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Trending Now: The Wolf Cut

July 7, 2021

1 Min read

Ok. Let’s talk about a hairstyle that has been popping since 2018 and hasn’t taken a dip in popularity since. It’s the wolf cut, an eclectic combination of pretty much everything you could ever want in a hairstyle. Length, fringe, texture, and layering makes any ole head of hair look perfectly tousled and ready to romp the streets of New York (or wherever).

This non gendered cut is for those who “get” mullets, but aren’t interested in that level (or bilevel) of commitment. Originating from South Korea, wolf cuts are in everyone’s hair goal albums AND making it out of the moodboards into the salons and  streets. The style has seen an 88% increase on Pinterest and 100% jump in requests since 2020. Because the wolf cut relies on volume and texture to exaggerate and showcase the layering, this style works great on curly hair. For those with super straight hair, expect some styling required if you’re looking for the “scrunched up” look on the daily. Scissors can do wonders, but they can’t change your hair texture.

Often paired with a perm for long term texture, the wolf cut is a wild and free style which makes sense, considering the animal it’s named after. It’s got all the messy of a wolf, but all of the elegance, too.

One could say that it’s even reminiscent of fantasy and folklore. If you’ve ever seen Lord of the Rings, you know that the hobbits were rocking the wolf cut long before any of us were. Maybe it’s the resemblance to wolf cut’s distant cousin, the pixie, or the fact that your ears stick out a tiny bit which gives elf energy, but the wolf cut adds a certain fantasy allure into a traditionally rocker and edgy style.

How many other cuts can you say accomplish so much, in just a few snips? Check out some inspiration below.

The wolf cut 




Lee Phillips is a freelance New York based storyteller across mediums. With a BFA in writing from The New School, Phillips uses language to convey her personal truths and imagine new worlds in fiction, poetry, screen writing and non-fiction. Her non-fiction can be found in office Magazine, CryBaby Zine, Period Space, Chanel Void, Editorial Magazine, 10011 Magazine and includes editorial work for brands. Her creative writing is published in Unvaeled Journal, Rookie Magazine, and her poetry book, “Nowhere Words,”  published in September of 2020.  In all of her work, she believes in creating content that engages viewers through shared experience and authentic narratives, rather than elitism or insecurity. Follow her instagram @c.har.lee for more.

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  1. my gosh, nothing new about this. It’s been around since the 70’s. I should know, cuz I was there in the 70’s!