Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Winter Hair Trends 2022: Layering is HOT!


Winter is for layering … yes, layering your clothes to stay warm and help adjust the body’s temperature going while going in and out of the cold. BUT this year, Winter is for HAIR layers, too! It’s the latest style! And you KNOW how Pat Alessi loves layers, texture, and movement in hair! This season, she is definitely in her element.

“Haircut trends this season will involve flattering length and layer distribution, adding playful face frames and fringes,” says RUSK Hair Global Creative Director Matt Swinney, who is seeing a lot of ‘70s and ‘90s influence lately. Layered hair is pleasantly low-maintenance, with lots of movement and can work with a range of hair textures. 

Modern Shag: blown-out & naturally curly

Long Layers

Celebrity hairstylists and other experts are telling us that the latest and greatest styles are modern shags, long layered looks, cropped cuts, layered curls, and choppy layers.

1970s Long Layers

Choppy Layers
Miley Cyrus sports a Modern Shag

Animals on the Loose!

Other layered looks that are trending are wolf cuts (a mullet with a voluminous twist)[1], and the modern mullet, AKA the “soft-serve mullet”[2]. (Yes, it's a "thing".)

Soft-serve Mullet

The Wolf Cut

More Retro Layering Styles That are HOT Right Now!

‘70s layers aka “feathering” (think Farrah Fawcett), as well as face-framing layers are BIG, with a huge trend being a modern twist to the 90s “The Rachel” cut (from the TV series “Friends”). 

Long Layers

The Modern "Rachael" Cut

Shaggy Lob (Long Bob)

Layered Curls

 Edgy + Soft = Bixie

Another hot look of the season is the BIXIE. The newly coined hair trend, "bixie" is exactly what it sounds like — a cross between a pixie and a bob. The bixie combines the edginess of a pixie with the softness of a bob, and it's suitable for all hair textures. The bixie cut can be tailored to any style depending on whether a client wants a more textured or a more polished look.[3]



Don’t care for layers?  Or at least not ready to take the plunge? That’s OK, because styles you love are here to stay, and some can even incorporate layering … like The Bobcat (a blunt bob). Celebrity hairstylist Sunny Brook recommends going an inch or two shorter for a bolder look. "The beauty of this cut is that it can be customized to any hair texture,” said Brooks. For fine hair, she recommends getting very blunt edges to add bulk. For medium or dense hair, you can add ghost layers to remove weight and add a bit of movement. And for thick wavy or curly hair, the stylist suggests going a bit longer with "added layers to remove weight and give your hair movement and openness around your face."[4]  The "Sliced Bob" is going to be everywhere this winter. This ultra-blunt cut is often seen on thin hair and super-sleek, but is also perfect for thick hair because it takes extra weight out and adds movement. Like so many iterations of the bob, the sliced bob looks amazing worn straight or wavy.

Sliced Bob

Bangs are big this winter, from soft sexy fringe to grown-out, cheekbone length curtain bangs[6] or feathery 1970s-inspired fringe (like the one Billie Eilish sports).

Fringe Bangs

Curtain Bangs

Cuts aside, a big style trend right now (and again, retro, this time the ‘90s) is “high, half-up/half-down hair”. And THE “in” color is Icy Blonde.[8]  


Half-Up/Half-Down Style

Icy Blonde is THE Color This Winter

Icy Blonde is THE Color This Winter

So … if you are ready to beat the winter doldrums, spice things up with a new ‘do!  Maybe these hair trends will inspire you!

[8] The Best Winter 2021 Hair Trends and Hairstyle Ideas (, Oct. 18, 2021




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