Across the decades, hairstyle trends define generations. Hair is a way for people of all ages to express themselves and feel more confident with their appearance. Each year, new cuts and styles gain popularity and give people a chance to experiment with new looks. Read on for Eldorado’s predictions for hair trends in 2022.
1. Grown-Out Curtain Bangs
If you are ready for a change for the new year, but don’t want to commit to a major cut, grown-out curtain bangs may be a great fit. According to L’Oreal Professionnel ambassador Adam Reed, “Shorter, face-framing pieces that are almost like a longer curtain bang are beautiful on all hair textures and incredibly easy to maintain.” The influence of shaggy, relaxed ‘70s styles will likely be prominent throughout 2022’s hairstyle trends in addition to this one.
2. The Bixie
The “bixie” is a short haircut with some extra length to add volume. It is a throwback to the ‘90s in terms of shape and shorter length. This cut gets its name from the way it combines the length of a pixie and the shape of a bob. Influenced by Princess Diana’s iconic style, the bixie ultimately grows out into a full bob, and it is great for easy maintenance. Those looking to experiment with a short, edgy style should consult their hairstylists about this haircut.
3. The Shag
Face-framing ‘90s layers are expected to be very popular in 2022. In the words of stylist James Earshaw, “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.” Layers add texture and can be used to bring focus to certain parts of the face, such as cheekbones or eyes. Consider trying a cut with blunt ends and bouncy waves to add volume and length and change up your look.
4. Tailored Layers
In keeping with the aforementioned ‘70s influence, the shag is going to make a comeback in 2022. Shags are versatile cuts that work with virtually all textures and lengths, with or without bangs. The shoulder-length shag is predicted to be especially trendy this year, as donned by stars like Kaia Gerber and Miley Cyrus. This cut requires a bit more upkeep for those with coarse or thick hair, so it might not be the best choice for those looking for a low-maintenance style.
5. Natural Curls
Embracing hair’s natural texture is becoming more popular. Multiple lockdowns due to COVID-19 have sparked a renewed interested in low-effort style. Natural curls require specific, concentrated care, and can easily look frizzy without it. Using a strong-hold gel to create a “cast” and letting it dry before running your fingers through them will create a dimensional, natural, low-maintenance look.
Stylists agree that 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for braids. According to Los Angeles-based hairstylist Erinn Courtney, “People who have never considered braids are wanting to experiment and have low-maintenance hair.” From wavy to box-style, braids can be dressed up and dressed down. If you want to try them out but don’t want to commit to a full head, add an accent or two to test the waters. Major celebrities like Zoe Kravitz and Zendaya have been rocking braids recently, proving that this will be a popular look in the coming year.
7. Straight and Sleek
Smooth, pin-straight, glossy hair is going to be very popular in the coming year. A bold center part with long, silky lengths achieved by sectioning the hair and straightening from root to tip with a blow dryer and iron makes this look timeless. Stars like Dua Lipa have helped to popularize this ‘90s-nostalgic look. A straight and sleek hairstyle requires a bit more effort, so try it out for your next party or special event.
8. The Octopus
A reinvention of The Rachel, this heavily textured cut uses short layers at the top of the head while maintaining length and volume. Thinner, long layers of hair are styled from underneath. As described by stylist Darren Bain, “With an octopus haircut, the two layered sections are much more blended than the mullet, which is more visibly disconnected.” The Octopus incorporates face-framing curtain bangs that hit below the ears, while mullets feature short, eyebrow-length bangs. The Octopus is a flattering cut for those with short to medium-length hair.
9. The Blunt Bob
A bob is among the most timeless hairstyles, having been popular in multiple decades. According to Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s “A sharp, blunt bob is a classic style that will continue to be popular in 2022.” If you are looking for a dramatic change, ask your hairstylist about trying out a bob. You can personalize this look by adding some blunt bangs. The blunt bob works for straight hair, thin hair, and curls.
10. Shadow Roots
Dark roots are expected to make a comeback in 2022. This is especially great news for anyone who prefers an easy, low-maintenance style. Allowing your natural roots to grow in longer is also a great way to improve hair health. Give your hair a break by working with your stylist to pick a color close to your natural one and grow your roots out. This look provides a subtle contrast without the need for regular 4-6-week visits to your colorist. Shadow roots work on any color, but are a particularly good choice for people with blonde hair.
If you are looking to change up your look with a new hairstyle in 2022, contact Eldorado now. We offer a wide range of hair replacement and restoration solutions in the Baltimore area. Schedule your free hair analysis today.