We’ve been embracing the ‘90s and early aughts hairstyles over the past couple of years, but we’re dialing it back into another nostalgic decade for 2023—the ’70s! It’s true, 1970s hairstyles have had a resurgence this year, but there’s one style in particular that’s been seen on the heads of celebrities and influencers alike that has caught our eye. We’re calling it the fox hair flip.
Wolf cuts and butterfly haircuts are new terms for old trends that have come back, and the fox hair flip is no different—think, a rebrand. In fact, pro stylist and Hair.com ambassador Madison Sullivan says the look reminds her of popular feather-back haircuts of the past. While the similarities are there, product and styling innovations, plus the addition of our favorite fringe trend (hello, curtain bangs), have given the fox hair flip legs to stand on its own. We’re even predicting it to be one of this fall’s hottest hair trends.
Get the scoop on how to ask for this cut at the salon and what to stock up on for your foxiest ‘70s hair yet, straight from Sullivan herself.
What is the fox hair flip trend?
The fox hair flip is a haircut and hairstyle in one. As we mentioned above, the look is reminiscent of bodacious 1970s hairstyles, so the name pulls from the ever-so-popular slang term associated with the era—foxy! “The fox flip is great for those looking to add a little more fun to their hairstyle,” says Sullivan.
Your fox hair flip checklist must include face-framing layers, and although optional, Sullivan highly suggests curtain bangs. The appeal of this style is all the movement you’ll be left with. “You can add layers all throughout this haircut, too, if that’s what you desire,” she says.
How do you wear the fox hair flip?
For those with long hair that lacks movement, Sullivan recommends hopping on this trend stat. “It opens up space for your face while bringing volume and bounce to strands.”
As far as whether you have shorter or longer hair—it doesn’t matter. Both lengths can work the fox hair flip. However, our coily- and curly-haired friends will need to find a method of straightening their hair that works with their texture to get the feathered and flippy result. Remember, movement is key to nailing the look, so strands should not be pin straight either.
Recreate Sullivan’s Fox Hair Flip
Wash and prep hair.
Sullivan, who works out of Dop Dop Salon in NYC, keeps L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Shampoo and Conditioner on hand to add moisture and nourishment to strands for clients who need it. Infused with gold quinoa and protein, this system cleanses and restructures sensitized hair while leaving it with a lightweight touch—exactly what you’ll want for nailing the airy feathered effect.
Once towel-dried, she follows up with L'Oréal Professionnel’s Vitamino 10-In-1 Color-Care Leave-In Conditioner to prime hair for the heat styling she’ll do later. This spray has 10 instant benefits, including heat and color protection.
“The more layering around the face, the more flip you can get,” Sullivan explains. Which brings us to curtain bangs…
“Ask for them to be blended into the face-frame layers, and don’t start [them] too low,” Sullivan instructs. The charm of the fox flip is that the flips start higher up, so it’s not just framing the lower part of the face around the jaw and chin. “You want these curtain bangs to open you up around the eyes and cheekbones, which may flatter some of your best features.”
Remember, you can add layers throughout your hair, too!
“The fox flip really comes to life once you get out your blowdryer,” says Sullivan. She likes to coat hair with L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Transformer Texture Multi-Use Gel-To-Foam before getting started. The unique formula is great for creating the body and hold needed to keep this look intact.
This trending style requires a very specific blowout technique that’s achieved by flipping the hair away from the face as it’s blow-dried. You should already start seeing your locks go from flat to fierce.
Pro Tip: Get comfortable with your curling iron to embrace this look fully! Using a large barrel curling iron after your blowout will emphasize the flip. Twist away from the face on either side, leaving the curl to sit and cool before running your fingers through.
Finish the look by applying a few drops of L'Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox Oil through your hair. The oil is infused with Glicoamine to neutralize and detoxify metals inside the hair so your color shines bright and prevents frizz and hair breakage.
There you have it! Do you want to try out the fox hair flip trend yourself? Be sure to tag @hairdotcom on Instagram to show off your look!