More often than not, black women have a hard time deciding on a new hairstyle. The main reason is that black hair is unique. It can be difficult to manage or maintain, which is why a lot of African American women choose protective or short hairstyles. If you are in the latter category, then your time has come now because we are living in the age of the bob. They are sassy, sophisticated, colorful, organic, and sexy haircuts that will help you channel your inner goddess. Here are 50 swaggy bob hairstyles for black women.
1. Inverted Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Let’s start off our list with a very simple and classic cut. This is the inverted bob, and you might be highly familiar with it because this is what our moms used to wear back in the 90s. All you need to pull this off is your hair curler and a bit of hairspray.
2. Straight Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
You can never go wrong with a straight bob. It’s a perfect choice for every situation since it transitions seamlessly from the office to an after five drink to a Sunday brunch to a special event such as your best friend getting married.
3. Shoulder Length Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Bobs come in many shapes and sizes, but a shoulder length one is still the classic choice. It works perfectly well if you have thin or fine hair because you can achieve this minimalist and elegant look.
4. Cute Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
This is a great type of bob for a garden party or another such event where you can pair it off with a cocktail dress. Plus, these jumbo curls are really easy to do. Look for some tutorials on YouTube.
5. Razor Cut Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
The choppy bob is also called a razor cut bob because stylists often use a razor blade to get those choppy ends we all love. However, our advice is that you don’t try this at home because you’ll just end up making a beauty fail video.
6. Outturned Bob Hairstyles
This type of cut used to be all the rage back in the 80s. You can still wear it today. Still, you should know that it requires a lot of dedication as you will have to wake up every morning and spend some quality time with your straightener to get those curls.
7. The Beyonce
Not even the queen herself could have resisted bob hairstyles for black women. Here she is with an asymmetrical choppy bob in a very fetching platinum blonde color and a gorgeous baby pink lipstick.
8. Bob Hairstyles and Bangs
Every great bob deserves a fantastic set of bangs. If you and your stylist decide you have the right facial structure to carry them, then go for it. These are wispy bangs complimenting a long and straight bob.
9. Layered Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
A layered hairstyle is the best cure for thin hair. The layers make it seem as though you have a lot more volume and depth to your hair than you actually do. Of course, you can also add a handful of short extensions if you feel you need a bit of help.
10. The A Line Bob
Few bobs have been more copied as the A line. It has sleek, angular lines that slope gently to the front while the back caresses the nape of your neck. It’s a perfectly manicured hairstyle for those of you who care about appearances.
11. Prom Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
If you were looking for a prom hairstyle to be carved out of your bob, look no further. These are sweetheart curls with a side part and nude makeup. It can definitely be your prom look if you have a sequin dress.
12. 90s Long Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Do you remember back in the 90s when all the newscaster women used to wear this type of bob? That’s why it looks so familiar now. It’s the perfect addition to your new 90s look seeing as this trend is really on the rise now.
13. Curly Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
If you have curly hair, then you definitely need to flaunt it. We suggest a shoulder length or a jawline bob with asymmetrical curls that can wrap around your head like a halo, making you look like an angel. What a sight!
14. The Platinum White Bob
We also have a lot of non-traditional colors on our list of bob hairstyles for black women, so keep on scrolling. The first one is this milky white sensation complete with bangs and minimal makeup to match. A perfect look for the winter.
15. Loose Afro Bob Hairstyles
There are all sorts of afros out there, and we love them all. This is a loose one which you can definitely wear with some flowers in your hair like these baby breaths. They make for a fantastic feminine look fit for spring.
16. Green Ombre Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
An angular brunette bob dipped in green ombre? Yes, please! Where do we sign up? Not only is this green, but it’s a perfect shade of forest green that seems to melt away glossily from those raven brunette locks. You can almost smell the moss!
17. The Taraji P. Henson
Is there anyone who owns it in photos like Taraji P. Henson? Really, is there? Because we cannot decide what we want more from this look – her golden and silver bling, her burgundy lipstick, her sassy attitude or, of course, her out of this world bob?
18. Unicorn Bob Hairstyles
Can’t decide on a single color? No problem. Go for unicorn hair. This trend will also satisfy your hunger for the whimsical and fantastical. It starts off with an icy blue base and slowly descends into purple madness.
