, 2022-09-21 07:00:00,
Fashion trends can be abandoned with a simple change of outfit, while makeup trends can be washed off at the end of the day. Haircut trends, though, are a little — OK, a lot — more permanent, unless you’ve got Rapunzel-level strands that grow out ridiculously fast. Still, all good trends come back in style eventually, and I’m happy to report that this one’s return has wings. Literally.
The butterfly cut is back, and while you might not recognize it by its new name, you’ve almost definitely seen it before. This look has been around for quite some time — in fact, it was basically the industry standard for the chicest celebs of the ’90s. Supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Iman often opted for this layered look, and Pamela Anderson adopted the piece-y cut as her signature for years during that decade.
Gen Z has quite the penchant for reviving ’90s trends and reworking them to suit a 2020s aesthetic, and I started noticing the butterfly haircut trending on TikTok a few months back — just as my ends were getting a little tattered and I was craving a fresh style. I always know it’s time to head to the salon when, no matter what I do, my wavy, thick hair falls flat after styling. The longer it gets, the heavier it is, so my strands tend to need lots of shaping and layers for added lift.
It was this video posted by @quecut on TikTok that ultimately convinced me to book an appointment. The video, which has garnered 2.7 million views to date (and counting), shows off a fresh chop featuring bouncy, blended layers that perfectly frame the model’s face without sacrificing length.
According to Eli Pjetraj, a hairstylist at Fekkai Salon in New York City, the magic of this look is in the layers: “A butterfly cut is a very layered haircut with short layers that softly frame the face giving you volume and bounce, along with long layers that give you the illusion of longer hair.”
And while most trendy cuts don’t suit all hair types, Pjetraj is confident that the butterfly is one that be adjusted to flatter most of them. “This cut works best on curly and medium-to-thick hair, as well as thin and fine hair,” she shares. “[For kinky and curly hair] it’s always best for the clients to have their hair in its natural form [when you go to the salon] so you and your stylist can really see how curly the hair is, and from there, they can design the hair cut together.”
The key lies in having your stylist cut the layers according to your face shape, keeping the jawline in…
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