Beauty: Styles For Hair With Shaved Sides

We all go through that phase where we have this strong urge to shave off portions of our hair. At that stage, only a brave few actually go on to the next stage where the actual shaving takes place. Cheers to us! Us because I have once been a side-baldie and gawd did I love it! It was so exciting, I had a million and one styles to try out. Alas, after a while I ran out of ideas on what to do with my hair. This post is in response to an email request sent in by Bianca Brown on how to style her shaved sides. Bianca writes:

Helloo, my name is Bianca Brown and i have shaved sides with synthetic braids as the mohawk but i was wondering are there any other styles i can do besides accessorize and be stylish by dressing my braids with a hand scarf???

Some of the tips may sound like what you’ve tried already, but sometimes a visual of what others are doing and HOW they are doing it can make all the difference. Here we go.

1. Spunk it Up

Add some attitude to your hairstyle. You know you’ve got some spunk in you. That’s how you got to shave off your hair in the first place. Try different mohawks and frohawks. There are unlimited possibilities with this one. Veronica from Pretty Girl Rock styles her ‘fro in numerous ways.



Veronica uses rollers to style up her hair here.


Carving out designs on the shaved side is a great way to make your hair stand out.



2. Use Extensions

If the unshaved parts of your hair are really short you can still pull off long hairstyles by adding extensions. Rihanna is known for constantly alternating between short and long locks while sporting her shaved sides.

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A great way to make your even more fun and edgy is to add some colour to it or to the extensions. Sophy Aiida knows what I’m talking about. She knows just how to style her shaved sides.

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3. Play with Accessories

A shorter hairstyle is a chance to experiment with accessories such as hats, scarves and hair pins. 

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4.Be Creative

Think back to your childhood. Think of those knotted styles that our parents use to make us wear when we young. Those vintage styles are so in now. Give them a go. 

Loving this whimsical by Zizzi from Zizzi’s Wardrobe.
Teff The Don styles it up with Bantu knots


5. Braid ‘Em Up!

Braiding your ‘frohawk is the in thing these days. Sometimes, I want to shave off my sides just so I can try the box braids. Way too cool for school. For the best braids on a shaved head ideas, visit Zizzi’s Secret Wardrobe and Teff The Don’s blog. The longer the braids, the better.

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The good thing about braids is, they are very versatile. You can tie them in a million different ways. Not really a million, but you get my drift.

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6.Try a Bun

A lot of people worry about looking professional or maintaining their class and elegance when going for shorter hairstyles. This should not be a problem. A simple way to transform your shaved hairstyle into a classy look suitable for evenings is to try a sleek bun. 

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Straightening out your hair into a fringe will complement your shave sides.


Meagan Good sports a sleek side fringe

I KNOW I haven’t exhausted all the different ways to style shaved sides hairstyles. There must be more the list than these. Please share your ideas with us. Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you have any more requests, email me at

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  • Tia & TJ
    January 4, 2013


  • yagirldy
    March 24, 2013

    love it! def found some new ideas!! =) just have to figure of what to do when I’m ready to grow it back. how was your experience? ..let me to search your of to see if you discussed it already. =)

  • yagirldy
    March 24, 2013

    love it! def found some new ideas!! =) just have to figure of what to do when I’m ready to grow it back. how was your experience? ..let me go search your blog to see if you discussed it already. =)

    • beulah333
      October 15, 2015

      Yes, that is exactly what I was looking for too: the process of growing the sides back and what to do abt styling it.

  • Allura Luna
    March 26, 2013

    Hey awesome post!! I have a shaved undercut and I’m looking for a way to add straight hair extensions on the rest of my head without any hair left out. (Similar to the rihanna look) Do you have any suggestions on how to do this?

    Peace and Love

  • A'Kiyia Glenn-Kelly
    April 24, 2013

    nice post!

  • Sha Hill
    May 17, 2013

    Thank You So Much for this Blog …
    I found two styles that I adore Greatly ❤

  • theflufffreejournal
    August 6, 2013

    I’m so thankful I found this site. I recently noticed that I’ve lost a pretty sizeable section of hair in the back of my head (which seems to be spreading) so after freaking out and attempting to hold on with a comb over, I’m coming to grips with having to shave it and let go. I just didn’t know what that would look like until your page…and that is making it easier cause these sistas are werking that shave.

    • MsAidyl
      August 6, 2013

      hats off to you for doing what you did. it’s hard to come to that decision for most girls especially when it involves losing hair. you are brave, am glad these girls inspired you. i have a friend with the same issue. she found a huge hairless patch on her head and went to the doctor immediately. The results were not as frightful as we’d imagined, thank God, but she did a full on Amber Rose-type buzz cut and is loving it! Don’t forget to get it checked as well.Most of all, Rock that side shave !!!! 🙂 x

  • Bloomy
    October 19, 2013

    I have a question though…I have just decided to shave mine like 4th pic. I would say my hair is the same texture..When the shave portion starts to grow back what tips do you have for me. Mind you I have never done this before.

  • Afrodanegirl
    December 13, 2013

    i have shaved sides too, i really like them, but here in Denmark they don’t know how to cut black person hair so it a little bit difficult for me have it shaved the way i want it. but this post help me a lot, thanks and pls checkout my blog.

  • manyiayuketah
    March 14, 2014

    hmm… so nice and… tempting! lol!!!!!

  • Breanna Williams
    March 15, 2014

    Love this post. This is where I got my idea from after I shaved my hair. Amazing

  • Rose Wilkerson
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you do much for providing a post on these different hairstyles with the sides shaved. I’m looking to shave one side of my head and wasn’t sure about how I could style it. This post was a tremendous help.

  • krissy
    February 27, 2015

    These pics are great. I am trying the block braids one , so many great dtyles to wear ! Thank you so much

  • Ullika Pankratz
    January 20, 2017

    great hairstyle, i’ll trying one of bun thank you…

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