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What is an Octopus Haircut? The Popular Trim Explained

Step aside, wolf cut.

Last Updated on February 14, 2023

If you’re on TikTok, chances are you’ve seen the octopus haircut.

In 2022, Pinterest predicted that rebel cuts such as the wolf cut, mohawk and the octopus trim would be the year’s biggest hair looks, and publications such as InStyle, Stylist and Glamour very much supported the sea creature-inspired ‘do too.

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The trend has been around for way longer than you might think though. Reminiscent of Rachel’s infamous haircut in Friends, it’s a shaggy ‘do with tonnes of texture.

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What is an octopus haircut?

Celebrity hairstylist Leonardo Rocco explained more about the octopus trim to InStyle, saying, “The octopus haircut is a mix between the shaggy and mullet styles, and is characterised by having a lot of volume on the top and a lot of layers throughout the hair.

“The outer edges should be soft — preferably cut with a razor to create the effect of octopus tentacles.”

The site advises that those with either dead straight or wavy hair suit the look the best, and suggest air drying to keep the texture natural.

Low maintenance and stylish? Take me to the salon!

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What is the most popular haircut for 2023?

In their predictions for 2023, Pinterest reports that searches for shorter cuts are soaring. In fact, searches for chopped bob haircuts are up by 550%, while two-toned hairstyles are also on the rise.

Like the octopus cut and the shag, layered hair cuts have been trending for some time and they’re still huge in 2023.

Is the Rachel haircut coming back?

In a word, yes.

Not only is the 90s era hugely influencing countless fashion trends right now, but now we’re adjusting our hair accordingly.

‘The Rachel,’ as it’s affectionately known, was worn by Jennifer Aniston as her role as Rachel Green in Friends during the 90s. It sparked a huge trend for similar choppy bobs, which are reminiscent of the aforementioned shags and a shorter version of the octopus cut.

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