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Updated on December 14, 2022
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A haircut is a key component of our image, so it needs to be selected thoughtfully. Black bob hairstyles look fantastic and suit all face shapes, you only need to opt for the right length and finish. Adorable looks in this collection of images are created by top stylists. Let’s learn from them and draw inspiration.

Bob Variations

A classic bob suggests a single-length cut. Such a method adds “weight” and volume to hair, revealing its natural beauty and shine at fullest. Pay attention that bob haircuts make all imperfections and defects of hair structure, especially split hair ends, very noticeable.

Today there are plenty of techniques and various styles of bob haircuts for women. Short and medium-length bobs with bangs look luxurious on perfectly smooth and shiny hair. Depending on your style and type of face the contours of a bob haircut may be either graphically accurate or softened with light trimming at the ends. The most popular variations in 2023 also include a middle parting, edgy bottom contours and a feathered finish.


Certainly, sleek straight bobs are pretty impressive, however, chaotic waves and curls is another styling story that allows you to look different and never get bored with your bob. One interesting variation of bob styling we’d like to draw your attention to is when you flatiron your hair at the roots and weave it into showy curls at the ends.

Check out the ideas in pictures below to get inspired before your next head to the salon.

1. Classic Stacked Bob

A classic stacked bob hairstyle pairs incredibly well with dark hair and a darker skin tone. In addition, a shorter length and stacked back give this hair mind-blowing volume and movement, which results in an exceptionally chic hairstyle.

2. Sleek Bob with Middle Part

Consider a blunt bob if you love straight lines and neat appearance. Still, be ready that this style requires a bit more maintenance than most other types of bobs: regular trims and flat iron should become your mantra.

Sleek Blunt Black Bob with a Middle Parting

Instagram / @jhair_stylist

3. Jet Black Bob

This bob is sure to drive tons of attention. Sleek at the top but super voluminous at the ear level and below, it looks really classy and can add a distinctive diva vibe to your appearance. To keep your hair strands where they’re supposed to, stock up on appropriate styling products – to tame your hair at the top and let your loose curls go wild below.

Sleek to Messy Bob for Natural Hair

Instagram / @dommiecole

4. Light Brown Bob with Neon Pink Highlights

An unusual pigment can really revolutionize a woman’s image, as is exemplified by this chin-length cut with neon pink chunky highlights. Try adding loose waves all over the head to infuse even more whimsy into this style.

5. Caramel Bob

Among the hues of blonde African American women might find flattering, caramel is an undisputed winner. It beautifully matches darker skin tones and doesn’t create that overly striking contrast with the growing-out roots.

Caramel Blonde Hair Style for Black Women

Instagram / @jasblack

6. Statement Blonde Bob

Blunt bobs are a great choice for ladies with thin hair – shorter length means lighter tresses that lift at root and thus look more voluminous. For more dimension, consider a blonde shade paired with dark roots.

Platinum Blonde Short Bob with Dark Roots

Instagram / @kellybeestyles

7. Chin Length Bob with Curtain Bangs

If you’re looking for a cuter version of bob, get a one with curtain bangs. These babes beautifully frame the face, softening your look and injecting a vibe of femininity in your short cut.

Straightened Natural Hair Bob with Face Frame Layers

Instagram / @pinkdagger

8. Asymmetric Bob with Purple Highlights

An asymmetric bob with undercut is bold and edgy by default, but why not juice it up with a couple of bright splashes of color? For instance, you can follow the example of this girl who chose bright purple highlights to express her vibrant personality.

Black Woman with Light Brown Pixie Bob

Instagram / @kellybeestyles

9. Ombre Bob

If you want a blonde bob but find it difficult to choose a hue from the rich blonde palette, here’s a solution! You can combine several shades with the help of a bombshell ombre like this. Moreover, it can come with a bonus: ask your colorist to use a shade close to your natural hair color at root for a more manageable grow-out.