19. Cherry Red Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Cherry red or Cola red is a scrumptious shade which works fantastically well with retro makeup such as cat eyeliner and dusty pink lipstick or lip gloss. However, you should know that it takes some maintenance as it will wash off and look rather pink after a few weeks.
20. Tropical Bob Hairstyles
This magnificent choice and pairing of colors makes us think of tropical, sunny islands, mango cocktails, and lounging on the beach. All you need to do is get an ombre that starts with tropical red which descends into lime green and ends in lemon yellow.
21. Bob Hairstyles with Locs
You can also sport a bob hairstyle if you have short locs. For an extra dose of pizzazz, add some hair jewelry here and there and don’t shy away from color either. This example has a few blonde locs mixed with the brunette ones.
22. Wine Ombre Bob Hairstyles
The color wine belongs to the magnificent purple family, in case you were wondering where to find it. It’s a subdued and classy distant cousin of raisin and grape which you can wear in case you have a more severe office dress code.
23. Imperial Purple Curly Bob
Speaking of purple, let’s see another shade. This is imperial or royal purple, spectacularly addressed in a set of perfect curls and an asymmetrical bob. If you don’t or can’t get this precise color, use some extensions or a weave instead.
24. Sea Foam Gray Bob
This is one of the main colors your slick bob should be taking this summer. As you can see, it’s not exactly the hipster type of sea foam, which is closer to teal. This is a much more elegant and classy approach, with a good measure of gray in it, fit for a lady.
25. Teal Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Since we’ve referenced teal, let’s see what a bob in teal would look like. Amazing! Therefore, don’t be afraid to approach this color come summer, because it will be a smashing hit. Remember to use some glossing agent on your hair at all times.
26. Grape Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
We’ve also mentioned the color grape a few lines above, pertaining to the purple family. Therefore, it’s only fitting to see what it looks like on the proud bob of a black woman. This one is spiked with some blonde and blue highlights and lowlights.
27. Short Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Jaw line bobs are always a bit on the border between actual bobs and overgrown pixie cuts, right? Sometimes, not even stylists can make up their mind as to what they really are. We can tell you what they are, though. They are pretty. Just like you.
28. Blue Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
This is an edgy look if we’ve ever seen one. The blue ombre reigns supreme on this glorious inverted bob. And just look and those piercings. You have a classic nose one as well as a more modern, long stud in the ear.
29. Bottle Blonde Bob Hairstyles
If you want, you can braid your hair before going to sleep. Add some hairspray or even a bit of water and sleep on it. In the morning, you will wake up to a great set of beach waves just like these. For the color, you’ll have to see your stylist. No amount of sleeping will turn you blonde.
30. Peach Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Pastel colors still reign supreme, so you can’t go wrong no matter which shade you choose. This is peach mixed with just the tiniest amount of rose gold that will highlight your skin tone and the color of your eyes.
31. Braided Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Tiny French braids are perfect if you want to upgrade a simple bob. Plus, if you maintain them correctly, you can actually keep them on for quite a while, which means they will protect your hair and you won’t have to worry about styling your hair every day anymore.
32. Coral Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
As far as summer hair colors go, you cannot go wrong with coral. It’s meant for the hot season. Add a set of wispy 90s bangs, some white, plastic sunglasses and you will look like a real Malibu Barbie. On vacation!
33. Wavy Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
All you need for this particular hairstyle is your hair straightener and some hairspray. Condition your hair to lock in some moisture and use the straightener to create some loose waves. Watch a few tutorials to help you out. Finish off with the hairspray to lock everything in place.
34. Layered Bangs
If you have an angular or diamond-shaped face, you can add a set of layered bangs to your bob. Part your hair on one side and sweep them across your forehead. The line of the bangs will essentially cut the angles of your face, sweetening them.
35. Pastel Pink Bob Hairstyles
Non traditional colors are the best both for summer and for winter. In summertime they can transform into your go-to look for Coachella or Burning Man, while in winter they will be the pop of color you need to brighten up those long, dreary, chilly days.
36. The Ciara
Singer Ciara went for the chop as well, proudly displaying this beautiful bronde bob. Bronde stands for brown and blonde, being a modern term for mixing the two colors. It’s a very easy to wear shade that suits everyone.
37. The Kerry Washington
Even though we are in awe of her bob here, actress Kerry Washington actually has naturally curly hair. You can find her along with tens of other celebrities with curly hair in this dedicated article we wrote about long curly hairstyles.
