The bob is one of the cutest and most classic hairstyles anyone can wear. But if you’re worried it won’t suit your natural hair, we’re here to show you the many stylish ways Black women can rock the look.
Whether you want to stick to your natural texture or flatiron it straight, there’s a perfect bob for your hair type. And while bobs are commonly chin-length, you can always go for a shorter style or a lob reaching down to your shoulders if that’s what you want. Perhaps best of all, it is easy to maintain — the short length means you use less product and spend less time styling your hair.
So if you’re thinking of getting a bob, here are some ideas from the most stylish Black celebrities.
Gabrielle Union's Short Bob
This is the classic short bob we all know and love. It reaches down to the jawline, is parted at the side, and has a rounded silhouette and bouncy volume. So cute!
Logan Browning's Curly Bob
Of course, you don’t have to iron out your natural curls — a curly bob looks just as chic as any bob, after all. Here, Logan Browning is wearing her curls in a short side-parted style and it’s totally giving off vintage vibes.
Thandie Newton's Long Bob
Thandie Newton’s hairstyle is longer than the usual bob, reaching past her shoulders, but it features the same sleek silhouette and side part we’re all familiar with. This is such an elegant look that will never go out of style.
Angela Bassett's Cute Bob
Angela Bassett has added a few waves to her short bob and the result is a super cute style we’re dying to copy. A few tricks with the curling iron and, voila, the sweetest ‘do!
Halle Berry's Curly Lob
For all the girly girls out there, here’s the bob for you. Halle Berry is wearing a lob featuring luxuriant curls and wispy bangs and it’s totally oozing ultra-feminine appeal.
Regina King's Asymmetrical Bob
A great way to add a modern touch to your bob is by giving it an asymmetrical silhouette. Here, Regina King is wearing a choppy bob with one side longer than the other, which adds a more unique and interesting quality to it.
Kerry Washington's Center-Parted Long Bob
If you want to keep it simple and classic, you can’t go wrong with a center-parted long bob like Kerry Washington’s. She’s also sporting a very subtle ombre hue, which gives it added elegance.
KiKi Layne's Blunt Bob
For a bob that really grabs stares, try this blunt style KiKi Layne is wearing. It is sleek with a center part and gets more voluminous towards the ends — ideal if you have thick hair.
Cynthia Erivo's Purple Curly Lob
You can always count on Cynthia Erivo to wear the boldest ‘dos. Here, she’s sporting a long bob in her natural texture, which she’s dyed a bright lavender hue for added oomph.
Iman's Sleek Bob
Iman is the picture of elegance, as always, with her red carpet-worthy bob. It features a super sleek texture with one side tucked behind her ear. It’s a bob that looks totally ready for a glamorous night out!
Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Afro Bob
Let your natural curls run wild with an afro bob like Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s. It’s relatively low-maintenance and so playfully chic!
Janet Mock's Long Afro Bob
For a variation on the afro bob, try Janet Mock’s lob. It reaches past her shoulders, is parted at the middle and looks totally glorious with those voluminous curls.
Marsai Martin's Thick Curly Bob
Marsai Martin looks so adorable with her bob, which features a round silhouette and thick, bouncy curls. This is giving off major ’70s vibes. Cute!
Laura Harrier's Wavy Bob
Here, Laura Harrier keeps it sleek and straight at the top but wavy down the ends. It also has a subtle vintage feel to it.
Nathalie Emmanuel's Round Afro Bob
Now if you want to give your bob a heavy retro flavor, go for this look. It’s a cross between a bob and a round afro and definitely a beautiful showcase of Nathalie Emmanuel’s natural hair.
Serayah McNeill's Bleached Angled Bob
Serayah McNeill shows off an ultra-modern bob with this angled style. The ends are longer at the front and short at the back, plus she’s dyed it a blonde hue with dark roots for extra pizzazz.
Viola Davis' Shoulder-Length Bob
This perfectly styled shoulder-length bob on Viola Davis looks absolutely elegant. We like the subtly layered cut, and the caramel highlights add beautiful dimension to the color.
Tiffany Haddish's Slicked-Back Bob
If you want to give your short bob a dose of edge, try a slicked-back style like Tiffany Haddish is wearing here. That height at the top paired with the sleek texture makes this a super cool look.
Jennifer Hudson's Asymmetrical Lob
We can’t get enough of these trendy asymmetrical styles so here’s another one. Jennifer Hudson is wearing an angled lob with caramel highlights and it looks so sophisticated from the style to the color.
Regina Hall's Layered Bob
For added volume and a more modern finish to your bob, try layers. Here, Regina Hall is sporting a slightly choppy texture which gives the style an edgier character.
Kat Graham's Wavy Shoulder-Length Bob
Take your bob to ultra-glam heights by adding waves. Kat Graham looks totally party-ready with this look.
Skai Jackson's Center-Parted Afro Bob
Here’s another bob haircut that lets you showcase your natural texture. Skai Jackson is wearing her afro with a center part and an extra-voluminous silhouette. It’s a look that really grabs attention.
Taraji P. Henson's Graduated Bob
Taraji P. Henson’s hairstyle features the classic bob shape with a few modern elements added, like the choppy, graduated ends. We also like the deep part and side-swept bangs, which give the entire look a stylish silhouette.
Tessa Thompson's Retro Wavy Bob
Add a touch of the ’20s to your bob with some finger waves like Tessa Thompson’s. This is such a sweet and demure take on the classic bob.
Jada Pinkett Smith's Short Bob with Long Bangs
Jada Pinkett Smith’s short bob gets a touch of drama with those long, side-swept bangs. This is an example of how adding a stylish fringe can result in a chicer-looking bob.
Garcelle Beauvais' Classic Bob
When all else fails, keep it classic. This sleek and chic bob on Garcelle Beauvais will always be in style.
Ciara's Blonde Center-Parted Bob
Ciara’s short center-parted bob looks so cute but it’s also the blonde dye job that draws the eye to this hairstyle. An adorable bob paired with a striking color makes a statement-making look.
Kelly Rowland's Bob with Bangs
Here, Kelly Rowland is wearing a bob with a slightly wavy texture and cute eyebrow-grazing bangs. The hairstyle frames her face nicely and gives it a youthful look.
Yara Shahidi's Curly Bob with Space Buns
Yara Shahidi shows us how to add a quirky touch to a bob with these space buns. She keeps her natural texture and styles the top with the buns, and the result is this playfully chic bob haircut.
Rihanna's Short Curly Bob with Bangs
Rihanna looks effortlessly stylish wearing this bob with wispy bangs. She’s added subtle curls to the look for a casual yet chic finish.