The "Butterfly Cut" Is TikTok's Favorite Throwback Hair Look for Summer

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What is a butterfly cut?

A butterfly cut (also known as a thousand layer or octopus haircut) is a very layered haircut that strikes a balance between shag and long layers.

 The cut has two obvious sections: long layers that fall below the shoulders to give the illusion of length, and short layers that hit two to three inches below the chin to frame the face and add volume.

Who should get a butterfly cut?

  Our experts will say that this look works best for people with naturally dense or curly hair.

How do you style a butterfly haircut?

  These layers provide the right amount of length and dimension for showing off your new tools and techniques, but they're also great for a quick ponytail when you're in a rush.

  To create a hair-up style, long layers are pulled back while shorter ones fall forward to frame the face. This makes it easy to achieve a "voluminous, cascading ponytail with little-to-no styling needed," says Dettmer.

Best products for look effortlessly fabulous. For volume and texture, try IGK Big Time Volume and Thickening Mousse or Fekkai Shea Butter Intense Oil. For smoothness and hold, we recommend R+Co Bleu Featherlight Hairspray.

  A blow-drying brush is great for adding volume and texture to your layered looks. For a hair-down look, try the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer, or Hot Tools Professional 24K Gold One-Step Pro Blowout Styler.

If you plan to add color to this style, we have some advice for you. Dettmer says that extreme layering may cause highlights to look streaky.