The Jellyfish Haircut Is The Stylish Alternative To The Rattail - Here's How To Style It

Lately, TikTok has been on a roll with naming new and popular hair trends after food and creatures. Remember the trendy butterfly haircut that had everyone rushing to the salon to get their wings? And who can forget the popularity of the luxuriously lovely brownie batter hair? Yeah, we're still hungry thinking about that last one. 

Of course, in typical TikTok fashion, there's another animal-themed hairstyle blipping on the beauty radar, and it's grabbed us by the tentacles with how standout of a style it is. You guessed it — we're talking about the jellyfish haircut. Jellyfish hair is equal parts "kawaiicore" and rad cyberpunk, so it's no wonder TikTok is going absolutely crazy over it. It's one of the most versatile hairstyles out there right now, and everyone's rushing to give it a try. If you want to jump on the jellyfish haircut train before it takes off, just keep reading. We've got all the deets on what the haircut is and trendy ways to style it.

What is the jellyfish haircut?

Jellyfish may be known for their painful sting, but no one can deny how ethereal these translucent floaties of nature look as they drift across the ocean. The jellyfish haircut's bubbly, endearing shape is exactly why it's named after the marine creature. We say shape, but we should actually say two as the jellyfish haircut is a bi-level cut consisting of two layers: the bob cut at the top and then tentacle-like hair dropping past the shoulders.

"But wait," you might be thinking to yourself, "That just sounds like a rattail with extra steps!" Not so. In an interview with Glamour, salon owner Dan Williams described jellyfish hair as much more "avant-garde" than its predecessors the mullet and rattail. "It's definitely for a niche, artsy, and experimental group," he explained. Williams went on to recommend this haircut for people who are curious to try out a bob without the need to commit to the full chop.

Try styling jellyfish hair like this for even more flair

For people who want a look that stands out from the humdrum hairstyles of the crowd, the jellyfish haircut is a must-try. The straight bangs and pillowy bob make the cut itself super stylish, and the differing hair lengths add a layer of playfulness. But that's just the beginning of how much fun jellyfish hair is. If you're the creative type (and we know you are if you're bold enough to rock this style), then you are going to have a blast styling jellyfish hair in a way that suits your tastes.

Sticking with one color might be the norm for this hime haircut-inspired look, but once you bring out the hair dye, the jellyfish haircut really shines. Many social media users are rocking multicolored jellyfish hair by dyeing their longer tresses one color and picking another color for the bowl cut section. If you're feeling up for some colorful fun, dual tones are the ultimate way of personalizing your cut.

You also shouldn't feel as though you have to flatten your hair to bone-straight dimensions to wear this style. The haircut looks just as amazing with curly hair and added volume.