Shaggy, 70s-style haircuts have been gaining momentum in the beauty realm for several seasons, but a new viral TikTok haircut has seen a similar style reach fever pitch on the platform. Dubbed the ‘wolf cut’, the look is characterised by long, layered lengths that look somewhat reminiscent of a mullet – that is, shorter on the top sections, with longer sections at the base of the neck.
It sounds strange and perhaps a little complicated, but the trend actually began as a DIY hair hack on TikTok. Creators on the platform began putting their hair up into a ponytail and chopping the entire length of the hair off in one go. I remember seeing it in my feed for the first time and watching with horror as a girl hacked off most of her long, luscious locks – only to take her hair out of the ponytail to reveal the perfect Stevie Nicks-esque layers.
Since the trend began, the hashtag #wolfcut has generated more than 450 million views, as fellow users attempted the outwardly risky chop. Now the trend has permeated so far into the zeitgeist that high profile TikTok stars like Danielle Marcan have taken the look out of their bathrooms and into the salon, requesting instead that a verified stylist create the same effect.
If you dare to try cutting your own hair at home, the process is refreshingly simple. After cutting your first ‘full-head’ ponytail to the desired length, you then take several smaller sections – how many will depend on the amount of hair you have – and work your way up to the top of your head.
It works on a variety of hair types, from textured to fine, but the amount of body will depend on your hair’s natural growth patterns. Those with straighter hair will probably still need to invest in a curling wand to get the full Farrah Fawcett effect. But hey, cutting your own hair leaves extra money for hair tools, right?