Bille Eilish broke it first, then K-Pop Idol Beomgyu a member of TXT (Tomorrow X Together) bought it and the rest is a hairy story that ultimately put the Wolf Cut on the generation map. Z. In March, Billie Ellsih broke Instagram records when a photo of her newly cut blonde hair garnered a million likes in six minutes. The singer sported the latest summer trend dubbed the Wolf Cut – a hybrid of a layered shag and a mullet. Then in June, K-pop singer Beomgyu debuted her new look and Nothing Makes Social Media Hearts Than a Beloved Long-Haired K-Pos Idol. If you’re not a hermit or Fran Lebowitz, you might have seen the Wolf Cut tag that adorns the TikTok feeds of millions of Gen Z people who made this trend wildly popular with over 230 million views.
The fervor is so high that now people are taking scissors between their hands and their hair, with results often skewing the scale more in favor of a mullet with a bit of shag. Not a great peep look. It’s time to call in the professionals. While this trend may have gained notoriety in 2021, it’s worth noting that this popular shaggy cut has long graced South Korean salons. If not that specific style, at least polarizing variations of the Wolf Cut, which range from Short Shags, Soft Mullets, Husg Cuts have been in the K-Pop repertoire for decades. Soccer star Kim Byungji popularized the OG Wolf Cut in the 1990s.
Long before Korean Idol TVXQ’s Miley Cyrus, Debby Ryan, and Jaejoong bought various knockoffs of the style in the foray, the “Kim Byungji haircut” became a major trend for South Korean men. She has also become synonymous with the image of badass. – The MacGyver people. The smart, muscular fictional guy who always blows things up, sported a similar style on the TV show between 1980s and 1992. The show was very popular in South Korea. So this haircut has long been part of the South Korean entertainment industry. The haircut was also sported by David Bowie in the ’70s and many models and actors – check out Patrick Swayze in the’ 80s – have followed suit. However, as the seasons change, so do the trends.
EXO’s Baekhyun is said to revive the trend in 2017 when he sported the look with a two-tone red and chocolate wolf cut during the band’s “Ko Ko Bop” era. And now, in an age where we recycle everything from shows to movies, it was only a matter of time before hairstyles made it onto the recycled list. While Gen Z are just getting to know the shows of yesteryear, the Wolf Cut has also made the frenzied list and looks to be here to stay at least for the year.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on June 16, 2021 at 2:03 p.m. IST. For more info and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment, and fashion life, connect to our website Latestly.com).