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Celebrity Style: Bob Hairstyles for Black Women

Updated on September 4, 2012
Tyra Banks' Mod Bob Hairstyle. Bob Hairstyles for Black Women.
Tyra Banks' Mod Bob Hairstyle. Bob Hairstyles for Black Women. | Source

Bob haircuts for black women work for a number of reasons: the bob is attractive to the female face, it's not too long and not too short, and it's less fussy to maintain than longer hairstyles.

In this hub we feature bob hairstyles for black women using celebrity inspiration.

Let's take a look at pictures of some of the celebs who have sported bobs: Tyra Banks, Keri Hilson, Angela Bassett, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, and Gayle King.

Tyra Banks in a Mod Bob (right)

For a while, this bob was Tyra's trademark look.

It was sharp cut and had brown and blonde highlights throughout.

Since this is an angular, top-heavy cut, the style works best on women with slender faces.


Keri Hilson in a 1980s Bob Hairstyle
Keri Hilson in a 1980s Bob Hairstyle | Source

Keri Hilson's 1980s Bob Hairstyle (above)

Remember how popular Facts of Life Tootie-style bobs were back in the 1980s? Keri Hilson does a retake with this style of bob using brown tips on the ends and straight rather than curled ends. This style works great on women with heart-shaped faces.


Angela Bassett in a Razor-cut Bob with Soft Bangs. Bob Haircuts for Black Women.
Angela Bassett in a Razor-cut Bob with Soft Bangs. Bob Haircuts for Black Women. | Source

Angela Bassett in a Razor-cut Bob with Soft Bangs (above)

The Razor-cut bob with soft bangs, though it has sharp edges, is very feminine looking. It surrounds the face with layers and makes your hair look fuller as well. This bob looks great on women with full faces as it doesn't lay flat against the head.


Rihanna in a 1920s-style Bob Hairdo
Rihanna in a 1920s-style Bob Hairdo | Source

Rihanna in a 1920s-style Bob Hairdo (above)

Of all the bob haircuts for black women, this 1920s-style bob is the sexiest style. It shows off a woman's neck and frames her face beautifully. This hairstyle is best suited to women with delicate features. And if you have a graceful, gazelle-like neck, this style will be a winner for you.


Jennifer Hudson in a Conservative Bob Hairstyle
Jennifer Hudson in a Conservative Bob Hairstyle | Source

Jennifer Hudson in a Conservative Bob Hairstyle (above)

This hairstyle is perfect for women who want a short hairstyle that is also classy and conservative. It is reminiscent of women's hairstyles of the 1950s. It's perfect for the office and for church on Sunday.


Gayle King in a Wavy, Layered Bob with Bangs
Gayle King in a Wavy, Layered Bob with Bangs | Source

Gayle King in a Layered, Wavy Bob with Bangs (Above)

Gayle King is well-known for her blonde bob. This is the most forgiving of all bob hairstyles for black women. It looks especially good on women 50+. It provides a soft look around the face, and it also is the perfect hairstyle for women who wish to hide forehead lines while looking stylish.

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