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The ‘Wolf Cut’ is here to stay and now is the time to try it out

If you’ve been thinking about making a hair change as of late, chances are you haven’t scrolled past your Instagram feed without seeing a million and one reinterpretations of this cult punk hairdo – the wolf cut. The shag better known as the 'wolf cut' has been widely emulated by models and influencers for the better part of the last few years. The style in question is a hybrid of two of the most iconic hairstyles of the 1970's and 1980's, the shag and the mullet – think Cyndi Lauper meets Debby Harry. It has amassed over 108 million views on TikTok and a massive 75% surge Pinterest. All thanks to the 360º views showcasing the look in all its sultry glory.


@daniellemarcan had a breakdown so i got a wolf cut #wolfcut #mullet #haircut ♬ good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo

The trend is a little on the tough side, thanks to a combination of textured volume, and cropped in layers at the front. The statement here of course is the volume at the top which is tapered out at the ends. The look is finished off with a heavy worn in fringe to add to the vintage feel. The best news? The cut is better utilised using your natural texture to enhance bounce, a win-win overall for those who care not to use any hot tools. Below, we've collated a selection of a few of the best ways to wear this sultry style. 


The 80's Wolf Cut


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If her name wasn't synonymous with the era alone, Debby Ryan presents a great case to why the 80's is back, baby, and why this style of wolf cut is one to try. The actress took her length further back into her hairline by creating a choppy fringe extending just below her cheekbone. Taking this picture in to the salon immediately!


The Feathered Wolf Cut


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Big ups to Billie Eilish who started us on this wild hair journey. This cut pays homage to the classic shag of the 70's. The trick is to ask for more feathering at the front of the fringe and to ask for more thinned out ends.


The Red Wolf Cut

Not for the faint of heart, the latest addition to amp up the wolf cut is to warm up your tresses with a hit of red. We'd personally like to thank Phoebe Dynevor for paving the way for this one. Ask for a slightly more copper hue if you're fair skinned or an auburn colour if you're on the darker to olive skinned side.


The Short Wolf Cut

Dare to go shorter? Maximise the most of your cut by adding one to two extra layers to your bob. The look works best with a few more face framing layers near the fringe for good measure.


The Long Wolf Cut


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Your long, mermaid locks don't have to disappear in order to jump aboard the wolf cut bandwagon. Why not spice up your usual, long-layered look with a wolf cut-inspired, shaggier do? Take notes from Camila Cabello.


The curly wolf cut


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The great thing about the wolf cut is that it's a style that doesn't discriminate. The choppy, shaggy layers of a wolf cut are a great way to style more curly hair without losing your natural, gorgeous texture.


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