Double tap-worthy bob hairstyles for black women to try in the new year

According to Instagram, these are the short bob hairstyles for black women that will get you all the likes!  

So, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and become an exclusive member of the black hair bob brigade, eh? But which crop are you going to choose? If you’re struggling to find fresh bob hairstyles for black women, there’s something you should know: Instagram is here to help you slay.

However, you won’t need to do any scrolling (we get it, it’s 2018 and you don’t have time for that!), because we’ve already done the heavy lifting and found you some pretty inspiring bob haircuts for black women…

These bob hairstyles for black women will ensure you slay all year

close up shot of patricia bright with short bob hairstyle styled to the side, wearing red jacket and black jeans
When in doubt, try this face-flattering bob hairstyle. Credit:

1. Wear it to the side

When it comes to bob hairstyles for black women, it’s impossible to go wrong with wearing yours sleek and styled to the side, which this Insta-star shows, here.

The best thing about this lush ‘do? It’s practically made to flatter all face shapes (because it’s side-swept!) and the perfect accessory to any stylish outfits you might have in your wardrobe. So, the question is: how will you rock it? Credit: @thepatriciabright

Editor’s tip: If you love looking at sleek and shiny short bob hairstyles for black women, you must be dying to know what product can help you achieve a similar look, right? If so, you need the TIGI Catwalk Haute Iron Spray in your mane life.

This wonder-spray will help you get a catwalk-approved straight hairstyle and leave your tresses looking shinier, too. Now, doesn’t that sound great?

short bob hairstyles for women: close up shot of a black woman with a long bob hairstyle with fringe, wearing blue top and necklace
Okay, this one is a little longer, but it’s so hot! Credit:

2. With a fringe

It’s 2018, which means no more being reserved with your hairstyle! So if you’re really serious about testing the short hair waters, why not try pairing it with a fringe? Before you say no, just take a minute to look at this example, above — chic, right?

Whether you want to channel your inner Cleopatra with blunt bangs or stick to tried-and-true side bangs is all up to you, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll be slaying 24-7! Credit: @glowprincesss

close up shot of black woman with pink bob hairstyle, wearing blue jacket and posing
Did someone say pink? Credit:

3. Or, with an on-trend colour

Just when we thought rose gold hair was out, it manages pulls us back again. In this example, this beauty has given her bob haircut a sweet, grungy update with this hot hue!

Yep, if you’re after a look that’s full of youthful energy and fashionable edge, this It girl-worthy ‘do has your name written all over it. Who knew bob haircuts for black women could be this fun?! Credit: @itsmyrayeraye

… If you’re not feeling pink, here are 13 mesmerising pastel shades for you to lust over, instead.

close up shot of black woman with short wavy bob, wearing white top and posing outside
Channel Island girl vibes with a wavy bob! Credit:

4. With beachy waves or curls

Bored of seeing sleek short bob hairstyles for black women? We get it. So to change the tune, we think it’s high time you experimented with beachy waves and Hollywood curls. Need an example? This beauty, above, has got your back.

As you can see, she is showing us all how to channel those Island girl vibes with her wavy, tousled bob hairstyle. Want in on the action? Follow our nifty tutorial and you’ll be making waves with your mane, too! Credit: @tiareeyhan

Editor’s tip: What’s the secret behind most wavy bob haircuts for black women? The TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour CreamScrunch a few pumps of this to damp hair and then either blowdry or allow to air dry. Once dry, run through your mane with your fingers to give that tousled finish.

bob haircuts for black women: close up shot of a black woman with asymmetrical bob hairstyle, wearing floral dress and posing
There’s nothing wrong with shaping up! Credit:

5. Experiment with shapes

Do you remember Rihanna‘s asymmetric bob hairstyle from her Umbrella days? Do you remember promising yourself to one day give it go, too? Well, honey, now’s the perfect time, because asymmetric cuts are back for good.

With its bold edgy shape and high-fashion charm, this angled ‘do is guaranteed to make you feel like a stylish whole new person in the new year. Now, who wouldn’t want that? Credit: @prettyhair_stylez

close up shot of woman with bob braids hairstyle, wearing all blue and white shirt
Can’t shake off your love for box braids? Try this! Credit:

5. Try bob braids

Okay, if you’re not keen on getting a wig, weave or your real natural hair cut to get a bob hairstyle, try the next best option: bob braids. They’re protective and low-maintenance, meaning you can reap the benefits of this trend without having to sacrifice extra time to styling in the mornings (yaass!).

We’re sure you’ll agree that this braided beauty looks ultra-stylish with her golden bob braids and is absolutely killing it in the Instagram game! Anyone else getting Destiny’s Child vibes? Us too! Credit: @nnescorner


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