The Butterfly Haircut

If you’ve been paying attention to the latest trends and/or are a regular follower of #hairtok, chances are you’ve come across the butterfly haircut. But what is it, and most importantly: should you get it? It’s time your questions were answered…


So, What Is It?

This 90’s throwback trend has already gone viral, with over 245.2M tags on TikTok (and that’s before the end of January 2023!), it’s no surprise this cut is set to rule 2023’s most popular hair styles.

The Butterfly Haircut takes inspiration from 90's glam and is layers galore! It takes its name from celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook who has an endless list of glamorous clients, including Jenna Ortega and Elisabeth Moss.

The Butterfly Haircut is similar to the popular Wolf Cut but features more layers. It combines short and long layers with face framing to create a wispy butterfly effect.


The butterfly cut is characterised by lots of longer layers and often a curtain fringe.

Should you get the Butterfly Look?

This layered look is great for anyone who wants to create the illusion of fuller, healthier hair without sacrificing length. The butterfly cut creates volume and dimension while removing damage and split ends. If that’s not you, fear not, you can give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair using a volumizing mousse such as our Enhance Volumising Mousse and finish with our Texture Dry Finishing Spray which will help give the illusion of thicker hair, creating shape, movement, and dimensional texture.

Texture Dry Finishing Spray

If you like to rock shorter face-framing layers and curtain bangs the butterfly cut is for you.

The classic version of this look keeps length at the back resulting in a super chic faux bob. 

We’d always recommend seeking a stylists professional advice and shouldn’t be tried at home unless by a professional stylist!

Enhance Volumising Mousse

Will it suit my face shape?

Chances are….YES! This look is so versatile It doesn’t matter on your face shape, whether you face shape is square, heart-shaped, round, oval or diamond or triangle; your stylists will add some slight variation to the butterfly haircut to compliment your face structure.

Hailey Steinfeld/Instagram

The butterfly cut goes so well with Hailey Steinfeld’s long wavy brunette hair! Hailey Steinfeld/Instagram

How do you Style At Home?

When it comes to styling the butterfly cut, you can either let your hair air dry or blow dry it out (a big 90’s blow out will make this cut look incredible!). To create more volume, try a volumizing spray before drying, such as our Uplift Volumising Mist. Spritz on to damp hair and then lift the hair up while blow drying, and finish with a texturising spray. For all day hold, finish with Neal & Wolf Control Hairspray

Shop the Neal & Wolf Volumising Styling Range here

Leave a comment