You know the drill. New season, new haircut. So, we've lined up the spring 2023 haircut trends to keep on your watchlist, whether you want something dramatic, or a cute lil update to what you're already rocking.
The vibe? Shorter is better. No matter if you're lopping your lob above your shoulders for the latest trending rendition of the bob (the box bob, fyi) or skimming long lengths to create dreamy layers, there's something about a fresh chop that screams spring.
As for shapes, the curve cut we highlighted at the beginning of the year is only getting more and more popular. The wolf cut has had a trim, so if you haven't met the adorable cub cut already, you're definitely about to. And the cool-girls have been shopping their own archive when it comes to fringes with throwback noughties bangs firmly back on the agenda.
Here are the spring 2023 haircut trends to know…
A chop that's as cute as it sounds, the cub cut is basically a bob-length rendition of the wolf cut that dominated hair trends last year. It blends the choppy texture of the shag and the disconnectedness of the mullet, with the length of the bob. And, like its name suggests, it's a little wild. We'd recommend leaning in to the mussy texture for extra attitude.
Meet the wolf cut's cooler cousin.
The bob is classic for a reason, and this spring the “box bob” will be headlining. Like its name suggests, the box bob features a sharper, squared-off shape with blunt ends, clean lines and no layers. To get the full effect, it's best cut in around the jaw, or above the shoulders and bonus it can create the illusion of extra thickness. “It's an iteration of the classic bob style that works wonderfully for fine hair, as it can add texture and fullness to hair that can otherwise look flat by reducing the weight of the hair," explains Nicole Petty, Hair Expert at Milk + Blush. And depending on how you style it, it can look sleek styled straight or sexy mussed up with some loose waves. Love.
Just ask Hailey Bieber.
Another beautiful bob we'll see trending? The curly bob. “Moving into spring we’re going to see a lot more curly cuts that sit above the shoulders, it’s all about that curly textured bob for me,” confirms afro and textured hair specialist and ColorWow ambassador, Michelle Thompson. “You’ll see it in varied lengths; on the shoulders, in the crease of the neck as-well as on the jawline,” she adds. To make the most out of curls and coils, “this can be teamed with soft longer layers worn with either a layered fringe or even a micro fringe for those who are a little more daring,” Michelle says. As for styling, “a deep side parting with length around the face is going to be huge going into summer. It’s all about getting more angles and structure into those curls,” she explains.
Lots of layers
Layers aren't exactly new, but they remain a core trend in their own right because of their unrivalled ability to add shape, volume and structure. “Layers and face framing can do magic for anyone’s face structure if done right,” confirms top LA hair stylist, Sal Salcedo. The key is to work with your texture to unleash it in the most beautiful way. Michelle recommends precision cuts “for those who wear their hair both curly and straight,” as “this means whether you wear it curly or smoothed out straight, the shape will be balanced and even.” This means going curl by curl to craft a layered shape that's perfectly tailored. And '70s layers continue to be big news. “This will never go out of style as it's very low maintenance but looks super chic and unique on each person and it still feels modern enough for the present day and beyond” says Jason Collier, A-List Hairstylist and Jerome Russell Bblonde Brand Educator. “A lot of people think that if you're growing your hair or maintaining the length of it, that you shouldn't get it cut as often, but this isn't true. In fact, you should have your hair trimmed at least an inch every few weeks to get rid of dead ends that might be stunting your hair growth and instead making hair look unhealthy,” he adds. As for styling, “people are choosing to be more natural with their hair and opting for easy air-dried styles. There's definitely a wash and go mentality that looks effortlessly cool,” says Sal.
More movement and more texture.
We've said it before and we'll say it again, the “curve cut” is one of the dreamiest chops you can get for some gentle chin, cheek and collarbone-framing action. “The ‘C shape' or ‘curve cut’ haircut is going to [continue] be huge,” Dom Seeley, celebrity hairstylist and ColorWow international creative director told us. It's another one that gives the game away with its name: in a nutshell, expect lots of curved layers. "It features a “softer ‘U’ shape through the length and layers and face framing pieces,” he explained. “It's like the revival of The Rachel, but it's much more soft," he adds. However, to get the most out of the cut, it does rely on styling to really emphasise the shape. Round brushes and hot brushes can help encourage the curve and give a '90s blown-out polish to the look.
The cool-girl way to wear layers.
Wanting something more major in terms of a trim? “People are getting a lot more creative with their hair and textured pixie cuts are therefore really making a return,” says Fudge Professional Global Brand Ambassador Jonathan Andrew. "The pixie crop is getting a lot more diverse," agrees top celeb hair stylist and Redken ambassador, Larry King. "We're seeing a lot more length at the back to make it softer. Or more length round the front and sides." It's a little less jagged and instead it feels a bit shaggier and more lived in, but still very chic. "This look is all about working with your natural texture, so if you have curly hair, you’re really using layers to enhance the curl. Across the board, taking it shorter will really help to celebrate texture," Larry adds.
Remember noughties bangs? They're back. Instead of a wide, curved, ‘70s shape, they’re slick, mainly served straight and go perfectly with the glossy Y2K lip that's also made a comeback. As for its anatomy, the graduated shape tapers from the cheekbone, down to the jawline, creating a more angular, triangular frame from the centre parting to either side of the jaw. And while they don't cup or curve cheekbones like curtain bangs, they do offer structure. One celeb fan who's already jumped on board is Kim Kardashian, who obviously scouted her 2008 pics to resurrect the look. But it's also enticed a new gen with Jenna Ortega rocking a shaggier version of the style.
Plus all the inspo you need for your next salon trip.