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As we approached January last year, we were not so secretly thinking, 'How is it 2021 already? We're still reeling from 2020!' but embracing our new onwards and upwards mantra we've gained from the past 18 months, our outer most fabulous person is saying 'Bring on 2022!' Because, with a new year comes the perfect excuse to return to the hairdressers and an opportunity to replace our grown out roots and DIY box-dyed greys, with a fresh new look. Luckily, there's a whole host of new hairstyles and hair trends just waiting to be experimented with.

Whether it's the return of 1960s beehives, but with a modern laissez-faire twist, or working this year's hottest hair colours (super boosted copper and nude cashmere blonde are so hot right now), the new year is the perfect time go big and bold and test out the most coveted hairstyles and hair trends working their way down the runways and onto the streets.

Not sure what's in and what should be left to last year? We asked the UK's top hairstylists and colourists to reveal what they predict will be the biggest hair trends of 2022 and their pro secrets to recreating them yourself.

10 Hairstyles Set To be the Hot Trend In 2022

1.Warm tones

Brassy has basically been a dirty word in the hair colour game for decades now, but it seems 2022 will see us leaning far more willingly toward warmth.

“Warm honey blondes are a vibe,” confirms Faith Williams, Founder and Director of BLONDEE, and Corthine couldn’t agree more: “Lived-in warmer-toned blondes will give life to full blondes,” he says. “Warm blonde shades such as golden, honey and caramel will give hair an instant brightening boost.”

“Copper hair tones will continue to be big next season,” says Uva, noting that Gigi Hadid is currently teaching a masterclass in how to rock faux red. “Whilst the concept of copper can sound daunting, it's surprisingly versatile because it works well with a lot of different hair types, skin tones and textures. There are so many different shades of copper which means it is super adaptable and everyone can wear it; the best way to approach copper locks is to tailor the shade to your eye and skin tone colour.”

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“Spicy copper tones with rosy pink hues are also making a comeback,” adds Williams. “We love blending copper tones with pink highlights for depth and interest,” agrees Corthine.

Don’t stress if you’re not down to go all the way in the warmth department, though – it can be layered over darker locks, too. “Rich brunettes with sun kissed highlights will also be a trend,” confirms Corthine.

2.Nostalgic ‘90s everything

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Are the ‘90s exiting the fashion and beauty arena anytime soon? Ugh! As if! “The ‘90s are really making a [continued] comeback,” declares Williams. “Claw clips are back and here to stay.”

“’90s styles are still having their time in the sun, so expect [plenty of] beading, and micro clips,” confirms Corthine.

It’s not all about accessories in a classic sense, either; you can craft the ‘accessories’ from your own hair, too. “Two braids at the front of your hair will be incredibly popular in 2022,” Williams notes.

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3.Extreme length

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Of course, there are still some people who may lean the other way, choosing to find drama in extra length rather than less of it. Yep, ‘Cher hair’ is back for yet another round. “I believe we will see a lot of extreme length [inspired by] the red carpets and catwalks, with celebs and models sporting very long hair for dramatic effect,” says Parker Atwood.

“Think the Met Gala, where lots of the hair had heavy extension work; long, sleek ponytails, waist-length hair and even hair touching the ground to take it to the next level. This will translate into clients starting to grow their locks out and focusing on hair health for beautiful long locks,” she explains.

Alternatively, if you’re just trying to test-drive the trend, you can follow the stars’ lock-lengthening lead with some extensions – the secret to success simply lies in finding ones that look realistic (and TBH, luxurious, even if they’re not really). Sleek hair done right looks more expensive than anything, after all.

How to take care of long hair

Use a deeply hydrating treatment twice a week:

If style your hair with heat, you will already know the benefits of using a deep hydrating treatments to replenish any lost moisture. A favorite DIY of ours is the coconut honey mask for your hair.

