Bobs are big news on the hair scene and why shouldn’t they be? They offer amazing looks as well as versatility and are suitable for almost anyone. Today we focus on bob hairstyles for black women and as you will see the range of possible choices is huge – from weaves to extensions, even natural hair – there’s something for everyone. Choose your hair length either on or off the shoulder and don’t forget to add some color, waves, and curls!
# 1 Bronze Melt Bob
This A-line bob dips forward in the front with shorter hair at the back, which works well to highlight her gorgeous cheekbones. The hair has been given a cheeky black and copper ombre and styled with a deep side parting. A-line bobs look even better if you can pull off sleek straight hair like this.
If you are lucky enough to have an enviable heart-shaped face show it off as best you can by choosing a hairstyle that frames it. This bob has been cut at cheek level all around which draws attention to her face. Pretty symmetrical hairstyles like these are best worn with a tidy center parting.
# 3 Silver Fox
This modern bob shape provides the hairstyle with plenty of volume as it tapers to an edge on the sides. It’s short at the back, making it quite an easy style to wear and maintain and the choice of a black and silver ombre is the perfect compliment.
# 4 Shiny Locks
Notice how the sheen from this black bob really accentuates the smooth cocoa shades in her skin? Make sure you always ask your stylist to recommend the best products to keep your hair shiny. Then you too can also simmer in a sleek folded in hairstyle like this one.
# 5 Cheeky Cuts
Dark to light ombres over short hairstyles need the right mix of colors and she’s achieved it. Her locks have been snipped into a layered bob with snappy edges to give it a cheeky look. We love the black to ice platinum color – so dynamic!
# 6 Floating Side Waves
In this picture, an A-line bob with a wedged portion at the back has been jazzed up by layering the sides and styling the hair into relaxed waves. This lifts the hairstyle up and plays on the creamy brown color. Styles like this are easy to fashion into evening looks or for any special occasion.
# 7 Comb On Over
For this hairstyle, the locks are sleek, straight, and open with a high side parting. The hair on the one side opens up her face while the brushed over hair on the other side curls in, cradling her face. The longest sections sit gently on her collarbones and a dark brown and sunset orange palette has been used to add glimmering color.
# 8 Up And Over
This slinky bob has been skillfully cut so that it dips over the shoulders, with longer sections in the front and back. The hair has been ironed into a glimmering curtain which gently curls forward right along the edges. Try this hairstyle with a warm nut brown color as she has and finish it off with a center parting.
# 9 Weaving Magic
Weaves are a great way for black women to quickly change their styles – and which girl can say no to that? In this weave, the hair is all styled back and apart from a small flat section in front it is covered by defined S-shaped curls. The shape allows for more volume over the front and tapers shorter at the back.
# 10 Red Dip
This mane is sure to attract attention wherever she goes and not just because of the berry red splash along the edges. It’s also the style that is very flattering; a steep A-line bob which falls forward and a neat rounded shape at the neck. Black plus red plus bob equals an amazing look!
# 11 Edgy Ombre Cut
If you want intense volume, try a rounded parting and use a fine comb to style the hair slightly forward. This bob has very blunt edges and has been colored with a deep brown and caramel ombre. The straight lines of the ombre also play on the shape of the edges.
# 12 Deep Parting And Side Curl
Who knew that hair extensions could look this good? Treat yourself a gorgeous hairstyle like this sleek bob that has a deep parting with voluminous curls on the one side and curled neatly in on the other. This is an inviting look great for evenings out!
# 13 Volume Waves
Side partings are an excellent option when you want a look that is full of volume. To compliment add layers to your bob cut like she has so that that sections can cascade down on top of one another. To finish just give it a few wavy curled edges.
# 14 Full Fringe
In this hairstyle, the fringe is created by a long cantered parting, which flips the hair forward and onto the face while the sides sit neatly off the shoulders. She could wear it with some pins or clips to keep it tidy and out of the way.
# 15 Black And Blonde Chunky Bob
Don’t be afraid to mix bold contrasting colors like black and blonde – try a short bob like this and add some waves to mix the colors and help them blend together. Keep it simple with some layers along the side and a neat center parting for balance.
