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Why Everyone is Talking About the Wolf Haircut on TikTok

August 24, 2021

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Why Everyone is Talking About the Wolf Haircut on TikTok

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with your hairstyle. The infamous ‘wolfcut’ is everywhere that you look on social media and it’s just as fierce as the name suggests. It’s a mash-up of two of the biggest trends in the hair industry right now, the shag and the mullet. Just like most of the beauty trends that we’re seeing right now, the wolf-cut has become a trend in no small part due to TikTok. It’s time to wave goodbye to the classic bob and to try out this latest hairstyle that everyone is talking about.

Unlike the bob, you need a little extra length and more layers to your hair to pull off the ‘wolf’ cut. This trend has made its way out of the confinements of TikTok and is taking over the internet. Searches for ‘wolf cut haircuts’ are up 250% on Google, with more than 415 million views and continuing on the #WolfCut hashtag on TikTok. Meanwhile, Pinterest searches for the hairstyle are already up 75% since the style took off on TikTok. It’s one of the most drastic cuts of the season and one that everyone is thinking of experimenting with.


If you’ve stumbled onto this article, then the chances are that you’re also considering giving the wolf haircut a go. Whether you’ve tried it before or want to experiment with the look, we’re covering everything that you need to know about this haircut and how it became one of the biggest trends for summer 2021.


Spoiler alert: it’s universally flattering, and you’ll want to make an appointment with your hairstylist ASAP.

What is the wolf haircut?


The wolf haircut is exactly as the name suggests. It’s a little on the wild side and has a shaggy appearance with lots of wavy layers to give it extra texture. The trademark feature of this haircut is to add extra volume to the top of your hair, tapering it towards the bottom while adding in a full or side fringe for dramatic effect. If you want to make it as contemporary as possible, you can even experiment with adding curtain bangs.


You don’t want to make this haircut too radical and instead get your hairstylist to tailor it to your personality to give you a cool and relaxed style. What we love about this haircut is that it does most of the work for you and is easy to maintain. All you need to do to look after this haircut is to add a little texture spray and run it through your hair with your hands. If your hair is naturally straight, it may need a little extra work to prevent it from looking flat.


The wolf haircut works by blending the layers and choppy look of the shag hair style, along with the volume and length that is synonymous with the mullet. While these two styles seem different, they come together to create a universally flattering look.


The mullet is a hair trend that seems to make a reappearance every ten years, but rarely makes it into the mainstream. What is unique is that Gen Z have claimed ownership of the hairstyle and made it their own by creating the wolf-cut trend. It’s one that influencers and hairstylists are obsessed with.


What we love about the wolf haircut is that it instantly adds a ‘vibe’ to your look by giving it an interesting shape that is unique and unlike other contemporary trends. This hairstyle works with your natural wave and textures, bringing them to light in a way that you wouldn’t find with a longer or heavier haircut.

Style inspiration for your wolf haircut


With a new hairstyle like the wolf cut, it’s easy to assume that there’s only a few people that you can use as your style muse. The popularity of the wolf haircut means that it’s already forming a loyal celebrity following – including everyone from FKA Twigs to Demi Lovato and Billie Eilish to name just a three.


We’re obsessed with Billie Eilish’s new bleached blonde take on the style, which has taken centre stage for the promotion of her new ‘Happier Than Ever’ world tour and album release. Her bleach blonde colour choice shows how you can take the trend and give it a Y2K twist.
Every time we open our TikTok or Instagram apps, there are countless girls rocking this cool and edgy hairstyle that requires minimal styling and upkeep.


Another celebrity that you can use as your styling muse is Debby Ryan. She’s taken the mullet style and given it a more laidback look by adding a layered fringe that extends down to her ear. This badass haircut has a gender-fluid feel to it and is ideal for those who want to frame their face while still rocking the trend.


One reason why people love this haircut is that it’s easy to maintain. You don’t need to wash your hair more than once a week, as your hair’s natural oils add a gritty appearance to your bangs and the edge of your hair. By skipping a fee washes, you can use your hair’s natural oils as a way of adding texture to your hair.


Only washing your hair once a week doesn’t mean that it needs to have a ‘dirty’ texture. You can achieve the gritty look without being too dirty with just a few products that you probably already have in your cosmetic bag. Dry shampoo is your BFF for this hairstyle, along with a matte pomade to help  add a natural shine to your hair and keep the style in place.


If your hair is naturally dry, you want to use a shiny pomade or choose a lightweight oil to apply to your bangs and the side of your hair to give you the grunge look that everyone loves.

How to pull off the wolf haircut


We believe that the wolf haircut is one that everyone can rock, but you do want to consider your hair type and face shape before you commit to the hairstyle. Like any radical change, it’s a good idea to speak to your hairdresser before you take the plunge. You should consider your hair’s natural texture, as this hairstyle tends to look better on those who can maintain a dirtier look. If you’re someone who is in a routine of washing and drying their hair every day, this haircut might not be for you.


The other thing that you want to consider is how this haircut exposes your face shape. You can describe the wolf haircut as ‘lifting the veil off your face’ as it leaves your nothing to hide behind as your hair is pushed back to your ears. If you want to hide a little of your face, you can add in a curtain bang or a micro fringe to frame your face. If you opt for a fringe, you’ll have to consider the practicalities of growing it out. It’s best to speak to your hairdresser to form a sold game plan, whether it’s regular appointments or slowing trimming the bottom of your hair to encourage growth.
Another thing you want to consider is that your hair type might leave the style looking flat on you if you’re not commit to daily styling. While it is a more low-maintenance style, this will depend on the texture and feel of your hair.


While you’ll see most people rocking the wolf haircut with straight and sleek hair, it doesn’t mean you have to follow the same aesthetic. Curly hair can give the wolf haircut a more feminine twist. If you’re aiming for this look, craft your curls by stacking them towards the top of your head for extra volume before trimming them downwards to achieve the shaggy wolf haircut look.

You can also experiment with the wolf haircut without losing the length of your hair. It’s easy to think that the only way to jump on this trend is by chopping off your locks to a blob length. This twist on the trend is one that you definitely want to see a hairstylist to achieve. It’s on the wilder side but is the most unique style. It’s all about focusing on the shaggy layers at the top of your hair that are synonymous with the trend, tapering them towards the bottom of your hair.


We’re official obsessed with the wolf haircut style and can’t wait to see where the trend goes next. If you’re looking to shakeup your hairstyle but can’t decide between a mullet or a shaggy bob, this is the style for you. It’s a daring look that is sure to make a statement wherever you go. While this look is typically low maintenance, you want to consider your hair type and texture before committing to the style long-term. You’ll want to invest in a dry shampoo and texturized spray to give your wolf haircut a gruddy appearance.


Are you thinking of joining the wolf haircut pack? Let us know in the comments below!

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