The Wolf Cut

The Wolf Cut

What is a wolf cut? Is it still trending?

In the world of hairstyling, trends come and go, but some always manage to capture our attention and remain iconic. The wolf cut, aka “the shag”, regained popularity for its rugged, textured look. This cut is characterized by its layered structure, textured ends, and versatile length; it offers the perfect balance between chic and casual. The wolf cut is adaptable to different types of hair, face shapes, and personal preferences.

Most commonly it is used to enhance the natural texture of your hair and providing a layered, slightly messy appearance.


Hair by Niela Stephens

What is better for you, layers, or a wolf cut? Is a wolf cut high maintenance?

At its core, the wolf cut is all about creating movement, volume, and texture. The hair is strategically layered, with shorter hair framing the face while longer layers cascade the back and sides. This layering makes the hair appear fuller and more dynamic. What makes the wolf cut truly stand out is its versatility when styling. With the right products and techniques, the wolf cut can be transformed into various looks, from tousled and beachy to sleek and polished.

It’s a hairstyle that effortlessly transitions from day to night, work to play, and casual to formal occasions. Whether you are aiming for a carefree bohemian vibe or a refined rocker aesthetic, the wolf haircut offers a canvas for expression and creativity.


Frankie’s styling steps:

1. Good shampoo and conditioner:

Frankie recommends speaking with a stylist to see what shampoo and conditioner best suits your hair type, however, typically for a wolf cut someone needs a lightweight shampoo, like Oribe’s Shampoo for Magnificent Volume or Oribe’s Serene Scalp Oil Control Shampoo, to help lift the hair. Conditioner will depend more on how thirsty your hair may be, however, we typically would recommend something strengthening but not too heavy, like Oribe’s Gold Lust or Hair Alchemy Conditioner.

2. Primer:

Using a good primer, like Oribe’s Run-Through Detangling Primer, will help your other products lay and spread more evenly throughout your hair. This primer seals the cuticle and protects the hair from damage caused by heat and comb-resistant knots.

3. Structure spray:

Use a product that will help lift your hair from the root, this will help you get your desired long-lasting volume. Frankie recommends using something like Oribe’s Tres Set Structure Spray. This lightweight spray foam adds structure, density, and shine and it has all day memory when used with heat.

4. Diffuse, blowout, or airdry:

Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, you can round-brush blow-dry your hair or diffuse for a more tussled look. The wolf cut also looks great when scrunched with a styling cream, like Oribe’s Matte Waves, and left to airdry.

5. Texture Spray:

Once your hair is dry, use a texturizing spray, like Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray, to get bigger, better, glamourous hair. This product absorbs oils at the root and provides your ends with playable texture.

Maintaining your wolf cut:

To keep your wolf cut looking its best, Frankie recommends getting regular trims every 6-8 weeks. This helps prevent split ends and maintain the desired length and texture. If you are looking for a wolf cut and are in and around Sherwood Park or Edmonton, come visit us!

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