The butterfly cut is TikTok’s favorite retro hair look!


Summer is finally here, so it’s time we start asking ourselves the big questions: Should I plan a vacation? To fall in love? Refresh my haircut? The answer is yes, yes and definitely yes.

If you’re in the mood for a new cut, look no further than the trendy butterfly haircut. This layered look has endless styling possibilities; and it’s the rare cut that lets you switch things up without having to cut everything. (Although it can also be fun!)

If you scroll a bit on TikTok, you will undoubtedly come across a creator with incredibly tough butterfly levels. “More and more customers are asking for a butterfly haircut and they are all learning it on TikTok,” said Drea Dettmers; a hairdresser at the Tallulah East Collective in Salt Lake City, Utah. Addison Rae and Matilda Djerf are two TikTok stars who popularized the layered look; as well as celebrities like Sydney Sweeny and Kaia Gerber.


While the hype is new, the cut isn’t. “If you look back on ’90s glamor, or Rachel from Friends, you see the voluminous, framed layers that make the butterfly what it is”; says Teryn Tucker, a hairdresser at Alchemy Salon in Orlando, Florida. This time around, the cut was dubbed “butterfly haircut” by hairstylist Sunnie Brook; due to her duality of both short and long haircuts. Like a caterpillar and a butterfly, this hairstyle will give you two completely different looks; depending on how you style it.

What is a butterfly cut?

A butterfly cut (also called a thousand layer haircut or an octopus cut) is a heavily layered haircut; that strikes a balance between long and long layers. The cut has two obvious sections: long layers that fall below the shoulders to give the appearance of length; and short layers that end two to three inches below the chin to frame the face and add volume.

The sophisticated layers of a butterfly cut are a transition from the beachy and lived-in waves that have dominated for years. “Now that we are emerging from the pandemic, we want to shake up our look without making any serious commitments,” said Dettmers. “The butterfly layers allow you to change it without a drastic cut.”