15 Fresh New Year Haircut Trends Predicted By London’s Top Stylists

by | Jan 29, 2022 | Beauty, Hair

Mirror selfie of @amritapalahey with a European bob haircut

Refinery29: 2021 was an incredible year for hair. Trends were born left, right and center, as celebrities, influencers, and TikTokers made a case for the coolest cuts. We’re talking curtain bangs and ’70s waves, through to the mullet (DIY and salon pro), not to mention the iconic shag. But it seems the New Year is shaping up to be just as innovative and Instagram-worthy.
Big movements, like instinctive cutting (a cool, freehand technique) and French glossing (the 2022 spin on ombré) have already made their way into the London’s top salons, but there are a handful of ground-breaking — and totally wearable — hair trends just waiting to be uncovered.
Ahead, a dream team of most sought-after UK stylists predict the hair movements that are going to take 2022 by storm. Take a peek — because they’re coming to America.
The Mixie

“The mixie is a marriage of a shorter version of the mullet, with a pixie haircut,” says London-based hairstylist Neil Moodie, who boasts clients such as Phoebe Dynevor, Jodie Comer and Naomi Campbell. “It’s effectively a short pixie, but all the edges are longer, which lends a much softer look. It can work on straight, wavy or curly hair.”

Take inspiration from this cool cut by Paige McNeil on Instagram. Though dreamt up in Atlanta, this pixie-meets-mullet is giving us all the London cool girl vibes.

The Classic Afro Cut
Award-winning hair artist Charlotte Mensah champions the classic afro cut, like this beautiful creation on model Londone Bui. Charlotte touts this as low-effort and low-maintenance, and suggests keeping strands nourished and moisturized using Manketti Oil Pomade. “This like a nutrient rich food for your hair,” says Charlotte. “It coats every last curl and coil with intense moisture to instantly eliminate frizz and dryness.”


’70s Drapes

This style of fringe is good news for anyone who wants to grow out their curtain bangs, says Neil. “This much-longer curtain fringe frames the face around the cheekbones and can be worn in the center, or even off center, depending on your parting. It looks great with some longer layers within the rest of the haircut, and works really well if you want to tie your hair up, as you can leave the curtain fringe out for instant softness. It’s gorgeous and going to be really big this year.” Take your cue from model Annabelle Hoy.

The Box Braid Bun

More a protective style, Charlotte Mensah is making a case for the show-stopping updo after a year of mainly wearing hair down. “Box braids in a bun is a thing and they look really great,” said Charlotte on Instagram. Keep frizz and flyaways on lockdown with the Manketti Oil Finishing Mist.

The Bi-Bob

“This year people may start moving away from texture like shags and mullets. Instead, heavier silhouettes and bolder lines will take precedence,” says Tom Warr, academy director at London’s Blue Tit Salon. The new 2022 version of the bob takes inspiration from French hair cutting, which Tom has coined the “bi-bob” (it accentuates the bi-level area of the face, such as the eyes and cheekbones.)

“A bob with a heavy fringe is a perfect example,” says Tom. “It still has shape, as it’s shorter at the front and longer at the back, but heavier lines define features and stand out. Look at influencer Chloe Miles.

“Styling wise, you want to get a flat, straight-ish finish — but it can’t look too perfect,” says Tom. He suggests rough-drying hair, taking a small amount of the OWAY Smoothing Cream, and applying heat from a hairdryer in downward strokes. “Its cute, fresh, and timeless,” says Tom.

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