Hair trends come and go, but there’s no better time to try something different than the new year, which is why now is the perfect time to visit your hairstylist. If you’ve been paying any attention to social media lately you’ve no doubt noticed some of the hair trends that are currently all the rage. Whether you’re a DIY-er or only trust your hair to your beloved stylist, trends like the butterfly, octopus, and wolf cuts are popping up everywhere. People are using their hair as an extension of their personal style now more than ever, which means it’s the perfect time to get that haircut you’ve been coveting. The beauty of hair is that if you don’t love it, you can always grow it out and try something different.
Whether you’ve been itching to make a drastic change or just want a bit of an update, the hottest hair trends of 2023 have something for everyone. Short hair “is going to be the haircut of 2023,” hair professional Larry King tells Glamour. “I think girls are going to really move forward into short hair,” adding, “it gives you so much individuality and makes you stand out — it’s really striking.”
From variations on the classic bob haircut to different lengths and layers, we’re here to give you all the inspiration you need to start 2023 off with a bang. (Get it? Bang!) Here are 15 on-trend haircuts you’ll be asking for all of 2023.
If you’ve been longing to cut your hair short but aren’t quite ready to commit, a butterfly haircut may be exactly what you need. Shorter layers frame the face, giving volume and the illusion of shorter hair while longer layers sit below the shoulders. Biolage global ambassador Sunnie Brook created the look and told Hair.com, “Anyone can try this cut, but it’s best for wavy or curly hair.”
The soft bob
The soft bob is a looser, casual take on the classic, more structured bob. It allows you to embrace the movement and texture of your hair without the straight, crisp lines we usually associate with a bob haircut. This cut looks amazing if you have some natural wave in your hair, as well as adding texture and movement to those with fine hair.
We’re seeing lots of shorter cuts emerge as trendsetters in 2023, but long, layered locks will never go out of style. Layers help add body and movement to long hair and work especially well with hair that already has some natural wave or texture. They’re also easy to maintain, look great when you grow them out, and give you versatility when it comes to styling your hair.
A modern take on Coco Chanel’s classic bob, the Chanel bob is typically cut blunt at chin length, or slightly longer, and has a lot of movement. This look has a deep side part and is often paired with bangs that give it a Parisian feel. Its simplicity makes it super sexy and sleek, but what’s even more attractive about this haircut is how low maintenance it is.
Loosely resembling the shape of the sea creature it’s named after, this cut will give you lots of layers and volume on top with longer, layered pieces that fall on or past your shoulders. The octopus cut is the newest take on the shag and mullet that we’ve seen dominating trends recently and not only looks great but is also easy to wear since it doesn’t require a ton of styling.
The wolf cut can be described as the love child of the shag and mullet and has seen a huge rise in popularity recently thanks to thousands of TikTok users taking scissors to their hair as they try to create the look at home. If you love a cut that will give you volume at the top of your head with some movement and texture near the sides and the bottom, this look may be for you.
Short hair will be big in 2023, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more pixie haircuts with a lot of different variations of the classic look. Celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, Halsey, Charlize Theron, and Florence Pugh are all fans of the pixie and show how gorgeous it looks. Whether it has a slightly longer bang, a bit of length at the back, or an all-over short cut, you’re going to be seeing a lot of the pixie cut in 2023.
Wispy bangs are coming in hot for 2023 — and for good reason. These look amazing on almost everyone and give softness and movement to every hairstyle, regardless of length. “Wispy bangs are such a trend right now because they are a low-maintenance take on blunt bangs,” celebrity stylist Nubia Rëzo tells Real Simple. If you’re looking to try out bangs in 2023, wispy bangs are a great choice.
Combining these two hot styles has created one of the most popular looks you’ll see in 2023. Just because you don’t have long hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock a shag cut. This look is also great if you’ve been wanting to go shorter but don’t want to commit to a full pixie cut or short bob. This shag gives you lots of movement and works great for all types of hair.
Curtain bang short bob
Curtain bangs add a softness to a short, blunt bob. In fact, stylist Anabel Santos explained to Bustle that “a blunt bob, or a bob that is the same length all around, is made sweeter with the addition of curtain bangs,” and we have to agree. Curtain bangs give you a few different styling options with a short bob that you may not have without them, too.
We’ve talked a lot about short haircuts for 2023, but mid-length hair is still going to be popular in the new year. We’re seeing a lot of mid-length cuts embracing texture and showcasing waves, which make this cut not only gorgeous to look at but easy to style and maintain. The bombshell blowout is also making a resurgence for 2023 and looks amazing on mid-length hair.
Put those straightening irons away because full, bouncy curls are having a moment! After years of straight hair dominating the trends, curls are back and more gorgeous than ever. Endless tutorials have been posted online illustrating how to rock your natural curls, helping to make it one of 2023’s hottest trends. Adding a fringe is even more on-trend for the coming year.
Curtain bangs aren’t going anywhere in 2023, and for good reason. These face-framing long bangs look good on almost anyone and work on a variety of hair lengths and textures. They’re incredibly versatile and can be a great way to change up your one-length hair without making a drastic change.
The curly shag
The shag works on many different types of hair, and for 2023, the curly shag is going to be big. The shag gives volume on the top while helping to reduce bulk through the sides and ends. Adding a curly fringe is another hot look for 2023 that highlights the face in all the right spots.
