Yahoo August 25, 2022



The Jellyfish Haircut Is the Coolest Way to Wear Bilevel Layers


From wolf and octopus cuts to butterfly layers, animal-inspired hairstyles are everywhere this year. Now another unique chop is on the rise: the jellyfish haircut, which, like its fellow zoologically named cousins, is yet another take on a heavily layered shag. 

“It's a ‘half short, half long’ mullet style,” Raven Hurtado, stylist at Maxine Salon, says of the jellyfish cut, adding that its asymmetrical aesthetic basically makes it two haircuts in one. “The jellyfish cut has disconnected sections, with the top section [having] very short layers while the bottom layer is long and textured.” She explains that the top section is short and rounded, resembling a short bob or a bowl cut, while the bottom remains long. Translation? The long layers resemble tentacles, hence the “jellyfish” name.

The jellyfish haircut is currently trending on TikTok, having already amassed 1.6 billion views on the app. That said, the style isn't actually anything new: It's inspired by the “hime” (or princess) cut, which originated in the Japanese Heian period. Like the newly named jellyfish, the hime is also bilevel, consisting of blunt, bob-length fringe in the front and lengthy tendrils in the back.  

But don't go calling this a mullet. Dan Williams, stylist and salon owner at Studio Dan Williams, says the style is in a league of its own. “I wouldn’t classify this as just a mullet; it’s definitely more avant-garde, and much less hair left longer,” he tells Glamour, noting that the jellyfish is an ideal choice for someone seeking to experiment with a short blunt moment in the front while maintaining length in the back. 

“If you’re thinking of chopping that long hair into a bob, I would try doing the jellyfish haircut,” he says, clarifying that the chop works on all hair types and textures since its so customizable. “But it's definitely for a niche, artsy, and experimental group.”

If TikTok has taught us anything about hair, it's that the more bold and daring, the better. “This look is trending because it’s a gender-neutral style and it’s very edgy, artistic, and creative,” Hurtado tells Glamour. “It’s like having short and long hair at the same time.” Which makes it an option if you’re not ready to chop off your length but want to test out a different look, she adds.

“This cut is also perfect if you want to experiment with color for an extra bold playful style and show off your personality,” she says.

Feeling inspired? To ask for the jellyfish haircut, Hurtado suggests asking your stylist for short, rounded layers on top, while maintaining your length. As always, it's recommended you bring photos for reference. 

Once you have your jellyfish cut, maintenance is easy. “The most maintenance for this style is cleaning up the front and sides,” Williams assert. “The back ‘legs’ can grow as long as you’d like!”

Styling is also super simple. Since the cut is so striking on its own, it doesn't require much to make a statement. That said, Williams suggests applying texture paste all over to amp up the style.

Hurtado echoes this, advising that you scrunch it up with your hands and fingers, then spray texturizing and thickening spray for some extra fluff. If you want your layers to flip out more, however, she suggests using a small round brush, a small curling iron, or a hot brush to make them pop.