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Hair trends come and go, but there’s no better time to try something different than the new year, which is why now is the perfect time to visit your hairstylist. If you’ve been paying any attention to social media lately you’ve no doubt noticed some of the hair trends that are currently all the rage. Whether you’re a DIY-er or only trust your hair to your beloved stylist, trends like the butterfly, octopus, and wolf cuts are popping up everywhere. People are using their hair as an extension of their personal style now more than ever, which means it’s the perfect time to get that haircut you’ve been coveting. The beauty of hair is that if you don’t love it, you can always grow it out and try something different.
Whether you’ve been itching to make a drastic change or just want a bit of an update, the hottest hair trends of 2023 have something for everyone. Short hair “is going to be the haircut of 2023,” hair professional Larry King tells Glamour. “I think girls are going to really move forward into short hair,” adding, “it gives you so much individuality and makes you stand out — it’s really striking.”
From variations on the classic bob haircut to different lengths and layers, we’re here to give you all the inspiration you need to start 2023 off with a bang. (Get it? Bang!) Here are 15 on-trend haircuts you’ll be asking for all of 2023.
If you’ve been longing to cut your hair short but aren’t quite ready to commit, a butterfly haircut may be exactly what you need. Shorter layers frame the face, giving volume and the illusion of shorter hair while longer layers sit below the shoulders. Biolage global ambassador Sunnie Brook created the look and told Hair.com, “Anyone can try this cut, but it’s best for wavy or curly hair.”
The soft bob
The soft bob is a looser, casual take on the classic, more structured bob. It allows you to embrace the movement and texture of your hair without the straight, crisp lines we usually associate with a bob haircut. This cut looks amazing if you have some natural wave in your hair, as well as adding texture and movement to those with fine hair.
We’re seeing lots of shorter cuts emerge as trendsetters in 2023, but long, layered locks will never go out of style. Layers help add body and movement to long hair and work especially well with hair that already has some natural wave or texture. They’re also easy to maintain, look great when you grow them out, and give you versatility when it comes to styling your hair.
A modern take on Coco Chanel’s classic bob, the Chanel bob is typically cut blunt at chin length, or slightly longer, and has a lot of movement. This look has a deep side part and is often paired with bangs that give it a Parisian feel. Its simplicity makes it super sexy and sleek, but what’s even more attractive about this haircut is how low maintenance it is.
Loosely resembling the shape of the sea creature it’s named after, this cut will give you lots of layers and volume on top with longer, layered pieces that fall on or past your shoulders. The octopus cut is the newest take on the shag and mullet that we’ve seen dominating trends recently and not only looks great but is also easy to wear since it doesn’t require a ton of styling.
The wolf cut can be described as the love child of the shag and mullet and has seen a huge rise in popularity recently thanks to thousands of TikTok users taking scissors to their hair as they try to create the look at home. If you love a cut that will give you volume at the top of your head with some movement and texture near the sides and the bottom, this look may be for you.
Short hair will be big in 2023, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more pixie haircuts with a lot of different variations of the classic look. Celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, Halsey, Charlize Theron, and Florence Pugh are all fans of the pixie and show how gorgeous it looks. Whether it has a slightly longer bang, a bit of length at the back, or an all-over short cut, you’re going to be seeing a lot of the pixie cut in 2023.
Wispy bangs are coming in hot for 2023 — and for good reason. These look amazing on almost everyone and give softness and movement to every hairstyle, regardless of length. “Wispy bangs are such a trend right now because they are a low-maintenance take on blunt bangs,” celebrity stylist Nubia Rëzo tells Real Simple. If you’re looking to try out bangs in 2023, wispy bangs are a great choice.
Combining these two hot styles has created one of the most popular looks you’ll see in 2023. Just because you don’t have long hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock a shag cut. This look is also great if you’ve been wanting to go shorter but don’t want to commit to a full pixie cut or short bob. This shag gives you lots of movement and works great for all types of hair.
Curtain bang short bob
Curtain bangs add a softness to a short, blunt bob. In fact, stylist Anabel Santos explained to Bustle that “a blunt bob, or a bob that is the same length all around, is made sweeter with the addition of curtain bangs,” and we have to agree. Curtain bangs give you a few different styling options with a short bob that you may not have without them, too.
We’ve talked a lot about short haircuts for 2023, but mid-length hair is still going to be popular in the new year. We’re seeing a lot of mid-length cuts embracing texture and showcasing waves, which make this cut not only gorgeous to look at but easy to style and maintain. The bombshell blowout is also making a resurgence for 2023 and looks amazing on mid-length hair.
Put those straightening irons away because full, bouncy curls are having a moment! After years of straight hair dominating the trends, curls are back and more gorgeous than ever. Endless tutorials have been posted online illustrating how to rock your natural curls, helping to make it one of 2023’s hottest trends. Adding a fringe is even more on-trend for the coming year.
Curtain bangs aren’t going anywhere in 2023, and for good reason. These face-framing long bangs look good on almost anyone and work on a variety of hair lengths and textures. They’re incredibly versatile and can be a great way to change up your one-length hair without making a drastic change.
The curly shag
The shag works on many different types of hair, and for 2023, the curly shag is going to be big. The shag gives volume on the top while helping to reduce bulk through the sides and ends. Adding a curly fringe is another hot look for 2023 that highlights the face in all the right spots.
The textured bob
Low maintenance, sexy, and chic are all adjectives that accurately describe the textured bob. Take a traditional bob and texturize the ends to add movement without having to add a lot of layers. “It’s a super sweet bob with a grungy edge that works with so many different face shapes and hair textures,” celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham told Glamour. This is the perfect style if you’ve been looking for something that requires less work.