Blunt Bob with Dark Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @patricbradley

10. Long Bob with Blue Ombre

A longer bob is flattering for all face shapes and is a great choice for those who are nervous about going too short. Add in some unusual color like this silver to navy blue ombre to make sure you’ll have all eyes on your beautiful hair.

Silver to Navy Blue Ombre Bob with Dark Skin Tone

Instagram / @memmieyo

11. Messy Bob for Wavy Hair

If low maintenance is the main criterion for your upcoming bob cut, consider getting things messy. A messy bob doesn’t require spending much time in front of the mirror – a roller set and a hair spray will give your wavy hair a salon look in a matter of minutes.

Roller Set Wavy Long Bob with Dramatic High Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

12. Medium Bob with Curly Bangs

Curly bangs look really cute! If you’ve been hesitating about cutting bangs, this might be your time to give them a try. Apart from being currently in vogue, curly bangs serve a double duty drawing attention to your eyes and perfectly balancing elongated and heart-shaped faces.

13. Blonde Bob with Wispy Bangs

While almost any dye on women of color is a welcome and celebrated upgrade, blonde is definitely a statement choice. The look is divine, but remember that it suggests some profound bleaching and may tell on your hair’s health.

14. Bob Cut for Coily Hair

Bob hairstyles for black women don’t necessarily require straight tresses and a sophisticated coloring job. You are welcome to showcase your natural color and curl pattern with a bob like this one, going slightly below the chin and featuring a deep side part for a dramatic effect.

Bob on Natural Hair with Chocolate Brown Highlights

Instagram / @lamajbackwards

15. Feathered A-Line Bob

The stacked angled bob provides a fabulous slimming effect. The long side pieces cover the ears and the sides of your face drawing the eye down and elongating your face. The back is full of layers that give nice volume. Bob hairstyles for black women with thick, straight hair look truly exceptional.

Inverted Bob with Feathered Layers for Black Women

Instagram / @keena360

16. Orange Red Bob

If you crave to shine bright, juice up your bob with a bold color like red orange. This hue works perfectly well with darker skin and goes a long way toward making a classic bob stand out. However, when choosing a bright color for your hair, don’t forget to consult with your colorist on the proper maintenance.

17. Wavy Bob with Center Part

Short hair can be versatile – just look at this bob! You can wear it straight or wavy, let the face-framing tresses fall on your face or hide them behind your ears, depending on your mood. Or, finally, you can experiment with partings, going center like in this photo or moving aside for a more dramatic look.

18. Sandy Blonde Bob

This bob is all about elegance and style – both its shape and shade can tell a lot about the woman wearing this cut, the main thing being that she definitely loves looking flawless. No matter what type of bob and color you choose, remember this trick: a deep side part can instantly add plenty of volume to your mane.

Bronde Bob with Deep Side Part for Black Women

Instagram / @thatguyreno

19. Vivid Red Bob with Long Bangs

If you don’t mind turning heads, consider a bright bob like this one. It features long, eye-grazing bangs and a wealth of red hues. When going bright, remember to reconsider your hair maintenance routine and choose products to help your vivid tresses shine longer.

Bright Red Bob with Full Side Fringe

Instagram / @oluchizelda

20. Bob Hairstyle with Deep Side Parting

Sleek and simple, this shoulder-length style is parted to the side, bringing out the eyes and reshaping the face. Perfect for both a day at the office or hanging out after dark with your girlfriends, this is an easy-to-maintain style you’ll love.

Deep Side Part Asymmetric Bob with Natual Color

Instagram / @shareka.bivens

21. Short Bronde Bob with Sliced Layers

The sliced feathery layers give this short bob a natural windblown look. A quick blow-dry and a shake of the head allows the wispy strands to fall gracefully around the crown with added fullness in the back. If you have healthy straight hair that doesn’t need a lot of product to weigh it down, you’ll enjoy this carefree style. The color is outstanding.

Short Sliced Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @haircolorkilla

22. Cute Layered Pixie Bob

Going for the big chop can be intimidating, but if you’ve suffered from heat damage, having the unhealthy ends cut becomes necessary. You don’t need to go super-short, however. Choose a neck-length style that still offers some length to play around with.

