How To Blow Dry a Wolf Cut
A cross between a mullet and shag cut, the 70s-inspired wolf cut is the trend of the summer season. Popular for its effortless versatility amongst celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish and Debby Ryan, we just can’t get enough of those cool, choppy layers. But just how exactly do you blow dry a wolf cut? HJ spoke to the experts to find out.
Preparation is key
To get the best possible results in enhancing a wolf cut, it’s all about the texture and movement. Whether your client has naturally straight, wavy, or curly hair, preparation is key. “When the hair is damp, preparation is needed, in order to work in with the layers and enhance the texture,” says Andrew Smith, global ambassador for z.one concept. “Dependant on the natural texture and style of the hair, using a mousse or curl cream will work with the hair and evolve the look.” Likewise, Darrel Starkey, owner of Taylor’s Hair Studio recommends “applying salt spray to damp hair and brushing through to ensure it is distributed throughout”.
How to blow-dry a wolf cut
Truthfully? There’s no set way to blow dry a wolf cut. This versatile hairstyle works whether it’s air-dried or blow-dried, or even with a combination of both. “It’s all about using your own creative vision for the overall look,” says Darrel.
Which is why Andrew recommends: “Once you have evenly distributed your selected product, rough dry the hair as much as possible, leaving a natural, air-dry look,” says Andrew. “Starting at the back of the hair, section into three – two sides and one back section – and work around the head, using a small barrel brush where necessary to control the style.”
Whereas Darrel suggests: “Start at the front sections, giving that many clients have a fringe or bangs with a wolf cut,” says Darrel. “Brush the bangs forward, then, using a barrel brush, blow dry down. Once at the ends, ever so slightly turn the brush to create the ‘flip effect’ which adds a little unique texture and enhances the feel of the bangs.
“For the rest of the hair, instead of a polished blow dry, rough the hair using fingers, as this creates a natural textured look,” continues Darrel.
Using a diffuser to blow dry can really help add that texture for your client. Jordanna Cobella, Wella colour digital craft expert says: “Diffuse dry on a low speed and low heat, which will leave the hair to curl wherever it wants.”
Tips to remember
To get those choppy layers popping, it’s important that you heighten your clients wolf cuts with as much volume as possible. “Focus volume at the roots to give the style an added oomph, and make a statement,” says Andrew.
The more texture the better. “A wolf cut is designed to release natural texture and movement. Apply enhancing products from the roots to the ends when wet, and scrunch upside down,” says Jordanna. And for clients who don’t have much of a wave, Jordanna suggests: “You can encourage a kink by pinning with silver clips in random sections whilst drying to encourage movement.”
Overall, the wolf cut is the perfect style for you to experiment with creativity and leave your clients with a unique look that is suited to them.