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.
Megan Fox channeling her subtle edginess with this medium-length, wavy hairstyle tousled a little for extra texture.
Loose and Edgy Hairstyle
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.
Loose Tousled Waves
The supermodel walked the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016, in Paris, France. She had a bright and sunny smile to pair with her long black side-parted wavy hairstyle.
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.
Sleek and Straight
Nicki Minaj sporting a simple yet classy look with her long, straight hair with a sleek and polished finish.
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.
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.
Simply Short and Sassy
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.
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.
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.
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
Cute Bob for Black Hair
Gabrielle Union’s short, black hair in a simple bob paired with light makeup and neutral colors.
Tracee Ellis Ross looking carefree with her thick curls flaunted beautifully with the help of hair products for easy maintenance.
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.
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 a dark and smokey eye makeup.
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.
Fancy Blunt Bangs
Zooey Deschanel’s wavy hair with thick, blunt bangs embellished with a pearl headband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slick Half-Up Style
The beautiful actress Freida Pinto attended the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California wearing a bright blue dress with a slick half-up straight black hair on her shoulder.
Slick and Straight
The talented actress was looking fresh with her long, straight raven tresses tucked behind her ears during the CinemaCon 2017-STX Films “The State of the Industry: Past, Present, and Future” Presentation last March 28, 2017.
Layered with Highlights
Cameron Diaz sported a black straight hairstyle with subtle highlights at the William Rast Spring 2007 “Street Sexy” Fashion Show in Los Angeles, CA.
The Hollywood star sported a raven medium-length layered straight hair with one side adorned with a pin that matches well with her lovely dress at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013.
Spiky Black with Bangs
Kelly Osbourne in her teenage days with a rebellious vibe, street-style fashion and a black hairstyle with bangs. Photo was taken on May 31, 2002.
Katy Perry overflowed with posh and class in this beaded gown along with her vintage raven curls during the Clive Davis 2013 Pre-GRAMMY Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2013.
Selena Gomez paired her lovely black dress with a thick raven hair styled with waves and a slight tousle at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, CA.
On May 18, 2012, Kim Kardashian attended the Quick Trim launch event at the Renaissance St.Pancras, London showing off her shiny black straight locks with a middle parting.
Tousled Short and Curly
Halle Berry wore an elegant purple Badgley Mischka dress with her short black curly hairstyle at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 2001.
Actress Halle Berry wore a classy black dress to match her sexy side-swept pixie hairstyle with spikes at the 2009 Spike TV Guys Choice Awards at Sony Studios on May 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Side-Swept Curly Pixie
Rihanna wore a simple yet lovely dress with her elegant raven pixie hairstyle with curls at the top perfectly tousled at the 2008 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Straight Jet-Black Hair
Angelina Jolie was beaming with pride in her Academy Award win for her movie GIRL INTERRUPTED way back in March of 2000. She was wearing an all-black outfit to go with her straight and loose long hairstyle that is jet black.
Long Straight Raven Hair
Vanessa Hudgens attended the premiere of “The Dead Don’t Die” at the Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019, in New York City. She came wearing a simple yet lovely black outfit that matches well with her elegant straight raven hair loose on her back.
Neat Bun and Blunt Bangs
Actress Jessica Alba was quite stunning with her gorgeous earrings, red lips and elegant bun hairstyle with blunt bangs when she attended the Campari Calendar launch at La Permanente on December 2, 2008, in Milan, Italy.
Subtle Waves and Wispy Bangs
Michelle Rodriguez looks sophisticated in a white dress that’s contrasted with her jet black waves and wispy bangs at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala on November 1, 2014.
Mel B looks stunning in a silky nude dress that she paired with a glam updo at the NBC Universal’s Winter 2010 Press Tour cocktail party on January 10, 2010.
Rachel Weisz arrives for the ‘Disobedience’ premiere during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2018. She styled her shoulder-length hair with subtle waves and a deep side parting.
Classy Neat Updo
Penelope Cruz pulled back her jet black hair into a neat updo during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019.
Slicked Back Raven
Gal Gadot was at the world premiere of her new movie “Fast & Furious” at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood on March 12, 2009. She came in a stunning purple strapless dress paired with a slicked-back raven hairstyle.
Keira Knightley was at the Premiere of Silk at the 32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, Elgin Theatre VISA Screening Room, Toronto on September 11, 2007. She came in a detailed white dress that she paired with her messy low bun hairstyle with a center part.
Victoria Justice was at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie “Fun Size” at the Paramount Theatre, Hollywood on October 25, 2012. She was stunning in her yellow dress and medium-length straight raven hairstyle with layers.
Raven Layered Bob
On March 12, 2016, actress Sarah Hyland was at the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum in Los Angeles. She wore a jacket on her casual attire and paired it with a raven shoulder-length bob hairstyle with layers and waves.
Upstyle with Loose Tendrils
Lily James attended the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2013 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on February 10, 2013. She paired her stunning black sheer dress with a raven high bun hairstyle that has loose tendrils.
Slicked Back Bun
Actress Rose Byrne was at the world premiere of her movie Wicker Park on August 31, 2004, in Hollywood. She was seen wearing a green strapless dress with her raven bun hairstyle with a slick finish.
Jet Black Bob with Blunt Bangs
Christina Ricci attended the ‘Bel Ami’ Photocall during the 62nd Berlinale on February 17, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. She paired her semi-formal blue dress with a straight raven hairstyle that has blunt bangs.
Braided Bun Upstyle
On May 22, 2014, Milla Jovovich was at the 21st annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the Hotel du Cap d’Antibes. She was stunning in her ruffled dress, dark lips, and slicked back raven bun hairstyle.
Center-Parted Thick Waves
On May 29, 2019, Shailene Woodley wore a dress by Dior Couture when she attended the HBO Big Little Lies Season 2 Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York. She paired this with a long, tousled, layered, and highlighted loose hairstyle with subtle highlights and curls at the tips.
On March 1, 2014, Aubrey Plaza attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on the beach in Santa Monica, CA. She was stunning in a black dress that went well with her chin-length raven hairstyle that has long side-swept bangs.
Jennifer Hudson attended the People’s Choice Awards 2014 at Nokia Theater at LA Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. She was seen wearing a white dress with her slick side-parted raven pixie hairstyle that has a pompadour finish.
Loose Half Upstyle
Emma Roberts was at the Grand Opening Chanel New Concept Boutique, Chanel Boutique on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA on May 29, 2008. She wore a colorful sundress with her long and loose tousled dark layers.
Straight Raven with Blunt Bangs
Zooey Deschanel was at the 69th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012. She wore a green sequined dress with her tousled raven hairstyle that has layers, bangs and a tousle.
Silky Straight Raven
Jennifer Connelly attended the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on February 5, 2019. She paired her detailed dress with a long and silky straight raven hairstyle parted in the middle.
On January 13, 2019, Maggie Gyllenhaal attended the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica. She paired her metallic dress with a slick side-parted pixie hairstyle with a slight pompadour finish.
She looked elegant in this loose straight style – a simple but sultry beauty look she wore at the Lupus LA Orange Ball on June 6, 2015.
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.