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Shag haircuts, 90s supermodel energy and copper tones – these are the biggest hair and colour trends of the season


By Sarah Finnan
28th Jan 2023

@taylorlashae

Shag haircuts, 90s supermodel energy and copper tones – these are the biggest hair and colour trends of the season

This season's hottest hair trends as forecast by the experts.

There’s something about a new year that always makes us feel like doing something drastic. In summer, it’s sunkissed highlights and beachy waves we want. Perhaps a few long layers or even an experimental splash of pink. Then winter rolls around and our mood board changes once again – the desire for perfectly highlighted mermaid hair replaced with a yearning for gorgeous hues of rich mahogany and bangs.

Some might call it the plight of the modern woman, but I reckon even our ancestors longed for change too. That said, best consult the experts before you do anything rash (think Emily Cooper and her so-called ‘trauma bangs’).

We caught up with colour specialist Mark Sherwood, senior stylist at Zeba salon on South William Street, to chat all things hair – namely what he predicts this season’s hottest trends to be.

Here’s what he had to say…

Styling trends

French Girl Bob

@taylorlashae

Bobs are getting shorter and more relaxed, moving away from sharper shapes. This style satisfies the desire to cut the whole lot off, but in a way that not only saves on blow-drying time but also absolutely nails the relaxed vibe lots of people are after. Think more layers with a more 70s/90s vibe. I love that the nonchalant cut calls for natural texture, which is further emphasised by the lightweight length which encourages extra curls and waves.

90s Mid Length

Think 90s supermodel energy. Don’t like your hair too long and don’t like your hair too short? Still want to be able to tie it back into a ponytail or bun? This is your perfect style, with lengths sitting around the collarbone. We’re using soft internal layering to give that volume and movement but still maintaining the weight through the ends. You should know that this style requires some work though. As a general rule – anything above the shoulder should be cut into a style that can be worked into a natural ‘dry and go’ and still look good. Anything below the shoulder can still be dried naturally but, to maximise your cut, it will need some work, either with a dryer and brush or maybe a curling iron. Your stylist will be able to give you guidance on techniques you can use at home.

The Shag 

@mileycyrus

One of the coolest styles for women is the wavy shag haircut. If your style leans more toward the retro, rock’n’roll side, or you’re just looking for the perfect cut for spring/summer, move the wavy shag haircut to the top of your list. While the classic shag haircut is usually seen on medium-length hair, long-haired ladies can also rock the layered look. The layers help to add movement and dimension while taking some of the weight out, making a long shag haircut ideal for those with thicker hair. At the same time, the front layers will frame your face beautifully, so it doesn’t get lost in the ‘mass’ of your hair.

Layers, layers, layers

A list of 2023 hair trends could not be complete without talking about layers. They began their comeback last year but they are now in full swing. They are easily the single biggest request on the salon floor right now since they incorporate so many trending styles. The Butterfly and Wolf cuts are in, even extending into mullets and shags. The beautiful thing with layers is there is a cut to suit whatever your particular style may be – be it voluminous and fluffy, smooth and sliced or choppy and grungy, there is a layer style to match!

Colour trends

Less Is More

In colouring, we are seeing a lot of subtlety coming back. Instead of overhauling hair to something completely different than your natural tone, people are looking for ways to go back to their roots. Literally! For 2023, look for a way to enhance your natural hair. Try adding soft lightness and golden tones to your brunette hair, or for blondes, it could be a case of toning it down and adding some dimension back in. We want your hair and colour to look the best it possibly can. Condition and shine are what make your hair looks expensive and your stylist can work on a plan for you to achieve this.

Warming Up

@sydney_sweeney

As we move out of the winter and break into spring, warmer tones will definitely prevail. Luxe Golden blondes step aside as icy blondes make way for these warmer tones. Don’t mistake gold for yellow, they are different things. Hair still needs to be lifted properly and then toned to a perfect golden/beige blonde. For the brunettes out there, open your mind to copper – there is a shade to suit everyone. It is such a varied palette that can be taken as far as you want. Go all in and go vibrant and bright or you could opt for a softer adjustment to enhance your natural colour with some warmer tones.

Header image via @taylorlashae