Beauty might be honing in on providing additional wellness and feel-good benefits this year, but let’s not forget the original spring in your step a great hair day often provides.
Lucky then, there are plenty of new products and approaches to update your ‘do for 2023.
But there’s one specific move hairstylists everywhere are sharing as the move to make to keep your style bang up to date right now: Texture is still the word on every hairdresser’s lips when it comes to cuts, and you can see the trend every time Hollywood rolls out the red carpet.
“The biggest trend being requested at the moment is the return of layering, ” says Jason Fassbender, Willomina Salon and Goldwell Lead Stylist.
“We’ve been cutting solid shapes for the past few years and it’s really great to see people embracing natural movement and texture in their hair.”
Fringes are also still absolutely key says the stylist. “Think Jenna Ortega and you’re on the right track!”
Indeed the breakout star of Netflix hit TV series Wednesday turned up to the recent Golden Globes awards with the season’s most wanted look – a shoulder-skimming, shaggy crop with sweeping ‘bottleneck bangs’, or a parted fringe with longer pieces that curve around the eye and cheek line . What’s more, her red-carpet turn debuted her transformation to a rich auburn colour in pace of her usual brunette.
“Nostalgia is possibly the biggest influence in hair trends right now and in particular the 90’s says Fassbender.
“The era really embraced a wide spectrum from grunge and punk through to supermodel glam so there really is something for everyone.”
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Felicity Bruce, Joico ambassador and owner of Cocoon Hair Design agrees, pointing out a textured look transcends age.
“Florence Pugh, Gwendoline Christy and Helen Mirren are wearing a beautiful layered shaggy bob that suits all generations. Casually, it’s messy and effortlessly textured. On the red carpet; slicked back with subtle height and flicks in the ends.
She says clients are just loving movement.
“They love the flicks, the waves and curls that the 70s and 90s are famous for. I think we will see more layers especially face framing layers, curls and larger than life volume.”
Celebrity hairstylists are loving layers for another reason too. It gives stylists the ability to create the face-framing tendrils that are again accompanying updos.
Model Helena Christensen has been wearing her hair in a choppy layered bob, with a thick fringe that can be worn parted or swept to one side.
In an interview with Vogue, Helena admitted her longstanding obsession with changing her hair length: “It’s really funny because I’ve done this my whole life: grow it long, cut it short and repeat,” she said. “My hair grows very fast, which I am grateful for, but it grows pretty crazily! I can feel my hair growing outwards!”
Red still red hot
Ortega’s auburn is indicative of the fact deep coppers and reds are still trending but the reddish brown hue is a more subtle and achievable nod to the trend.
Fassbender confirms copper ’in every possible shade imaginable’ will be big. “From bold, saturated tangerine to deep, rich auburn, copper is definitely the colour choice of 2023.”
The selection is further confirmed in salon brand Goldwell’s announcement of ‘Cherry pop’ as the brand Colour of the Year, calling the shade a ‘deep, rich warm red is both fiery and flirty.’
Bruce broadens her approach slightly and suggests realistic depth and shine top the colour trend list, making it achievable for everyone.
“Whatever the colour it is all about dimension, multi tones and healthy vibrancy,” she says.
“Rich chocolate with beige caramel, copper with apricot, blondes or biscuity brondes [a blend of brown and blonde].”
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