60 Showiest Bob Haircuts for Black Women

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Thick natural tresses are whimsical when it comes to styling, therefore, haircuts for thick hair may sometimes look unflattering. A haircut is a key component of our image, so it needs to be selected thoughtfully. Black bob hairstyles, performed on thick hair, 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 both of famous personalities – celebrities, and beauty bloggers. 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 2020 also include elongated asymmetrical front tresses, 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: Short Feminine Espresso Brown Bob

Side-Parted Short Brunette Hairstyle

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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?

#2: 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.

#3: 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

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#4: Asymmetrical Style

Bobs don’t have to go the traditional route – there’s a plenty of rebellious versions to try when you’re looking for an edgier look. This style features longer hair cut at an angle on one side with the underneath hair trimmed short. One of the best parts of this cut? It doesn’t always appear so dramatic – the long hair can be easily combed over the shorter section when you need a kind of straight-laced look.

#5: Mahogany Bob with Highlights

Burgundy and mahogany highlights are exceptional in black women hairstyles. The warmth of the hair color and the darker skin complement each other perfectly. Remember this when considering new shades for your new hairstyle. Top off your look with a smokey eye makeup and you’re good to go.

#6: Curly Bob

Cascading curls are a fantastic texture for a medium length hair cut. Not only do they add a touch of femininity to a shorter do, they are instantly eye catching. Don’t be afraid to vamp your usual style with curls.

#7: Straight and Natural-Looking Bob

Bob haircuts can totally be no drama, as is shown with this style that’s cut short for easy maintenance and straightened without perfection. Tousled, wavy hair is absolutely fine when you’re out of either time or motivation. Short styles like this make anything flattering and low-stress.

#8: Blonde Bob for Black Women

Almost any dye on women of color is a welcome and celebrated upgrade. When it comes to blonde, it’s better to go for a warm palette with hues ranging from golden blonde to strawberry blonde and light caramel. The look is divine, but remember that it suggests some profound bleaching and may tell on your hair’s health. Consider a sew-in if you want to rock it for a while without any risks.

#9: Gorgeous Red Gold Bob with Layers

Go for the gold with your next dye job. The gorgeous hue is the perfect complement to brown skin tones. It’s a fun way to change up the classic bob so that yours feels fresh, new and exciting. With hair, it’s always important to go with a style that’s true to you.

African American Blonde Layered Bob

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#10: 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.

#11: 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.

#12: 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.

#13: 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

#14: Straight and Blunt Caramel Bob with Bangs

Caramelize your black bob hairstyle with warm highlights. Straight and silky tresses will show off all the different colors beautifully. The blunt ends and bangs keep the bob classic and sophisticated, while the bold color delivers effortless style.

Blunt Bob For Black Women

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#15: 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.

#16: 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

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#17: Gorgeous Black-and-Blonde Layered Bob

Black hair bobs are rarely simple-looking. You can make yours stand out with blonde highlights and feathered layers. If your hair is too fragile to handle bleach, opt for extensions. To keep it looking as realistic as possible, have your stylist create an invisible part with weave tracks.

Black Feathered Bob With Blonde Balayage

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#18: 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.

#19: 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

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#20: Black Peek-a-Boo Bob with Purple Babylights

The long bob has been trending for a while and has proven that it’s here to stay. Its medium length is universally flattering, but you can create your own unique finishes like flashes of purple mixed throughout. Picking a hue straight out of the rainbow is more fun than going for a routine shade of brown or blonde.

Sexy Black Peek-A-Boo Lob

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#21: 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.

#22: 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.

#23: Asymmetrical Black Bob for Thick Hair

Short bob hairstyles for black women are a go-to because of their ease, convenience, and undeniable style. An asymmetrical cut dials up the cool factor even further. Use a strong hold hair gel to lay down your edges and baby hairs to balance out the A-line cut.

Black Side-Parted Bob

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#24: 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.

#25: 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

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#26: Pastel Teal Layered Wispy Bob

Have some fun with your bob. Channel unicorn-worthy vibes with pretty pastels. Dark roots will give the soft color some edge, so that you don’t look too cutesy. An asymmetrical cut and piecey layers can make the style even edgier.

Inverted Teal Bob

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#27: 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.

#28: 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

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#29: 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.

#30: 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

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#31: 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.

#32: Black Bob with Highlights

Balayage coloring is now everywhere. It is somewhat reminiscent of ombre; however, it is often more subtle and blends in seamlessly. Here, the hair features the prevalence of a warm brown hue with a black base peaking through to set off the brown.

