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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.