First Bille Eilish broke it, then K-Pop Idol TXT (Tomorrow X Together) member Beomgyu bought it and the rest is a hairy story that ultimately put the Wolf Cut on the Gen Z map. Last March, Billie Ellsih broke Instagram records when a photo of her freshly cut blonde hair reached one 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 his new look and nothing makes social media hearts beat faster than a beloved k-pos idol with long hair. 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 Zers that made this trend hugely popular with over 230 million views.
The fervor is so great that now people are taking scissors for their hands and hair, with results that often skew the scale in favor of a mullet with a bit of shag. Not a great 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 the living rooms of South Korea. If not this specific style, at least polarizing variations of the wolf cut, which range from Short Shags, Soft Mullets, Husg Cuts have been part of the K-Pop repertoire for decades. Football star Kim Byungji popularized the OG Wolf Cut style in the 1990s.
Long before Korean Idol TVXQ’s Miley Cyrus, Debby Ryan, and Jaejoong bought various imitations of this style in the foray, the “Kim Byungji haircut” became a major trend for South Korean men. She has also become synonymous with the tough guy image. – The MacGyver people. The smart and muscular fictional guy who was always blowing things up, sported a similar style on the TV show between the 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 around the 1980s – followed suit. However, as the seasons go by, trends also change.
EXO’s Baekhyun is said to be credited with kickstarting the trend back in 2017 when he sported the look with a two-tone red and chocolate wolf cut during the group’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. With Gen Z barely discovering the shows of yesteryear, the Wolf Cut has also made it onto the frenzied roster and looks like it’s here to stay for at least the year.
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