The textured bob
Low maintenance, sexy, and chic are all adjectives that accurately describe the textured bob. Take a traditional bob and texturize the ends to add movement without having to add a lot of layers. “It’s a super sweet bob with a grungy edge that works with so many different face shapes and hair textures,” celebrity hairdresser Jay Birmingham told Glamour. This is the perfect style if you’ve been looking for something that requires less work.
Bottleneck bangs are just one of the current bang trends that are -ohso hot for 2023. This look emulates the look of a bottleneck, with the bangs sitting closer together at the top of your forehead as they flare out to frame your face. This is a great, low-maintenance style for those who want to ease into the idea of having bangs without cutting a heavy fringe.
The curve cut
The beauty of the curve cut is it can work with long or short hair and looks especially great if you’re growing your hair out. The hair is cut in a ‘U’ or ‘V’ shape with soft layers to allow it to fall or curve around the face. This cut also looks great with hair worn up or down, making it versatile and practical.
Mix and match cuts
Pro hairstylist Paul Percival explained to Glamour that the DIY trend of seeing people cut their own hair and combine different styles will be a big trend in 2023. “You might see the shag or wolf cut turned into the octopus cut, or the mullet and shag turned into the shullet,” he stated. If TikTok has taught us anything, it’s that people aren’t afraid to experiment with their hairstyles.
The jaw-length bob
The jaw-length bob is back in 2023, as we’re seeing a lot of shorter cuts gain popularity. “Bobs never really go out of fashion,” editorial hairstylist Neil Moodie told Refinery29, “but what changes each season is the length. At the moment the best length to have is to the jaw.” This style is great for spring and summer, but we’ll also be rocking it this fall and winter.
Wednesday Addams-inspired fringe
Pop culture has a huge influence on hair trends, so it’s no surprise that people are flocking to their stylists to recreate a style popularized in Netflix’s smash hit show “Wednesday.” Bangs are already a huge trend for 2023, and actress Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday Addams wears a heavy fringe that sits just below her eyebrow, making these bangs one of 2023’s most popular trends.
The choppy bob
If you’ve been tempted to ditch the extensions or just chop those long, beachy waves and just try something different, the choppy bob is exactly what you’re looking for, and now is the time to book that salon appointment. According to Look Fantastic, searches for “chopped bob haircut” were up a staggering 550% in 2022, making this look one of 2023’s projected hottest trends. It’s chic, low-maintenance, and so very cool.
The short afro is perfect if you’re looking to simplify your hair routine while still looking stunning. In fact, celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons told Oprah Daily this look is going to be very on-trend in 2023, saying, “It leaves enough hair to style into finger waves or a deep side part to create a more dramatic look but is short enough to leave natural and emphasize the natural texture of your locks.”
Shaggy bowl cut
This year is all about the combination of simplification and style which is why the shaggy bowl cut is going to be so popular. Take the traditional bowl cut but add some subtle layers to give the hair some movement. This look can be customized to your needs and hair type, adding more or fewer layers depending on how shaggy you want to go.
We already told you that mix-and-match hair will be popular in 2023, and the mixie cut — a combination of a mullet and pixie — is one of the hottest combinations of all. “This haircut will be trending in the new year because of its mix of retro and modern vibes,” hairstylist Jamie Wiley told Allure, noting that this cut gives both modern and retro vibes.
Everything old is new again. That seems to be the pattern with trends, and hair trends are no different. While we’re seeing a lot of ’90s and Y2K hair trends re-emerge, the ’70s and their big, bouncy layers are also back. If going short just isn’t for you, embrace your length, add some layers and embrace your inner Farrah Fawcett.
The Italian bob
The beauty of the Italian bob is you can let it air dry for a natural look, or blow it out for a more sophisticated, finished style. “The heaviness allows for that Parisian air-dried feel when left natural, but you can put a brush through it for a nod to classic ’60s glamour,” stylist Sean Paul Nother told Glamour.
The Sassoon bob
Love the look of a classic bob but want to add a bit more structure and sophistication. The Sassoon bob, which features a sharp, angled hairline that is shorter in the back and longer towards the front, is the ultimate boss girl haircut. This look will be very popular in 2023 because not only is it simple but it’s also stylish.
We’re going to see a lot less of those long, beachy waves in 2023 in exchange for lived-in layers. “Lived-in and layered is going to be trending in 2023 because it’s low-maintenance, encourages natural texture or wave pattern, and it’s perfect for air-drying,” celebrity hairstylist Ericka Verrett notes (via Allure). Minimalism is going to be a huge trend in 2023, and many women are starting with their hair routine, making this an ideal cut.
Choppy layers and bangs
Combine two of 2023’s hottest trends and you get this gorgeous bob featuring choppy layers and bangs. This take on the classic bob gives it an edgy twist. The layers once again give you the option to let your hair dry naturally for a cool, casual vibe, or you can blow it out for a little touch of glamour.
The curly pixie
Show off those natural curls with a pixie cut. Many think a pixie only works for those with straight hair, but it’s the perfect way to accentuate your curls and texture. This is a great cut for someone looking for minimal styling time or simply wanting to try something different.