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Silky, straight locks are taking a backseat when it comes to trending hairstyles on TikTok. Instead, shaggy, layered, and choppy hairstyles are all the rage, giving a nod to the full-of-personality, spirited Y2K styles that have remained the staple look this entire season.

While the Billie Eilish-inspired “wolf cut” was the first ‘do to kindle our love for messy, choppy hairstyles, its new, just-as-layered spin-off is the one that’s here to stay for at least the rest of 2022.

Bold, billowing, and beautiful, it’s called the “butterfly haircut”. Here’s everything you need to know about the “butterfly cut”, including what it is, how to style it, and salons to visit to achieve this look!

What is the “butterfly cut”?

Let’s throw it back to the ‘90s when “the Rachel” was the trending hairstyle inspired by Friends character Rachel Green, played by the charismatic Jennifer Aniston. It featured choppy layers that framed both sides of the face, starting from the mouth and sloping down to the shoulders.

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Today, the “butterfly cut” is a refresh of this shaggy style and, this time, it’s popularised by 2022’s celebrity sweetheart Sydney Sweeney, who’s been sporting a beachy mix of long and short waves.

While the “butterfly cut”, like “the Rachel”, flaunts many layers that frame the face, it features longer hair that goes beyond shoulder-length. It also puts the spotlight on two contrasting layers: a shorter fringe layer juxtaposes the longer layers that cascade below it.

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Sydney Sweeney with voluminous butterfly layers.

Hairstylist Sunnie Brook coined its name because of this style’s versatility. When you flip your longer layers to the back, it’ll look like your hair has metamorphosised – not from a caterpillar into a butterfly, but from long waves to a short, bouncy bob.

We think it’s a name that’s fitting for another reason too. The long and short layers, paired with billowing curls, enchantingly recall a butterfly’s beautiful wings.

Who should get the “butterfly cut”?

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The “butterfly cut” is a great ‘do for those looking to get a refresh on their style without chopping away a lot of length on their tresses. It’s a long hairstyle, which means that you get to keep your hair’s length, only sprucing it up with lots of layers and versatile curtain bangs.

Since the “butterfly cut” requires the hairstyle to trim your tresses at every layer, it also lets you get rid of a lot more damaged sections instead of just the split ends. It’s the ideal haircut for those in dire need of a true hair refresh.

Plus, if you’re already rocking curtain bangs, you’ll already have achieved part of the “butterfly cut” – no surprises there.

How to style the “butterfly cut”

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Be forewarned: unless you’ve already got naturally wavy hair, the “butterfly cut” is one that needs to be styled each morning to flaunt its characteristic volume and billowing, beachy curls.

You’ll need texturising or volumising hair products to amp up the volume and waves in “butterfly” ‘do before you go ahead and style your hair with a brush and blow-dryer.

Go for products like the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray (S$49), which brings both texture and volume for a tousled, beachy style, or Living Proof Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer (S$42), which can be scrunched into dry tresses.

Best salons to visit to get a “butterfly cut”


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Haarattic is a hair salon that’s known for its haircuts for women (and men), and its versatile stylists are always open to designing new or trending hairstyles, such as the “wolf cut”.

Let the hairstylists at Haarattic look at some “butterfly cut” looks, and they’ll advise you on how they’ll design the hair so that it suits your hair type, face shape, and features.

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Since this salon is also recognised for its creative colouring services, you might want to get a colour refresh for your mane while you’re at it!

Address: 18A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089125 | 67A Boat Quay, Singapore 049855
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Fri) | 11am – 7pm (Sat to Sun) | Closed on PH
Contact: 68359811, Whatsapp/SMS 98730235, or email [email protected]
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SV Style House

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SV Style House is a salon you can trust for everything related to hair, whether it’s a haircut that suits your features or a natural, beachy perm that’s easy to maintain – it’s no wonder that reviewers give it a perfect five-star rating on Google.

The salon’s signature “Wonder Curls” treatment is certainly one that you can consider if you want to cut down on the time you spend styling your “butterfly” ‘do each morning.


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The “Wonder Curls” is a unique perming technique by SV Style House that incorporates an intensive hair treatment so that your hair is left smoother and less damaged for up to six months.

Translation? Gorgeous bouncy waves that perfectly pair with your “butterfly cut”!

Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, #B1-35/36, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: 6970 7757, 9271 6131, or email [email protected]
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GC Hairdressing

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Known for its Digital Acid Hair Perms, this salon is a great place to visit to get soft and gentle Korean-style curls that’ll complement a “butterfly cut”.

If you’re worried about whether a “butterfly cut” suits you, rest assured. The stylists at this salon will take the time to advise you on a style that you agree with before they begin cutting your hair.

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They also prioritise creating hairstyles that are easy for their customers to maintain, which means that you’ll feel good about your hair long after you leave the salon.

Address: 52 Somme Road, #01-01, Singapore 207872 (near Farrer Park MRT)
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 9am – 8pm (Sat to Sun)
Contact: 91411690 (by appointment only)
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Blonde & Pastel Hair Salon

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The Blonde & Pastel Hair Salon might be best known for its creative colouring services, but it’s also on our list of salons to visit for trendy TikTok-inspired hairstyles!

The hairstylists at this salon are super open to creating new ‘dos for their customers, whether it’s mullets, wolf cuts, or two-toned hair.

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They’ll take time to listen to how you want your hair to look and give you detailed recommendations on a style that suits you most. You’ll leave with billowing butterfly curls that are just right for you.

Address: 770A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198738
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon to Sat) | 11am – 6pm (Sun)
Contact: 6970 5718
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