By now you probably know that shaggy, 70s-inspired haircuts are back. Even the mullet, which was once considered one of the most cringe-worthy hairstyles, has become popularized thanks to celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. But this summer, a new twist on these retro styles has emerged, and it just might be the wildest one yet: the wolf cut.
The wolf cut hair trend is taking over the internet. In fact, the hashtag #wolfcut has garnered over 437 million views on TikTok and over 17,000 posts on Instagram. Billie Eilish even set a new record with stunning selfies showing off her icy blonde take on the style.
So what is it about the style that has people rushing to make a salon appointment? We spoke to Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and founder of The Beachwaver Co., to get the scoop on the shaggy, effortless look that you’re sure to see all summer long.
What is wolf cut hair?
First thing’s first: what exactly is a wolf cut? According to Potempa, it can be classified somewhere between a mullet and a shag. “It’s a wild hair cut with a lot of layers that blend from the top of the hair to the bottom,” she says. “It’s like a mix between a ’70s vintage shag and a slight ’80s mullet, with a longer layer in the back. Essentially, like taking two different time periods and smashing them together into a modern-day look.”
Who does the wolf cut work best for?
While anyone can try the wolf cut hair trend, Potempa says that the style tends to work best for those with “medium to thick hair that can handle a lot of layers, which tend to be a little heavy.” In other words, the choppy cut may weigh down thin strands. She also notes that it can work beautifully on curly hair (see proof above), though the cut will have to be more technical.
When it comes to length, Potempa says: “I recommend this for people with medium to long hair. That way you can cut into the layers easier – you’ll have a longer layered look. For those with shorter hair, the cut will tend to look choppier.”
What should you ask for at the salon?
Potempa says that asking for a 90-degree long layer haircut should do the trick. “Bring your hairstylist a photo of someone with similar hair thickness, texture, and do research to find out exactly what you want,” she says. “Communication is key to getting exactly what haircut you want.”
If you’re feeling brave, you can also attempt a wolf cut at home by pulling your hair into a ponytail and cutting strategically. Potempa offers the following step-by-step guide: “First, put your hair into one high ponytail, holding that same ponytail straight up and adding a second hair tie close to the end of the hair. Trim 2-3 inches off of the top of the ponytail straight across.”
She continues: “If you want to maintain the length of your hair, I recommend taking a layer from the arch of your eyebrow, pulling that section in a high ponytail, then cutting a blunt line across that ponytail.”
What kind of upkeep is required?
Potempa notes that the beauty of the wolf cut is that it grows out nicely. But if you have shorter hair, she suggests a trim every 6-8 weeks “to keep the layers short and bouncy.” Those with longer hair can go 8-10 weeks.
As for styling, Potempa suggests using a large-barrel curling wand, like the Beachwaver S1.25, to add a slight bend if your hair tends to go flat. “You could also use a dry shampoo, like Second Chance Dry Shampoo, for volume,” she adds. “And The Braid Balm is great for effortless overnight waves: Sleep in a top knot bun and wake up to waves!”
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