25 Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Have you ever heard the saying “once a woman cuts her hair she’s ready for change”? We want to inspire you to spark a change in your look, with a fresh new bob hairstyle. An impressively versatile haircut, bobs come in a variety of lengths and textures, from sleek and chin length to long and wavy, the possibilities are countless. Although many women are afraid to wear their hair shorter, there’s a bob hairstyle that’s flattering for every face shape and hair texture. To help convince you to make a hair change, we’ve compiled a list of 25 bob hairstyles that range from classic and sophisticated to trendy and edgy.
1Chic Fringe bob with bangs
Keri Hilson’s chic bob features a heavy fringe and textured ends all over. The bold blonde color is full of honey lowlights, and the added detail of a longer piece of hair at the back of the head. Whether you wear this hairstyle with a cocktail dress or casual with jeans and a tee, this bold blonde style is an attention grabber.
2Long Bob With Deep Side Part
If you’re looking for a dramatic bob haircut that isn’t too short, let Taraji P Henson’s fierce style inspire you to bring out your suave alter ego. This long A-Line bob can sharpen your features and has a slimming effect for women with round or oval face shapes.
3Rocker Chic Bob
The reigning queen of edgy style, Rihanna’s rocker chic bob from the Umbrella era inspired many women to get this shorter style for themselves. With shorter hair in the back that lands just at the bottom of the hairline, and longer hair in front that’s longer on one side, this edgy style has tons of interest even in a single color tone.
Tia Mowry’s blunt bob and bangs is a haircut full of bold choices, and can help balance out a heart-shaped face or larger forehead.
5The Executive Bob
Legendary rapper Eve’s executive style bob is given a dose of glamour with dimensional honey blonde color. With more layers than a classic bob, this short look is worn pushed behind one ear, while side swept bangs make Eve’s cat eyes look even more seductive.
6Natural Curly Bob
Whether she’s wearing her hair natural or with extensions, singer Marsha Ambrosius is known for wearing her hair curly. This ultra textured bob style adds softness and romance to any outfit, and you can pair it with your favorite headband or hair wrap for an extra boho look.
7Pin Curl Bob
Another bob with tons of curls, Ashanti’s look features big curls that can be created with pin curls or jumbo rollers. The mostly black hairstyle gets a pop of color thanks to some peekaboo highlights in a honey shade, for an overall look that’s retro glam, especially when paired with a demure outfit and vintage style accessories.
8Chic and Sleek
This short bob is a chameleon type hairstyle that can look boyish or feminine depending on your outfit and accessories. To keep it looking girly, style it sleek and straight with plenty of hair serum that will protect from heat damage and add loads of shine.
9’90s Bob Style
Mary J Blige is known for her fierce blonde hair, and this bob in particular has a heavy 1990s vibe with the stacked shape in the back and feathered layering against the face. The shape of this particular cut is helpful for diminishing the long appearance of oblong faces. To embrace the throwback feel of this style, style with gold door knocker earrings and a cropped halter top.
Beyonce created a lot of buzz when she wore her hair in a wavy bob. This show night styling has a wet look that you can copy by adding curl defining mousse to damp hair, and finishing with a shine defining pomade that adds a shiny finish, but won’t flake or leave hair feeling crunchy.
Tatyana Ali’s very asymmetrical bob is several inches longer on one side, but is sleek and straight all around. Instead of cutting heavy layers into the hair, the ends are texturized to create lightness and the ends without losing any length.
12Long Layered Bob
This long layered bob is a young, fun look for women who aren’t interested in bob styles that are too edgy or sleek. For women who are attached to the idea of being able to put their hair in a ponytail on busy days or in an updo for a special occasion, this bob is the perfect mid length hairstyle.
13Square Blunt Bob
Simple but bold, this square shaped blunt bob is a great choice for making your hair look thicker, but can be a severe looking style if you’ve already got a very angular face. Try adding some soft layers if you like this general cut but don’t want to commit to the strong square silhouette.
14Short & Edgy
Bria Murphy’s super edgy bob features tons of razor cut layers and short bangs that frame the face and put lots of attention on the eyes. A slightly asymmetrical haircut, the shorter side is shaped around the ear, while a deep side part sweeps hair across the head and the longer side sits closer to jaw length.
15Long Bob With Soft Wave
If you’re not ready for a dramatic cut, try this chic long bob that singer Ciara wore through most of 2014. Soft face framing waves give this style more body, while the blonde color gives it warmth and dimension. For busy women, this long bob allows you to continue wearing your hair in a ponytail or bun when you’re short on styling time.
16Wide Banged Bob
Nicki Minaj is known for her variety of hairstyles ranging from bold to outrageous, including this vibrant blonde bob with wide set, curled under bangs. If you’re looking to get even more rebellious in your look, try this style with dip dyed ends in pink or purple.
If you’re daring enough to go red, try this fierce blue red bob that’s both dramatic and classy. The exposed black roots make this color wearable for women with olive or earth toned skin, while the haircut is a fairly classic A-Line bob with a few longer pieces on either side of the face.
18A Pop of Purple
A hugely popular color in past year, purple hair can spice up any style, and works with everything from edgy rocker looks to ethereal hippie styles. This vibrant purple bob features ombre color that’s black at the roots and transitions from lavender to a very pale lilac at the ends.
If you’ve been keeping up with hair color trends, you know that grey is the new black. Social media sites like Instagram are overflowing with women showing off their prematurely grey style like on this extremely asymmetrical bob. Chin length on one side and past the shoulders on the other, this bold cut and color combination are worn with statement gold jewelry for an in-your-face style.
20Edgy Barbie Bob
One of Nicki Minaj’s most colorful looks, this steeply angled bob in bubblegum pink looks like what Barbie would wear if she got a super edgy makeover. To wear a hairstyle this bold, the rest of your style needs to be carefully considered. Try a sleek black outfit and matching pink lips for a night out, or neutral colored white tee and fitted dark denim for more casual affairs.
If you love pink hair in a less bold style than Nicki Minaj, try Rita Ora’s pastel pink bob. The color is much more subdued, and long bob haircut is a softer, more classic shape.
Dreadlocks don’t disqualify you from wearing a bob! Get in on the ’90s trend by following Lauryn Hill’s with this boho-chic twisted bob. If you don’t have dreads, consider using a crochet braid style to install faux locs temporarily.
Curls never go out of style. This untamed, curly style has red and auburn undertones that compliment golden skin and green eyes, and are a more subtle color choice for women who don’t want to wear a vibrant, fast fading red.
24Big Layered Bob
Jennifer Hudson’s big bob with flipped out ends has tons of retro feel. To complete the time travelling look, pair with big earrings and a high necked, short hemmed dress. If you’re looking to modernize this cut, wear it with distressed boyfriend jeans and a pair of ankle booties.
25Romantic Long Bob
If bold edgy styles aren’t for you, take some inspiration from the always soft and graceful Zoe Saldana. These soft curls that begin mid length are perfect for heart-shaped faces, while the length of this cut is great for both fine and thicker haired women.