What Is The Octopus Haircut Trend — And Who Should Try It?

Written by Nida SayyedJul 27, 2022
 What is the octopus haircut trend — and who should try it?

There’s a new hairstyle that’s making rounds around town. It strays far away from the straight, even hair we’ve been seeing for a few years now. We’re talking about the ‘octopus haircut’. A term coined from the appearance of a person’s hair hugging their face in the shape of an octopus.

Octopus hair is kind of an intense form of layer cut. The top of the hair is cut quite short while the back and under section remain long. It is pretty similar to the ‘wolf cut’ hairstyle that went viral on TikTok a while ago. But, unlike the wolf cut that has short bits on top to add a messy and laidback look, the shorter pieces in the octopus cut turn inwards almost like a frame for your face. This haircut adds loads of bounce to the hair and pairs well with bangs. This is a low-maintenance hairstyle that looks good for a long time, without needing trims. It also removes a significant amount of weight from the head.


People with chubby faces:

People with thin hair

If you have a chubby face and want to make it look more defined, this hairstyle could be the one for you. The wispy strands could work well to fake the appearance of a slimmer face.


People with round faces:

People with thin hair

Since the octopus haircut has so many harsh cuts, it could add more structure to round faces. If you want to make your face look more angular or sculpted, you can try this haircut.


People with a wide forehead

People with thin hair

The octopus hairstyle includes blunt bangs or curtain bangs. If you want to make your forehead look smaller, this could cover it up and give the illusion of a smaller forehead.

People with thick hair

Your stylist will cut off a lot of the hair on the top portion of your hair for the wispy bits. Hence, this would be ideal for medium-thick hair. The inventors of the haircut also agree that this would benefit dense hair.

Who shouldn’t try this:


People with small faces:

People with thin hair

The octopus haircut camouflages the sides of your face to make it look smaller. If you have a small naturally, this hairstyle could overpower your features. We’d say stay away from this one.


People with acne-prone skin

People with thin hair

By now it’s no secret that hair can cause acne if it constantly touches your face. Since this haircut has smaller strands moving towards your face, it could irritate your skin and cause pimples.


People with thin hair

People with thin hair

While this adds bounce, it also takes off chunks of hair to trim them short for the octopus look. If you have thin hair, you might have to keep styling your hair to maintain a voluminous look. The rounded shape at the top might end up looking flat on thin hair after a while.

However, if you do want to try it, use a volumising shampoo like the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume Shampoo. It will ensure your hairstyle looks dapper and you don't compromise on the bounce!

With that being said, this cut differs for everyone. Your stylist will choose the best look for you depending on your hair, face and all important factors. All in all, this is an incredibly stylish haircut!

Main image courtesy: shaglondon


Nida Sayyed

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