Shags and mullets are trendier than ever, but as the cuts grow out they transform into another look that’s rising in popularity — an octopus haircut.
What Is The Octopus Haircut?
Compared to the shag and mullet, the octopus has more weight carved out between the short and long layers. And that’s how it gets that octopus-like shape: the top layers hug the head shape for roundness and taper in at the bottom to form a flipping movement, like tentacles.
The octopus tends to be longer in length than the mullet. Mullets often have the sides cut off completely (or cut shorter) and are noticeably longer in the back. There’s also a lot of disconnection from the top layers to the length on the bottom in a mullet versus the octopus.
The octopus cut is most similar to the wolf cut, though it differs ever so slightly. The difference between a wolf cut and octopus cut is the octopus is heavy on the short top layers, creating a thinner longer length.
Though the octopus cut pulls from a handful of retro hairstyles, some stylists think it has the potential to actively replace them moving forward. The octopus haircut might take over for traditional mullets, ultimately rising in popularity alongside shags. Not only that, but the octopus is low-maintenance, which only adds to its appeal. This cut pairs well with fringe and is an excellent style for people who do not like to do a lot of blow drying to their hair.
What To Know Before Getting An Octopus Cut?
While the octopus cut works with all hair types and lengths, Evans notes that it’s best on straight to wavy strands. But stylists recommend that a professional should do the chopping as it requires lots of layering. This haircut involves very short and heavy layers, making the length long and thin, almost like a disconnected shag. When you’re talking to your hairstylist, ask them to cut the top layers short and round to remove maximum weight. Cut the main shape wet, then dry cut the remainder.
How To Maintain And Style The Octopus Cut?
If low-maintenance hairstyles are your thing, you’re in luck. There’s almost no upkeep with an octopus cut — especially if you have thicker, textured hair. The more texture you have, the more disheveled it is, the better it looks. “It also lasts a long time as you remove so much weight from your crown ensuring you keep volume.
If you don’t have a ton of natural curl or simply want to amp it up, become friends with your curling iron or waving iron, even your mermaid iron. Texturizing products will also help you style our octopus cut.