The same effect can also be achieved by using an oil high in vitamin E, such as olive or avocado oil. To get the best results, gently warm the oil in a pan on a low heat and apply to your hair. Wrap in a warm towel and wash out after fourth five minutes. The heated oil allows it to be more easily absorbed into the hair, boosting its effective qualities. Check out this blog post on best 5 oils for your hair to learn more!

Use a heat protectant:

It goes without saying - we all know we should use one, but it's such an easy-to-forget step, that really makes a difference! A heat protectant wraps the hair shaft, forming a protective barrier, thus preventing damage and ensuring your style is sleek and frizz free. We did a post here on the best natural heat protectant oils that you can use. The article goes into detail about how heat protectants works and the benefits you can expect from using different natural oils. Do yourself and your hair a favour - use those tips!

Use hair bands that don't pull at the root:

The 80's scrunchy is back and secretly your hair couldn't be more happy about it! Using a band like a scrunchy, or the plastic coil type, means you hair is not pulled at the root. This makes sure the hair isn't under any unnecessary stress, keeping the strands strong and resilient. Cue the Madonna music if you choose to rock the scrunchy!


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Photo behindthechair

One part bob, one part pixie, the "bixie" is a short cut with a little extra length up top, as seen on Gabrielle Union and Anne Hathaway. While the cut adds volume and shape to a shorter length, it's also so '90s. And if 2021 taught us anything, it's that what's old is new again — at least when it comes to beauty trends.

"The bixie haircut is ultimately a look that combines elements of the pixie and elements of the bob," as Yureesh, a professional hairstylist, global director of development at Pureology, and owner and CEO of YureeshStyle, previously told InStyle. The stylist also says it can be customized to fit each individual's hair texture.

Just as the name sounds, the bixie haircut is a combination of a bob and pixie. "It's shorter than a bob, longer than a pixie, and with the hair off the neck and midface," April Peele, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City, told POPSUGAR. Marrying the two styles allows you to customise the look to best fit your face and personal style. Not to mention, if you've never cut your hair shorter than chin-length before, it's a bit less intimidating.
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If the shag was the biggest haircut of 2021, the mixie will be the cut of 2022. Sitting somewhere between a mullet and a pixie crop, it’s much more daring than the shag, but it’s still really quite wearable. “It’s a versatile look,” says Paul Percival, Owner of Percy & Reed salon + Redken Artist. “You have control of the look and can adapt it quickly and easily. We have a new in-salon service at Percy + Reed London that combines two styles in one appointment. We cut a pixie cut and match the style and colour to ethically-sourced hair wefts. The pixie cut is easily wearable for every day, but then you can clip in your weft for something different.”

The key to the mixie is to ensure it’s full of texture. Work a styling pomade or wax into the roots for an angled, edgy look.

Potentially the edgiest haircut of the year, the mixie is a cross between a (still trending) mullet and a pixie: short at the front and longer and choppier at the back. The look was first popularised by Úrsula Corberó in Netflix's Money Heist and rides on the coattails of the wolf/shag retro hair renaissance.

6.French Bob

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This will come as no surprise. Yes, the French bob will be everywhere in 2022. Its understated, classic nature means it’s set to be a mainstay hair trend. “Bobs are going to be big in 2022,” says Hersheson. “I don’t think there’s such thing as a bad bob for next year. Everything from long bobs to graduated bobs will be huge, but particularly the French bob.”

To get lived-in volume and texture in the roots that won’t weigh the hair down, use a super-lightweight styling foam. This will give the lift of a mousse without any of that crunchy weight.

Does a French bob have layers?

The key to nailing a French hair look is effortlessness, and when it comes to achieving that laidback Parisian texture, you’ll definitely need layers. Your stylist will create subtle layers throughout your mane to make your cut appear naturally effortless and textured.

What face shape suits a bob?

