How to get a butterfly haircut for curly hair: DIY or what to ask for at a salon

Eve Edwards December 29, 2022
How to get a butterfly haircut for curly hair: DIY or what to ask for at a salon
Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Disney


Move over wolf cut, there’s a new style coming to dominate this winter as the butterfly haircut goes viral – but will it work on curly hair?

If you’ve been looking for new hairspo on the likes of TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest, then it’s highly likely that you will have come across the butterfly cut.

Designed as a shaggy ‘do centered on layering, this latest hassle-free haircut takes inspiration from both the 70s and 90s, in particular from one sitcom starring Jennifer Aniston with a rather signature style.

Let’s take a look at how a butterfly haircut works and how to achieve this style on curly hair.


What is a butterfly haircut?

Before we take a look at results on curly hair, it’s worthwhile explaining how a butterfly haircut actually works.

This style sees the hair across the middle into two sections: front and back. Once divided, the hair is trimmed around the front to create short layers, combined with long layers through the back. This provides the hair with dimension, body, and creates soft movement.

Your face will be framed by the shorter layers of hair around the front, while the long layers fall down your back, meaning you don’t need to sacrifice the length.

It is called a butterfly haircut as the soft flow of layers from front to back gives the effect of wings fanning your face.

Earlier this year, American hairstylist Brad Mondo popularized the cut. His TikTok tutorial at how to DIY the butterfly haircut has over 18 million views since it was posted in October 2022.

Will a butterfly haircut work on curly hair?

Yes, for anyone with curly locks wondering whether the butterfly haircut method will work on their hair, it does. In Brad Mondo’s original tutorial, he demonstrates on straight hair. Some TikTok users have also straightened their hair with heat styling tools before attempting the cut. But you can achieve the butterfly cut with curly hair, if you just follow Mondo’s method above.

The style, with its long and short layers, will work perfectly on curls as it will accentuate the flow of your curly hair and frame your face.

TikTok users share their DIY butterfly haircuts on curly hair

If you weren’t initially convinced that the butterfly haircut would work on curly hair, some TikTok users have shared their results. Let’s just say you’ll be rushing to get your hair chopped when you see how these looks came out.

Here are some of our favorite butterfly haircuts we’ve seen on curly hair:


Replying to @qist♡ I feel you, this hair type needs constant care and styling

♬ original sound – sped up sounds

@Brad Mondo your butterfly haircut saved my curls 😩😩

♬ Mink Mink Mink –

How to ask for a butterfly cut at the salon

If you aren’t feeling confident to DIY this ‘do, then we’d recommend going to a hair salon if you want the best results.

If your hairdresser isn’t well-versed in TikTok speak, then here’s how Jamie Wiley, stylist and global artistic director of Pureology, recommends asking for the butterfly haircut: “I would tell my stylist that I want short, wispy layers in the crown and around my face.”

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Disney
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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.