# 16 Stylish Wavy Bob
Defined waves and curls are perfect for shorter styles and this hairstyle is a great example. This wavy bob tapers into a wedge cut at the back and is styled from the crown down into curls. Hairstyles like this are easy to dress up and also perfect for easy laid back looks.
# 17 Pin-Up Curls
Pin up curls are oh so stylish and combining them with soft wavy curls? Stunning! In this picture, the dense curls float at the back while she has loose S-waves on the one side. The hair sweeps over the face, displaying a pretty black and caramel palette.
# 18 Layered Curls
Wedge cuts are easy to manage and wear especially when curls are added like this. A-line shaped bob hairstyles for black women are also flattering to almost any shape face so they are versatile as well. The hair has been defined with a short, sharp parting and the locks are layered around the face.
# 19 Asymmetrical Bob
If you are interested in an asymmetrical haircut like this one try and keep the lines straight along the edges to keep it neat. In this hairstyle, the hair on the left dips down to the collarbone while the right side is at chin level. To finish the hair was ironed straight and given a high, slightly cantered parting.
# 20 Big Curls
Just because your hair is short don’t be afraid to break out those big curlers! These thick, trailing curls look amazing with an A-line bob like this. Should you want to copy her style, don’t forget to include a sexy flip over to give it even more volume!
# 21 Tight Curly Bob Hairstyle for Black Women
You would be forgiven for thinking that these curls must be natural, but this look can be achieved using small, long rollers like those used for spiral perms. The locks have been feathered into shorter layers to round off the look and frame the face. Be sure to use the right products to keep your bob looking its best.
# 22 Romantic Bob Cut
To create this romantic feel bob the hair has been cut into an inverted bob that sits in a high wedge at the back and about chin length in front. To style, curls have been added to the upper layer of hair all along the edges. These flyaway curls add a soft feminine feel to this trendy style.
# 23 Gleam Queen
For a bold look that is really unique, dare to shave those sides! When you do then you can also rock hairstyles like this. Here the hair has been shaved into a high undercut on the one side and the rest of the hair has been left at a medium length. This hair has been sleeked back and set in an edgy coif.
# 24 Voluminous Locks
This voluminous shoulder-length bob has layers on the side and has been styled to have curvy edges. This look is usually best achieved with a wide brush and blow drying. She is wearing it with a deep side parting which brings the hair forward, brushing against the face.
# 25 Elegant Layered Bob
These pictures allow us to see the all the elements of this elegant cascading do. The layered feathering on the side adds movement and energy to this punchy do. She’s added a flipped over fringe and a deep side parting to give it structure. Longer shoulder bob hairstyles for black women like this one are well suited to ladies who want long hair but need a style that can be maintained easily.
# 26 High Precision Cut
Defined lines are all the rage right now – from asymmetrical haircuts to this – a unique angular bob. With sew-in hair extensions you can quickly get a different hairstyle and let yourself try more unusual styles. Here the back section is cut in a steep wedge which angles sharply to the front where layers have been cut to bring the hair in around the face.
# 27 Chin Length Perfection
Here is proof that you don’t need long locks to pull off an evening do. In this picture, we see a chin length blunt cut, which has been brushed forward and across from the temples, providing a silky texture and volume to her look.
# 28 Polished Gem
If you are a professional lady looking for polished style look no further than this. Here a sleek bob curves in neatly around the edges and has been styled with a simple parting. Add a smart suit and you’ll be turning heads in your office in no time!
# 29 Mirror Black
Not all hues of black are created equal – for a romantic feel choose a deep blue-black for your next look; we love the dazzling sheen on this one! In this style, we once again see the forward and across sweep of hair, which pulls in over the face and allows for plenty of easy movement.
# 30 Afro Curls
If you are struggling to decide whether you want an Afro or curls get inspired by this bob look that combines both. Use large rollers to copy this style and get bouncy Hollywood style curls. Use a teasing comb on the roots to give it that bounce!
# 31 Feathery Colors
This interesting color extension looks like it was inspired by exotic bird feathers, doesn’t it? In this sharp wedge cut bob, bright colors break out just above the nape of the neck and surprise in sunset shades of orange and red with a white base. This color is made even more dynamic by the sleek tapered cut and the black base color.
