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The Butterfly Haircut

Written By Team Que 05 Sep 2022
The Butterfly Haircut | Que Colour

The Butterfly Haircut - This years hottest haircut trend

Whilst the term “butterfly haircut” may seem new, the concept is not. Think: Rachel from friends, Farrah Fawcett and Denise Richards. Each of them donning an iconic decade-defining layered haircut. Fast forward to 2022 and this adaptation could be the most wearable yet.  


The Butterfly Haircut - This years hottest haircut trend | Que Colour

What is a Butterfly Haircut? 

The butterfly haircut gets its name from the incredibly bouncy, voluminous butterfly silhouette that it creates from your hair. This is created from the length of the layers that are cut into the hair. The style has been re-born through TikTok, gaining momentum as it is THE style seen on this generation's IT-girls who have fueled the popularity of a layered haircut. Our favourites include Matilda Djerf,

Layered looks gained a bad rap in the early noughties - but this longer version of the layered hairstyle seemingly suits... well… everyone! With endless styling possibilities, and adaptable to both long and shorter hair styles, it can do no wrong in our eyes.


The Timeline of Layered haircuts: 

The Timeline of Layered haircuts | Que Colour

From Farrah to Matilda Djerf- these are some of our favourite butterfly haircuts through history 

Who does it suit?

As this butterfly haircut relies on the layers starting from below the chin to the shoulder, it is best for those with shoulder length to waist length hair.

Your upper top layers should frame the face (face framing layers) and fall above the shoulder as a shorter style would, giving the effect of a cut without the commitment. This way, whenever you whip your hair into a ponytail or throw on a chic turtleneck, you get the full effect of a chic, short chop, and yet can also embrace your hair in its full down-do glory whenever an occasion calls for longer locks. It’s practically a faux bob that allows you the best of both hair worlds.

As for the longer layer, it's there to be either tied up or left loose, depending on your desired aesthetic. Unlike many longer hairstyles, however, the butterfly cut will never leave your lengthier sections void of body or movement. Even if you're mostly looking for a way to stop long hair falling flat, it’s a great way to keep length but add volume and shape.


How do I ask for it?

As with any hair service, to ensure 100% satisfaction with your hair, bring along 3-4 independently selected pictures or videos with you to show your stylist. This helps to create a benchmark and a creative visual of what you love. It also helps to give us a broader visual of things you maybe don’t like about one style but do about the other. This helps us be realistic about any modifications that you may need to suit your hair in real life, as everyones hair texture and styling preferences are so personal. For example we don’t recommend excessive layering on very fine hair as it can make the ends of the hair look frail, not full.

In terms of how to describe it to your stylist, it’s quite simple! Ask for heavy layering with a shorter-face frame which starts NO shorter than the chin. Why? If you’re unclear about this the haircut can easily transform into a shag with a curtain bang, which is slightly different and definitely not what you’re asking for. We suggest re-confirming with your stylist as they are about to cut that face framing piece, exactly where you would like it to be cut. If you’re not 100% sure where, a top tip is to request that the shorter pieces are still long enough to tuck behind your ear.

What products do I need to style it?

We’re not here to push products at you that you don’t need, so we’ve broken it down to our top 2 hair products which will change the game for you in terms of getting your blowout to hold, last and most importantly leave your hair feeling full and healthy.

A Classic Mousse: 

Celebrity stylist Larry King has come out with a revolutionary new product reminiscent of your “grandmother's mousse” Called… yep “My Nanna’s Mousse”
When you think about it… our grandmas had legendary hair styles which never seemed to drop.. So if the name is anything to go by then we’re off to a great start ! 

A mousse is perfect for hair that is resistant to holding a blowout. This mousse in particular will help the hair to appear fuller, with a plumping and thickening effect. The hair is left with a soft, bouncy volume and shine. The product helps increase elasticity and provides a product-free feel. Suitable for all hair types.

Simply part your hair down the front and pump directly onto the roots. To add through lengths and ends, pump 3-4 into the palm of your hands and then work through the rest of the hair. Style as normal and watch the volume before your eyes!

Larry King my nanna's mousse 150ml | Que Colour


A Nourishing Hair Serum/ Hair Cream

Part of what makes this style so mesmerising is that the hair is incredibly bouncy, lightweight and shiny. Hair that is healthy will always look more buoyant and style with ease, this is why we recommend using a nourishing serum with heat protectant through mid lengths and ends. 

Our top pick right now is the brand new Christophe Robin Hydrating Leave in Cream with aloe vera. This silicone-free nourishing formula suits every hair type and doubles as a heat protectant. Not to mention it’s also cruelty free, vegan and suitable for use on damp or dry hair (if you want to use a small amount on your style to finish)

Aloe vera and fermented agave juice extract draw moisture to help provide a feeling of hydration while a complex of tung wood and rapeseed oils weightlessly controls frizz and offers heat protection up to 440F (230°C). Sunflower emollient leaves hair beautifully sleek and shiny.



A Good Round Blowdry Brush: 

Your brush plays a vital role in the outcome of your blowout. It’s worth investing in high quality tools here as they will last you forever!

Our picks:

For a Boar Bristle Brush (Suited to fine hair, or for frizzy, coarse hair types)
Try the Ibiza B Series 

Boar Bristle brushes provide more stretch and tension on the hair, leaving you with ultimate shine. The bristles are more gentle on the scalp and help redistribute natural oils from your scalp and add more shine.




For a Ceramic Brush (Suited to thick or curly hair types)

Try the Ibiza CC Series,
These are best to add smoothness and volume, the trick lies in the design of the brush. The metal allows them to hold heat longer which makes them the best choice for changing the shape of your hair, adding shine and eliminating frizz. They will produce a tighter, more defined curl. 


To wrap it all up 

This is the hottest hair trend of the year and the Que Colour team can't get enough of it. Book a consultation with our team if you are looking for this fresh new look. Or perhaps this style is not taking your fancy and want to read further into the hottest hair trends of the year, we have you covered both ways.