Another season means another opportunity to switch things up with our hair. Whether you’re looking to try out a new hairstyle for the holidays, a new trendy color or a snazzy cut to ring in the new year, our panel of experts have got you covered. Ahead, the top hair trends for winter.
The Stylists Have Spoken: These Are 7 Rising Hair Trends for Winter (Plus, One That’s Officially Played Out)
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Meet the Experts:
- Jennifer Korab is a hairstylist and owner of Renaissance Salon in New Jersey
- Angela Hazelton is a hair colorist at The Marie Robinson Salon in NYC
- Stephanie Johnson is a hairstylist and extension specialist at The Marie Robinson Salon in NYC
- Frédéric Fekkai is a hairstylist and founder of Fekkai
- Clariss Rubenstein is a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles and brand ambassador for MONAT
- Xavier Velasquez is a celebrity hairstylist and brand ambassador for Virtue
1. Side-Swept Bangs
Move over, curtain bangs. We found new fringe to obsess over and it’s straight from the early 2000s. “Side-swept bangs are going to be trending this winter and into 2023. This hairstyle is going to be popular, as everything these days is about volume. Think voluminous ‘90s blowouts paired with early ‘00s side bangs,” says Korab. Get the look by creating a deep side part (Gen-Z, look away) and flipping your hair to one side to show off your long bangs. Korab recommends investing in volumizing products that lift your roots and enhance your shape.
Our recommendation: Ouai Volume Spray ($26)
2. Fuller Bangs
Speaking of bangs, fuller fringe is another staple for the season. Think: Taylor Swift, Sophie Turner and Markella Kavenagh. “Curtain bangs had their moment and paved the way for the big bang to come back,” explains Johnson. To achieve the trend, they suggest sharing multiple reference photos with your stylist to decide on a look that works best for you. “Baby steps can be helpful when leaning into this style,” adds Johnson. As for maintenance, invest in a blow dryer and a round brush to create a rounded finish.
Our recommendation: Creative Hair Brushes Ariel Blue #104 ($24)
3. Expensive Brunette
Since this fall, we’ve seen this shade surge in popularity and it won’t lose its momentum during the colder months ahead. “In the winter, going darker with your hair color is no surprise, but this year, everyone is really committing to going richer,” says Hazelton. “They want a more dramatic, sophisticated and almost sultry vibe. A rich brunette color is very striking and the glossy finish that comes with it is very appealing.” To achieve this shade, your stylist will apply a blend of highlights and lowlights to add dimension and shine to your hair. (Hazelton also notes that a hair gloss can give you the “expensive” look right at home.)
Our recommendation: Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss in Chocolate Cosmo ($15)
4. Rich Burgundy
Look, any shade of red will always be a winner in our book, but this dark crimson hue is the one to try this winter. In the past, we’ve seen celebs like Rihanna and Zendaya sport this tone, so we’re glad to see the cherry black color make a comeback. “As copper tones are still trending, we are going to see the burgundy shade trickle in. This is an especially great option for brunettes who want to add some vibrancy and spice to their hair color,” says Korab. To maintain its vibrancy, Korab suggests using a gentle hydrating shampoo to boost moisture and protect the color from prematurely fading before your next touch up.
Our recommendation: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo ($35)
5. Butterfly Cut
We were first introduced to this haircut in the spring and it’s still making waves in the upcoming season. “What I love about this cut is it’s universally flattering for all face shapes and hair types. It also adds incredible volume and texture to long hair,” says Fekkai. The ideal butterfly cut features short, face-framing layers that graze your chin and seamlessly blend in with longer layers that fall below your shoulders. A fun tip from Fekkai: Add some face-framing highlights and a blast of volume spray at the roots for even more dimension.
Our recommendation: Fekkai Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray ($24)
6. French Twist
If there’s one hairstyle that’s going to rule the season, it’s the French twist. “I’m expecting the effortless, yet super chic French twist to be the most popular updo this holiday party season and into the winter months. It’s easy to do at home and instantly adds polish to any look,” says Velasquez. If you want to live your Parisian dreams, Velasquez recommends prepping your hair with a styling product before pulling it to one side and pinning in the ends. Next, twist your hair the opposite direction to create a ‘tunnel.’ Lastly, you’ll want to tuck the ends into the tunnel and add more pins to hold the hairstyle in place. Oh, and it’s totally fine to keep a few loose strands out for a more casual style.
Our recommendation: Virtue Create Hair Texturizing Spray ($19)
7. '90s Blowout
“‘90s looks are back in a major way from fashion to hair. This look is all about getting a natural-looking bounce without the frizz,” says Rubenstein. If you want that voluminous, off-duty model look, Rubenstein suggests using a round brush (or a hot air brush) and blow drying your hair at the root before pinning the sections to set the style. Also, direct your hair forward and blow dry your bangs (if you have any) in both directions for even fuller-looking locks.
Our recommendation: Revlon One-Step Volumizer ($37)
The One Hair Trend We’re Saying Goodbye To: Platinum Beach Blonde
Yes, you might be feeling the itch to go Targaryen blonde, but consider a warmer shade for winter. “We’re seeing more of a shift toward beige/sandy tones and warmer blond tones in the months ahead. These warmer blonde tones create a softer and more luxurious finish overall,” says Korab. Simply put: Swap your platinum for an expensive blonde look instead.