5 Short Afros That Will Inspire Your Next Chop

A big chop can be invigorating. Says model and stylist Jarae Holieway, buzzing her long curly hair created, "such a sense of empowerment. That thing that had been holding me down and felt like such a weight for so many years had been lifted."

But, make no mistake, they can also be intimidating as hell. In a sea of type 3 appreciation, buzzcuts and tighter styles tend to get lost in the shuffle. That's why we were so happy to see plenty of inspiration on the runways at New York Fashion Week... and on the streets, too. These short-haired beauties are inspiring our next fall cut. See how they're embracing their length, ahead.

Photographed by Cris Fragkou.
Buzzcuts put your face center-stage — and when you've got stunning features like this, that's a very good thing.
Photographed by Cris Fragkou.
4c coils don't need lots of manipulation. Here's proof that they're beautiful in their unaltered state.
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Cropped hair and barely-there makeup somehow make a huge impact.
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We can see her her halo (and poppin' orange-red lip).
Photographed by Cris Fragkou.
They say blondes have more fun, and her megawatt smile just might prove that theory.
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