# 32 Show Hair
Creating the perfect bob hairstyle could be easier than you think! If you want a bob but need a style that is off the neck at the back you could ask your stylist to try this one – the back is neatly layered with a blunt cutting technique and the sides of the bob gradually become longer.
# 33 White Braided Bob
In this look the hair was first styled in chunky box braids that extend to form a bob shape, sitting just above the collarbone. They have been colored an eye-catching silver-white color and styled with a side parting. If you want a short cut, but need a get-up and go style you could give box braids a try!
# 34 Distinct Layers
To create this exciting hairstyle the hair has been cut into distinct layers at the back, leaving the nape of the neck open. The hair flairs longer to the sides in the A-line fashion and a curtain style section just below the crown delivers plenty of movement.
# 35 Round Bob
Bob hairstyles for black women cut in superbly rounded shapes like this are so flattering; especially when the hair shines like you see here. Feathered cutting all around guarantees a style that doesn’t feel heavy, but still has the volume you need. Adding burgundy streaks over the inky black base adds interest and helps highlight the sleek layers of the sew-in.
# 36 Incredibly Sleek Cut
In this hairstyle, the longest sections of hair gently brush the collarbones and the locks become shorter as the hair lifts in a steep line up to the neck. She has chosen a slick ironed look as the finish and styled with a simple side part. She’s pulling off a loose, polished look with no hair out of place.
# 37 Summer Fun Curls
When the hot weather rolls around you’ll want a bright and energetic hairstyle and this one is perfect. Start with a chunky bob cut that is well-layered in front and style into bouncy skinny curls. Leave the dark colors for winter and try copper tips instead. Lastly, get busy teasing under those curls to create volume.
# 38 Quick Curl
Quick weaves mean you are ready to show off your new look in no time at all. We’re sure she can’t wait to enjoy her new shoulder length bob hairdo! In this look, the ringlets spring up and over to gently cover the head with a deep side parting along the side.
# 39 Box Braid Bob
Box braids like the ones in this picture are a fun option for the girl who wants a sleek bob but doesn’t want dead straight locks. The hair has been parted with a neat slightly off-center parting and box braids have been added to fall uniformly to the shoulder. As a finish, the braids have been colored a pretty maroon shade.
# 40 Inverted Ice Blonde Bob
As this model demonstrates darker skin tones can look outrageously good with lighter colors so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try a defined look like this one with a long straight fringe that rests on the brows and a cascading inverted cut. For the color, she has chosen a bold ice platinum blonde.
# 41 Golden Orb
Here, a rounded bob style is made even more flattering by the long brushed over fringe that gently feathers up at the edges. The hair seems to have been parted outwards from the crown adding to a curved shape of the style. For coloring, she has chosen medium browns with a spray of golden blonde on the edges.
# 42 Shimmer Bob
In this style, the hair is cut into an inverted bob with a few differences. At the front, a much shorter layer has been cut that beautifully frames the face and the ends are snipped with scissor cuts to create chunky texture. The mirror shine finish pulls the eye over the length of the hair – very clever!
# 43 Deep Side Parting
Bob cuts look charming with center parting, but can end up looking flat. To counter this try a deep side parting like this model and wear the bulk of the volume on one side. This style is slightly tapered at the neck and has been colored in a pretty blushing red hue.
# 44 Short Vintage Curls
This style is inspired by the popular pin up curl look of the 1950’s. A short off the shoulder bob has been set in big wavy curls all along the edges and given nut brown highlights to draw the eye to them. The base color is a matte black and a short parting helps define the style.
# 45 Fine Focal Point
Create a focal point for your bob by having a longer section of hair peek out of the side like this one. This plays on the texture of the brushed back layers and draws the eye down. The bulk of the hair sits just above the shoulders and shines in a charcoal black color.
# 46 Green Highlight Braids
In this picture, the hair has been styled into thick braids that extend down to just above the shoulders. Some of the braids have been colored an eclectic lime green; this is a fun way to jazz a braided bob up even more. Thick braids work well for bobs but you can pull it off with thinner braids as well.
# 47 Wow Waves
In this picture, her hair has been separated by a high side parting and snipped just off the shoulders. Texture has been provided by styling the hair into defined waves which cascade down on one side and rise up and over on the other, gently brushing her face.
