We may have only just stepped foot into autumn but if you want to get ahead on the next season, we’re ruminating on the winter hair trends that are worthy of our attention.
We love a bit of early adoption, so we were all ears when leading hair stylist and trend forecaster, Tom Smith, let drop his winter hair predictions. After all, Tom successfully cherry-picked and coined the Expensive Brunette and Bottleneck Bang hair trends that went viral on TikTok, so we’re confident he’ll steer us in the right direction.
Whether you’re after something a little edgy, you want to do some major pruning, or you want a colour refresh, we have all the inspo.
So, here are the winter hair trends to know for 2023…
We love beautiful texture all year round, but with the weather getting colder, our strands are less likely to be braided back or tied up off our nexts, which means it’s truly texture’s time to shine. One wave in particular has being picking up a fan following. “Countless celebrities have been seen sporting flat ‘S’ shape waves, most often with a middle parting and lots of volume,” says Tom. “Unlike the Botticelli Waves of last year, Neptune Waves are more fluid and stretched out, with thinned out ends and a fluffy silhouette.”
It’s most often seen on hair longer than shoulder length, says Tom, “but as this trend grows, I’m sure we’ll see this texture worn on mid and bob length styles too.” Celeb fans include Serena Williams, Simone Ashley, Shakira, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus.
As for how to style it? “‘S wavers’ or ‘3 prong tongs’ are a great choice to easily DIY this look, but a more natural, heat free and irregular version can be achieved by braiding your hair with a soft middle parting, leaving the ends out,” says Tom. “You can sleep in this to let the waves set in or lightly run the heat from a blow-dryer over the braids using heat to set them faster,” he says.
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