Calling the butterfly haircut Rachel 2.0 is a bold statement. The hairstyles really don’t get any more iconic than Jennifer Aniston’s, choppy like the North Sea, incredibly volumized and endlessly imitated.
But I believe I have reason to complain. The butterfly haircut has a lot in common with its Hair Hall of Fame predecessor. Sure, it’s a long hairstyle, as opposed to a long bob hairstyle, but both are ultra-layered, bouncy cuts that set the cultural epicenter of their respective eras on fire – 1995 TV and TikTok. from 2022 -.
“You’re bound to come across the iconic butterfly cut that’s taking the internet by storm right now,” confirms the celebrity hairstylist Jay Birmingham (opens in a new tab). “It’s an updated take on the ‘Rachel’ style and classic ’90s layering look that we’re all loving again.” After the 60s Italian Bob and 70s Curtain Fringe, it was only a matter of time before floppy-era feathery styles also appeared. Let’s see if this trendy hairstyle suits you.
The butterfly haircut, explained by the pros
What is the butterfly haircut?
“A butterfly haircut is a very layered haircut. With shorter layers around the face to frame it and at the crown, throughout the length of the hair,” explains Lesley Drummond (opens in a new tab), senior stylist at John Frieda Salons Aldford Street. “This technique gives the hair a feathery texture with lots of movement and bounce.”
With supermodel-style bouncy hair dryers and trendy “shag” cuts, it’s no surprise that creative hairstylists have been thinking about how to style layered hair in a modern, fresh way. As for that pretty name, “the butterfly comes from the shape,” says the BaByliss ambassador and go-to celebrity stylist, Syd Hayes (opens in a new tab). “The layers flow from a ’70s-inspired center parting fringe, working back and down into the V, creating a butterfly shape.”
And this style not only looks pretty, it also looks it. The face-framing layers of the butterfly style open up the bone structure and add muscle to long thin hair. “This cut is for anyone who wants their hair to look thicker and fuller without losing length,” Birmingham confirms.
Can anyone get the butterfly haircut?
All of the experts agree that there’s really only one prerequisite to trying butterfly, and that’s a bit of length to accommodate all those layers. “It’s more impactful on longer hair, but it’s versatile in terms of hair types and texture,” says Drummond. Hayes agrees that most hair types can wear this style, with one exception: “It always works great on long, straight hair – a slight wave will also work, but with tighter curls it can be difficult to create the same shape..”
What face shapes are suitable for the butterfly hairstyle?
A great side effect of returning layered haircuts is that it allows your stylist to do what they do best and create a tailored, flattering shape. “The beauty of this look is that it suits all face shapes. Just customize it to suit you,” Birmingham confirms. “To elongate your face shape, try longer layers around your face. If your face is squarer, you can try curtain bangs to soften your jawline.”
As always, having a thorough consultation and a competent stylist is the key to success. “Your stylist will place the layers where they will highlight your features,” agrees Drummond, who also recommends that your “color can also accentuate the haircut and give it more life.” Subtle techniques such as hair sweeping and babylights can create a beautiful multi-dimensional effect.
How to Style the Butterfly Haircut
This style looks best with lots of movement, so it relies as much on the right style as it does on the right cut. For a classic, bouncy big butterfly, try Drummond’s step-by-step styling tips:
- “Add dry shampoo to the roots, tilt your head upside down and blow dry them coarsely, this will keep your hair bouncy.”
- “Always blow dry the shorter layers at the top of the face forward with a large round brush and push back, they will naturally move to the sides.”
- “You can also put your hair in big rollers, pull it out, rub some hairspray in your hands, and work the product through your layers to define it.”
Product-wise, Birmingham recommends “a high-quality texturizing spray and/or volumizing product.” and Hayes concludes that you should always “remember to use a thickening spray.”
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