8 Haircut Trends Happening in New York Right Now

According to top hairstyles

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As a New York native, it may be biased to say that the best trends are born here, but between the chic looks that are always hitting the streets and the latest spa treatments coming from the Upper East Side, it’s hard to deny the city’s appeal.

Now, we’re aware the year just started, but we’re already seeing new looks popping up across the five boroughs. We tapped six hairstylists for the top haircuts everyone in NYC is asking for right now. After a quick scroll through, you’ll probably be setting up an appointment ASAP (and we don’t blame you).

Meet the Experts

  • Xavier Velasquez is a celebrity hairstylist at Jenny Perry Hair Studio in New York City. He’s also a brand ambassador for Virtue and specializes in editorial, runway and advertising looks. His clients include Kristen Stewart, Anna Sophia Robb and Julianne Hough.
  • Danielle Priano is a celebrity hairstylist and ambassador for Sexy Hair. She has decades of experience in the industry, working on brand campaigns and launching her very own accessories collection, PSxDanielle. Her previous clients include Vanessa Hudgens, Hailey Bieber, Mariah Carey and Hailee Steinfield.
  • Michelle Hong is a celebrity hairstylist, colorist and the founder of NYC The Team. Prior to opening her salon, Hong worked as a top colorist at Frederic Fekkai's flagship salon on 5th Avenue. In her 20 years in the industry, Hong has worked with Sigourney Weaver, Kelly Rowland, Bon Jovi, Daniel Boulud and Georgina Chapman.
  • Jacob Schmidt is a hair color specialist and senior stylist at Sally Hershberger Nomad in New York City. He specializes in color transformations, color services and styling cuts.
  • Gregory Patterson is a celebrity hairstylist and a DIY Color & Styling expert for Sally Beauty. He’s based in New York City and has previously worked as a lead stylist for Project Runway. His previous clients include Britney Spears, Anne Hathaway and Julianne Moore.
  • Rodney Cutler is a hairstylist, master groomer and owner of Cutler Salons. He’s also served as brand ambassador for Redken since 2002. His work has been featured on television and red carpets, as well as numerous fashion shows for Kenneth Nicholson, Taoray Wang and Greg Lauren. Over his 20+ years in the industry, Cutler has worked with countless celebrities from Emma Watson to Toni Collette. 

6 Haircuts Everyone in Los Angeles Wants Right Now

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1. Chin-Length Bob

Bob haircuts have become a staple in the city and we predict they’re going to continue their reign in 2024. “The chin-length bob is a clean style that’s typically cut blunt, while strands lay right at the chin,” says Schmidt. “It’s going to be super popular in NYC because it’s easily styled and effortlessly elevates any look.” If you want a sleek finish, Schmidt recommends prepping the hair with a shine spray and using a flatiron at the ends. 

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2. Long, Luscious Locks

While many New Yorkers clearly appreciate short bobs, some are looking to grow out their locks this year. This trend features soft, flowing tresses that go past the shoulders with blunt ends. As Velasquez explains, a stylist will start with a clean trim around the ends, before creating a face-framing shape that works for your hair type and features. Once you leave the salon, adding hair oil to the mid-lengths and ends will maintain that shine and bounce at home. 

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3. The Butterfly Cut

Lest you think we were leaving the butterfly cut behind in 2024, the ‘70s inspired ‘do is still going strong because it’s essentially two haircuts in one. You’ll find short layers on top (ending a few inches beneath the chin) and longer layers on the bottom (just past the shoulders for soft movement). “It’s a very urban yet Avant Garde haircut. It works well for every hair texture and requires little to no styling to look good, which is what every New Yorker dreams about!” says Priano. To style your cut, the stylist suggests prepping hair with mousse before blow drying and using a round brush to really bring out the shape. 

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4. Soft Layers

Va va volume has made its way into the Big Apple this season. As Hong explains, soft layers are added throughout and blended seamlessly into the rest of your hair to give it plenty of extra bounce. To style the look at home, she suggests using big rollers and texturizing spray to create a long-lasting lift and body, with a light hold and definition. Hong also notes, “[Those with] finer textured hair will benefit [from this look] as the layers will give an extra lift, while [those with] coarser textures can have the weight taken out of the layers so the hair can fall nicely without any heaviness.”

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5. Curtain Bangs

Despite newer fringe styles popping up, curtain bangs remain a top choice for city dwellers. “They’re really versatile and can be sharp and heavy or choppy and wispy,” shares Schmidt. “With shorter strands in the middle (that touch just above the eyelashes) and longer ones cut diagonally as you move away from the face, they’re always super trendy. Just think of Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada.” For more volume, he suggests using a blow dryer and a round brush—or wrap your fringe with rollers and allow them to set, as you style the rest of the hair. Once you unravel the rollers, spritz on some texturizing spray before heading out the door. 

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6. Babe Bangs

This fringe is for all the curly gals in NYC. As Patterson shares, “It offers enough layers and removes weight to allow your natural texture to come to life.” He recommends asking your stylist to “carve out petal pieces,” while taking your hair texture and face shape into account. Consider a styling cream (or mousse) to add softness and shine to your fringe. (A helpful editor’s tip: Try the finger coiling method to define your swirls and keep ‘em uniform.) 

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7. The Natural Shag

Yup, NYC is still very much in love with the shag haircut. In fact, Cutler has seen requests for the style spike in his salons recently. “It's sexy, cool and overall, an effortless look. It also grows out beautifully, so you don’t have to commit to the regular six-week maintenance trims,” says Cutler. “The key is to keep the overall length, while adding shorter face-framing layers, where the shortest point is at the crown. Then, blend those pieces with the exterior layers to create movement and texture.” To style the look yourself, Culter recommends mixing leave-in cream and hair oil together and raking it through damp hair before finishing off the look with a spray wax for a texturized finish. 

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8. Pixie Cut

A pixie haircut might be the change you’re looking for in 2024.  “It's wonderful to see the abundant variations of pixies on the streets coming to life. There’s an unlimited number of techniques that can be used to bring the pixie to life, so don't be afraid to texturize the hair and bring movement to the look,” says Cutler. “The most crucial thing is that the stylist understands the comfort level of each client, so they can adjust the shape and length to help them adapt to their new cut. We have so many clients who have a desire to be bold and reinvent themselves, and these variations of the pixie, whether worn longer or softer, helps ease them into a new look.” Once you get your fresh cut, the easy part is the maintenance. Aside from monthly trims (which is the biggest part of maintaining this otherwise breezy style), all you’ll need is some texturizing paste to add definition to your look.

​​OK, I’m Ready for a Haircut. What Should I Ask My Stylist?

The best thing to do is communicate with your stylist about everything. Tell them exactly what you want and show them any visual inspiration you have in mind for the look. (Psst, we’ve got seven references above to get you started). Once you have your photos ready, march into your appointment and walk out the salon with a fresh cut that you can show off at your next shindig.

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