This year’s hottest new hairstyle is the Gen Z-approved shag called the “wolf cut” — a whimsical, undone take on the mullet that you’ve no doubt already seen all over TikTok or IG. You’ll know a wolf cut when you see one, as it’s characterized by its fluffy crown and tapered, wispy strands. With ‘70s trends making a comeback, it’s no surprise that the cut is everywhere again. Made popular by David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous look gives the middle finger to gender norms and invites individuality.
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Its resurgence is said to have started in South Korean hair salons, taking off in popularity among teens on TikTok. The disheveled style tempts people to do the chop themselves, with users all over the platform taking on the one-minute DIY mullet challenge with some bravery and a pair of scissors. If you’d rather leave it to the pros, here’s some wolf cut hair inspiration from these stylish celebs and influencers to share with your hair stylist.
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If anyone has the attitude to pull off the wolf cut, it’s Billie Eilish. Her blonde haircut broke the internet, marking her departure from her signature grungy green. She debuted her new look with a softer colour, but this wolf-ish cut helped her keep her edge.
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As we can see in this Glamour UK post, influencer Cierra Nia nails the curly interpretation of the cut, showing that it’s fit for a variety of hair textures and curl patterns. The natural volume of curly hair gives the shag an extra dose of carefree individuality.
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Perhaps one of the first celebs to rock the look, Miley transitioned her full-out mullet into the trendy wolf cut by letting it grow out over time. Considering Cyrus takes her musical influences from the ‘70s and ‘80s, it’s no surprise she’d rock a cut from that era.
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Barbie’s dishevelled cut is very much channelling her character Kat from Euphoria. Her thinned-out version of the cut toes the line between mullet and wolf cut. Paired with dangerously sharped winged liner, her look oozes ‘bad girl,’ but still manages to be delicate and pretty.
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This androgynous chop invites anyone to play with it if they dare. Whether it’s on Instagram or the red carpet, beauty influencer Bretman Rock serves the look with the ferocity it deserves. He adds some contrast to the cut by wearing it with some feminine, soft glam, complete with fluffy lashes and kissable pink lips.
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There’s few things K-pop fans love more than seeing one of their favourite band members with those long, wispy layers. K-pop star Choi Beomgyu makes his fans go wild by rocking a sleek take on the style, complimented by his jet black locks. You can check out some of his best wolf cut looks — and more about the cut itself — on Teen Vogue.
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Not one to shy away from an imaginative hair moment, Grammy-winner Doja Cat’s take on the wolf cut closely follows the shape of a mullet. Depending on how much attitude you want in your cut, you can have it cut as full or shaved down as you like.
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Singer Halsey likes to have fun with their hair, playing with natural styles, wigs and colour. Every day seems to be something new. From a shaggy, black cut with thread-like strands to this blonde mullet-like cut, Halsey’s hair is major inspo.
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Shedding her Disney persona, actress Debby Ryan debuted this gorgeous new hair ‘do on Instagram, giving fans something to talk about. Her wavy style is accented with jewelry, tucked behind a pierced ear and framed with layered gold necklaces.
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