#33: 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

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#34: Black Angled Bob with Feathered Front Pieces

Bob haircuts for black women prove that there is no single right way to rock the iconic cut. Layers are always a fun addition to the hairdo. They have the power to enhance volume or help a style look a little less full. This version of the bob uses both approaches, embracing thin, feathered pieces at the front and leaving most of the body at the back.

Sleek Inverted Black Bob

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#35: 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.

#36: Cobalt Blue Bob

Industrial piercings and blue ombre – oh my! Blue is not for everyone. However, the trend on unusual hair colors with natural color at the roots is alive, so fear not and experiment with your favorite shades. Fashion is currently supportive of color-lovers.

#37: Black Side-Parted Curled Under Bob

Sometimes you might want to go short without actually cutting your hair. This is when you turn to weaves. Your long, natural hair will be braided and protected underneath, while you are rocking a chic short bob. Extensions are great because you can always change-up your hairstyle, without ever affecting your own locks.

Jaw-Length Rounded Bob

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#38: Spunky Afro American Cut

Whether as a weave bob or a real cut, this gorgeous sunny blonde bob with loads of layers deserves our attention as cut-and-color inspiration. Blonde with black at the roots is really a more flattering option for African American ladies than any solid blonde.

#39: 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

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#40: 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.

#41: Runway-Ready Auburn Bob

Two factors elevate a hairstyle: color and texture. Here the color wins over the texture. The cut is styled in a classic way with a middle part and ends that curl at the base of the neck.

#42: Poker Straight Side-Parted Bob

African American bob hairstyles will never be a bore or a snooze fest. It is virtually impossible! If you are finding yourself growing bored of your current look, changing it up is easy. For those curious about bobs but feeling uncertain of the short hair commitment, simply try a weave bob!

#43: Color Pop with Long Bob

One of the advantages black women have over other ethnicities is their ability to wear bold, bright colors with ease. While this is usually limited to clothes and accessories, it doesn’t have to be with hair. Try coloring your bob an unnatural hue like a mermaid-inspired teal for a fun new look.

#44: Long Bob Hairstyles for Black Women

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 ombre hair color to lighten up the look of poker straight hair, or wear your bob curly when you’re ready to mix things up a bit.

#45: Cropped Cut with Volume

There are a lot of fun options to choose from when it comes to selecting hairstyles for black women, and this cropped bob is one great example. Perfect for hair with a medium to thick texture, this short cut is layered and angled for added body and bounce.

#46: Super Straight Black Women Hairstyle

Natural hair is certainly lovely, but it’s also very difficult to maintain and keep under control. Instead, consider relaxing your hair and cutting it into a medium bob.

#47: Sideswept Bob

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.

#48: Long in the Front, Short in the Back

Black women hairstyles don’t have to be simple – instead, you can embrace almost a completely different style on the front and back of your head. Sporting a style with bangs can completely transform your regular look into something ultra chic!

#49: 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.

#50: Vibrant Bob Hairstyles for Black Women

All-over unusual pigment can really revolutionize a woman’s image, as is exemplified by this cropped cut with a distinctly blue hue. Try some chunky curls all over the head to infuse even more whimsy into this style.

#51: Cropped Bob

Try a cropped bob when you want a short, hassle-free style that still looks good in all circumstances. Add in some streaks of color to brighten up the attitude this style so easily brings.

#52: Steeply Angled Cut

Dramatic and always in style, the classy angled bob with longer front layers will flatter almost any face shape. You will want to get your hair relaxed first to cut down on daily maintenance hassle.

#53: Vintage Bob

Reminiscent of the 1940s with pin-curled bangs, this black bob hairstyle is an inspired throwback that’ll look great for a special occasion or even everyday wear. Be consistent with the decade by pairing your bob hairstyle with bright lipstick.

#54: Natural Bob Haircuts for Black Women

No frills, no fuss – just simple beauty achieved with black hair curled subtly with a large-barrel iron. Add in some natural but fun hair color like auburn or very understated purple. This hairstyle lifts hair up and away from the face, brightening your overall look.

#55: Cropped Red Statement

Make a statement with your hair by going with a red hue not found in nature. This fun burgundy shade is sweet, sassy and confidence-boosting. Comb it straight forward to add body and bangs. Of course, this bob haircut is just one of many options out there, but you will definitely love the versatility of this look.

#56: 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.

#57: 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.

#58: 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.

#59: 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.

#60: A-Line Bob with Long Side Bangs

Meagan Good’s romantic hairstyle with large defined curls is done on the basis of a medium-length A-line bob cut with long swoopy bangs. It looks just awesome when styled off-centered.

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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