Moesha Mitchell is known for two things: being the Fresh Princess Of L.A. and her bob braids.
In Western African communities, braids were used to show marital status, wealth, religion, age and rank. The ever-trendy braids have since been blended with a lot of hairstyles. It means the ’90s super cool bob-braid hairstyle is back! While the bob is super edgy and modern, braids have transcended time and remained flawless. Therefore, this hairstyle is the perfect mix of vintage and modern.
Before You Get Started
- Bob braids may be short in length, but they can be equally time-consuming to do. Consider getting them done through a professional.
- If you already have a protective style on, let your hair and scalp breath for a week before getting new braids.
- Instead of coloring your hair for a flashy bob braid look, use extensions in the color of your choice. This is a safer and more convenient option.
Excited to know more about this trend that has taken the world by storm? In this article, we take a look at the top 27 bob braids of all time.
But before that, we have also shared a few pointers on how you can pick a bob braided style that will look fabulous on you. Keep reading to know more!
How to Style Bob Braids
- Decide Which Bob You Want
The bob is one of the trendiest hairstyles, so it’s no surprise that we’ve created multiple variations of it. The bob has been ruling the short hair world since 1920. Ranging from the classic bob all the way to the A-line and asymmetrical bobs, there is a wide variety to choose from. You need to keep your face shape in mind as bobs help in framing your face. If you don’t know your face shape, check out this article to figure it out.
- Decide What Kind Of Braids You Want
Dutch braids, Ghana Braids, feed-in braids, regular braids, Khaleesi braids…the list goes on and on. You need to decide whether you want protective braids or regular braids.
Almost all protective styles use hair extensions. If you’re opting for extensions, you need to consider what kind you want to use. The options are broadly categorized into synthetic and virgin hair types? Synthetic hair is made from fine plastic fibers while virgin hair is natural human hair.
Licensed cosmetologist and hair expert, Tuera Jacobs, who has over 20 years of experience in the beauty and styling industry, adds, “Today, braiders have mastered the art of braiding and “dipping” synthetic hair in a manner which creates free flowing, lightweight braid designs, that move like natural human hair, for a fraction of the cost.” Therefore, you need not worry about your extensions looking unnatural.
Using hair extensions not only adds volume but also prevents damage. Instead of coloring your natural hair, you can pick colored extensions. You can also buy extensions and then dye them the color you want.
Can the bob and braids you want be cut and styled at home or will they be done better at a salon? In my experience, it’s always better to get your hair done professionally.
Accessories can really amp up your hairdo. You need to decide whether you want to go big or stay minimalistic. You can choose from hair rings to clips to beads to flowers to…you get the drift.
Now that you know the things to consider when picking a bob braids style, it’s time for the fun part! Here’s a list of the 25 bob braids that are trending all over the world.
27 Exquisite Bob Braids You Need To Know
1. Long Bob Braids With Wooden Beads
The light feel of shorter braids syncs well with wooden beads. It makes for such a playful look. And, imagine these beads rattling together with every step you take! All the boho, cottage-core enthusiasts curlies out there, this style seems to be custom-created for you! This hairstyle is also perfect for casual outings and parties.
2. Copper Bob Braids
A moderately vibrant bob braids for those who want to test the waters with a dyed look. And you need not necessarily dye your hair, colored extensions will work just as brilliantly. Darker braid shades also seem to carry an edge to them. No wonder this style demands attention with its feisty looks! And you can accessorize these thin braids with threads and mini clip-on beads for added flair.
3. Pink Curved Braids
Pink reminds me of all the good things from my childhood – unicorns, cotton candy, Barbie dolls, teddy bears, and bubblegum. Braid that glee into your hair with this awesome side curved bob braids style. You are now ready to look GLAMOROUS!
4. Asymmetrical Braided Bob
Asymmetrical bobs look badass. I thought there was no possible way to top them until I saw this asymmetrical braided bob. It has such a strong personality. It is stunning! The blonde extensions look incredible in these box braids.
5. Thick Bob Braids
Hair extensions are generally used to make hair look thicker. That is exactly what this braided bob does. The burgundy accents are subtle yet boisterous at the same time. Love this crochet braid look.
6. Long Braided Bob
Don’t let the braided bob fool you. While it is inherently badass, it is versatile enough to be styled in a girly manner.
7. Shaved On The Side Braided Bob
#Thuglife! Some hairstyles ooze personality, and this is one of them. The shaved pattern on the side can be a simple or an intricate design, depending on your preference. With the pattern, this hairdo looks totally edgy.
8. Braided Bob With Hair Rings
This braided bob looks tribal and wild. You can almost hear the opening theme for The Lion King in the background. Come to think of it, if The Lion King was remade with humans, I think this is how Nala would look. Pretty wild, eh?!
9. Wavy Braided Bob
When you tightly weave a braid, your hair tends to get squiggly – which makes for a crazy hairdo. These wavy braids are perfect for sporting on a beach holiday.
10. Ombre Braided Bob
Ombre will never go out of style. The key is to pick colors that go well with your skin tone. Your skin has surface tones and undertones. Dark, olive, medium, and fair are surface tones while warm, cool, and neutral are undertones. It’s the undertones that really matter when picking a hair color.
11. Pop Of Color Braided Bob
Sometimes all you need in life is a pop of color. This braided bob would look like any other if it weren’t for that splash of caramel brown. Add some vibrance to your locks to set it apart.
12. Tight Twists Braided Bob
Storm is known for being a fierce mutant who controls the weather, and for her iconic silver grey hair. It’s no wonder that every woman at some point in her life wanted this hair color. I still do.
