Jellyfish Hair Is Back – And This Time, It’s A Bob

By Charlie Colville

3 weeks ago

Meet the hair trend swimming into 2024

What happens when you combine two of this year’s biggest hair trends? You get the jellyfish bob, of course. Bringing together 2024’s mainstream bob movement and the edgy jellyfish hairstyle, this is a cut that will no doubt become a source of intrigue for fans from both camps. Here’s how to tailor a jellyfish bob to you, according to professional stylists.

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What Is A Jellyfish Bob?

‘The jellyfish bob is an innovative and eye-catching hairstyle that features a dual-layered cut,’ explains Jason Crozier, Art Director at Neville Hair & Beauty. ‘The upper layer is a blunt bob, while the under layer is longer and more textured. This cut embraces bold contrasts and edgy aesthetics, setting it apart from more traditional styles.’

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The trend follows in the footsteps of its long-haired predecessor, the jellyfish haircut – but, as Jason mentioned, this time there’s more emphasis on the bob element of the cut. ‘This version of the hairstyle stands out due to its unique layering and volume, offering a modern twist on the classic bob,’ he adds. ‘It’s not just a haircut; it’s a personal statement that reflects a blend of sophistication and rebellion.’

And with posts tagged under #jellyfishbob on TikTok racking up almost 80 million views, it’s evident that this is a hair trend that will continue to pick up speed over the course of 2024. ‘The jellyfish bob caters to those who are daring and wish to defy traditional style norms,’ highlights Jason. ‘Its striking appearance and the confidence it projects makes it a popular choice among those looking to make a bold fashion statement.’

Who Suits This Haircut?

As you’ve probably noticed, a jellyfish bob isn’t like other haircuts – and while anyone can give it a go, Jason notes that some features will support this style more easily. ‘While the jellyfish bob is versatile, it particularly flatters oval and long face shapes and works best with straight to wavy textures,’ he says. ‘These textures help accentuate the structured layers of the cut, making it more distinctive.’

How To Ask For A Jellyfish Bob At The Salon (& What To Expect)

Ahead of your hair appointment, it’s important you do your research; figure out which style you want to try and collate some imagery you can show to your stylist. ‘When asking for a jellyfish bob, clear communication is key,’ emphasises Jason. ‘Bring images and specify the degree of layer contrast you’re comfortable with. Discussing your daily routine can also help tailor the style to better suit your lifestyle.’

And once you’re in the chair, your stylist will get to work on creating those all-important layers. ‘Creating this cut involves precise sectioning and texturising to achieve the characteristic jellyfish effect,’ Jason explains. ‘The goal is to ensure the upper and lower layers blend seamlessly yet distinctly to achieve the desired contrast.’

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How To Style A Jellyfish Bob

An impactful haircut like this one can be a little tricky to style, as it may require more maintenance than your typical bob – but experimenting with styles is key to finding the right one for you. ‘I recommend using a mix of light products to keep the layers distinct without weighing them down,’ suggests Jason. ‘You can experiment with different textures – either smooth and sleek or tousled and wavy, depending on your personal style and the occasion.’

How To Maintain A Jellyfish Bob

Again, due to its distinct shape, a jellyfish bob may require a bit more upkeep. ‘To maintain the integrity of the cut, regular salon visits are crucial,’ emphasises Jason. ‘Investing in quality haircare products will also help keep your hair healthy and the style looking sharp and refined.’

What Will This Haircut Look Like In The Future?

Since this is an evolution of the long jellyfish haircut, we expect there to see plenty of new versions of this hairstyle crop up in the future. ‘I see the jellyfish bob adapting with more personalised versions, incorporating varied lengths and playful colours to match individual and seasonal styles,’ muses Jason. ‘This trend has room to grow and evolve, reflecting broader changes in fashion and personal expression.’

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