Trends, just like years, come and go. We were happy to see 2021 go, and we are eager to see what’s in store for 2022. As many people were finally able to visit the salon in 2021 for the first time after lockdown, vibrant colors and fresh cuts made a return. Now, in 2022 new hair trends are in store.
Celebrity colorist Jennifer Korab predicts that a warm, golden copper color will continue to trend. We’ve seen it on stars including Kendall Jenner, Sydney Sweeney and Gigi Hadid. Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Holguin, on behalf of UNITE Hair, agrees that copper seems to be a hot trend for summer. “Why not be red and hot this summer?” he adds. Holguin himself created this color on Olivia Jade and Becca Tilley.
He warns that this is hair color is a commitment, explaining that copper and red tones “fade fast, need a lot of maintenance, and going lighter, or getting rid of copper tones, can be challenging.” As a result, he recommends “going to the salon every four to six weeks for maintenance, even if it’s just a gloss.”
Lived in color
Colorist Kevin Kelly predicts that lived-in colors like bronze and beige blonde will be dominant through the remainder of the year. “These hair colors will be popular because people are looking for more natural, lived-in, moving hair,” says Kelly. “The 90’s blowout bombshell is back!”
Korab describes this color as a rich, dark brown shade with a lot of shine, a bit darker than the popular Louis Vuitton brown. She notes that this is trending as celebrities sport the shade like Hailey Bieber. If you’re looking to achieve this color ask your stylist for warm tones, advises Korab.
“The money piece is still going strong! This is the section of hair that frames the face, and it’s called the money piece because it is distinctly different in color from the rest of the head,” says hairstylist Michelle Cleveland. “Typically, what we see on celebs or fashion runways will trickle down,” she explains.
Zoey Deutch sports this look in her upcoming film, Not Okay, which is sure to make the style surge even more. There are a lot of avenues you can go when working with a money piece. “The range of color can be anywhere from platinum blonde to bright red depending upon how much of a contrast one is looking for,” says Cleveland.
Cali-cool toned highlights
“The overall color is dark and natural with a few strands placed strategically around your face, part and ends,” explains Korab. The key to nailing this trend is asking your colorist for a lived-in look, says Korab. “This includes face-framing highlights in a cool/ashy tone.”
“Buttery, creamy, light and golden blonde” is how Korab describes the expensive blonde shade. To achieve this high-class hair color, Korab says you should ask your colorist for a “double process of light golden blonde. You can also achieve this look by adding baby lights in a light golden tone.”
Your natural color, but better
Experts say 2022 will be a great time to focus on embracing your natural color but enhancing it a bit. Celebrity colorist Tania Whittier says 2022 will be all about working with your natural color, “whether that be creating a soft dimension with your gray or adding some gold and highlights to your natural ashy hair color.”
Redken celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham doesn’t follow trends, so in her book, it’s always best to be as close as possible to your natural hair color with “subtle highlights, not chunky stripes throughout” and “lots of depth, with a combination of highlights and lowlights.”
Whittier believes natural color will be popular this year because “the past two years we’ve had to embrace what we have naturally and now that everyone has gotten used to their natural hair color they just want to enhance it.”
According to Abergel, 90’s warm brunette with surfer vibes will make a big comeback this year. He explains that this shade helps enhance skin tones and grows out seamlessly. Additionally, “the depth by the hairline makes the sun-kissed ends pop.”
“Bright colors that celebrate individuality and self-expression” will be popular, says Abergel. “It’s all about self-expression and celebrating your individual voice,” especially after so much time spent inside.
FEKKAI SoHo colorist Marie-Antoinette Carlo predicts that multidimensional brunette shades will be popular in 2022. She points out that “many celebrities such as Hailey Bieber and Gigi Hadid have recently made the shift to be brunettes, which has inspired clients.” “Whether the preference is warm tones or cool tones the two most important elements to execute brunettes is an abundance of shine and variation in tone,” adds Carlo.