There's no denying the Wolf Cut is TikTok's protege hair trend. Since we first flagged the choppy crop as the cut to watch in May 2021, it's gone mega viral with over 1.2 billion views. Originally set to the "I'm not gon' do it... I was just thinking about it" soundtrack, it looks like loads of us “did it” – including celeb stans Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish and Keke Palmer.
And as the style's exploded, we've seen dozens of renditions that make the wolf cut work whatever your vibe: edgy, chic or glam.
For the uninitiated, we've put together everything you need to know before committing to the cut, as well as tons of inspo to get stuck into.
What is a wolf cut?
The wolf cut is an audacious mash-up of two of the most drastic cuts trending right now: the 70s shag and the 80s mullet, brought together in a very modern collab. As its name suggests, the wolf cut is a little wild, thanks to loads of shaggy, wavy disconnected layers that nod to a slight mullet shape since they're cut shorter around the crown to create volume, with longer layers in the back.
The good news? It can be as ballsy as you like, depending on how short or soft you decide to go with the layers and how mussy you style it. The general jist is to look just the right amount of feral to give the style a relaxed, cool-girl feel, without going so radical that it's impossible to style. But, we've seen it taken in different directions with swooshy girl-next-door curtain fringes, heavy rocker bangs and elfin micro fringes.
What should you know before getting a wolf cut?
Full disclaimer, it is a commitment, especially if you're taking the layers quite short around the crown, so it can take a while to grow out. But, it promises months of enviable volume. Or you can create a softer wolf cut with longer layers if you reckon you'll want to switch it out again before the year's out.
How to style a wolf cut?
Styling-wise, the cut does a lot of the hard work for you. You might be able to get away with misting in some texturiser and roughing up your hair with your hands. However, just know, if your strands are naturally straight and sleek this won't be a wash and go situation. "Everyone wants a wolf cut until they realise... ur [sic] hair will be flat unless you style it," one TikToker called Maddy wrote. So take some time to acquaint yourself with a new routine that works well with your chop.
Tempted? Here's all the inspo you need…
1. Wolf cut with a deep mullet
Actress and singer, Debby Ryan took the mullet aesthetic further back into her hair-line for a layered fringe that extends to her ear. It's a little badass but totally wearable, too.
2. Wolf cut with light layers
This has the classic wolf cut shape, fuller at the top, tapered at the bottom. The flicky lobe-length layers give it structure but it still feels more laid back and less drastic than other renditions.
3. Curly wolf cut
Craft curls by stacking them on top then trimming them toward the bottom.
4. Extreme wolf cut
An wild way to wear the trend, opt for ultra shaggy layers at the top with an extreme taper toward the bottom.
5. Wolf cut for short hair
One of the most popular way to wear the cut. Keep things cute by exaggerating the flick at the bottom.
6. Soft wolf cut
Don't want to fully commit? Opt for a softer nod to the shape with a few choppy layers around the crown.
7. Collarbone wolf cut
Growing out your hair but want to add some extra texture? The collarbone wolf cut is perfect
8. Wolf cut bob
We love a shag, we love a mullet, we love a bob. This is the ultimate trifecta.
9. Flicky wolf cut
10. Wavy wolf cut
11. XXL wolf cut
12. Glam wolf cut
13. The feathered wolf cut
14. The laidback wolf cut
15. The micro fringe wolf cut
16. Shoulder-length wolf cut
17. Loosely cut wolf cut
18. Goth glam wolf cut
19. Colour pop wolf cut
20. Tucked wolf cut
21. Platinum wolf cut
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