Wolf Cut Hairstyles: How to Cut and Style this 2022 Trend

In case you missed it, everyone in Hollywood now has the wolf haircut. The bold, shaggy style has been spotted on Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Keke Palmer, and more, so it’s officially time you took note of one of 2022’s biggest hair trends. And, because we at Marie Claire take dramatic hairstyle changes very seriously, we talked to a few hair experts about exactly what you should ask for when you arrive at the salon.

But where does the style come from? And why is it trending in 2022 alongside styles like Rachel Green’s ultra-voluminous blowouts? Friends? “I think they’re trendy because they’re fun and edgy, but they’re not as extreme as a mule, so they’re less scary and get really cute,” says Alexandra Efstratiou, hairstylist based At New York. Efstratiou has long been a fan of edgy, shaggy styles, and is one of the go-tos in town when it comes to recreating the trendy wolf cut this summer. “There’s such an aesthetic revival of the 80s and 90s with fashion and media, like with the new stranger things season, so the inspiration is there, but in a more modern and cool way.”

What is a “wolf cut”?

First, let’s break down what exactly a “wolf cut” hairstyle is. “A wolf cut is a playful combination of a shag and a mullet,” says Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. “It’s a shaggy style with short layers on top that merge into face-framing curtain bangs. The longer lengths are wispy with soft, airy ends that fly away. They’re disconnected from the front with choppy layers for movement and separation.”

Wolf cuts can look great on different hair lengths and on different hair textures, so be sure to discuss with your stylist what would work best for your face shape. “They can be worn on curly or straight hair, so there’s a very broad appeal to the demographic they’re suitable for,” says Efstratiou.

How do you style a wolf cut?

OK, so you took the plunge and carved yourself a wolf haircut. Luckily, styling the cut is super easy because it’s all about that messy, undone vibe. “They’re all about texture!” said Efstratiou. “Think sea salt sprays and dry shampoos. They’re both great, but I’ve been really into spray wax type products lately.”

As for his favorites? Efstratiou loves products from luxury hair brand Oribe to achieve this effortlessly messy look. She cites two of the brand’s best-selling products in particular: the Beach After Wave and Shine Spray and the Matte Ripple Texture Hair Lotion. She considers the former to be a combination of the best dry shampoo and a spray wax-like product, and says it “can go on wet or dry hair.” The latter “gives you the look of a salt spray but with more moisture that you can put on wet and dry, and use it to blow dry or air dry naturally.”

Our Favorite Wolf Haircuts

Billie Eilish Sleek Wolf Cut

Perhaps the most popular example of the on-trend wolf cut is Billie Eilish’s icy blonde shag. Hers is a great example of how to turn your bob hairstyle into something a little bolder during the tricky growing out phase.

Billie Eilish arrives at the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA presented by GucciLos Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California

(Image credit: Steve Granitz/FilmMagic)

Miley Cyrus’ textured wolf cut

If you have more than one lob haircut going, consider getting a cut like Miley Cyrus’. Her wolf cut look is full of voluminous texture and perfectly matches her rock and roll persona.

Miley Cyrus attends the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California

(Image credit: Amy Sussman/WireImage)

Rita Ora’s Curly Wolf Haircut

IF you have curlier hair, look no further than Rita Ora’s shaggy wolf cut. The curls are perfectly defined, but the longer layers around her face give the look dimension and volume.

Singer Rita Ora visits SiriusXM Studios on July 17, 2017

(Image credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Doja Cat’s Restless Wolf Cup

One of the most dramatic wolf cuts I’ve ever seen is Doja Cat’s from the 2021 GRAMMY Awards. It’s basically a mullet with longer face-framing layers!

Doja Cat attends the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California

(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Maisie Williams Two-Tone Wolf Cut

Combine the wolf cut trend with one of the biggest hair color trends of summer 2022, the dramatic two-tone look a la Maisie Williams. Her ash blonde hair has darker brown bits blended around her face, emphasizing how layered her cut really is.

Actress Maisie Williams is seen arriving at the Thom Browne Fall 2022 Fashion Show at the Javits Center on April 29, 2022 in New York City

(Image credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)

Debby Ryan’s Long Wolf Cut

If your hair is wavy, Debby Ryan’s wolf cut is for you. I mean, look at this texture! Her cut is also longer, so it’s a great example of how to change your hair below the shoulders for summer 2022.

Debby Ryan attends the

(Image credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)

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