and hair gel to lay the edges for some extra oomph or just sweep the baby hair behind.

6. Low Side Bun

Image: Getty

The vivacious Jordin Sparks looks smoldering hot with her loose low side bun. Easy to recreate and good to look at, to achieve this messy look pull a few strands of your hair loose from your bun at the back. The singer contrasted her undone low-slung bun with minimal makeup and plump lips, the perfect accompaniment to her Oleg Cassini dress.

7. Pumped-Up Ponytail

Image: Getty

We love the way Kerry Washington has rocked her pumped up ponytail at The Details premiere in California. To achieve the actress’ hairstyle, flat iron your medium-length hair to achieve a super-smooth look. Next, tease the top section and gather your hair towards the crown into a very high ponytail; secure it with a bobby pin underneath. For an extra impact, amp up yours with a high-gloss serum after it’s dry—and go.

8. Voluminous Wavy Hair

Image: Getty

If you are one of the lucky ones with natural thick, wavy hair, then why not let them loose? And even if you don’t, take a clue from Queen B, who looks gorgeous swapping her natural curls for some show-stealing waves – and still looks utterly gorgeous.

Curly hair expert and owner of Royal Locks Curl Care, Casey Simmons says, “You don’t need a blow out or curling iron to achieve these gorgeous Hollywood gilded age waves. Using sock buns or heatless curlers will do the trick and avoid damage that can come from heat styling. However, remember it is essential you do not use these overnight on soaking wet hair as it can cause mold to grow on your scalp.”

9. Sleek Bun

Image: Getty

We want to mimic Zoe Saldana’s 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards hairstyle right about now. Pairing her sleek, tight bun with a dewy skin and that gold accessory, the actress looked absolutely breathtaking! A high-impact hairstyle with minimum effort – a win-win situation for us!

10. Braided Ponytail

Image: Getty

Songstress Alicia Keys rocks an attention-grabbing braided ponytail at the book release of Blue Moon. Started at the crown of the head, the style looked edgy paired with a deep side parting. With hair stylishly slicked back, the style draws attention to her eyes, while her face is left to glow!

11. Straight Bob

Image: Getty

At the Fox presentation in 2014, actress Jada Pinkett Smith sported a cool, face-framing bob that complemented her Alberta Ferretti dress. Blonde ombre doesn’t always compliment darker skin, but we think Mrs. Smith has pulled it off quite elegantly. Besides, the mom-of-two chose a perfect cut to go with the shade – straight bob.

12. Crown Braid

Image: Getty

Well, hello beautiful!

Actress Rosario Dawson attended the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival with a winning crown braid. She contrasted her braids with the sleek bun, glowing complexion and peachy lips. To achieve this flattering look, braid hair on the crown before flat-ironing the rest of the hair. Use a good hairspray to keep everything in place.

As stated earlier, dark skin naturally highlights facial features, and you can add more definition to them by choosing the right hairstyle. From shaggy bob and side braids to sleek bun and braided ponytail, the above-listed hairstyles for dark skin are simple yet stylish and trendy. Take a look at these hairstyles and pick the one that suits you best, depending on your face shape and hair type. If you are unsure which one to go with, you may try and take the help of a professional.

Was this article helpful?
The following two tabs change content below.