As we wrap up the whirlwind of 2023, let’s take a loving glance back at the incredible array of bold, beautiful, and groundbreaking hairstyles that defined the year. From nostalgic throwbacks to punk twists, this year was a fusion of classic elegance and daring innovation.
Linda Evangelista‘s ’90s pixie haircut is still a massive influence today. The style evolved, getting grungier and trendier over the years. This time over, pixies are choppier and feature more texture. The textured pixie cut burst onto the scene, debunking the myth that short hair lacks versatility. It liberated countless folks, proving that short hair can indeed be incredibly flexible and stylish!
“It’s a bold, low-maintenance choice that resonated with clients seeking both style and ease,” confirms Shahziab Islam, a hairstylist and the founder of Low Taper Fade Hair.
Hailey Bieber’s bob set the 2023 trend in motion! It totally nailed the vibe of the times, dripping with ease, modernity, and cool-girl energy. It’s not your standard sharp bob; instead, it flaunts slightly tousled ends, and effortlessly undone for that chic appeal.
Whether with or without fringe, the lived-in bob stole hearts with its natural texture and easy upkeep, becoming a go-to choice for those seeking stylish simplicity.
The shag mullet, aka the “shmullet,” defied time and fashion norms. “It’s like this hairstyle made a pact with the fashion gods to stay in vogue forever,” marvels Shaun Surething, lead stylist and owner of Seagull Hair Salon.
“Over at Seagull Hair Salon in the heart of NYC, it’s been a parade of mullet lovers coming through our doors,” continues Shaun. The best part about this style? You can experiment and toy with various lengths, tailoring the look exactly how you want it! Could mullets be the fresh key to effortless coolness? Makes you ponder, doesn’t it?
Matilda Djerf’s lush mane, flowing in layers like butterfly wings, sparked the frenzy around the butterfly haircut! It’s a trend taking the world by storm, winning hearts left and right. The butterfly cut’s charm lies in its whimsical, feathered layers. It brings a lively movement to your locks and celebrates natural texture for an adaptable, chic look.
2023 saw fusion hair colors mixing unexpected shades and bold hues electrifying the scene, encouraging self-expression and artistic vibes. “Vibrant hues, unexpected combinations – clients were more daring than ever,” Shahziab Islam shares his observations.
Face-framing highlights brightened complexions with strategic placement, offering dimension without a complete color overhaul. This year saw the rise of the “Scandinavian hairline,” where highlights hug your hairline and baby hairs, adding that radiant glow. Ditch the foils; ask your colorist for a freehand technique for that stunning, sun-kissed vibe!
Deborah Digby-Smith, Salonlove‘s founder, credits the power pony’s fame to the England women’s football team. They rocked it as their signature style and it became the go-to hairdo winning hearts on and off the field!
“If you want to know how to dress up the power pony take inspiration from Salma Hayek who added red rosettes to create a bubble tail at the 2023 Met Gala,” adds Deborah.
Clients ditching the iron and embracing their natural hair texture? Oh, yes! It’s the trend on the rise – more and more folks opting for their natural vibe instead of those straighteners or curlers. It’s all about rocking what you’ve got!
Effortless waves taking over? Absolutely! “Clients were seeking that perfect balance between polished and undone, and this trend delivered,” Shahziab Islam explains.
Hair accessories took center stage, transforming simple updos into personalized statements with embellished pins, bows and ribbons, and intricate hairpieces.
Remembering the trends of 2023 has been a delightful trip down memory lane, leaving us even more eager to see what hair adventures 2024 has in store for us!