What To Ask At The Salon If You Want To Try A Trendy Butterfly Haircut

What happens when "the Rachel" haircut, Pamela Anderson's signature tresses, and Farrah Fawcett's infamous flip get together? You get voluminous, throwback-inspired layers, popularly known as the butterfly haircut. Coined by celebrity stylist Sunnie Brooks, the look evokes an image of long layers swaying back and forth like butterfly wings. This is achieved through cascading layers with shorter layers on the top and longer layers on the bottom. 

So, why this trend now? Consistent with researchers, such as in a study published by The Korean Society of Beauty and Art and in the journal Fashion and Textiles, nostalgic hair trends communicate familiar messages about beauty and attractiveness that feel fresh and exciting despite their age. In turn, we feel better emotionally and more self-confident. So, are you still wondering if this updated throwback is for you? Here are some points for discussion with your stylist the next time you head to the salon.

Is my hair too thin for this?

Stylists and everyday people alike agree that this style is ideal for thicker hair textures, as the layers tend to make thin hair look thinner. This haircut is all about body, so if your hair is on the thinner side, speak with your stylist about ways to give your hair more oomph for that va-va-voom look.

Will it make me look dated?

There is a big difference between being inspired by '90s and beyond hairstyles and looking like you're stuck there. So, in order to ensure optimal communication between you and your stylist, show a picture or two of the ideal butterfly haircut you're going for. This way, everyone is on the same page.

Can curly-haired girls get this?

Scrolling through images of the butterfly haircut can leave the impression it's only for straight-flowing locks. But don't be fooled, as curly-haired girls can get in on the action too. It has all the layers of the straight cut with the wash-n-go vibe of curly hair. And, of course, your stylist can easily blow it out for a more recognizable butterfly look. 

Will I be stuck wearing my hair one way?

Not. At. All. In fact, that's the appeal of the butterfly haircut: it's versatile. You can pin the bottom part of your hair back and leave the top out to make it look like you have shorter hair. Or, if you're short on time, put a scrunchy on it and look just as pulled together in a layered ponytail.

Will my hair look weird as it grows out?

Because of the haircut's versatility, it actually looks really good as it grows out. Celebrity stylist Stephen Knoll tells The Zoe Report that the layers are "graceful," so they flow together nicely as it grows out. You can even start off with bangs and choose to grow them out without experiencing an awkward growing-out stage.

Will it fit my face?

While beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, some hairstyles tend to appear more flattering to specific face shapes. The butterfly haircut is not as flattering on oblong or rectangular-shaped faces, but that doesn't mean it can't look good on these face shapes. Discuss these concerns with your stylist so they can cut it in a way that is most flattering for you.