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Learn the Trending Woolet Haircut

You may be comfortable with bobs, lobs, and wispy bangs, but what about the octopus, kitty cut, and butterfly layers? Hair trends are always changing, and for stylists, it can be overwhelming to stay on top of the latest and greatest haircuts customers want.  

Never fear, the Great Clips, Inc. Education team is here! This dedicated team of expert stylists monitors hot trends and celebrated styles, breaking them down into step-by-step technical training courses for Great Clips® salon stylists.  

“Every trend haircut is built on foundational elements,” said Bridget, a member of the Great Clips, Inc. Education team. “You just dissect the haircut into the basic, fundamental cuts that go into it. From there, you have the flexibility to adapt the techniques to create new haircuts!” 

Meet the Woolet 

Bridget describes the woolet haircut as a mixture of the shag – or wolf cut – and the classic mullet. “It’s a bold look for customers who want a clean yet versatile style with lots of texture and movement,” she said.  

Of course, before you begin any haircut, “start with a thorough consultation to understand your customer’s preferences, hair type, and face shape,” Bridget said. “Discuss the desired length for the sides, back, and top, as well as the type of texture and styling options your customer prefers. Then, you’re ready to begin the haircut.” 

Step 1: Cut the Outline (back/front/sides) 

  • Begin by cutting the back outline.  
  • The back outline will typically be long and connected to the side outline. It is common for this haircut to have a ‘V’ or ‘U’ shape in the back to create a seamless blend.  
  • Next you will cut the front outline to the customer’s desired length and shape.  
  • This haircut typically has a texturized/full bang, sometimes referred to as a ‘Micro Bang,’ which means a full bang with length above the eyebrow.  
  • Now cut the sides.  
  • The woolet leaves a lot of room for stylist creativity. The length of the sides can range from a sharp face frame to connect the back and front outline, to having the ears half or even fully exposed. 

Step 2: Cut the Interior (top/back/sides) 

  • When beginning at the top interior, you will be using a 90° elevation to create maximum layers and maximum movement.  
  • The top is left significantly longer than the sides and back. The length can vary depending on personal preference, but generally ranges from 3 to 6 inches. 
  • The longer top allows for versatility in styling, such as comb-overs, pompadours, or natural textured looks. 
  • Cut the top interior to the desired length and connect the top interior guide to the front outline, maintaining 90° elevation.  
  • Add texture by point cutting or razoring for maximum movement.  
  • Once the top has been cut, you will begin to blend down the back.  
  • To maintain the integrity of the customer’s density, switch the elevation to 180°. 
  • Using a vertical section, over-direct each section to the top interior guide at 180° elevation. 
  • Cut the side interior. 
  • Use careful blending techniques to ensure a smooth transition from the short sides and back to the longer top. 
  • This can be done with various techniques, depending on the length of the side outline.  

Step 3: Detail the Cut 

  • Define the hairline around the face, temples, and nape using trimmers or a razor. 
  • Clean up any stray hairs and create a clean outline. 

Step 4: Finish the Cut 

  • Apply styling product that will pull out the natural texture and still leave the hair looking smooth and polished. 

Great Clips believes in supporting stylists and fueling their passion for the industry by offering engaging learning opportunities. “Whether you’re a new stylist or you’re very experienced, we have educational opportunities at Great Clips to take your skills to the next level!” Bridget said.  

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