Introducing The Wolf Cut's Little Sister, The 'Cub Cut' (And How To Achieve The Elevated Bob)

Bob haircuts are everywhere this season. The short cut has quickly become the latest viral hairstyle and is trending all over social media. Layers are also making a comeback, which means more people are trading in their long, luscious locks for choppy, face-framing layers. As such, an edgy and layered bob has been seen sported by high-profile and trend-setting celebrities like Maya Hawke, Jenna Ortega, Emily Ratajkowski, and Billie Eilish.

If you're on the lookout for a new cut to reinvent yourself for the spring, we've found the perfect look for you to rock. Right now, the latest stylish take on the bob cut is the little sister of the trendy wolf cut, the cub cut. This fabulous cut is all kinds of cool with its edgy flare and blunt chop. "It's this season's trend with a blunter exterior but soft seamless layers, making it one of the most versatile looks," Sally Brooks, founder of Brooks & Brooks, tells Stylist.

It's the edgy, stylish cut anyone can wear

Essentially, the cub cut is the bob version of the wolf cut. The wolf cut is a mix of the shag haircut and a mullet, and you may have seen the wolf cut on notable celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Debby Ryan. Unlike the wolf cut that's highly inspired by the '70s, the cub cut takes inspiration from the '80s and '90s grunge era. "The wolf cut is a lot longer and softer than the cub cut," hairstylist John Garrett tells Glamour. The cub cut typically falls at the shoulders, chin, or above and has a more universal look to it that suits everyone.

With choppy layers and sharp edges, the bob cut is the look for those who want something more extreme than the softer wolf cut. The best part about this chop? It's so versatile that it's fitting for all hair textures and with a bit of adjustments to get just right, can be perfectly suited for anyone. 

What to ask your hairstylist to get the perfect cub cut

If you're ready to revamp your style and get the cub cut, it's best to go see your hairstylist and avoid trying to do this eccentric cut yourself. Hairstylist Syd Hayes tells Glamour he recommends asking your hairstylist for "soft layers and a relaxed bob shape." Tell your hairstylist you want layers that are seamless but still have a strong shape to them to achieve the unique look. You can customize your cut with curtain, wispy, or regular bangs for a more personalized chop that's suited to you. 

Want to spice up your cub cut? Add in a few hair accessories like butterfly clips or sparkly bobby pins for a fun, playful look. In the summertime, you can pull up your locks with a claw clip and leave a few wispy strands out at the front for a totally chic and tousled look.