While the edgy wolf cut is gaining momentum, hairstylists are competing to adapt this vibrant hairstyle to all hair textures and lengths, and we are wrapping the outcomes into an inspiring photo collection.
What Is a Wolf Cut and Will It Flatter You?
Before diving into a vast collection of Instagram-worthy hairstyles, we should answer the main question — what is a wolf cut?
Born as a new incarnation of the 70s shag and the 80s mullet, the cut features short choppy layers starting at the crown and longer bottom layers tapered towards the ends. Plenty of weight removal allows the wolf cut to deliver a flattering lift at the top, complemented with a wealth of texture throughout the length. Why is it called the ‘wolf haircut”? No one knows for sure, but a lot of hairstylists say that it just resembles the mane of a wolf. The origin? Wolf cuts come from Korea.
Is it hard to achieve the wolf haircut? Nope, as a lot of hairdressers already know how to cut the trendy wolf hairstyle.
Is a wolf cut low-maintenance? It’s not a wash-n-go hairstyle. It needs styling. Curly and wavy wolf cuts will benefit from using texturizing hair products (creams, mousses), straight wolf cuts will look best after a good at-home blow-dry.
How much does it cost to get a wolf hairstyle? The average price is around $100.
Will a wolf cut suit you? Wolf haircuts look good on all hair lengths, hair types, and hair textures. However, straight wolf cuts, of course, will need more styling. You will have to create a shaggy texture and messy look with curling, teasing, and styling hair products. What about a face shape? The pictures below will show you that there is an ideal wolf haircut for every face shape!
40 Short, Medium, and Long Hair Wolf Haircuts
This fresh take on the shag is amazingly versatile and fun, so let’s learn what options you have and how to style a wolf cut based on your hair type, length, and texture.
1. Multi-Layer Wolf Cut Hair in Sunshine Yellow. Looking for a bombshell hairstyle to rock during the warm season? Pair your trendy haircut with a vibrant sunny shade and get the tongues of flame playing around your face.
2. Sassy Wolf Cut Hairstyle with Double Contrast. Surely, it’s impossible to take no notice of this daring cyan accent popping against silver hair, but we also adore another contrast created by the strong fringe and soft layers.
3. Chunky Wolf Cut on Brown Hair. Featuring plenty of bits and pieces around the face, this hairstyle miraculously transforms the otherwise bulky thick mane into a beautiful frame for the strong bone structure.
4. Ethereal Short Wolf Cut with Highlights. If you shy away from looking too brutal with the cut, ask your hairdresser for a finer sliced version and get it smartly highlighted for an airy feel.
5. Mesmerizing Wolf Cut for Long Hair. These platinum blonde tresses are carefully sliced to leave longer layers on the crown while delivering the required choppiness around the face.
6. The ’70s Inspired Wolf Cut with Curtain Bangs. The hairstyle is adorned with Farrah Fawcett-esque flirty pieces around the face and a long fringe parted strictly in the middle, but it still feels undone and current.
7. Blended Copper Layers with Metallic Shine. If you want to sport this zingy style, make sure to get your layers more evenly blended throughout the length instead of having the top and the bottom clearly disconnected.
8. Lived-In Hairstyle for Thick Manes. Since smart layering allows taking excess bulk off the head while taper cutting has the power to evoke waves even in straight tresses, you will be able to enjoy the sought-after “I woke up like this” look with no hassle.
9. Shaggy Blonde Beach Waves. Although you will need some styling with a heat tool and a texturizing spray to own this effortless style, its beachy vibes are ultimately worth it.
10. Thin Midi Wolf Cut with Korean Vibes. Girls who are not lucky to have a good head of hair should adopt this trick ASAP: the crown tresses styled towards the front create a volumizing halo around the head.
11. Short Wolf Cut with Micro Bangs. Apart from enhancing the texture of the wavy hair, this cute crop plays up the contrast between the sharp and short bangs and the flicked-out curls at the nape.
12. Elvish Wolf Cut for Medium Hair. This photo illustrates how the “wild” cut can be turned into something airy and unearthly through a wispy finish and well-blended layers.
13. Medium Wolf Haircut with Bottleneck Bangs. The sliced bottom and longer layers that start mid-shaft rather than around the crown give a softer feel to this shoulder-length blonde hair adorned with charming bottleneck bangs.
14. Crazy Bangs with Flipped Out Ends. You are unlikely to find a hot wolf cut without bangs, as they are part of the shag magic. But you can make the style even wilder with a thick fringe sticking out.
15. Dense Shag with Color Blocking. Here is another one of our wolf cut ideas offering to spice up the shag with chunky pieces in a contrasting color. The style boasts a lot of body on the crown, yet the color provides some interruption to lighten the look.
16. Disconnected Layers on Long Hair. We have a somewhat bolder example of wolf cut hair for females who don’t want to lose the length: this hairstyle has a well-defined disconnection between the mid-length and the bottom.
