You know what they say about annual trends: out with the old, in with the new — or, sometimes, the even older. Such was the case for 2021, at least, a year that resurrected countless beauty looks from previous decades. Mullets, shags, and even ultra-thin eyebrows all resumed their places in the cultural zeitgeist, sending beauty buffs time-traveling down memory lane for the greater part of the year. But, as 2022 hair trends loom just around the corner, hairstylists and colorists are busy looking ahead as even more nostalgic fads are expected to return.
From blunt bobs to tendrils and bombshell blowouts, 2022 hair trends have something in store for everyone. That’s especially because their overall theme is leaning back and embracing your natural hair shades and textures. Nick Stenson, celebrity hairstylist, artistic director at Matrix, and senior vice president of store and services operations at Ulta Beauty, tells Bustle he predicts a particularly exciting and experimental year for the beauty world. “After a year of limitations, people are ready to look and feel their best,” says Stenson. “We’re seeing this come to life through hair trends that celebrate natural texture as well as those that push bold expression.” Another movement he’s seeing? A major revival of Y2K-inspired hairstyles.
Below, see 12 hair trends set to take center stage in 2022.
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