Wolf Cut for Curly Hair Ideas: How To Nail This Hairstyle Trend

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We’ve witnessed many styles in hair and fashion come back from the past: cargo pants, bucket hats, finger waves, and now wolf cuts.

A hairstylist is cutting the hair of a curly haired woman at the salon

Yes, the wolf cut is coming back and now has a modern twist. Picture the wolf cut for curly hair.

Read on to learn more about the wolf cut style, how to get it, how to maintain it, and if it works with beautiful curly hair.

Wolf Cut on Curly Hair for Women

Now that you know how to do the basic wolf cut. Let’s get to know some of the wolf cut variations that you can try. These two are our favorite wolf cut styles for curly hair.

Waterfall Wolf Cut

This waterfall-layered haircut is a wolf cut for long curly hair. It’s best to add shape and volume without sacrificing the length and density of your locks.

In this style, the soft layers of waves and curls cascade like a waterfall, hence the name. The hair tapers towards the end like a rounded V.

Wolf Haircut with Curtain Bangs

This look focuses primarily on the curtain bangs that softly frame the face. It looks even better when done on curly hair.

This wolf cut that looks similar to a mullet with longer choppy layers in the back will make you look like you’re a part of a 70s rock concert.

Wolf Cut on Curly Hair for Men

The wolf cut gives straight hair major volume by adding texture to the strands. It’s genderless and can be worn by boys or girls.

Now men with different curl patterns are embracing this hairstyle as well.

What type of wolf cut looks great on the guys? Here are our suggestions.

Korean Wolf Cut

If you want an effortlessly cool vibe, get this classic wolf cut. It’s an incredible way to add texture and movement to your messy waves.

With a classic wolf cut, the hair falls gently on the face and frames and highlights your features.

Choppy Wolf Cut

Another versatile style that men and women can wear is the choppy wolf cut. It suits all textures and compliments almost every face shape, but it works best on mid-length tresses.

The shorter and more uneven layers create an edgy look. This style can add texture to straight hair and remove the bulkiness in curly hair.

A young woman with curly hair posing on a white background.

What Exactly Is a Wolf Cut?

Inspired by a wolf’s mane, the style has choppy layers that give a lot of volume on top and longer layers that taper toward the ends.

The signature fringe of this cut is brow length, framing the face beautifully. However, you can tailor the bangs to your liking. You can opt for curtain or side-swept bangs or go for the wolf cut without the bangs.

Many people who opt for a wolf cut for curly hair sometimes skip the bangs and go straight to the layers.

If you’re wondering why this haircut gives old-school vibes, it’s because it’s a hybrid of the two iconic styles of the past: the classic shag and the unforgettable mullet

  • A shag is a style showcasing hair layered to different lengths, often feathered at the top and sides.
  • A mullet is when the hair is cut shorter at the front and top but longer at the back. This was extremely popular among rock bands in the ’80s and ’90s.

The combination of shag and mullet gives people with wolf cuts that carefree, rockstar look.

How To Do a Wolf Cut on Curly Hair

To better understand how the wolf cut looks, check out this detailed video of Japanese hairdresser Yuki doing a wolf haircut for curly hair.

If you have enough courage and confidence in yourself (and your hands), you can try giving yourself this DIY curly wolf cut style.

It’s relatively simple to do a wolf cut on natural curls. Thankfully, because of the texture of curly hair, little mistakes in cutting are unnoticeable. 

What You’ll Need

  • Brush
  • Hair scissors
  • Scrunchies or hair tie
  • Water in a spray bottle


  1. First, brush your hair to remove the tangles.
  2. Spritz some water to dampen your strands.
  3. Brush damp hair from the back toward the front of your head.
  4. Gather the strands to the center of your forehead and tie them into a ponytail.
  5. Add one or two more scrunchies down the ponytail, stretching as you do. The longer your hair, the more scrunchies you’ll need.

Cutting the First Layer

  1. Cut off the tip of the ponytail using a sharp pair of scissors. We recommend cutting a little at a time (about an inch).
  2. After chopping off the ends, you can also do point cutting or cutting upwards to avoid blunt ends for a more natural look.

Cutting the Shorter Layers

  1. Once you’re done cutting the first layer, remove the scrunchies and section the front part of your hair, beginning from the temples.
  2. Create the same front ponytail using the scrunchies to section the hair again.
  3. Cut off an inch from the ends like previously.

Cutting the Fringe

  1. When you’re done cutting the layers, you can do the fringe. Start by sectioning your hair down the middle and creating a triangle with two diagonal parts in the front hairline.
  2. Twist the parted hair and pull it straight down.
  3. Chop off your bangs according to the length you want.
  4. Point cut to remove the blunt edges.

Quick Tip

For a perfect curly wolf cut, we highly recommend you go to a professional hair stylist, preferably an expert in creating cuts with movement.

