The popular wolf haircut is a trendy take on mullet and shag haircuts combined. It features stacks of layers, forming a bouncy and voluminous silhouette in your hair. And thanks to TikTok, it’s taking the world by storm!
Andy Bates, a hairstylist from Sacramento, CA, shares his take on this cut. “This cut is not meant for women with a little density in their hair,” he says. “It highlights a chunky, piecey texture with a little flipping and bending of the hair.”
Bates points out how a wolf cut hairstyle suits women under 25 with a septum piercing aspiring to be an E-girl. “It’s a fun and edgy cut – perfect if you don’t care how your hair looks and can pull off cute looks no matter what,” he says.
The need to style this cut every morning might be a drawback for most women. “At least wet it down and blow dry the bangs a little,” he suggests. “Create a feathered curtain bang and pin it in with the ends flipping out a bit.”
Bates reveals how most stylists create a curly mass in the back when the rest of the hair has so much weight taken off. Another error stylists make to take more weight from the parietal ridge. He explains, “You’ll end up creating a shag and not a wolf cut since you left too much density.”
If you’ve thought about this cut, it’s vital to look for a hairstylist that is an expert in recreating this type of cut. Stay on-trend by browsing through these popular photos of a wolf haircut.
#1: Blowout on Wavy Long Layered Shag
Try a blowout on your wavy long layered shag haircut. These looks are great for those with fine hair. The shag layers will create fullness at the top of your crown. If you like to have fullness and texture, this style is great. You can wear it styled, curled, or worn in your natural texture.
#2: Edgy Wolf Hairstyle with Piece-y Bangs
Edgy wolf hairstyles are created with choppier layers. Depending on your density, the silhouette can look fuller or feathery. The haircut can evolve with additions like piece-y bangs. Ask your stylist about other ways of personalizing your style.
#3: Rooted Blonde Messy Shag
A messy shag can be customized in a variety of ways. From complimenting hair colors like rooted blonde to a piece-y fringe. It all depends if you can style it daily or wear it naturally. Pictures are a great way to connect with your stylist on what you like most about this style. Pictures also help with what is possible with your hair.
#4: Natural Texture on Shaggy Mullet Hair
The wolf haircut is in the realm of shaggy, mullet hair and works great with natural texture. It can be beautiful, edgy, or wild, depending on how you style it. Density plays a part in the silhouette of your hair and how the layers complement it. I recommend pictures if you are thinking of trying this style at your next salon visit.
#5: Rooted Blonde Curly Shag
A rooted blonde curly shag is a 70’s dream! For finer curl types, dry with your favorite salt spray. Use a styling cream and your hands to scrunch this haircut for coarser, thick textures.
#6: ’80s Medium Shag with Subtle Highlights
Check out this ’80s medium shag with subtle highlights. It’s best styled with a styling cream such as Malin + Goetz Sage styling cream. Pair it with a volume or texture powder on top. Wolf cut hairstyles are trending big, and luckily for you, there are many versions of this haircut. You are bound to find the one that works for you!
#7: Red Shaggy Wolf Haircut with Thick Fringe
Consider a red shaggy wolf haircut with a thick fringe if you’re looking to lighten your thick hair! Your hairstylist will add a ton of texture and layers, especially around your face. Try using a texture spray while styling for volume.
#8: Mini Mullet with Short Layers and Bangs
Adding short layers to a mini mullet is perfect for a low-maintenance, textured hairstyle. This style can be effortless to do with the right kind of texturizing products. I recommend Kenra’s texturizing mist or their dry texture spray.
#9: Razored Shag with Short Crown Layering
Adding a short, layered crown to a razored shag is great for volume. A razored shag is pretty low-maintenance with the right texture of hair. The layering in a shag can help create volume. And with the right products, make thinner hair appear thicker. I recommend a texture spray to enhance texture and a root-boosting foam or powder for volume.
#10: Long Layered Wolf Cut with Textured Curls
A long layered wolf cut with textured curls is a great way to give your long hair some bounce! The different hair lengths will help your natural curls to come back to life. Try some mousse and a diffuser to show off the layers.
