Bubble Bobs Are Big News—Here's What Makes Them Different From Other Crops

It's true—the bob haircut is the hairstyle of 2023. Right from the beginning of the year, we've seen celebs from Hailey Bieber to Zendaya go for the chop on their longer lengths in favour of chin-skimming bobs, blunt bobs, French bobs, Italian bobs—you get the picture. On my recent visit to the hair salon, my hairstylist said that short hair was being requested left, right and centre from their clientele. So, it's safe to say that the bob is set to reign this year.

Of course, the bob is a classic hairstyle that stands the test of time. But, if there is one bob trend we're seeing rise this season, it's the bubble bob. This is one bob hairstyle micro trend that's been bubbling (sorry) up as we head into the warmer months. But what exactly is a bubble bob?


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Elsa Hosk's hair has that rounded shape and volume that is characteristic of the bubble bob haircut.

The bubble bob gets its name from its rounded proportions, which has plenty of volume at the roots, bounce through the middle and flicky layers that give an aerated, swishy and care-free swing. Just what the doctor ordered as we head into the warmer weather.

In fact, we've spotted a couple of celebs of late opt for this rounded bob hairstyle, and we can only expect it to gain more momentum as we head into summer. So, if you're looking for some bubble bob haircut ideas, scroll on ahead for some inspo and the key hairstyling products to achieve the look. Off you pop!

Bubble Bob Haircut Ideas


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Kerry Washington's side-parted bubble bob shows how much volume can be achieved from this cut, working just as well off and on the red carpet.


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The shape! The volume! We're calling our hairstylist immediately to emulate Ciara's rounded, middle-parted bubble bob cut.


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The bubble bob cut lends itself well to glamorous curls, as Halle Berry proves.


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Monica Barbaro's rounded bubble bob haircut looks great casually tucked behind the ears. Note the flicked-under ends that give it that bubble-like shape.


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How glamorous is Jourdan Dunn's rounded bubble bob?

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.