Beauty Trends

Discover The Latest Low-Maintenance Trend: The Butterfly Bob

Brunette model with a wavey butterfly bob, bangs, glowing skin and highlighted make up looking at the camera in a studio setting.

Shorter chops are soaring, and we couldn’t be more pleased. All it takes is a quick scroll through your social feeds to discover that the bob is back. And, while the style has reincarnated itself into many different façades (we’re talking lobs, wolf cuts and everything in between), there’s one look in particular currently on everyone’s mind. Cue: the butterfly bob. 

With over half a million hits on TikTok (and counting), the easy breezy butterfly bob is low maintenance, slipping seamlessly into our never-ending ‘lazy-girl’ routine. And, if that isn’t enough to convert you, just look to the likes of Zendaya, Jenna Ortega and pretty much all your favourite influencers for the ultimate hair care inspiration.  

So, without further ado let us introduce to your new coiffure… 


Aptly named, the butterfly bob is defined by its feathered layers falling freely around the face – mimicking the silhouettes of (you guessed it) butterfly wings. Swishy and soft, this cut works well when lightly tousled. Boosting more volume than the ‘classic’ bob, it sits somewhere between the wolf and curve cut, thanks to its mixture of textures, rounded layers and just above-the-shoulder length.  


As one of the most adaptable short hairstyles, the butterfly bob is versatile and suits all. Why? Because you can tailor it to flatter your face shape and hair type. The trick is to get the front layers to fall so they frame your face, enhancing your features and bone structure. For those with fine hair we suggest adding stepped layers to enhance volume. Whereas, if you have thick tresses, you can remove some of your mane’s weight at the back to ensure a fluttery, floaty finish.  


The butterfly bob encourages you to embrace your natural locks, meaning there are no rules when it comes to deciding how to style it. While no two looks will be the same, the one thing they all have in common is that they’re undone and untamed. To achieve the full butterfly effect, follow the simple steps below to achieve the look best for you.  


  1. On clean, dry hair apply a leave-in conditioner  to detangle and smoothen your strands.  
  2. Now your lengths are primed and prepped, divide them into four sections and separate them using hair clips.   
  3. Then, begin by styling the back section. Start by spraying heat protectant to the partitions before using your curlers. With the hair tool, grab a small amount of hair and use the curler to create loose curls. Repeat this step until the back is complete.   
  4. For the front sections, comb out your locks, before spraying them with heat protectant. 
  5. Once both sections are complete, run your straighteners through and finish with a slight bend at the tip. Repeat this step until all the front section is complete.   
  6. Next, remove your clips and allow your hair to fall naturally in place. Using your brush, comb through your curls, so they loosen up and blend softly into your straighten segments.  
  7. To complete your look, tame any flyways by pinning back the side of your hair to create a V-shape formation.  


  1. After cleansing your lengths, lightly mist through a leave in conditioner when your hair is still damp.  
  2. Then, use a curl cream to prevent breakages. To do this add a pea size amount into your palm and evenly distribute the formula throughout you’re strands by scrunching them up, section by section.  
  3. With your activating gel, take your curls and twist with your fingers for a smoother and slicker sign off.   
  4. Now, take your diffuser and instead of moving it up to create volume, diffuse around your hair to dry your mane without disrupting its shape. 
  5. Once dry, lock in your look with a spritz of holding spray.   


  1. On dry hair, prime your strands by applying a heat protector through your mane, before brushing and detangling it.  
  2. Then, clip your hair up leaving a small layer at the back ready to style.  
  3. With this layer, take a section and run your dryer brush from the top to bottom, using slow and soft movements. Then, repeat this process until the whole layer has been blow dried. To ensure you get all your strands on the brush, you may want to use your fingers to hold the hair in place.  
  4. Next, spray the blow-dried layer with a texturing spray. 
  5. Repeat steps three and four, until you have styled everything, bar your bangs. 
  6. Now, onto the main event. Start by splitting your bangs into small sections, on each side, and run the dryer brush through each section in a frontward, upwards motion with a strong flick at the tip. 
  7. To finish off spritz your texturing spray through the front of your tresses to add volume and hold.

Now, you have everything you need to know about the latest bob, it’s time to spread your wings and make the chop…  


Trifonia Asmar

Trifonia Asmar

Senior SEO Copywriter

Cult Beauty’s Senior SEO Copywriter, Trifonia started out in the industry when bold brows were just becoming a ‘thing’, and shares a passion for all things fashion and beauty. Currently embracing her curly girl journey (after endless years of straightening her strands), she is finally reverting to her natural ways! When Triffy isn’t busy testing out the latest curl-saving solutions, you’ll find her binging the latest reality TV show or on a long walk listening to her ever-evolving country music playlist.