#11: Wavy Mullet with Straight Bangs
A wavy mullet with straight bangs is edgy, soft, and stylish—a perfect example of a modern way to frame your face and eyes. You can add fun layers without compromising length with a haircut like this. Talk to your stylist to see if this style will work for you!
#12: Medium-Length Shullet with Wavy Bangs
The wolf hair cut is taking over all of our Instagram feeds. And this medium-length shullet with wavy bangs is a prime example. Once you find a stylist to help you with your shag dreams, ask them to use a razor in this haircut. The razor will promote some extra movement in your new haircut. Finish with styling cream and a diffuser. You won’t regret it.
#13: Side Part Shaggy Mullet on Dark Hair with Red Lowlights
The side part shaggy mullet is perfect for all hair textures, straight and curly alike. The red highlights against the dark base will bring out the texture of the layers. They add contrasting dimensions and volume. It’s a great haircut for a big voluminous blow dry or a wash-and-wear cut to scrunch with a salt spray and go!
#14: Medium Textured Wolf Haircut with Highlights
There is a reason that a wolf haircut with highlights has taken over your Instagram feed. It’s because this trendy cut features short layers on the top that add volume and texture to any hair type. To achieve this hairstyle, ask your stylist about the right amount of layering. Also, ask about the right styling products for hair texture.
#15: Magenta Bob with Curtain Bangs
Have you ever been unsure if the shag haircut would work for you? A magenta bob with curtain bangs is still a part of the shag family. But without fully committing to as much layering as your traditional shag gives. This haircut can work with most hair types and is best paired with a salt spray for volume and texture.
#16: Shoulder-Length Wolf Cut with Choppy Layers and Bangs
Try this shoulder-length wolf cut with choppy layers and bangs to ensure you stay ahead of the curve. Plus, it’s the style of the season. This style removes weight from thicker hair types or adds volume to fine hair.
#17: Face-Framing Layers on a Shaggy Wolf Cut
This version of a shaggy wolf cut is the best way to give you lift, volume, and texture at the crown. And all while maintaining your desired length. The shag and mullet haircut are some of the most popular haircuts of the year. And they pair well with many different color placements.
#18: Wolf Hair with Wispy Bangs and Longer Layers
With so many styles serving inspiration, it’s fun to see this look applied to varying lengths. Wolf hair is ideal for straight to wavy hair formation. The wispy bangs and longer layers give this style its signature and suit most densities.
#19: Feathered Layers and Bangs on Mid-Length Hair
You may have seen these feathered layers and bangs on your favorite Instagram pages. This style is referred to as a butterfly haircut, inspired by the 90s. It was created to frame the eyes and cheekbones. This option is great for anyone looking to add face-framing to your mid to long-length haircut.
#20: Short Wolf-Style Wispy Cut with Crown Layers
The mullet is one of the most popular styles this year. And this short wolf-style wispy cut with crown layers is a perfect example. Those with fine hair and coarse hair alike can ask your stylist to use a razor for this haircut. The razor will help to achieve a soft fringe, short layers, and a perfect wispy length.
#21: Two-Toned Short Wolf Hair with Choppy Bangs
If you want to avoid spending time styling but want a look with lots of style, give short wolf hair with choppy bangs a chance. Wash, coat your hair from roots to ends with No. 4’s Texture Styling Cream and Sugar Texturizing Spray, and go!
#22: Mini Wolf Cut Mullet with Ash Grey Color
Ash grey color can come at the cost of budget and length. Make the journey of this transformative style softer with a mini wolf cut. It models after a mullet with varying lengths and elevates the entire style. Color and face-framing pieces with bangs turn this into an anime-inspired look.
#23: Korean Wolf Cut
One of the best wolf cuts is a Korean one because it combines soft, round layers with long curtain bangs. Long, sweeping fringe with longer layers is much better suited for you if you’re a woman with thick, pin-straight hair. You may use a round brush when blow-drying to sweep your bangs away from your face. Doing so also adds a smooth finish to your shaggy hairstyle.
#24: Short Wolf with Red Highlights
A short wolf with red highlights is one of the latest heavily-layered trends. Pops of red throughout add some extra spunk. You’ll want to chat with your stylist to determine how much layering will work with your hair texture and to choose the length of the front fringe to work with your face shape.
