The butterfly Haircut: Advantages and Recommendations

A type of hair that is all the rage in beauty salons is the butterfly cut. Let's take a look at what it is all about.
The butterfly Haircut: Advantages and Recommendations

Last update: 13 January, 2023

The butterfly haircut is trending on social networks, catwalks, and hairdressers everywhere. That’s why, in this article, we will be talking about this type of haircut that’s all the rage among celebrities.

With simple lines and waves that provide movement, the butterfly haircut has gradually become an excellent option for those who want long and short hair at the same time. Let’s take a look at what it is, how it’s achieved, and on which face types it looks best.

What is the butterfly haircut?

This is a haircut inspired by the 70s, as we already know that there are times that marked milestones in the history of fashion. It’s a hairstyle that proposes a top layer of short hair with other layers of longer hair that provide versatility and movement.

As a French style that offers elegance, this is a trend that is strong for one main reason: it’s perfect for those who want to make a change of look, but without cutting their hair too much.

The butterfly cut involves wearing shorter layers of hair on top and other longer as we approach the back of the head. That is, at first glance, it looks like short hair, but in reality, there are layers that merge with the longer ones.

In general, it appeals to the upper layer to be separated or differentiated from the lower one, as this way, it will look like you have short hair. This is why it’s so popular among those who want to give life and movement to their hair, but don’t want to sacrifice length.

On the other hand, it’s a perfect cut for fine hair that doesn’t have volume. The layering favors a voluminous look to the hair.

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Not everyone can go for short hair or doesn’t want to sacrifice their long hair. For them, one option is the butterfly cut.

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The first thing to mention is that it can be done on straight or slightly wavy hair and is not recommended for curly hair, because the layered effect is not very flattering for the latter. Likewise, the cut is ideal for hair that frames square or elongated faces, as it harmonizes the proportions of the features and the final result is great.

It’s a cut that does not require too much care. It’s easy to maintain. It can be worn loose or with an informal ponytail.

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Tips for a good butterfly haircut

Remember that the length of the layers must be perfectly differentiated to create the famous optical illusion of short but long hair. In this sense, the shortest layer should be at the level of the jaw, while the longest should fall just below the shoulder.

As for how to style a butterfly haircut, the key is to make a parting in the middle or just to the side. You can apply your usual styling cream to shape the waves. If you prefer an updo, leave the shorter strands of hair loose and just pin up the longer layers.

How do you explain what you want to the stylist? Even if we’re talking about a professional stylist, it’s best to explain that you’re looking for a layered cut to add volume to your hair.

Also mention that you want the smallest layer on top of your head and that you want it to reach your jawline. Remind him or her that the longest layer should reach your shoulders.

You can use the photo of the famous Hailee Steinfeld, on the cover of this article, as a reference.

With or without bangs? The theory says yes, you should wear a curtain bang, but at jaw length. Therefore, it would be the first layer of hair.

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When you go to the stylist, mention that you want two types of layers: a short front one and a longer back one.

The butterfly haircut is a trend that works

If you’re one of those people who don’t usually go for radical hair changes, we think this haircut is ideal for you. You’ll notice a change, but you’ll still have the same length of hair as before.

If you want, you can complement the cut with highlights a couple of shades lighter than your hair. This way, you’ll achieve a more chic and wild look.

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