Fabulous black hair bobs that will seriously leave you speechless

Before you know it, you'll be falling in love with black hair bobs!  

The black hair community continues to slay! We’ve already reported on the rise of protective styling, wearing your ‘fro out and proud, and on our fave natural hair heroes making waves with their looks… but on top of all that, you can now add black hair bobs to the list of fabulous looks to try this season.

Lately, our favourite black celebrities have been strutting down the red carpet rocking lush black hair bobs – and we’ve honestly been left speechless. Not just worn relaxed, these stars have been playing around with all sorts of on-trends techniques with their bobs and kicking up a serious style storm!

See who’s doing what with their mane, below, and how you too can become a #girlboss.

Black hair bobs: 5 mane moments that left us shook

black hair bobs: close up shot of zendaya with scarface inspired bob hairstyle, wearing red velvet dress on the iHeartRadio Music Awards arrivals red carpet
Say hello to my little friend! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

That time Zendaya channelled Scarface vibes

What is it?

Whether you’ve actually seen Scarface or not, you’ll know that this badass and beautiful bob hairstyle is inspired by Elvira Hancock (who’s played by Michelle Pfeiffer, FYI!).

Why does it work?

When it comes to black hair bobs, fringes are your best friend, and Zendaya totally proves this with a chic, sleek bob and blunt bangs combo. But the best thing about this ‘do? You can nail two trends at once, all while channelling your inner femme fatale.

Editor’s tip:  To keep your bob + bangs combo looking on-point day-to-night, spritz a healthy dose of the TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray all over your ‘do. This will keep your hair in place and give it an enviable shine, too.

close up shot of rihanna with wavy short bob hairstyle, wearing camel coat and red lipstick, on the red carpet
This bob will give you wild thoughts! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When Rihanna made us go wild for her beachy bob

What is it?

What you wish your hair looked like when you left the beach. We all know that the wet look hair trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so when we saw Rihanna‘s curly take on it, we just had to stop and staring.

Why does it work?

Though we adore sleek and straight black hair bobs, they can be difficult to keep up with, which is what makes Rihanna’s curly, laid-back bob cut so appealing. Not only is it easy to manage, but it’ll also make you look like you’ve been holidaying in the tropics (erm, yes please!).

Has this curly bob style got your name written all over it? If so, make sure to invest in a good curl-activating mousse.

close up shot karrueche tran with side swept wavy platinum blonde, wearing purple dress and posing on the BET awards red carpet
Combine your bob with a platinum hair colour for ultra-modern results. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Who can forget this platinum upgrade?

What is it?

It’s bright, beautiful and completely in tone with the platinum hair colour trend that’s currently dominating Hollywood – anyone else getting major Marilyn Monroe vibes? Oh Karrueche Tran, we wish we had wavy blonde bob haircut!

Why does it work?

While we adore Karrueche’s gorgeous hair colour, what really captures our attention are her wavy, side-swept bangs. And if you don’t already know, side bangs are always on-trend and universally flattering (yes, all face shapes are welcome!).

braided black hair bobs: close up shot of thandie newton with box braided bob hairstyle, wearing floral top
Love box braids? Then get ready to fall in love with this box braided bob.

How about Thandie Newton’s box braids bob?

What is it?

The new way to wear your box braids this season. Yep, if you’re a naturalista torn between rocking a protective style and enjoying the convenience of a shorter look, know that you can get the both of best worlds with a box braids bob. Need proof? Thandie Newton’s lush mane is all you need to look at!

Why does it work?

This style works because it easily allows you to get in on the biggest trend of the year (all without you having to do anything drastic to your natural hair). The same goes with wigs, extensions, and weaves! So, the only question is: which look will you go for?

Editor’s tip: Just because your hair is protected, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a leave-in conditioning spray (like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mistin your life.

This must-have product helps give your natural locks a much-needed boost of moisture and will leave them smelling like tropical garden. Now, doesn’t that sound like a dream?

close up shot of dj kitty chas with short bob with bobby pins in her bob, wearing blue dress on red carpet
Now that’s how you accessorise a bob!

And Kitty Cash slayed bobby pin hair accessories

What is it?

Your party hair inspiration! If you think black hair bobs are boring, Kitty Cash is here to remind you that they aren’t, with this fun and fashion-forward bobby pins hairstyle.

Why does it work?

This playful look works because it makes Kitty’s bob hairstyle look like a work of art, and it can totally do the same for you. However, you don’t have to stick to just one hair accessory, you can test out all the latest trends and make everyone around you envious. Boring hair? Not here!


Not ready to give a bob hairstyle a go? Fear not, as we have just there thing… here are 11 luscious long bob hair looks that we’re sure will make you take the plunge in no time!

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