#25: Trendy Wolf Haircut for Straight Hair
A trendy wolf cut works for straight hair and is one of the easiest and greatest hairstyles to try! Shag haircuts are one of the trendiest styles and are so versatile you can rock them no matter your hair texture. A tip for styling straight hair with a fringe and many layers is to use hair mousse when you blow-drying and use a root volumizing powder. Doing so will make your hair look like a tousled, messy finish.
#26: Razored Wolf Haircut for Thin Hair
Opt for razored wolf haircut if your hair is thin because it adds body and volume to your tresses. However, adding a heavy, layered fringe that can be worn straight across, side-swept, or with a middle partition is versatile and great if you’re a woman with fine, pin-straight hair or fine, curly hair.
#27: Layered Wolf Haircut with Bangs
A layered wolf cut with bangs will make you look like a rockstar! The hairstyle in the picture above is cut with heavy layering around the face and in the crown and provides a ton of volume and texture to black hair.
#28: Cute Shaggy Wolf Hairstyle
Make sure you try a shaggy wolf hairstyle if you are seeking a cut that maintains the length of a shag but has the layers of a mullet. Wolf haircuts that are shaggy are typically cut using a razor-cutting technique that gives your hair a piecey, heavily textured, and undone style.
#29: The Wolf Cut Mullet
The wolf mullet is one of the coolest and most playful versions of a mullet haircut. This is a trendy cut and easily styled with a little texture spray or paste that can be either air-dried or quickly blow-dried without using styling tools.
#30: Messy Wolf Haircut
A messy wolf haircut is an edgy yet pretty modern variation of a shag haircut. These cuts have heavily layered hair and give you a lot of volume and texture to work with. They work well on almost every hair type and look great, whether blown out straight or worn with waves.
#31: Very Short Wolf Haircut for Women Over 70
If you’re a woman over the age of 70, a very short wolf cut is a great choice because it’s an edgier and more modern version of a pixie cut. As you age, your hair tends to become thinner, so this short cut works well by providing volume and giving you a youthful-looking texture.
#32: Wolf Shag for Women Over 60
Choosing a wolf shag for women over 60 is an edgy and unique way to showcase your playful texture and volume on your wavy or naturally curly hair. Plus, it will also make you look 10 years younger. This aesthetic haircut is simple to style and will give you much attention.
Related: Medium-length shags for women over 60.
#33: Wolf Cut with Layers for Women Over 50
If you are over the age of 50, an excellent wolf cut with layers allows you to maintain your length while adding shape and movement to your long brown hair. Extending the fringe into the face-framing pieces adds tons of texture. If you’re looking for a new style, using a finishing hairspray to tame flyaways and frizz helps you achieve this type of hairdo. Or, ask your hairstylist to show you a styling example before leaving the salon.
#34: Voluminous Wolf Haircut for Fine Hair
If you have fine hair, a voluminous wolf haircut will give you the illusion of fullness and volume. Adding long curtain bangs that sweep outwards at your cheekbones gives you the appearance of an oval face shape, drawing attention to your cheekbones. Use lots of volume styling products like mousse, texturizing spray, and volume paste to heighten your fine locks.
#35: Long Wolf Cut
A long wolf cut is the best of both worlds, with shorter layers on both the crown area and top of your head, together with face-framing pieces. Adding layers to your long hair gives you bounce, texture, and fullness on your long tresses. When styling, it’s best to use a large round brush to create a smooth finish and sweep the layers away from your face.
#36: Cute Wolf Haircut with Wispy Ends
A wolfcut with wispy ends has one of the best subtle finishes. To achieve this feathered style, you could ask your stylist to blow dry your cut, then use texturizing shears to debulk the ends of your hair to ensure your hair is creating a fine, soft result.
#37: Edgy Wolf Cut for Wavy Hair
If you want to add an edgier vibe to your style, try an edgy wolf cut for wavy hair. With this haircut, you can maintain all your length by adding a choppy fringe and round layers to your big hair. If you need, after blow-drying, finish your hairstyle with a soft wave spray and scrunch it in to create a messy, lived-in finish.
