The 13 hottest hair trends for 2022

Posted: 14 January 2022 11:02 am
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Spoiler alert: The shag is still in.

A new year calls for a new hairstyle (hello, 2022 rebrand!) and this year we have a LOT of options. From the inevitable return of 90s and 2000s trend cycles to the powerful influence of TikTok trends, this year we're going to be seeing a bunch of brand new looks as well as modern takes on some classics.

If you too think that ~beachy waves are not the vibe~, take a scroll through these upcoming hair trends and transform into your new 2022 self.


1. Sleek

With the influx of the "clean look" and "that girl" aesthetics from 2021, we expect the sleek and shiny hairstyles to continue to steal the spotlight this year. From slicked-back ponytails and buns to pin-straight hair tucked behind the ears, this ultimate smooth and silky look brings immediate elegance to any outfit.

Celebs like Jas Tookes and Kendall Jenner are the queens of this look and are the perfect gals to check out for some inspo.

Girl with slicked back hair into a neat low ponytail

Source: Instagram


2. Middle parts

If you've spent any time on TikTok, you'll know that gen Z will not be accepting any side parts any time soon. The tiny difference between where your part falls on your head has now become the clear distinction between generations.

We're not telling you that you need to have a middle part, we're just warning you of the potential online humiliation.

Dua Lipa standing in a garden wearing a grey blazer with knee high boots with hair down in a middle part

Source: Instagram


3. Cool girl bob

If you've been looking for a reason to bite the bullet and chop off the long locks, this chic hairstyle could be it. The cool girl bob or the "boy bob" brings a more relaxed and low maintenance reputation to the traditional polished look.

This hairstyle has both a feminine and masculine note, creating a confident and androgynous look reminiscent of the 90s.

Selfie of a girl with a short messy bob

Source: Instagram


4. Wispy bangs

Wispy bangs are the perfect baby step to take if you're not quite ready for the blunt fringe. This look is not as bold or high-maintenance as other bangs, making it a perfect middle ground for if you're looking to try something new.

This hairstyle brings a softness to your face and instantly adds a romantic touch to your look. What's even better is that this style suits all hair types, especially fine hair.

Selfie of a girl next to a mirror with hair in a bun and wispy bangs

Source: Instagram


5. Bouncy blow-outs

Without a doubt we are going to be seeing a lot more voluminous, bouncy hair thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of the Dyson hair wrap. Coined as the "fluffy hair trend" by gen Z on TikTok, this soft and airy look is perfect for those with longer and thicker hair.

Selfie of a girl with green eyeshadow and voluminous blonde hair in waves

Source: Instagram


6. Wolf cut

The wolf cut, made popular by Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish, is here to stay. A cross between the mullet and the shag, this rock 'n' roll hairstyle is becoming one of the most popular hairdos across all genders.

This unkempt and seemingly effortless look also shines light on the importance of haircare products, particularly with shine and volume.

Miley Cyrus posing lying on a white couch, candy in mouth and sunglasses on. She has blonde hair in a wolf/shag cut

Source: Instagram


7. 90s-inspired lobs

The 90s lobs are officially back. Tbh, we don't think they were ever out and to that note, we don't think they will ever go out. This seemingly timeless hairdo is relatively low maintenance besides the occasional trim for smooth, blunt edges which makes it the perfect no-frills everyday hairstyle.

For the perfect 90s inspo, look to Rachel Green from Friends or Victoria Beckham's Posh Spice days. For a more modern take, look no further than Selena Gomez.

Selfie of Selena Gomez with short brown hair in a lob style haircut

Source: Instagram


8. Baby bangs

You'll either love them or hate them. Baby bangs or cropped bangs are often a divisive topic but celebs like Hunter Schaefer and Bella Hadid have proven that they can be a hit.

We predict that this edgier and grunge-like look will have a huge comeback right in time for the return of the 2012 Tumblr era that we're beginning to see. But maybe don't try this one at home.

Hunter Schaefer posing in a red outfit with short blonde bangs and hair pulled back

Source: Instagram


9. Buzz cut

Feeling really bold? The buzz cut is the ultimate hair statement, with associations with strength and a new direction of femininity.

Rocked by various celebs like it girl Iris Law, Zoe Kravitz and Lupita Nyong'o, this hair trend is bound to make anyone a style icon.

Girl with bleached buzz cut hair wearing a black blazer and cut out dress

Source: Instagram


10. Enhanced natural curls

In more recent years, we have seen a lot more movement towards embracing natural curls and texture. In 2022, we're all about making the curls pop and shine with the help of strong hold products to further define the natural waves.

Icons like Tracee Ellis Ross and Marvel's Eternals star, Lauren Ridloff, are perfect examples to show your hairstylist what you're after.

Selfie of a girl with her curly hair being done by a hair stylist

Source: Instagram


11. The bixie

That's right, a bixie is a cross between a bob and a pixie cut. This hairstyle draws from the texture of a shaggy bob and length that falls just over the pixie length.

The bixie, like any shag cut, creates an instant effortless glam look that radiates unapologetic rolled-out-of-bed-and-showed-up-like-this energy.

Selfie of a girl with short brown wavy hair in a bixie cut

Source: Instagram


12. Creative parts

Yet another pull from the early 2000s, unique hair parts, particularly the zig zag like Miss Hadid, are going to make a comeback. It's the perfect way to add a bit of personality and playfulness to your hair without needing a trip to the salon.

Mirror selfie of Bella Hadid with sleeked back hair with a zig zag part

Source: Instagram


13. Braids

Braids have always been in but we are getting a whole lot of new inspo thanks to Zendaya's recent red carpet looks. Her long, box-braids at the CFDA Awards were a perfect example of the versatility of braids in both everyday wear and full glam.

For more braids inspo, check out Zoe Kravitz, Rihanna and Skai Jackson.

Zendaya in a red tube top and skirt with big box braids

Source: Instagram


If you're still looking for more hair inspiration, read our top 12 hair trends from 2021 or our round-up of the top trending hairstyles and products for spring/summer 2022.

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