Season after season, with a return to texture, the Shag has without a doubt been summer’s styling hit. Each season new iterations appear and while you may have heard about the Bobcat cut, the shag’s wilder sister, The Wolf cut, is starting to dominate the headlines and take over TikTok with its flattering layers, dimensional texture, and eye-skimming fringe.
“The Shag has been popular with clients for a few months, but recently they have been asking for more texture through the layers, a heavier fringe and a more dishevelled, sexier finish,” says Kate Drury from MODE Hair, Chipping Campden and the 2020 Newcomer of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards. “The Wolf is a cooler version of the Shag, incorporating elements of the popular mullet with more movement and texture. It’s the perfect style for long hair,” she adds.
How to get the look
- Comb through all the hair, take a triangular fringe section and part down the centre. Starting on one side, over-direct the section to the opposite side and razor from short to long. This will create the guideline for the rest of the frame.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Cut an A-line perimeter using a razor for a soft and textured end.
- To create separation and added texture, take 1” sections throughout and twist-razor cut or point cut in alternating directions.
- Create long, soft layers working at 90-degrees and slicing. To maintain length, only remove the corners.
- Blast hair upside down with a hairdryer for an undone look before adding extra texture to dry hair.
- Go back into the fringe section and slice into it with the razor, adding more choppiness and texture. Work from the centre out to the sides to direct and push the hair away from the face.
For even more inspiration check out the Wolf Cut and other popular hit styles here!
Make-up: Lan Nguyen-Grealis
Photographs: Richard Miles