Black bob hairstyles: 5 Looks to try this year

Cropped, chopped, and ready to rock!  

Are you a naturalista who loves to experiment with style? Well, if you’ve been rocking your mane ultra long as of late, how about switching things up a little? But instead of getting your coily tresses braided this season, we think you should try out one of the black bob hairstyles that we’re currently crushing on!

Popular amongst women of all ages, bob haircuts also look great worn curly, straight, or even slightly wavy! And being the versatile look that it is, bob hairstyles can also be given a classic or modern spin, depending on the look you’re going for. So, if you want to join some of our favourite celebrities by rocking a cropped ‘do in your natural mane, keep scrolling and be inspired!

Our favourite black bob hairstyles


Black bob hairstyles Kelly Rowland in a green dress with her black hair cut into a short sleek chin-length bob
Black bob hairstyles: Sleek and straight. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sleek and straight

Kelly Rowland’s sleek and straight ‘do is a throwback to many classic bob haircuts, showing us all how to work it like a pro! Being a tried and tested look for the star, she’s come to know the power of a perfect centre parting and an ultra neat cut. 

Editor’s tip: Are you green with hair envy at Kelly’s stunning bob? Then to make yours just as sleek and shiny, enlist the help of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment, to give your bob cut a super glossy finish!

Thandie Newton wearing black strapless dress with curly bob length hair
Black bob hairstyles: Cute and curly. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Cute and curly

Black bob hairstyles don’t always have to be sleek and straight, don’t you know? They can also be worked with your natural texture and curl pattern, to give a high-impact finish to your look! Need more convincing? Then just take a look at this casual style, that’s super sweet, and brings an air of fun and freedom. 

Editor’s tip: To ensure that your kinky locks stay hydrated throughout the day, we suggest popping a leave-in conditioner into your bag. We especially love the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray, as it will not only leave your tresses nourished and fully moisturised, but it also smells heavenly!

Jada Pinkett Smith at a fashion show with super short black bob hair
Black bob hairstyles: Short short short. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

A-line bob

Thought that getting a bob haircut meant you had to stick a certain length? Well, you’d be wrong, because you can even dare to crop your tresses even shorter, by opting for a chic A-line cut!

Having a shorter than average bob is a great way to put your own spin on a classic look, and is sure to help you stand out from the crowd. Plus, shorter bobs are often a lot easier to maintain – so what’s not to love? Now go book that salon appointment!

Black bob hairstyles Ciara wearing a silver dress with blonde balayage lob hair
Black bob hairstyles: The lob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The lob

Just like the much shorter A-line bob, the lob (AKA a long bob) breaks free of those bob length stereotypes! Having seen a wealth of natural-haired celebs opt for a lob recently (Teyana Taylor, we’re looking at you!), now is the perfect time to take some style notes and get one for yourself, too.

And what makes the lob so great, is that it’s the perfect stepping stone for anyone thinking about getting a bob, but maybe wants to test the waters out a little first. After all, our golden hair rule to getting a haircut, is always take it slow!


Tempted to try out one of these black bob hairstyles for yourself? Then don’t forget to check out our other fave styles over on our Bob Haircuts page, as well as reading up on the all things you need to know before getting the chop!

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