When it comes to bob haircuts, there’s a way to make them work for any face shape. If you have an oval face shape, you can make any bob haircut work for you—including a classic French bob. When you have a square-shaped face, chin-length cuts that accentuate your jawline work best. If you have a heart-shape face that’s longer, opt for a lob with layers to soften your chin and highlight your cheekbones.

Is a bob high maintenance?

While styling a French bob is typically easy, the cut itself can be high maintenance. You’ll need to visit your stylist for a touch-up every four to six weeks to ensure that your cut stays on point and free of split ends.

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7.The Modern Beehive

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‘Volume came back in a big way in 2021, and in 2022 we’ll be seeing updos and half-up ‘dos like Adele and Anya Taylor-Joy have been wearing. This softer version of the 1960s style is a fresh, modern take on a timeless trend. The finish is smooth but still touchable. For extra body before styling, mist a volumiser like Fekkai Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray on with your hair flipped over. Hot rollers tucked in at the roots will add even more lasting lift to reach the heights this look calls for.’

8.New-gen shag

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No doubt shags are already on your radar, they've gone stratospheric since picking up from where they left off in the ‘70s during 2019. But they’ve moved away from being the ‘it-girl’ cut we were all scared of getting, to becoming more accessible (we keep spotting them everywhere). For 2022, we'll see more variations on the shag, says Sal. “I’m loving the midi shag bobs,” admits hair pro and Babyliss ambassador, Syd Hayes. He recommends “cool razored fringes with a little ‘70s bang, and layers that are razored, sliced and choppy with the length kept throughout the back.”

For curly hair, “it’s all about the modern shag,” says Frederic. “The cascade of curls allows hair to be swept to the side when you want to,” he explains. The good news? It's actually pretty low-maintenance says Adam. “The beauty is in the growth. The looks continues to evolve as the hair grows.” It's a cut that embraces natural hair texture, he says “and it can be easily styled by air drying and adding depth with texture sprays,” he says.

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The last few years have seen society making major strides toward finally not only accepting but celebrating natural curls and coils, and that will only continue from here on out.

“My biggest trend forecast is the return of the [natural] curl,” says Corthine. “Over 60 per cent of people have curly/wavy/coily/textured hair, and we are seeing them be happy to embrace their natural hair structure which is great. Curls are beautiful and unique, and I am looking forward to more hairdressers creating looks that work with natural hair.”

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“Condition is key here, and hero products like k18 ($94.50 at Adore Beauty), Olaplex ($50 at Adore Beauty), and quality curl styling products like the evo curl range (pack available for $109.95 at Adore Beauty) will bring curly hair to the forefront where it belongs,” he suggests re: keeping your curls at their chicest.

Curl-specific cuts are also going to be an ally to all with natural texture. “Hairdressers can do amazing things to help control and manage curls through layering techniques, meaning you don’t need to straighten them out. Big beautiful curls are such a fun ‘80s-esque hair trend, and we are seeing a resurgence of those all over the world on the catwalks,” says Parker Atwood.


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'90s-Y2K hair is having a moment, and cuts that complement the trends will lead throughout 2022. “Full hair is in,” says James and “long layers that keep weight in the hair are great for big bouncy blow dries and waves. Haircuts will be blunter on the ends again to give a thicker fuller feeling,” he says. Sal agrees. “Long sleek hair it going to be big in 2022, with barely-there layering and styling – think Devon Aoki in the late ’90s, The Rachel and Supermodel blowouts,” he says. “Face framing '90s layers are a go-to solution with or without a seamless, wispy bang to add a different length and bring focus to a particular are of the face such as the eyes, cheek bones or lips,” he says.

“We’ll see a lot more layers being cut into the hair to perfectly personalise every individual,” confirms Adam. “I love perfectly tailored layers for longer looks, like face-framing bangs that start slim and short then curve towards the eyes with the longest layers following the cheekbone. This allows the length and angle to be adjusted depending on your face shape and leaves for easy styling – adding softness to the face and drawing focus to the eyes,” he explains.

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