#38: Evenly Layered Wolf Cut
An evenly layered cut can be classy and is perfect if you want to test out a medium-length shag haircut without changing up your style dramatically. A haircut with long layers, a softly layered fringe, and subtle face-framing is easy to style and maintain. When styling this cut, it’s important to use a flat iron in making curls that create an effortless, lived-in finish.
#39: Textured Wolf for Women Over 40
If you’re a woman in her 40s, a textured wolf is a haircut that instantly transforms your style. A messy, textured shag makes your eyes pop and is a great way to rejuvenate your haircut. You can use a flat iron to add messy curls around your face, giving volume and shape to your fabulous haircut.
#40: Low-Maintenance Wolf Cut for Women Over 30
If you’re a woman over 30, a low-maintenance wolf cut is youthful and sexy. For easy maintenance, opt for a soft baby fringe to avoid having to trim your bangs too often. To achieve textured and voluminous results when styling, this cut requires combining a finishing gum, dry texturizing spray & volume creator.
#41: Layered Wolf Cut for Thick Hair
If you’re feminine, a layered wolf cut looks stunning if you want to remove some weight from your tresses. For thick, textured hair with waves, use a razor to cut your hair to avoid thick, blunt ends. If you can, talk with your stylist about texturizing and debulking your haircut, so it doesn’t feel too heavy or choppy. Consider an undercut or fade to help remove weight, too.
#42: Classic Wolf Cut for Older Women
A classic wolf cut is flattering, youthful, and rejuvenating if you’re an older woman. A younger-looking haircut can be paired with a salt and pepper hair color for a great combination that creates a fun and funky look. It would be best if you asked your stylist for a heavy, feathered fringe with an above-the-shoulder haircut for this tousled, youthful, yet age-appropriate haircut.
#43: Short Wolf Cut with Bangs
A short wolf cut with bangs is an incredibly new take on the classic longer pixie cut. The best way to achieve this technique is to use a feather razor to shape your short hair. A haircut style with longer face-framing pieces around your chin and cheekbone suits women with heart-shaped faces.
#44: Mullet Wolf Cut for Women with Glasses
A wearable mullet wolf cut could be for you if you wear glasses. It adds an edgy, bold finish and 90s vibes to your style. With large-framed glasses, opt for a shorter “baby fringe” that won’t hang in your eyes or hit the rims of your glasses. With wavy hair texture, add a sea salt texture spray, then attach a diffuser to your blow-dryer and dry your hair upside down. This is a great way to add fullness while scrunching with your hands. Plus, this length is still long enough to put up in a ponytail on hot days.
#45: Amazing Choppy Wolf Haircut
A choppy wolf haircut can add life and bounce to your fine, red hair texture. To help you decide if a shaggy cut will work on your gorgeous fine hair, try out a fringe with tons of face-framing layers to get used to the heavily layered style of this haircut.
#46: Heavily Layered Wolf Haircut
A heavily layered wolf haircut adds tons of height to your chic tresses. A full shaggy layered haircut looks great if you have a square or round-shaped face. This cut will add length and height, making your face appear oval. Ask your stylist to use a razor or texturizing shears when cutting your fringe for a choppy, feathered finish.
#47: Curly Wolf Cut for Curly Hair
A curly wolf cut for curly hair looks amazing and makes your curls bounce with joy. This cut on curly hair emphasizes the intricacy of each curl. A tip to consider is asking your hairdresser to keep your fringe longer than the desired length when cutting so that your curly cut doesn’t shrink up shorter than anticipated.
#48: The TikTok Wolf Cut
The TikTok wolf cut is all the rage now. The beauty of this cut has several disconnected layers, fringe, and texture. A shaggy haircut adds tons of movement to your haircut and will suit you if you have medium-textured hair to remove bulk while adding fullness.
#49: Medium-Length Wolf with Fringe
A medium-length wolf haircut with fringe is an edgy, bold, and stylish cut consisting of textured and choppy layers. Shoulder-length hairstyles give your hair enough length to style. Remember that you may want to add layers to provide shape and framing around your face.
#50: Bleach Blonde Wolf Cut
For a hair style that is very on-trend, try a bright bleach-blonde wolf cut when you’re tired of your natural color. The easiest shag style works on many hair textures and can be customized to you and how you prefer to wear your hair. Get more ideas, and talk to your stylist about what version of the fantastic shape would work for you.