17. A Subtle Take on the Wolf Cut. This version is cut with long top layers that become shorter to the ends, resulting in a smoother overall look yet retaining the right shaggy vibe.
18. Collarbone Wolf Cut with Bangs. This bobbed style is intensely layered from the mid-length toward the bottom and handsomely texturized all the way down with a razor to land a trendy wild look spiced up with an eye-grazing fringe.
19. Long Wolf Haircut with Naturally Tousled Waves. The style is a great fit for girls with wavy textures and little time (or desire) for styling since it allows you to air-dry your locks, use your fave wavy hair product and get ready to go.
20. Blonde Wolf Cut with Pops of Violet. Mature women should take a page from this lady’s book and go for the trendy, textured, and voluminous (read: rejuvenating) cut that camouflages graying with an icy blonde shade and pairs it with bold eggplant lowlights.
21. Long Wolf Cut with Uneven Bangs. Here you can see how the cut turns slightly wavy strands into a vibrant style full of texture and movement, not to mention completing it with a piece-y fringe that can be styled straight or parted in the middle.
22. Wolf Cut Hair with Disconnection. Unlike styles cut with longer layers on the sides, resulting in a smoother transition between the top and bottom sections, this rocker shag is more on the mullet end, featuring a volumized crown and much wispier bottom tresses.
23. Wispy Wolf Cut for Shoulder-Length Hair. It’s a nice idea for girls willing to switch from their oldy-moldy lobs to something hot and stunningly textured.
24. Soft and Illuminated Wolf Cut with Bangs. A full brow-grazing fringe is an absolutely suitable alternative to curtain bangs within a wolf cut, the more so that it adds fullness to the front.
25. Sleek Wolf Cut for Short Hair. This picture proves that the style doesn’t need to be always messy, and its smoother version can work as a great canvas for amazing color transitions.
26. Light Layers for Fine Hair. While texture-boosting styles are good for women with thin hair, over-layering may make it feel even more sparse, which is not the case with this shag having the texture put into the cut with a razor.
27. Face-Hugging Wolf Shag with Choppy Baby Bangs. This option has got quite a lot of volume on the top through short layers, yet the micro fringe keeps it at bay, directing attention to the eyes.
28. Heavily Layered Face-Framing Pieces. Surely, there is a wolf cut for women who are more comfortable with some tresses camouflaging and balancing certain parts of the face.
29. Perfectly Shaped Wolfcut Hair. This edgy ginger style can serve to explicitly illustrate the distinctive features of the cut, showing the shorter layers on the crown cut to create volume and the longer pieces in the back left to add balance.
30. Magenta-Colored Wolf Cut Hairstyle. This vivid style combines a hot shaggy cut with an eye-catching red color and complements the formula with the glam blowout trend fueled by the current Y2K nostalgia.
31. Deep Mullet with Sassy Bangs. This style radiates a super shaggy texture at the top, but it doesn’t seem overwhelming even if worn with big glasses thanks to the noticeably longer layers on the bottom.
32. Blended Layers with Curtain Bangs. Wolf cuts work great with all kinds of bangs, and this lavish curtain fringe that gains both length and shagginess toward the sides chimes with the style and accentuates the cheekbones.
33. Bob Meets Wolf Cut Style. Here is bob-length straight hair transformed into a nicely textured and voluminous style with strong lupine vibes by layering, razor-cutting, and messy styling.
34. Medium Shag for Wide Faces. Medium-length female wolf cuts suit round faces since they have a dimensional crown and sufficient length for an elongating effect while giving some structure to the whole look.
35. Gothic-Chic Style with Choppy Finish. As soon as Wednesday actress Jenna Ortega debuted her gorgeous wolf lob, the goth glam aesthetic swept beauty salons, and this is one of its dramatically choppy iterations.
36. Extremely Wild Shag with Face Framing. Besides the shagginess of this cut, which is hard to miss, it stands out for the stunning face-framing combo of straight piece-y bangs and one-length side sections.
37. Cropped Center-Parted Wolf Cut. If you want more freedom in styling your cut, opt for longer, cheekbone-hitting bangs, which can be tucked behind the ear or styled along the sides of your face.
38. Platinum Wolf Cut Mullet with Shadow Roots. Those who want to add drama to their look will definitely appreciate this style, which is both sculptured and rich in contrast.
39. Shoulder-Length Wolf Cut with Long Layers. Instead of creating extra volume on the crown, this style shifts focus to the face, hugging it with graduated bangs and well-defined side layers.
40. Shaggy Wolf Cut with Micro Bangs. We can’t but adore those choppy flicks and pieces framing the face, as well as the rebellious locks cascading down in the back.
The wolf cut trend is nowhere near going out of style soon, so you stand a good chance of sporting more than one version of this cool mullet reincarnation. Start with a softer shape and longer layers when dipping your toe into the hairstyle, and then move to choppier looks if feeling comfortable. Don’t forget to take a hair inspo wolf haircut pic to your salon and good luck!