Although the colder weather has already come knocking, the return of winter hairstyles can give us all something to look forward to in the chilly season. “Self-care turns inward when we spend less time outdoors,” says Drew Schaefering, hairstylist and creative director at Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, New York. “It’s time to get rid of what no longer serves us and edit our look before next season,” he says. Your winter hair refresh can be about a little more than just split ends.
Winter 2023’s biggest hair trends are all about adding health, depth and romance to your everyday style. Frédéric Fekkai, hairdresser and founder of haircare brand Fekkai, says the low-maintenance styles of the last few years are coming to an end. “After two years of on-and-off isolation, there is an appetite for glamor this year,” he says. Expect winter hair trends this year to be a bit high maintenance, but worth it for a beautiful, styled new you. Here are the seven big wine hair trends that will dominate, according to the experts.
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#1 Brunette with candles
Booth calls winter’s new favorite brunette shade “candlelight brunette.” What makes this brunette special is the full range of low-contrast tones that create a reflective, dimensional finish – as if illuminated with soft lighting. Booth adds that this trend extends to a range of hair colors from dark blonde or light brown to rich brunette. “Add mid-lights to your natural toffee, chocolate, sable and bronze hair color and it will come together as a glossy, blurred multi-toned brunette that’s lit from within,” she says.
#2 Birkin Bangs
Bangs have their moment every season, but Fekkai’s personal favorite for winter is the “Birkin bangs,” which he describes as being long and whippy. “Long bangs give your hair bouncy movement,” says Fekkai. Hairstylist, colorist and extension expert Reece Walker says adding heavy front layers and longer, swept bangs gives you a versatile way to play with a new style. “It gives you something to play with even when you want to pull your hair back,” he says.
#3 Bourbon seasoning
Walker says there’s a new wave of blondes dipping their toe into copper colors or lighter warm reddish tones. Booth calls this popular lighter shade of red, which plays off freckles and curls, “bourbon spice.” She says the color has a cheeky but cool appeal: “It’s a playful look for those who want to embrace their inner defiant child and play up their unique features”.
#4 Butterfly Cut
Fekkai recommends the butterfly cut for this season, after all it is a modern take on the classic shag and the “Rachel” cut that has been in the trend cycle for years. The cut is defined by “the butterfly wings, or shorter face-framing layers that hit at chin level and then blend seamlessly with longer layers that are shoulder length or longer. “It’s universally flattering for all face shapes and hair types,” says Fekkai, “and it adds incredible volume and texture for long hair”.
#5 Smoky Espresso
If you already have naturally dark hair, now is your time to take the shade even deeper. “We’ve been seeing a lot of jet black hair in fashion lately,” says Booth. But for everyday use, she suggests a slightly more complex, softer one: “espresso is a dark brown that can be read as black depending on the lighting”. Trendsetters will love this hair color with bleached brows, for a look that’s straight off the runway.
#6 Side parts
Years after TikTok declared them raunchy, side parts are back with a vengeance for the upcoming season. When Kim K, Rihanna, and Megan Thee Stallion can all agree on a trend, you know it’s about to take off. So go ahead and turn your part freely.
#7 Botticelli Blonde
“I don’t see ash tones in blondes this season,” notes Walker, a blonde hair expert, instead seeing a trend towards creamy, light and sunny tones. Booth calls this trend “Botticelli blonde,” à la the Italian Renaissance painter famous for “Birth of Venus” with a warm-toned golden blonde. “It’s an extremely flattering color if you can reverse the brainwashing of the last few decades about how warm or brassy tones look bad,” she says. The warmth brings light to your complexion for a softer look.