13. Shell Braided Bob
Who needs flowers and headbands when you have shells? Shells carry the sound of the ocean and make you feel like you’re on holiday 24/7. Sounds pretty awesome, right? So, accessorize your bob braids with some shells to create a summer-perfect look.
14. Electric Blue Bob Braids
Blue is a futuristic color. It’s no wonder it’s the color of a famous time-traveling spaceship. (If you get that reference, you have a special place in my heart). These bob braids look uber cool with electric blue highlights.
15. Volumizing Bob Braids
This girl has flawless features, and the bob braids only accentuate them. Bob braids can help accentuate your features, especially if you have a diamond- or oval-shaped face.
16. Thick Threaded Braided Bob
Why settle for thin braids when thick locks give you more volume? And those colorful threads add vibrance to the hairdo. The slight pop of color here and there is a nice touch that adds some dimension to the braided bob.
17. Gold Beaded And Threaded Bob Braids
To look a class apart, all you need are accessories like these gold beads and threads. They transform this braided bob into a masterpiece.
18. Dual Colored Box Braid Bob
Simple, yet very stylish. If you like subtle hair colors, this is the braided bob for you. The best part is that you don’t even need to color your hair. You can achieve this look by using some colored extensions.
19. Undercut Braided Bob
You don’t have to braid your whole bob to look glamorous. If you have a pixie bob, weave your hair on one side into a thin braid. You’ll have to use the French braiding method where you keep adding hair to the side sections of the braid. This hairstyle looks especially great with big earrings!
20. Side Braided Bob
This one is pretty easy to try. Using a straightener, style some waves at the ends of your hair. Part your hair on one side. Take some hair from the front of the side with lesser hair and weave it into a braid. Pin it up underneath some loose hair at the back of your head. This hairstyle looks especially great with coffee brown highlights done on black hair as it adds texture and dimension to the look.
21. Simple Thin Braided Bob
Thin braids can also look very voluminous. The key is to use hair extensions that make your hair look fuller than it is. Simple accessories like classy clip-on beads can add oomph to this hairdo.
22. Free Ended Braided Bob
I love this hairdo. The deep wine extensions look brilliant and go well with her skin tone and lip color. I like how the beads are placed at the ends and also randomly throughout her hair. It looks traditional, yet has a modern feel to it.
Actress Danai Gurira wore her bobbed Fulani braids with fanned or open ends at the 2019 Oscars.
23. Long Braided Bob
Growing out your bob is never wrong, especially if it’s a slanted bob with the back shorter than the front. Weaving the entire bob into thin black braids adds a lot of edge to the look. Throw in some colored threads, and you can wear this hair look just about anywhere.
24. Over-Side Braided Bob
This dark-light mix of colors adds texture and dimension to the hair. Part your hair on one side. Weave a braid on one side, flip it over to the other side, and pin it underneath loose hair. Pancake the braid to make it look voluminous.
25. Patterned Braided Bob
Black women take a lot of pride in their braids, which is why they spend a lot of time perfecting them. Intricately patterned braids like these look breathtaking, to say the least.
26. Tightly Twisted Braided Bob
These tight twists look like the polished version of dreadlocks. It’s important to remember not to twist or braid your hair too tight, especially near the scalp. This can lead to Traction Alopecia. Apply some gel or mousse near the roots so you get a better grip when braiding or twisting your hair instead of pulling it tightly.
Actress Whoopi Goldberg wore her iconic dreadlocks in a bob hairstyle while filming for the popular show The View.
27. Scarfed Braided Bob
Scarves have been around for ages. They can amp up any hairdo and add vibrance to an ensemble. While there are many ways to tie a scarf around your hair, this almost-turban look is a hot favorite.
Now that you know which bob braids are trending right now, here are some maintenance tips to make those braids last longer.
How to Maintain Bob Braids
- Get your braids re-weaved every three months. This way you won’t have to start from scratch, but simply secure the loose ends.
- Wash your hair only once a week. Washing your hair too often can loosen the braids. Concentrate on washing off the buildup on your scalp.
- Kinky hair dries out faster than all other hair types. To remedy this, apply oil to your roots regularly. Use your fingertips to massage hot oil on your scalp.
- Deep condition your hair at least once a week; use a natural leave-in conditioner. This will moisturize your hair follicles.
- Wrap your hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep. This will prevent your braids from getting frizzy.
- Using a blow dryer can dry out and damage your hair. Instead, allow your hair to air dry.
Additionally, Tuera Jacobs offers her expert suggestion, “Scalp treatments, in the form of a dry and itchy scalp shampoo mixed with an antiseptic, can be applied between installs. This will help deter itching and flaking, as well as promote blood circulation, which is key to hair growth.”
It is time for you to make a statement with this round-up of bob braid hairstyles. Although it is quite a move to get some of these hairstyles done, they are surely worth it. From braided bob with hair rings to ombre braided bob, tight-twisted braided bob, electric-blue bob braids, and more, your options are endless. Of course, when styling a bob braid hairstyle, you should focus on the accessories that go best with your personality. So, take some inspiration from the above options and get ready to look fabulous.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do bob box braids last?
Bob box braids can last up to 8-10 weeks.
How do you seal a bob box braid without burning it?
You can use a flat iron to seal a bob box braid without burning it.
How long does doing bob box braids take?
It may take around 4 to 8 hours to do bob box braids.
How many packs of hair do you need for box braids for a bob?
You may need 2 to 3 hair packs for doing a box braid bob.
How much is for braiding a bob?
Getting box braids done by a professional may cost $300 to $600.