Is it time for a haircut? 6 hairstyle trends to try in 2023

23 January 2023
By Amberley Colby

New year, new hair.

Detail shot of model from Tom Ford runway spring 2023 ready-to-wear collection. Woman has high-volume brushed out micro-curls.
Photo: Armando Grillo /

Mullets, butterfly cuts, micro-bangs - it’s hard to keep up with hair trends as they come and go out of circulation.

With a new year beginning and many of us heading back to work, the tides of change are upon us.

While some may be investing in a new wardrobe, there’s nothing quite like a new ‘do to help you feel refreshed in the new year. We spoke to industry professional and salon owner, Lauren Gunn of Colleen salon, to get the low down on everything hair this year.

Read on for our round up of the 6 hairstyles you should consider trying.

1. '90s face framing

Looking to liven up your tresses with some texture and volume? Layers might be just what the stylist ordered.

While there are many different ways to layer, ‘90s-style face framing layers are top of the trend list for 2023 (à la Rachel Green from Friends). 2022 saw the resurgence of this cut, and according to Gunn, it’s a style almost anyone can pull off. “It’s cool for curly, wavy or straight hair types,” she says.

While some may prefer to style their layers daily, it’s also the perfect cut for those looking for something low maintenance. “It can go from polished to tousled to shambolic and always retains a hint of the iconic,” says Gunn.

Matilda Djerf with '90s face framing haircut.

2. micro bob

Bobs are undoubtedly a timeless style for anyone looking to lose a bit of length from their locks. From shoulder-length and shaggy to ultra-short and polished, a bob can help to define the features, especially on those with an oval face shape.

In 2023, the micro bob will continue to reign supreme, says Gunn. “Micro bobs are still hot and now we have Emma Corrin as Lady Chatterley to provide us with extra inspiration, as if we needed it,” she says. For those looking to play it safe, this might not be the cut for you.

“Take it as short as you could possibly dare,” says Gunn.

Feeling extra adventurous? Consider a micro fringe to complement your new micro ‘do.

Influence Taylor LeShae wearing a mirco bob hairstle with choppy bangs.

3. the pixie

Continuing with the short theme, the pixie cut will be making a comeback this year. Seen on the likes of leading ladies Florence Pugh and Zoe Kravitz, the pixie is the ideal way to refresh your look while beating the summer heat.

Effortless and lightweight, this cut can be styled in a multitude of ways – from wet and ultra-shiny to feathery and playful. While there is no one-size-fits-all method for a pixie, it’s an attainable way of looking runway-chic all year round.

Zoe Kravitz with a modern pixie hair cut.
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4. side part

Although not technically a cut, the side-part is back with a vengeance (despite being declared ‘dead’ by Gen Z). While many of us enjoy the familiar centre-part when styling our hair, consider switching things up, says Gunn.

“It’s probably time to switch to a side parting,” she says, “unless you are Gen Z, in which case you will go to your grave with centre-parted hair”. Long, medium or short, a side-part is an easy and cost-free way of altering your look this year.

Zendaya closeup at awards with deep side part hairstyle and relaxed hollywood waves.

5. curtain bangs

Can’t commit to a full fringe? No problem. The ever-popular curtain bang will not be going anywhere soon. Helping to add softness to any haircut, the curtain bang frames the face and provides versatility for styling.

For those days you cannot be bothered executing a bouncy blowout, curtain bangs can be tucked or pinned behind the ears. Crediting supermodel Claudia Schiffer as the “ultimate muse” for curtain bangs, this look is a must try for Gunn.

Georgia May Jagger with blonde curtain bangs haircut.

6. high-volume

Curls, curls and more curls. The bigger, the better. Whether your hair is naturally curly or not, this year will be all about embracing texture.

As seen on Tom Ford’s S/S23 runway, crimpy, voluminous curls are set to be a big trend for 2023. Put away the straightener and consider investing in some good quality mouse and rollers to achieve the perfect high fashion curl.

Bell Hadid and Gigi Hadid backstage at Tom Ford with high-volume curly hairstyle.

Read next: Lauren Gunn’s tutorial on how to achieve glamorous curls with photo shoot-worthy volume


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