Spoiler alert: side parts are cool again
If one thing helped a lot of us through personal crises and hard times, it would be taking it out on our manes. Whether we’re seeking control over something or embracing change head-on, hair transformations happen for a reason. Even Hailey Bieber, whose signature look involves her long and natural “expensive brunette” ‘do, opted for a chin-length blunt bob. So if you’ve been meaning to explore new hairstyles this year, we compile the “it” hairstyles of 2023.
Chop it off
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This 2023 hair trend screams: chop it all off! Welcome the new beginning with a chin-length bob like Hailey Bieber’s. Keep it neat and pin-straight for the ultimate polished look. But if you’ve been meaning to play around, style it with waves and volume for a playful statement. On the other hand, Gen-Z It Girl™ Jenna Ortega approached the ‘do with textured layers for an edgier iteration of the bob. A welcome change from her long-locked Wednesday look.
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Not sorry at all to this hairstyle’s naysayers because shag cuts will still have their moments this year. This wash-and-wear ‘do works wonders for all lengths, whether you’re keeping it at mid length like Kiernan Shipka or loving it long like Camila Cabello. As the hairstyle got popular in the past two years, expect more variations to make their mark as upcoming hair trends for 2023.
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As we continue to embrace layered cuts, choppy hairstyles will also have their major moment this year. If you’ve been meaning to explore something more androgynous and edgy, try out a textured and choppy mullet as seen on model Sabrina Lan. Meanwhile, Leila Alcasid’s bixie (yes, a bob-pixie hybrid) reminds us of our favorite 90s It-Girls like Winona Ryder and Cameron Diaz. The pixie’s choppiness and the bob’s fullness leave more room for play, especially when paired with curtain bangs.
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When it comes to dyeing your hair for your mane character moment, two well-loved colors will get some time in the spotlight and become the “it” colors to achieve. Meet auburn, the cousin of last year’s viral burnt copper. This subdued color gives a more luxurious and natural look as it errs more on the side of brown with hints of red and ginger. Meanwhile, 90s-era supermodel blonde shies away from the icy platinum realness and leans more to creamy yellows. Just take a look at Zoey Deutch’s luscious blonde—it’s giving us major hair envy.
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Big and healthy hair
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If you’re not yet ready to snip away, another 2023 hair trend involves mainly hair care and styling. Of course, one can never go wrong with glossy, healthy and natural hair. Case in point: Simone Ashley’s beautiful locks. All you need is the help of some hair glossing salon or at-home treatments. As far as styling such hair goes, we’re moving away from the 90s blow-out and embracing its older and larger-than-life sibling: 70s-era feathered curls. Celebrity hairstylist Clayton Hawkins doubles down on the volume and face-framing curls through this brushed-out look.
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This hairstyle of 2023 might be polarizing, but there’s no harm in trying it out. As much as Gen Z vehemently made the middle part cooler than ever, the runways have spoken: the side part might just take its spot. Taylor Russell’s half-slicked-back side part adds a twist to the famous “Clean Girl” look. Meanwhile, Alexa Chung trades her middle part for a deeper one from the side, neatly keeping the roots flat and letting the rest of her wavy locks frame her face.
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How are you changing your hair up this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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