How to Cut African-American Hair Into a Bob

Singer Mary J. Blige rocks a shoulder-length bob with bangs.

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The bob is a classic, popular style worn by African-American women. It is a versatile haircut that can be as edgy as an asymmetrical style or as retro as a mushroom cut. Whether you part your hair in the middle or on the side or wear bangs, you can create a bob cut that fits you.

Pick a Style


Choose a bob hairstyle for your face shape. Consider the bangs carefully. For a round or oval face, a bob hairstyle with fringe bangs that hit the eyebrow or side-swept bangs is the best option. For a square face, a bob hairstyle with eyelash-grazing bangs is good. A layered bob with feathered bangs is best for a heart-shaped face. Parting your hair straight down the middle or to the side is fine for any face shape.


Wash your hair, condition and rinse. Dry your hair before cutting. If you cut it while it's wet, your hair may turn out looking shorter or longer than expected because hair shrinks as it dries. For volume and shine, wrap your wet hair and dry it under a bonnet dryer or blow it out manually with a comb hair dryer and flat-iron it.


Part your hair into a small section, perhaps an inch wide. Gently comb through it. Use two fingers to slide down the section of hair toward the tips. When your fingers reach the length you want, cut the hair straight across. Do the same with the adjacent section of hair, using a strand from the cut section as a measurement to be sure you get the same length. Work your way around your head in this manner.


Use clip-in bangs if you don't want to cut your hair in the front. There are also colored hair extensions if you want to color your real hair. Track extensions can also add volume and length to your bob, especially if you want an asymmetrical or mushroom-style bob.

Things You'll Need


1.Hair scissors

3.Wide-tooth comb

2.Shampoo and conditioner



Tips & Tricks


If you have relaxed hair and it's been four to six weeks since your last relaxer, relax your hair before you cut.

If you have natural hair, press or flat-iron your hair for the best look.


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