The “butterfly” haircut is quickly becoming one of the most popular hairstyles. We’ve gone from all sorts of nature-inspired cuts, from the ocean (jellyfish cut, octopus cut) back to land (wolf cut) and now into the world of insects with the butterfly cut. And really, what could be more beautiful than voluminous layers inspired by a butterfly? But all these options and trends can become overwhelming. So what are butterfly layers? What makes them so versatile? Should you choose this style for your hair? Keep reading to find out.
What are butterfly layers?
As the name suggests, butterfly layers are meant to emulate the shape of a butterfly’s wings. This haircut combines lots of short and long layers, where the shortest layers will frame the face, and the longer layers will fall somewhere beneath the shoulders, depending on the length of your hair. Where a typical layered haircut tends to go inwards to shape the face, the layers in a butterfly haircut come outward and away from the face, to form the shape of a butterfly wings, hence the name. This hairdo is inspired a bit by both the ’70s “shag” style (think Farrah Fawcett) and the ever-popular blowout era of the ’90s (“The Rachel”), so you know that this cut is going to wow.
What makes butterfly layers such a versatile style?
First of all, this cut is not a “one size fits all” style and can be customized to the look you want to achieve. Depending on where you want the face-framing to start, you can play around a bit with the length of the shorter layers. This is a really good haircut for those who love the idea of going short, without making the full commitment. With the combination of many short and long layers, it really is the best of both worlds! Wearing your hair down and long will show off your luscious locks and length, but it can still be pulled back into a ponytail, or even left with the shorter layers out to create the illusion of a shorter cut without having to chop off your hair. This cut is beautiful, and a bit less “edgy” than some recent styles so you know it’s not going to quickly come and go out of fashion.
Are butterfly layers suitable for my hair?
Like most hairstyles, butterfly layers may not be suitable for everyone. If you have very thin hair, then a butterfly style may not be for you since adding a lot of layers may make your hair appear even thinner. The butterfly haircut works well with all hair types but works best on hair that is naturally wavy with a bit of texture. Don’t worry if you have straight hair though – you can still pull off the butterfly cut with a bit of styling. Fortunately, it doesn’t take too much effort to style your hair with butterfly layers. A blow dryer and a round brush will do the trick.