According to Top Stylists
1. Modern Diana
If Spencer had you thinking about a Diana-inspired chop, you’re not alone. Ryan Trygstad, celebrity hairstylist and cofounder of New York’s Mark Ryan Salon, says he’s been giving his clients a modern take on the princess’s iconic haircut. “It’s such a fresh look, and exudes confidence and style,” he says. “The cut itself is a mixture of a very short layered bob edging toward a pixie.”
Trygstad says to expect other ’90s inspired super-short cuts to come back as well. If you aren’t ready to take the plunge into pixie territory, try a sleek chin-length bob like this one on Kaia Gerber.
2. Long Hair, Long Layers
Loose waves play up the cool factor of this cut. Try braiding your hair in four braids overnight for a heatless option, or hit your hair with a waving iron and some salt spray for instant gratification.
3. ’90s Layers
On the flip side, Brown is also loving thicker, ’90s layers—think a modern take on the Rachel. “I love how this makes wearing your hair up feel so much more styled and fresh,” she says. “Ask your stylist to give you a thicker chin-length layer around your face.”
The best part of this style is the choppy layers make even a formal updo feel so young and fun.
4. Medium Cut
If you’ve been dealing with scraggly ends, botched color jobs, or just generally blah hair, this is for you. “This length looks so chic and can help fine hair appear thicker when cut with a blunt line,” says Brown. “Ask for a one-length cut just above your bust line.”
The best thing about this cut is that it feels like a fresh start, without taking off too much length. If a one-length chop feels a little too severe, have your hairstylist add some longer, face-framing pieces—but not layers all around—for a touch of movement.
5. Blunt Bob
“There is something so fashion-forward about a one-length bob that sits just above the shoulders,” says Brown. “It’s super easy to style and can still be pulled back. Ask your stylist for a one-length cut roughly one to two inches below the chin but above the shoulders.”
Blunt doesn’t have to mean straight, and the short cut looks so pretty with some loose texture as well.
6. Long and Sleek
If you still haven’t been able to make it to the salon, fear not, as celebrity hairstylist Aviva Perea says crazy-long hair is trending hard. “I have seen so many people with hair longer than they normally wear it,” she says. “I also think that it will be all about long and straight, and sleek and shiny. There’s a little bit of skill that comes with using a curling iron, but most people are able to glide a flatiron down their hair.”
The key to making length look healthy, not scraggly, is asking your stylist for a blunt-bottom cut with barely there long layers. Then there are a few steps to getting that super-sleek look at home. “Straight out of the shower, you want to add a serum when your hair is still super wet—that way it’ll lock in moisture and keep your hair smooth,” says Perea. “I love the Extra Strength Serum from John Frieda. It has bamboo extract, which helps my hair stay hydrated while also minimizing frizz.”
7. Easy Waves
Care-free waves have always been a cool-girl staple, but with more women ditching heat styling, Perea says to expect an uptick in air-dried waves this year. Effortless hair starts with a great cut, and it’s crucial your stylist lay the foundation for hair that doesn’t need much styling. “When you’re in the chair, you want to make sure that the layers are even and heavier from the ear forward,” says Perea. “You also want to ask that your stylist ‘cuts into’ the layers. When you take perpendicular cuts into the layer, you are giving your hair somewhere to sit, which, when you are air-drying, is key. If you have blunt layers, your hair will dry on itself and look bulky.”
“Whether you have super-curly or wavy hair, you can achieve this look, but you have to prep your hair with a really good, super-high-performing leave-in conditioner,” says Perea, who likes the John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner to coat hair and lock out frizz. “When my hair is wet, I section my hair so that the product can be dispersed evenly. Then after it’s completely saturated, I give my hair a few gentle twists to encourage the loose, effortless wave that I’m after.”
8. Asymmetrical Cut
A major look coming out of Salon Eva Michelle in Boston is this sharp bob-pixie hybrid with voluminous curls on one side and an undercut on the other. A good trick to make sure you get the cut you’re picturing: Bring photos of what you don’t want, in addition to styles you love. “Those speak volumes more,” says Michelle Lee, the salon’s owner and manager.
Another take on the asymmetrical trend? This sharp bob on Lucy Hale. The beauty with this style is it can be as avant-garde as you want, depending on how drastic the lengths are.
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