I'm not sure about you, but after going without haircuts and colour for a big chunk of last year, ever since salons reopened, I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed in the run-up to my hair appointments. Should I go for a full-on transformation and get my hair chopped into short bob or embrace my current long hairstyle and add a fringe? There are so many hair possibilities to choose from, and I know that friends and family are feeling equally confused.
So who better to turn to than the experts themselves for some guidance? While we've already touched on what experts are predicting will be the biggest hair trends for 2022, we're left asking another question: What are people actually asking for in salons at the moment?
Ahead, keep scrolling for nine of the most popular hairstyles in salons right now. From '70s shags to boy bobs, there's so much to get inspired by.
#1: The Shag
"I've had a lot of guests showing me pictures of shag haircuts," says Roman Sys, stylist at Trevor Sorbie Bristol for L'Oréal Professionnel. "They are all different lengths but definitely the loose, free-looking styles have been very popular. I definitely think with the trend of more shag haircuts, a 'less is more' approach works well. Letting your hair air dry to maintain some natural movement then scrunching in some light but hydrating mousse."
#2: The Mixie
We're already aware that the mixie is set to be big news this year, but it turns out that people are already opting for this in salons. Creative Director at Butchers Hoxton Dominic Roach explains, "We're seeing clients that have already embraced the wolf/shag cuts and now want to experiment with shorter hair. Specifically, shorter at the front, longer at the back."
The mixie is a hybrid between the mullet and a pixie cut, and it's surprisingly wearable. "It is equally suitable for thicker textures and finer hair, as it is a style that doesn't require lots of styling and heat tools. I recommend air drying or using a diffuser on a low heat and speed to give texture and body," adds Roach.
A texturising spray is the best way to quickly add movement and choppiness to a mixie style, and they don't come better than this one from Gisou. It is the brainchild of Negin Mirsalehi and harnesses the nourishing power of honey through beautiful haircare. Infused with oils, vitamins and minerals—as well as propolis sourced from Mirsalehi's family bee garden—this spray adds rough texture and prevents breakage.
#3: The Boy Bob
Bobs have reigned supreme on the hair circuit over recent years, and there's no sign of this slowing down anytime soon. More recently, stylists have seen people asking for more undone "boy-like" styles. "The key thing that people are asking for is that this bob isn't overdone. Embrace your waves and texture, just with a solid baseline. Personalise by changing your parting or adding a fringe," says Roach.
#4: Longer Lengths
"I'm actually seeing a resurgence of longer hair," says George Northwood, celebrity hairstylist and the founder of Undone. "A lot of my long-haired clients have asked me for just a trim, as they've never managed to grow it that long before, and they've realised it actually looks great. Last year gave people extra time to grow their hair beyond what they thought was possible."
#5: Glass Hair
We might associate glass hair (a trend that champions super-sleek, shiny hair that resembles glass) with seasons of yesteryear, but Roach says it is still one of the most-requested styles. "Glass hair is straight, sleek, healthy, glossy and shiny," he says. How you part it, whether it be on the side or in the middle, is totally up to you.
To keep hair as sleek as possible, be sure to protect strands against heat damage with a protective mist when using straighteners.
#6: Blonder Balayage
Redken has recently had a global makeover, and its new prescriptive packaging means it's so easy to find the product that's best for your hair. "I'd recommend using the Redken Blondage Anti-Brass Mask to keep the blonde tones looking bright," says Cusick.
#7: Sweeping Fringes
"Last year was all about the curtain bang, and it still reigns supreme in the salon," says Aveda senior pro stylist Michael Lendon. However, the style is becoming more developed, he admits. "Whether it's the classic curtain sweep, a shorter 'princess fringe' or a more grown-out 'bottle-bang' shape, sweeping fringes are a look that suits most and continues to be popular as a result."
#8: The Octopus
If you're not quite ready for a mixie, Roach says that the octopus cut is proving popular too. "It celebrates length with more weight on the top and lots of layers throughout to give a shaggy, almost wispy feel," he says. As with all trending hairstyles right now, the octopus cut can be worn however you best please.
"You can air-dry with styling foams, scrunch in natural texture or wear it smooth and straight," advises Roach.
#9: Short, Sharp Hairstyles
While we're expecting a big return to sweeping styles full of texture this year, Lendon says people are actually turning to something very different. "People are craving a little more structure. I've seen an uptick in clients wanting shorter, sharper styles, like chin-grazing bobs, that counteract the sweeping looks," he says.