If 2020 belonged to bangs, 2021 definitely belongs to shag haircuts. And the latest cool-girl take on shag cuts, aka the wolf cut, has taken over our feeds — and our lives — in the best way possible. A mash-up of the shag and a mullet (yes, we're not joking) the wolf cut combines shaggy, wavy layers with mullet-like layers at the front, making for a look that's wild, fierce, and works on so many levels.
The trademark is lots of volume at the top that tapers towards the bottom, finished off with heavy bangs or side bangs. If this sounds like it's right up your alley, or if you're still a little unconvinced, we've got you covered. We're listing down a few ways to make the cool-girl cut your own, so read on for more.
- 01. Try a deep mullet
- 02. Soften it up
- 03. Go the extreme way
- 04. For shorter hair
- 05. Curls for the win
01. Try a deep mullet
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We know opting for a mullet seems like a crazy idea, but we're just going to say it — it works! Ask your hairstylist to add choppy layers all over your hair and add bangs to the mix. You'll look fierce, yet end up with a look that's still pretty wearable.
02. Soften it up
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If you're not ready to go all the way with a mullet just yet, soften it up! Retain the classic wolf cut shape — fuller at the top and tapered at the bottom. Give the trend a softer appearance with a few choppy layers around the crown, and watch the magic happen.
03. Go the extreme way
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Since this trend is inspired by shaggy haircuts, we're not going to be mad if you go for extra shaggy layers. A wilder way to wear the trend, opt for ultra shaggy layers at the top with an extreme taper toward the bottom. This will probably add a dramatic flair to your look, and it's a pretty cool look to pull off. Thank us later!
04. For shorter hair
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Experiment with light layers! This is probably one of the most popular ways to wear the cut, and hey, it looks good on shorter hair. Simply follow the steps of a routine wolf cut, and keep things cute by exaggerating the flick at the bottom. The flick-y lobe-length layers will give it structure, but it will still feel more laid-back and less drastic than other renditions.
05. Curls for the win
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Yes, you heard that right. The versatile and viral cut works on curly hair as well. All you'll need to do is craft the curls by stacking them on top and trim towards the bottom — and lo and behold, you've got yourself a flawless-looking wolf cut right there.
Pssst... Here's a fun fact. While the cut will do a lot of the hard work for you, remember that wolf cuts require styling and fall flat unless you add some texture to them, especially if you've got naturally straight hair. Opt for the TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte Hair Wax, which is formulated with beeswax and will allow you to build texture, body, and definition for long-lasting results. The versatile hair-styling wax creates lift, grip and definition, making for a pro-hairstyle buddy — while smelling just like a relaxing pina colada!
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