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With salons seeing far more clients in 2021 than they did in 2020, an increasingly vaccinated population means 2022 will likely see even more of us visiting our favorite hairstylists with more frequency.
But because things still seem precarious, it's not unusual to want to seek change in some controllable way — like your haircut. "An external change can be a simple and easy way to signify a transition that is internally more complex and harder to articulate otherwise," therapist Nikki Nachum explained to Allure. "A new hairstyle becomes almost like an announcement to both yourself and the outer world that something is changing in your life."
9. Sleek High Ponytail
When it comes to short-hair trends, both Fekkai founder Frederic Fekkai tell Allure they anticipate a huge bob moment in the coming year. "I predict that short bobs with or without bangs for straight hair will be big for 2022," Fekkai says. Selena Gomez is clearly leading the charge, recently returning to the classic chin-length look, and other stylists are singing the praises of specifically the sliced bob, which is a tiny bit longer in front. "If you have finer hair, this helps create a cleaner line," Harry Josh explains.
Wavy-haired friends, it's your time to shine — and we don't mean by flat-ironing your hair into reflective oblivion. This will be the year to air-dry and fly. "Hair in 2022 is about celebrating your natural texture. It's no longer about hot tools to straighten or curl hair," Fekkai tells Allure. "Embrace what you already have." Because what you have doesn't need to be straightened by a flatiron or defined by a curling wand to be gorgeous — it already is, as exemplified by Natasha Lyonne's incredible texture. Just be sure to use products suited specifically to naturally wavy hair, like Aussie's Miracle Waves Conditioner.
Vintage-style curtain bangs have been trending for the last couple of years, and it looks like the look is here to stay in 2022.
Besides adding a retro touch to your haircut, curtain bangs, famously donned by actress-singer Selena Gomez, delicately frame the face and look great with your hair down or up. "I love the way these bangs cave right into your cheekbones to accentuate your eyes, and they can add contour to round face shapes," hairstylist Alex Brown told Glamour, adding, "They are easy to style as long as your stylist cuts them short to long." Why? According to Brown, this helps the bangs blend into the rest of your hair.
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Nearly every stylist Allure asked about hair trends was eager for a big braid year. "People who have never considered braids are wanting to experiment and have low-maintenance hair," Courtney says. Brown agrees, saying Zoe Kravitz-esque wavy braids are definitely in style — and Zendaya's long, box-braid look is a perfect example of how the braids can be dressed up or down.
"Easy, carefree braids make a great addition to your style arsenal," says Gina Scipioni, director of education for Neuma, who says they're perfect for both workdays and date nights. But if you aren't ready to commit to a full head of pretty plaits, Scipioni recommends working one into whatever you've already got going on. "Just add an accent braid and you’ll be all set for 2022."
Delray Beach, Florida, stylist Chloé Swigert tells Allure that her clients have been increasingly asking for an easy way to add texture and movement to their long, straight hair. Her answer: a much shorter layer with pieces that pop out a bit when waved. And there's no need to go wild with your curling wand to make it happen. Just a flick here and there creates an "effortless, natural, beachy texture," like Jennifer Aniston’s.
For a more dramatic cut, try the Winona cut, as Sean Paul Nother of The Hair Bros. told Refinery29. A newer version of the crop cut, Nother said the haircut is gaining popularity, as seen from models at the London Fashion Week show in September 2021 who rocked "Winona Ryder-esque crops."
In an instructional video on Instagram, Nother educated followers on how to achieve the edgy look themselves. In the caption, Nother advised having your hairstylist look at your outline, the sides, and future styling to determine the best crop cut for you and your day-to-day life.
We realize we may re-spark a generational war, but a middle part really is the currently cool way to split your hair. "Gen Z has already made it clear that side parts are out — and even go as far to say they're 'cheugy' — and middle parts are here for 2022," says Appleton, who is, in fact, a millennial. He says it's specifically streamlined hair like Dua Lipa's that he's envisioning with the evenly divided style. "Sleek, straight hair has been out of the spotlight for a bit, and it’s ready to make a comeback."
The wolf cut is everywhere, and it's no wonder why. From celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish to TikTok influencers rocking the 'do, the wolf cut has become a 2021 trend that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon as we head into the new year.
What is the wolf cut, and how can you get one? According to L'oréal Paris, a wolf cut is a cross between a shag and a mullet. The tousled cut consists of many layers (shorter ones toward the front of the face and longer pieces in the back) and typically features straight or curtain-style bangs.
Appleton is all about putting in a little extra effort this year, which means retiring the messy low ponies and opting for the sleek, high ponytails he often creates for Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. "Many people are looking for something a little more structured and 'fancy,'" he tells Allure, and a high ponytail with perfectly smooth base achieves that without doing an elaborate updo. The key to such a flawless look: hairspray — try the Best of Beauty-winning R+Co Bleu Featherlight Hairspray — and a toothbrush to spot-treat flyaways.
We've been seeing mullets everywhere lately. The modern-day version of the cut that defined the '80s is a little more chill, though. "[We're getting] a lot more of these, especially in slightly longer, less severe versions," says hairstylist Bryce Scarlett. Look to Doja Cat's 2021 Grammys mullet, which has a soft wave that frames her face beautifully.
And yes, any face shape can wear a mullet with confidence. "For a more full face, the modern mullet is the way to go," notes hairstylist Sally Hershberger. "The hair framed around the face will perfectly complement this face shape."
If you've got mid-length to long hair and don't want to mess with the length, try face-framing layers that'll liven up any look, specifically layers that are choppy and short around the face, stylist Wes Sharpton told The Zoe Report.
But don't get just any type of layers. Because face-framing layers accentuate your face, you want a cut that complements your face shape. According to L'oréal Paris, if you have an oval face, pair the layers with curtain bangs. For a square shape, you'll want to ask for wispy layers with side-swept bangs to complete the look.
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