Long Pixie With Side Bangs

Instagram / @rachel_redd

23. Short Feminine Espresso Brown Bob

Bob hairstyles for black women are a sleek and smart choice for those who find longer locks too hard to maintain. Just because you’re going short, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. With perfectly neat ends and laid edges, how could you not love a good bob?

Side-Parted Short Brunette Hairstyle

Instagram / @salonpk

24. Sleek Vintage Bob

A chin-length bob, one of classic short bob hairstyles for black women, is really timeless. This is an excellent hairdo for shorter hair, especially during that endless span of time when it’s growing. A few waves and curls give it that special 1920s elegance.

Side Parted Black Bob

Instagram / @anthonycuts

25. African American Short Curly Bob

The unique color, shape, and touchable curls of this short curly bob are what make it stand out from all the rest. The short layered back creates a nice contrast to the longer sides and front pieces that can be curled and tousled for a romantic, feminine bob hairstyle you’ll love to wear.

Short Curly Layered Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @modernsalon

26. Short Messy Black Bob

Even short styles can rock curls. Loose and wavy, they will add some texture to your bob. Tousle the hair a bit to create the perfectly imperfect look. It’s the kind of messy that is actually super cute. You will need choppy layers to pull off this hairdo.

African American Choppy Bob Hairstyle

Instagram / @khristie_jackson

27. African American High Shine Bob

The smooth streamlined bob offers a flattering silhouette for most face shapes. The black hair bob is parted on the side and cut into a rounded shape that provides extra shine and fullness for fine, thin hair. Peek-a-boo bangs are the best compliment to most black bobs.

Smooth Black Hair Bob

Instagram / @brendageehair

28. Short Jaw-Length Bob with Swoopy Layers

Simple can still be chic. A few swooping layers show off the dimension of the jet black color. If you want to boost thickness, try adding a few extensions. They aren’t reserved just for those who want back-skimming locks.

Short Layered Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @keena360

29. Short Layered Black Bob with Thick Bangs

Give your bob some much needed sass with bangs and layers. Not only will these additions bring personality, but they will also introduce body and movement to the cut. Throw some subtle highlights into the mix for even more dimension and style.

Short Layered Cut With Bangs

Instagram / @360_hairstudio

30. African American Curled Inverted Bob

The sultry brown curls take on a life of their own in this loopy-swoopy inverted lob. Parted on the side and full of curly texture, the cut holds its angled shape perfectly. Thick locks add some extra height in the crown section.

Curly Angled Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @hairbylatise

31. Dark Brown Bob with Curled Ends

Curly hair doesn’t always reveal a whole head of spirals and coils. Sometimes just curls at the ends can give you that cute touch you’re craving. This style helps to tame the volume of your tresses. Work on your baby hairs for an even sleeker look.

Short Black Bob Hairstyle With Side Bangs

Instagram / @hairbylatise

32. Stunning Inverted Bob

An inverted bob, featuring grades at the back and accentuating your beautiful neckline, works awesome for slim ladies with thick hair. If it’s also complemented with a successfully chosen hair hue, the effect will be breathtaking.

33. Angled Layered Cut

The fullness of this African American bob has been achieved with stacked layers. The two-tone hair color solution contributes to the dimension of the ravishing style.

Angled Black And Red Bob With Layers

Instagram / @ciliciarene

34. Short Thick Stacked Bob

Thick locks are something to be proud of, because thick hair is healthy hair. A stacked bob enhances the body of the cut even more. The swooping layers are refined enough for the workweek, but equally chic for a night out. It’s important to keep your split ends trimmed so that your hair can keep growing long and full.

Inverted Bob For Thick Hair

Instagram / @stylesbylexx

35. Black Bob with Caramel Highlights

Caramel is one of the prettiest colors to see against dark hair; and when done well it is a wonderful sight. On this black bob, the highlighted streaks help tell the story of the asymmetrical cut. It is a tale you cannot get enough of, and you keep coming back for more.