They can customize your haircut according to what would suit you best based on your current hair and lifestyle.

The back view of a woman with long curly hair.

Which Hair Type Works Best With a Wolf Cut?

The wolf cut is versatile and may suit straight, wavy, or naturally curly hair in medium to long lengths.

However, if we had to choose one, thick curls would be the best texture for this haircut. The shaggy, heavily layered style is easy to manage and maintain if you have healthy curls.

Since this haircut thrives on texture, fine, straight hair requires more styling time to create the necessary texture and volume.

If you have tightly coiled type 4c hair prone to frizz, it’s advisable to skip this style because it will be hard to manage.

How To Style and Maintain a Wolf Haircut for Curly Hair

Styling and maintaining a wolf haircut for curly hair requires a combination of the right products, routines, and tools to achieve the desired look. Here’s how you can style and maintain it:

  • Start with a good haircut. Ensure that you have a well-executed wolf cut that suits your hair type and face shape. If you’re unsure, consult with a professional stylist experienced in cutting curly hair.
  • Shampoo and condition. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and a hydrating conditioner designed for curly hair to keep your curls nourished and manageable. Rinse with cool water to enhance curl definition.
  • Towel-dry gently. After washing, use a microfiber or soft cotton towel to gently blot excess water from your hair. Avoid rubbing, as this can cause frizz and disrupt your natural curl pattern.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner. Apply a leave-in conditioner or curl-enhancing product to damp hair to maintain moisture and enhance the definition of your curls. Choose products specifically designed for curly hair for the best results.
  • Use a curl cream: Apply a curl cream to your damp hair. Curl creams help provide additional moisture, enhance curl definition, and control frizz. Distribute the cream evenly throughout your hair.
  • Use a diffuser. To enhance your curls and add volume, use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. Set the dryer to a low heat or cool setting and scrunch your hair while diffusing.
  • Finger-style. Use your fingers to separate and style your curls, encouraging the desired shape and volume.
  • Avoid brushing. Never brush your curly hair when it’s dry as this can disrupt the curl pattern and create frizz. If needed, detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb when it’s wet and has conditioner applied.
  • Refresh with a curl spray. Throughout the day, you can use a curl-refreshing spray or mist to revive and redefine your curls. Simply spray and scrunch your hair with your hands.
  • Maintain the haircut. Schedule regular trims to keep your wolf cut looking its best and to prevent split ends, which can make curly hair look frizzy and unkempt.
  • Protect your curls while sleeping. Consider using a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce friction, and consider pineappling or using a silk scarf to protect your curls while sleeping.

Remember that it may take some time to perfect your curly hair routine, and the key is to work with your natural curl pattern rather than against it.

Be patient, and don’t be afraid to try different products and techniques until you find what works best for you.

young woman curling her hair with a hair dryer with special nozzle for curling hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Wolf Cut for Curly Hair High Maintenance?

A wolf cut on curly hair isn’t high maintenance at all.

Regular trims every six to eight weeks are essential to maintain the shape and health of your wolf cut. However, curly hair benefits from proper hydration, so using suitable curly hair products and routines is crucial.

Can I Style a Wolf Cut for Curly Hair Without Heat Tools?

Yes, you can style a wolf cut for curly hair without heat tools. Using a diffuser on a low heat setting is an option, but many people achieve great results by allowing their hair to air dry.

The key is using the right products and techniques to define and control the curls.

What Face Shape Is a Wolf Cut for Curly Hair Best For?

A wolf cut generally works for all face shapes, but it’s especially fantastic for oval, square, and round faces because it creates movement around the chin and jawline and softly frames the face.

However, if you have a rectangular or heart-shaped face, you may want to avoid this haircut as it can make your chin more narrow and the top of your head heavier.

Try Wolf Cut for Your Curls

You can benefit from a wolf cut if you have naturally curly hair or permed locks. This haircut is ideal for curly, medium to long hair and can give you an edgy and pretty rockstar style.

Consult your stylist at your next salon visit to see if it might work for you. Or if you’re courageous, try to do it at home. You may be pleased with the results!

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  • Rachelle Velasco

    Rachelle, is a sought-after freelance hair and makeup artist, shines particularly in the world of hair color. From subtle ombres and balayages to vibrant hues and intricate root work, she crafts unique styles tailored to individual preferences. Beyond her artistic talents, Rachelle also holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, showcasing her diverse skill set and dedication to learning.

  • Jessica Hoelscher

    With thirteen years in cosmetology, Jessica Hoelscher is a seasoned stylist recognized for her modern techniques. A graduate of Paul Mitchell the School in St. Louis, her expertise has been showcased on Fox Two News and in People Magazine. Self-employed at Salon Lofts, her work has graced TV screens, styling for renowned events and Ole Miss cheerleaders.

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