Woman with a mullet haircut

If you’ve seen the Korean TV series Squid Game, then you know all about the iconic hairstyle that actress Jung Ho-Yeon wore on the show. It’s called the wolf cut, which is a modern take on the classic shag cut. These origins make it naturally cool (the shag being the go-to rock ‘n’ roll hairstyle), but it is also trending because of its versatility. 

What is a Wolf Cut?

Haircut names can be confusing, especially since one haircut styled differently can look like something else. To avoid any confusion, just try to remember the hairstyle of Player 067, a.k.a. Kang Sae-Byeok: lots of layers, lots of piece-y volume on top, and face-framing bangs. That’s a wolf cut in a nutshell. You can adapt it to any hair length and type, but it works best with wavy hair.

People often ask if wolf cuts are also mullets. They’re not. Unlike a mullet, the wolf cut has gradual, even layers that get longer towards the ends, whereas a mullet is way shorter in the front and has more abrupt layers. are also a key feature. If a mullet is “business in the front, party in the back,” the wolf cut is evenly wild everywhere (hence the name). However, its symmetry makes it easier to style for various occasions. 

Different Ways to Wear a Wolf Cut

The wolf cut’s versatility is mainly due to its layers. Because the style is supposed to be wild, there’s no cookie-cutter way to do it. If you’re not going to do it yourself like the TikTokers (please don’t), your stylist can adjust the length, layers, and even the bangs to suit your face shape and hair type. Here are different ways you can wear the trendy wolf cut:

Try a short, shaggy wolf cut for a fresh look.

This short hairstyle is a fresh way to take on the wolf cut trend. Volume is concentrated at the top of the head, and the ends are thinned out with layers to add texture and movement. The length also makes it easier to style than longer wolf cuts. Create piece-y waves with hairspray or a texturizing wax and keep the ends soft and free of split ends by doing a weekly hair mask.

Go for sleek styling and soft waves.

Don’t worry about having fine hair — you can still rock a wolf cut. While this hairstyle is generally easier to rock with , this doesn’t mean it’s exclusive to the hair type. Take Billie Eilish for example, who has had a wolf haircut since she dyed her hair blonde for her latest album. The latest version is much shorter and has a more youthful vibe. The styling is also quite sleek, with the layered ends flipped out to add texture, but not much else.

Take it with a deep mullet.

Though wolf cuts and mullets are different, they can go together. Actress Debby Ryan proves that there’s no such thing as too rock ‘n’ roll with a wolf cut that has deep layers going up to the ears. It has a lot of waves that may require a bit of styling, but generally, it’s a look best served tousled and messy. However, minor damage to the ends can be obvious with these layers. , use Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Shampoo, which revives brittle, damaged hair.

The wolf cut can also be prone to if you don't style it properly. Tame those strands with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner. Apart from making your tresses look well-maintained, it has KERA10 Protein Complex that nourishes the hair up to 10 layers deep. With frizz-smoothing, detangling, and hair-strengthening benefits, it also helps keep your hair looking like you just got off the salon chair.

A chic pixie meets the cool wolf cut

Model Hikari Mori is the queen of chic, short hairstyles, grows out her pixie cut into a stylish wolf cut. This variety is essentially a pixie on the top with longer layers in the back. It works well on both fine and textured hair, but the effect is different (it will look wispy on fine hair and more tousled on wavy hair). Style it with a shiny pomade or light-hold hair mist that will keep layers in place while maintaining movement. 

The wolf cut is only as easy or as high maintenance as you make it. It can be wash-and-wear or highly styled, it’s all up to you. The best part about it is it enhances your natural hair type.