The start of winter will be here before you know it, and unlike the last two years, the winter 2022 season is going to look a bit different, thanks to us finally entering a (somewhat!) post-pandemic world. Think: Less nights at home watching holiday romcoms on your couch, and more nights out celebrating the holidays IRL with friends. And IDK about you, but all of the anticipation and excitement around holiday parties and winter festivities has me ready to dive into the winter 2022 hair trends and change up my look.
If you feel the same way that I do, then you’re in luck because this season’s hair trends are truly epic—and I rounded them all up below. Stylists are seeing a resurgence of haircuts and colors from years past, but with a new twists, including modern pixie cuts, chin-length bobs, braided ponytails, and rich, espresso brown colors. There’s even good news for millennials: The side part is officially back (and honestly, it’s deeper than ever). But the best part about these winter hair trends is that with such a wide variety or styles, there’s truly something for every hair type and texture. So, please, say goodbye to the same-old style you’ve been wearing for ages and try one of these 15 best winter 2022 hair trends ASAP.
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Winter Hair Cut Idea: Chin-Length Bob
A short bob haircut like Lori Harvey’s is one of those classic styles that can instantly add glamour and sophistication to any look. Whether you opt for a sharp, angular cut to top off your power suit or you go for a more low-maintenance shaggy bob to pair with your matching cashmere sweatsuit, keeping your cut at chin’s length will ensure the style looks fresh and all winter long.
Winter Hair Idea: High Pony with Face Framing Pieces
Ponies used to be the style you opted for when running errands or heading to the gym, but as many celebs have recently proven that they can be so much more than that. We personally love Laura Harrier’shigh pony with face-framing pieces for all of your winter parties. Leaving out those few pieces of hair right around the face and wrapping the base of your pony in a piece of hair really elevates the look.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last six months, you likely already know that Barbiecore is all the rage this year. From hot pink outfits to sparkly stilettos, we are all living in a Barbie world and can attest that life in plastic really is fantastic. But in our humble opinion, Barbie’s best asset—maybe with the exception of her Malibu beach house—was always her voluminous blonde hair. To DIY, use a one-inch barrel curling iron or hot rollers to create tons of body, a volumizing spray at your roots, and a little bit of shine serum through your ends.
Once seen on only the coolest of cool people—we’re looking at you, Zoe Kravitz—the pixie cut has become increasingly widespread in recent years and will def be trending for winter. And really, why shouldn’t it? After all, it’s cute, convenient, and works for basically any hair type. But if you’re looking to add a little more flair to the traditional pixie, try a more modern take, with longer strands at the front, a buzz cut on the sides, or even some bangs.
You truly can never go wrong with waves like these ones on Lana Condor. From heavily hair-sprayed beauty-queen curls to soft, beachy waves with soft texture, waves can come in a variety of looks, but this winter, we’re finding a happy medium with a naturally glamorous voluminous wave. Reach for your curling brush, flat iron, or curling iron, and create some wide curls, then run your fingers through to give it that more lived-in finish. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that’s not how you woke up.
Winter Hair Color Trend: Honey Brown with Soft Highlights
If you’re someone who lives for highlights in the summer, don’t let the cold weather stop you from spicing up your otherwise monochromatic hair. Instead, try a honey brown color, aka the lovechild of blond and brunette, with some balayage highlights throughout just like Hailee Steinfeld. It’s just light enough to remind you that your hair doesn’t have to be dark just because it’s dark outside, but it’s warm enough to pair with any festive winter look.
Ok, ok, we know we just told you that a chin-length bob is the way to go this winter, but if you’re not ready to commit to regular trims to keep the look intact, a piecey bob might just be the style for you. Unlike other bobs, a piecey bob can be cut in layers, and you can style it just as easily as you can roll out of bed and quickly run a brush through it. It’s stylish but uncomplicated, and requires as much or as little upkeep as you want, making it just as perfect for lazy snow days at home as it is for your office holiday party.
Gen Z may be TikTok experts, but they got one thing seriously wrong: intentional side parts are *very* far from over. In fact, according to many stylists, the side part is experiencing quite a revival as of late, and that’s only going to continue for winter. A crisp side part looks great on just about every hair type and texture—and when you add a cute little barrette or clip to keep your hair off your face à la Zoey Deutch? Perfection.
You know that uplifting, “I can take on the world” feeling that comes from that first sip of coffee in the morning? Well, that’s no longer limited to the confines of your local café or nearest Starbucks. Now, it’s also the energy behind this winter’s latest hair color trend: espresso hair color. Deep, rich, and storied, this dark brown color will offer a boost of energy and confidence to any head of hair, and just like its namesake, it’s sure to get you out of bed every morning.
With hair slicked back into a high-flying pony on top of the head and then braided to perfection, this braided ponytail is polished and powerful and would tell even the harshest of winter storms not to mess with the person underneath it, so it’s the perfect armor to take into the colder months.
Remember that super sexy, tossed-around hair that every 90’s supermodel and actress seemed to rock? Well guess what…it’s back—and dare we say, better than ever? Filled with volume and lots of texture, the style is best achieved with a side part flip and lots of texturizing spray. The whole look is the perfect combo of glam yet laid-back, IMO.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: ponytails do not have to the boring, loathsome place where clean hair goes to die. In fact, whether it’s perched high atop your head or snatched just above your neck, your ponytail can get a serious upgrade this winter with just a few graphic details, be it a criss-cross or wrap-around.
Previous seasons have been dominated by the curtain bangs trend, those long, layered pieces of hair around the face. But for winter 2022, it’ll be feathered bangs that take center stage. Although equally long and layered, these bangs are worn in the middle rather than parted, and they get their texture through their piecey finish at the ends.
We’ve all heard that Y2K aesthetic is taking over once again, but after all the talk of low-rise jeans and chunky heels, this is finally one trend of the era we can get behind. Whether they’re around your face or pulled back into a pony tail, baby braids are an all-time favorite. The style is cute and playful, and it’s a great way to add a little something extra to air-dried hair too.
Winter is always the season for a high-glam, festive look, so it seems only fitting that we apply that approach to our hair too. For a simple but gorgeous style, add some light curls to your hair or even straighten it, then pull it into a pony, and add your favorite accessory. We’re partial to a big, sparkly bow, but adding your favorite headband, brooch, or clip will definitely do the trick and bring some spice to your holiday style.
Gabby Shacknaiis a New York City-based journalist with years of experience researching, writing, and editing beauty and wellness stories. Her winter hair trends and product picks were based on celebrity style, fashion week shows, social media trends, and personal testing.
Gabby Shacknai Gabby Shacknai is a New York-based journalist and editor who produces high-quality content for a wide variety of outlets and brands across various industries.
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