36. Curls and Layers

Curvy curls and layers make this bob what it is – glamorous. This is the perfect style for medium hair, and the best part is that it will look just as amazing when it’s worn straight and sleek. Just be aware that the angle of the bob isn’t as obvious when there are curls involved.

Blonde Curly Bob With Black Roots

Instagram / @hollywoodtonya

37. Chic Asymmetrical Comb Over Lob

Catch everyone’s eyes while keeping yours covered with a full set of peek-a-boo bangs. The shoulder-length asymmetrical cut is an excellent example of today’s modern black bob hairstyles. The extra-long jagged ends in the front and the deep side part give it an edgy, urban flair. The jet-black hair looks healthy and shiny.

38. Pastel Pink Balayage Bob for Black Women

Straight medium-length hair looks perfect in sleek bob hairstyles. Part your inverted cut on the side and fashion your shiny locks into a comb-over style that adds height to the crown section. The exotic pink-blonde balayage provides a surprising shock of color against the dark brown roots.

Medium-Length Inverted Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @hairbylatise

39. Glossy Black Feathered Side-Parted Bob

Black hairstyles for medium hair benefit from chunky layers. They offer dimension that can get lost in a sea of thick, black tresses. The swooping bangs finish the bob with an extra touch of sass and allure. To treat your bob with a shiny finish like the one in the picture, moisturize your hair with a light oil.

Voluminous Side-Parted Black Bob

Instagram / @iamcocomichele

40. Black Feathered Inverted Bob

A short inverted cut with a side part is one of the most flattering and stylish bob haircuts for black women with thick, straight hair. The swoopy side-swept bangs feature a lot of feathered layers that extend towards the nape. The back is rounded and full and has an inverted angle that tapers towards the collarbone.

Short Inverted Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @brendageehair

41. Bobbed at an Angle

An angled, asymmetrical bob looks stunning with both straight hair and curls. Go for a medium length cut like this one so that the angle is sharper and more dramatic. Wavy texture will give the style more shape and fullness.

African-American Angled Curly Bob

Instagram / @hairbymeeka

42. Extreme Side-Parted Bob

There’s a reason bobs are the most popular black women hairstyles. Black bobs are versatile, easy to maintain, and almost universally flattering. A simple change of the part can transform the look of a particular haircut completely. This is just one beautiful example.

African-American Side-Parted Bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

43. Curly Pin-Up Bob

Those curls are everything! This type of bob is evocative of pin-up styles popular in the 1940s. Even the color is on-point for the pin-up trend. Get the look naturally with coloring and straightening, or go for a safe sew in.

44. Black Blunt Bob with Feathered Bangs

Bobs are flattering hairstyles for most women. This blunt cut is accurate at the bottom and has a lot of feathery layers on the top and sides. The straight edge is stylish and provides a neat, well-groomed appearance.

Blunt Bob With Feathered Layers

Instagram / @sorayahstyles

45. Jet Black Bob

The wonderful thing about an asymmetrical haircut is its versatile and dynamic look. On one side you get to sport medium length hair, while the other side showcases a shorter look. Enhance it with your favorite jewelry.

Asymmetrical Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @anthonycuts

46. Short Chestnut Brown Bob for Black Women

This hairstyle proves that nobody can pull off the bob better than African American ladies. Your perfect bob is also waiting for you. Work with your stylist to get a customized cut.

Short Chestnut Brown Bob for Black Women

Instagram / @hairnlove

47. Layered Bob with Red Balayage

Bob haircuts for black women featuring two tone balayage colors add another level of dimension that stops traffic – especially when the wind blows through your silky tresses. Make sure your pigment choices are complimentary.

Two Tone Red Balayage For Dark Hair

Instagram / @_kstylz

48. Inverted Feathered Black Lob

A sharp side part and laid edges set the stage for the awesome feathered shoulder-length bob. The thick hair is cut steeply and long enough in the front to graze the collarbone and slim down your face. The back view is no less interesting with multiple feathered flipped up layers.