# 48 Smooth Cappuccino Curls
This picture shows an inverted bob that has been curled into loose S-waves all along the edges, with a short parting to give it definition. The hair is colored black until just past the crown where a smooth cappuccino shade takes over. Half head curls like this are a modern look that is romantic and also practical.
# 49 Perfect Straight Locks
Here we see a bob cut that has been styled with a long off-center parting and sleek straight locks. The hair tapers longer from front to the back with a defined step along the side. The edges are blunt cut but slightly feathered to soften the look. This kind of long bob is great for giving length to round shaped faces.
# 50 Caramel Splashes
This inverted bob curves in at the back and is styled to blend together from both sides while the bottom locks are tightly wedge cut. The bulk of the length here falls toward the front and soft caramel highlights have been added.
# 51 Kerry’s Cute Curls
Kerry Washington shows us that relaxed curly bob styles are good enough for the red carpet! This style showcases soft S-waves that have plenty of bounce and shine and a sexy brushed over fringe that sweeps across the forehead. We love the wispy feel of this easy hairstyle created by the flyaway strands and gentle contours.
# 52 Long Ombre Bob
The long bob is a versatile hairstyle that can be dressed up or worn in a fun casual way, depending on your needs. Here Ciara has dressed up her locks for an evening event by styling with soft waves. This look can be achieved quite easily using a large round brush and blow dryer. The coloring is gorgeous; a dark creamy brown to blonde ombre.
# 53 Short Radiant Bob
Dare to try something a little shorter without compromising on fashion just like this little number worn by Naomi Campbell. Her locks have been snipped into a choppy rounded bob that just reaches the cheekbones at its longest. The texture is feathered with the fringe reaching just past the eyebrows.
# 54 Gorgeous Gabrielle
Gabrielle Union is wearing a sleek off the shoulder bob that has been ironed into a shiny curtain with lots of movement. A side parting has allowed a sexy flip to be created in front and a few soft honey brown highlights have subtly been added in against the rosewood hued base color.
# 55 Blissfully Berry
Add dimension to your hairstyle by wearing a trendy long fringe like the one you see here on Halle Berry. This fringe helps balance out the voluminous feel of her loose curly locks that sit just above her shoulders. Palettes of soft caramels and dark toffee shades have been used to color her glorious mane.
# 56 Beyoncé Girly Waves
To copy this pretty girly style that Beyoncé is sporting ask your stylist to begin by giving your locks a layered bob cut that ends just below the chin. Then use small rollers to style your hair into long, loose ringlets and color with a brown to platinum blonde ombre. The finishing touch is a neat center parting.
# 57 Janet’s Jagged Bob
In this hairstyle, the long fringe has been brushed forward from the crown and curled in against the brows. The hair is cut in an A-line bob with sharp, jagged tips in front that tapers shorter towards the back. If you have well-defined features like Janet then this style is perfect as it draws attention to the face.
# 58 Multilevel Bob Cut
What takes this bob to the next level? Well, Rihanna of course! As always she pulls off singular styles like this multilayered cut with ease. The edges are angular and have been ironed sleekly straight, allowing the cut to be the focal point. A slightly cantered disconnected parting gives the style definition and there are soft strands that rest against her cheek.
# 59 Rock It In Racy Red
Layered bob hairstyles for black women not only provide movement but also make it easy to create volume with blow drying. In this picture, Rihanna is wearing an off the shoulder bob that has been given an all-over deep copper red color. The hair has an off-center parting and has been styled to have loose layers of waves on top.
# 60 Beach Waves A La Rihanna
Here we see Rihanna wearing beach waves in black – another gorgeous style that is easy to maintain; perfect for the girl on the go. These waves dip down to chin height and to balance the style out the stylist has added a soft open fringe.
The wonderful thing about most of the hairstyles you just saw is that a lot of them can be achieved with little effort. Even if you don’t have long hair you can opt for extensions or weaves to give you the length you desire in one afternoon – what could be better? That gives you the freedom to change between styles with little fuss and always look right on trend!
With so many options available it’s easy to see why everyone, including big Hollywood stars, are choosing bob hairstyles. We hope we have inspired enough with these pictures to try your own!