Who hasn’t had the desire to chop off their long locks? And who hasn’t been disappointed when they acted on those impulses? Don’t worry, we’re raising our hands too. What if we told you there was a way to cheat a shorter haircut without the commitment? Turns out, there is. Enter the butterfly haircut. Coined by celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook, this haircut gives the illusion of a short hairstyle without you having to cut your tresses off. Keep scrolling to learn more about this style and see some butterfly haircut images to use as inspiration for your next cut!
What Is the Butterfly Haircut?
As previously mentioned, celebrity stylist and Biolage ambassador Sunnie Brook was the one to coin the phrase for this haircut. Of the cut, she tells Popsugar that “This is a very layered haircut on the hair below the shoulders that’s cut in a way that the top layer can be separated from the bottom and easily pinned under to look like a short haircut. The shortest top layer falls about two to three inches below your chin.”
Essentially, it’s a heavily layered look that appears to be short when it isn’t. The layers are also somewhat feathery, though they are somewhat dramatic. We’re getting major ’70s vibes from this haircut and we love it. The best part? You can pin up the bottom layers, leaving the shorter ones at the top to look like a completely different hairstyle. Faking short hair has never been easier!
Butterfly Haircut Inspiration
Ready to try this chop out yourself? We rounded up a handful of butterfly haircut images from Instagram to use as inspiration for your cut.