Shoulder-Length Angled Feathered Bob

Instagram / @salonshavon

49. Voluminous Layered Light Brown Bob

The long swoopy layers can be combed over and fashioned into a fantastic voluminous bob for black women. It’s a hairstyle that works best on women with straightened hair that can hold a curl. The neat styling with a round brush gives the hairdo a professional, womanly vibe.

Voluminous Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @rachel_redd

50. Black Bob with Feathered Scarlet Highlights

Even with so little length, bobs are the perfect opportunity to go bold. You may want to experiment with different colors. For example, this look uses the high-contrast palette of black and red. It’s cool and edgy. But since it’s a weave, you don’t have to worry about being stuck with the bright colors.

Black-And-Red Angled Bob Weave

Instagram / @hairbymeeka

51. Chic Layered Bob

The layers give this cut a graceful silhouette. They almost create a shag, especially due to the way the layers are so artfully stacked. That’s particularly evident in the back, where the bob is gently rounded and structured. At the bottom line this bob looks as if it was cut bluntly.

African-American Collarbone Bob

Instagram / @hairbylatise

52. Black Tipped Beauty

This fantastic lob is perfect in the choice of color to complement the girl’s skin tone, plus, it’s expertly angled and sleeked with not a hair out of place – perfection in every aspect. Thanks to the medium length, this style is capable of achieving a ponytail – a bonus for an athletic hairlista.

Burgundy Balayage Bob For Black Women

Instagram / @monicathestylist

53. Back-Swept Curly Bob

Those chunky honey-blonde highlights add warm tones and texture, but the curls and the styling bring the magic. The way the curls sweep back, framing the face, is gorgeous. It’s all at once – effortlessly glamorous and elegantly casual.

Black Curly Bob With Chunky Highlights

Instagram / @msklarie

54. Glossy Steeply Angled Bob

Go for the look of a long bob with shoulder-length layers at the front and neck-length layers at the back. The A-line cut is totally alluring, and you can achieve it with your own hair or even a weave. The extensions will stylishly protect your own locks and no one will be able to tell.

Black Stacked Bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

55. Polished Inverted Black Bob

Clean lines and angles allow your bob to make a statement. Plus, the stacked back of the inverted bob pronounces its volume. Believe it or not, you can have a look that is full of body and still sleek. The extra fullness will keep the short cut from feeling flat and dull.

Sleek Straight Stacked Bob

Instagram / @tailormade76

56. Straight Hair with Color Accent

Using some creative color can really make your style pop. This sleek, straight style is made even more beautiful with strategically placed dye throughout the strands. Graduated hues from black to gray plus some blue lowlights beneath make this style fun and sassy.

bleached angled bob for black women

Instagram / @werehair

57. Dramatic Steeply Angled Weave

Bob weave hairstyles provide you with lots of versatility, especially for such short haircuts. They create volume and allow you to play around with length and layers without cutting off your valuable inches. With weaves, you have more freedom to express your personal style through your hair.

Inverted Sew-In Bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

58. Bob Cut for Adorable Curls

Nazanin Mandi’s perky curls have found their ideal length and haircut silhouette. Her curly black bob offers the beautiful rounded shape on one hand and fantastic bouncy texture on the other.

59. Long Bob in Fluffy Curls

Keri Hilson’s tousled touchable curls have turned many heads at the “Think Like A Man Too” premiere. If you fancy duplicating the style, be sure to take care of the basic haircut. A long bob will do just fine.

long curly black bob haircut

Instagram / @modernsalon

60. Choppy Lob

By the beginning of September Garcelle’s tresses had grown out enough to graze her shoulders, and the actress upgraded her long bob with the choppy finish for the ends. The Instyle Hosts 20th Anniversary Party was graced by this lovely wavy lob from Garcelle Beauvais, who remained ravishing at her 47.

We wish you to select your perfect bob that will emphasize the beauty of your face and offer you a variety of styling options!

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