38. Senegalese Twist Bob Hairstyles
If, while growing out your hair, you feel the need to protect it, you can always try the Senegalese twist. It’s a traditional style that you can rock easily enough. This medium cut makes it comfortable to wear and style.
39. Weave Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Another way of protecting your natural hair would be by wearing a weave. It can save you a lot of trouble. Plus, you get to style your hair however you want every day. You can even change back and forth, which you cannot do with natural hair.
40. Asymmetrical Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
If you go for an asymmetrical bob, you can show it off even better if you get an ombre or some highlights. The choppy ends will be differentiated in color from the rest of the hair and the haircut will shine away.
41. The Rihanna
We really loved RiRi back in the day when she used to wear this jawline bob with blunt bangs. Along with the theatrical makeup, she looked like a flapper from the Jazz Age. She looked even better on stage when she was performing.
42. The Tyra Banks
Model Tyra Banks is wearing a long and shaggy bob complete with deep bangs. She looks casual and flirty. This hairstyle is perfect if you’re the kind of girl who doesn’t have time for a lot of styling in the morning.
43. Marsala Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
Marsala was the Pantone color of the year a few seasons back and we can definitely see why. It spread into the world of makeup and beauty as well, birthing these beautiful hair trends. Here’s a tip – keep your makeup to a minimum if you wear this hair color.
44. Cotton Candy Pink Bob Hairstyles
From Marsala to cotton candy, everyone loves pink. The modern-day Rapunzel has short, pastel hair, wears lots of sweet lip gloss, and is truly fierce. If you can’t get this exact shade of pink, you can also try bubble gum.
45. Rose Gold Long Bob
No list of bob hairstyles for black women would have been complete without mentioning rose gold. The color swept nations across the world in the past few years and it deserves its own place in the hall of fame plus a crown.
46. Spearmint Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
This curly, asymmetrical, jawline bob in the color of spearmint looks like something a forest fairy should wear. In this case, a modern fairy with plenty of golden bling on her, tattoos, and a cool tank top.
47. Lime Green Bob Hairstyles
Let’s visit some more shades from the green family. This is lime green on what seems to be an absolutely perfect bob. It is styled so well that it actually looks like it has been photoshopped on the model’s head.
48. Comic Book Yellow 90s Bob
Lois Lane could have definitely worn this style of bob. It has outturned edges and side swept bangs, which remind us of the 90s. However, the color itself is something that could only work in Bizarro World.
49. Galaxy Knots
This half up half down hairstyle consists of a set of two galaxy knots perched on top of the head with a straight parting down the middle. The color is cherry red, and the cut is a simple, straight bob.
50. Unconventional Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
The combination of colors here is simply magnificent. We called it sunshine in a meadow because it starts with a grassy green at the roots and then melts off into different shades of yellow and orange, just like morning rays of sunshine.
51. Relaxed Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
These little, messy curls are the perfect definition of ‘bed head.’ All you have to do is apply your hair curler for a few minutes and then use a liberal amount of hairspray to make sure they stay in place all day long.
52. Dark Cherry Bob Hairstyles
The color on this bob is absolutely fantastic. It’s a scrumptious dark cherry that puts us in mind of a cake more than anything else. It will work wonders for your skin if you use some highlighter as well as some pink blush.
53. The Lupita Nyong’o
Here’s actress Lupita Nyong’o styled to perfection for this photoshoot. Her frizzy bob is jawline in length and her clothes hint heavily to the 70s. If she’s your favorite actress, you can find your inspiration in her hairstyles.
54. Beautiful Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
This creamy chai blonde hair color will make you look like a diva. Make sure to pair it with theatrical gold and silver jewelry so as to emphasize its opulence and elegance. There is no way you can go wrong with this one!
55. Summer Bob Hairstyles for Black Women
A bob is perfect as a summer hairstyle because it’s low maintenance and allows you to cool off in the hot sun, but not short enough for you to give up your locks entirely. Choose the length that flatters your face the most.
It’s not difficult to fall in love with the ideas you’ve seen here. We’ve shown you 55 swaggy bob hairstyles for black women that fit all types of facial structures, all kinds of hair, and all texture preferences. Whether you like natural hair, a weave, locs or twists, we have that covered as well. Plus, an entire plethora of both conventional and non-conventional colors to satisfy all chromatic desires. Therefore, all that’s left now is to choose one and run to the stylist!