What is the Butterfly Bob?

Published 20th Sep 2023 by Josie Jackson

Have you heard of the Butterfly Bob? With celebrities such as Kim K, Jenna Ortega, Megan Fox and Zendaya all sporting the style, and almost 400,000 searches on TikTok alone, the traditional bob's more flirty sister has well and truly made its mark. 

What is the Butterfly Bob? 

The Butterfly Bob can be a fun and flirty way to breathe new life into your hair, especially for clients that are feeling bored of their shorter styles.

The expert hair stylists at London hair salon, Top One, explained: “Hairstylists are seeing requests for much more natural, untamed looks this year, with mullet inspired wolf cuts gaining popularity, as well as choppy layers and wispy bangs.

“The Butterfly Bob is just a more flexible, laid back version of your standard bob. It plays with layers and lengths with a lot less structure, allowing the hair to frame the face more naturally.

“The term ‘butterfly’ comes from its face framing, feathered layers and curtain bangs, which can resemble butterfly wings that allow for some serious movement.”

If you're put off by another new name for a familair style, why not take a look at what these pros had to say about the naming of hairstyles?


Which Clients Would the Butterfly Bob Work For?

Top One comments: “The style suits various hair textures and face shapes, but the cut needs to be adapted to complement each person perfectly – as with any trend or style.

“If a client's face is on the round or square side, opt for a wavy, middle part that will bring attention to the centre of your face, creating the illusion of a longer shape. We also recommend wave spray, to give the cut more movement and separation. 

“For an oval face shape, allow the layers to flow and sweep away from the face. Opt for chin or just below chin length, for an off-centre diamond-like effect. Whilst this length can often appear too voluminous if not styled correctly, the addition of feathered layers that work with the hair's natural texture will achieve a look that is face-framing and flattering.

“The Butterfly Bob can also work well for clients with a heart shaped face, if styled correctly. In this instance, chin length curls can help soften the face and add some movement, creating fullness around the jawline, bringing balance and symmetry.

“As for different hair tyoes and textures, hot tools, volumizing sprays and mousse may be needed in order to maintain the style for finer, thinner hair. With thick and coarse hair, the ‘butterfly wing’ effect can be more challenging, but certainly not off limits. The key is to keep the layers long enough to allow room for shrinkage, and cutting according to the face shape."

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 20th Sep 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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