Hey fellow stylists, have you heard about the latest trend taking over TikTok? It's the "butterfly haircut," and it's all about giving your clients dramatic layers with a quick and easy technique. The idea behind it is simple: section the hair into two ponytails and chop off the desired length. But, as with any DIY hack, there are definitely pitfalls.
The butterfly cut gained popularity recently after hairstylist Brad Mondo, who has over 9 million followers on the platform, posted a tutorial of the technique in October of 2022. It has since blown up — the original video garnered over 20 million views, and the #butterflycut and #butterflyhaircut hashtags on TikTok have 248.1 million views and 245 million views respectively.
One other thing to note that, the trend of "butterfly cut" has been around for quite some time. It was basically the industry standard for the chicest celebs of the '90s. Supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Iman often opted for this layered look, and Pamela Anderson adopted the piece-y cut as her signature for years during that decade. It's back now, and Gen Z has quite the penchant for reviving '90s trends and reworking them to suit a 2020s aesthetic.
Many videos of course are of people cutting their own hair. We would never advise our clients to cut their own hair for a number of reasons. Firstly, as a professional stylist, we have the knowledge, training, and experience to execute a cut like this correctly. We know how to take into account a client's hair type, face shape, and desired look when creating a style. Cutting your own hair at home can be risky, as it's easy to make mistakes that can leave you with a look that you're not happy with.
As a stylist, it's important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. The butterfly cut is just one example of how quickly a new trend can take off and gain popularity. But, while it's exciting to try out new things, it's also important to remember that every trend isn't right for every client. Before attempting this cut, it's important to consider if it's the right look for your client and if you're up for the challenge.
One way to decide if the butterfly cut is right for your client is to have a consultation and discuss their hair type, lifestyle, and desired look. If your client has thick, wavy hair and wants a style with more lift and shape, then the butterfly cut could be a great option. On the other hand, if your client has fine, straight hair, the added layers may not provide the desired look or the desired outcome.
Another important factor to consider is the client's face shape. While the butterfly cut can be a great way to add volume and lift to certain hair types, it's also important to remember that the layers should be tailored to your client's face shape. This can be achieved by adjusting the placement of the ponytails and the length of the cut.
In addition, it's also important to remember that the butterfly cut is a technique that requires skill and experience. If you're not comfortable or confident in your ability to execute this cut, it's best to refer your client to a stylist who specializes in this technique.
But, if you're feeling adventurous and want to give this trend a try, go for it!