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January 18, 2022

These Haircut Trends Will Be Everywhere In 2022

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The Top Haircut Trends Of 2022, According To Hair Experts 

Are side bangs making a comeback?! Hold up—before we answer the big question, BTC Editors have been working hard to get you *the list* of every haircut trend that clients will be requesting in 2022. According to our trend radar (aka, our top celebrity stylist friends), you can expect: The bixie, boy band bob, the “octopus” (wtf?! 😉), layers and more.

 

Keep scrollin’ for our complete list of haircut predictions, plus expert advice AND the pro techniques you’ll need to nail every request! 

 

 

1. ’90s Supermodel Layers

You can expect long, soft layers and classic shapes in high demand, says celeb stylist Drea Jaclyn (@dredrehair)—aka the owner of Beverly Hills’ cool-girl hangout spot, Bomane Salon, and Line One Hair Extensions. Add some spice by channeling ’90 icons like supermodel Cindy Crawford or Aaliyah’s face-framing layers. 

 

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2. Airy Blunt Bob

“The iconic blunt bob is making a comeback,” Sally Hershberger (@sallyhershberger) shared with BTC Editors. “It flatters nearly every face shape and hair texture, making it a very versatile, easy-to-manage look.” The secret to 2022’s version of the staple cut: Remove bulky excess weight and maintain an element of softness within blunt lines. 

 

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3. Soft, French-Inspired Shag

“Emily in Paris,” who? The French girl shag is softly layered with texturized ends, and often paired with fringe that splits to frame the face. So, it’s no surprise that our clients want that je ne sais quoi that makes a Parisian woman so effortlessly cool. 

 

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4. The Bixie 

Over 100k of BTC’s followers want to know—what is a bixie?! Short answer: “It’s equal parts bob and equal parts pixie,” says celeb stylist and Wella Ambassador Briana Cisneros (@brianacisneros). Here’s what you can expect: Princess Diana’s famous ’80s haircut with a 2022 update—heavily layered, texturized and cropped! 

 

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5. Are Side Bangs Making A Comeback?

When LA-based cutting expert Sal Salcedo (@salsalhair) posted on IG, “Should side bangs make a comeback in 2022?”—millennials everywhere felt it. What’s more Y2K than Von Dutch trucker hats and low-rise jeans? A side bang moment, but think less “Myspace vibes” and more natural, effortlessly-swept-over movement.

 

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6. Shoulder-Length Bob—Aka “The Lob”

If you want to be the most interesting to look at take Kourt K’s lead with a shoulder-length lob. According to her stylist Andrew Fitzsimons (@andrewfitzsimons), the statement haircut will reign supreme in 2022. 

 

“I’m seeing lots of restorative measures being taken,” adds Joico celeb stylist Jared Henderson (@jstayready_), whose clients include Doja Cat, Saweetie and SZA. Whether that’s chopping off dead hair into a chic bob or lob OR tucking the hair away and getting extensions or wigs, this will give their hair a break before summer! 

 

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7. Long Hair with Barely-There Layers

Wondering what trends Olivia Rodrigo’s stylist predicts for 2022? “Good 4 U” we asked Clayton Hawkins (@claytonhawkins) himself… and he said: Long hair! Our internet girl crushes like Olivia, Dua Lipa and Megan Fox have brought “Cher hair” back into the mainstream—think minimal layers, texturized ends and EXTRA length! 

 

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8. ’90s Boy Band Bob

Your ’90s crushes like Leo and Nick Carter are NOW on your clients’ haircut inspo mood boards. Flash forward a couple of decades, we predict that curtain cuts—or “the boy bob”—will have a moment in 2022. “Shorter cuts that play with both the feminine and masculine are all in the lineup for 2022,” says celebrity stylist and Virtue® Creative Director Adir Abergel (@hairbyadir). “They can be a major win for a face if cut with the intention to enhance your facial structure.” 

 

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8. Micro Bobs

This version of the classic bob hits somewhere between the chin and the cheekbone. Lately, it seems like EVERYONE—even fashion designer and blogger Anine Bing—is rocking the super sexy, super short crop. We predict that this versatile length will continue to blow up this year.

 

Pro Tip: How To Navigate When Clients Request A Trend

French, boy band, blunt, micro—we know all of these bobs require the same technical cutting techniques. When clients request a specific trend or version of the classic cut, they’re looking for an overall look and the way it’s styled. That’s why it’s KEY to identify the specific elements they love about their inspo pics. 

 

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10. Y2K + ’90s Hair Trends: Layers Galore! 

The MTV era of glossy, feathered and retro beauty looks will continue to influence hair trends this year. “We will see lots of wispy bangs with layers around the face, creating more movement and texture,” says celebrity stylist Alex Brown (@alexbrownhair)

 

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So… What Is The Octopus Haircut?!

You may hear the new buzzy internet trend—the “octopus haircut”—and wonder, what is THAT?! Spoiler: It’s a shag. TikTok users are characterizing the look by its top-heavy shape, choppy layers and longer lengths that give it that “tentacle” vibe. Our recommendation? A lot of terms are thrown out on the internet, so find out exactly what clients are actually looking for in the consultation. 

 

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Need a reference? Throw it back to Sally Hershberger’s iconic layered haircuts!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. French Bob 

The French bob is about to be EVERYWHERE this year. Whether it’s worn beveled, naturally wavy or straight—this romantic haircut pairs best with a full fringe and soft, blunt lines that sweep the corner of a client’s lips or cheeks.

 

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13. Long, Eye-Sweeping Curtain Bangs 

Last year was defined by shags and curtain bangs—so, where do we go from here? Naturally, clients will move into a grown-out fringe that sweeps the eyes and frames the face. “Wispy bangs can add amazing softness and movement to long, thick hair,” dishes Alex Brown.

 

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13. Shaggy Bob

Hello? Debbie Harry called—she wants her iconic shaggy bob back! According to celeb stylist and Matrix ambassador Greg Gilmore (@greg_gilmore), tousled ’80s-inspired bobs that hit right above the shoulder are all over the trend radar. 

 

“Think statement cuts with a retro vibe,” adds Sally Hershberger, who shagged Debbie’s hair in the nineties.” If you’re looking to make a change, consider blunt fringe or shaggy layers. Nothing flatters wavy or curly hair like a classic shag.” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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14. Midlength Layers 

This is your sign: Start booking appointments for midlength layers NOW. This type of service is the answer for your clients who want cool-girl, texturized hair without losing too much length. Plus, we know these “barely-there” or “invisible” layers actually require a lot of work, and you can charge accordingly. 

 

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15. Layered Pixies 

“Pixies will be in, but maybe we’ll start to see some lengthier ones with lots of layering, or we’ll see a few [’80s-inspired] pageboy shapes,” says Greg Gilmore, who recently gave “Euphoria” star Storm Reid a dream pixie. We love to hear it! 

 

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