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Hair trends 2022: the new styles to try this year

Is this the year to shake up your style? From the French bob to buttermilk balayage, awesome award-winning salon group Haringtons give the lowdown on 22’s most coveted looks

If the return of the perm and the mullet in 2021 are anything to go by, the bets are wiiide open for what’s in store for our tresses in 2022. (Er, mohican? Go on, dare you). Maybe you’re a high maintenance hair diva with a phD in how to work GHDs, or perhaps you’re so low-maintenance that brushing your hair is a weekend-only activity (*guilty as charged*). Either way, UK Creative Director Barry Maddocks of the multi-award-winning boutique salon group Haringtons (check out their 10 locations) has the key to making you feel new, shiny and foxy for 2022. Step this way, lady, for the lowdown on the best cuts and colours to see in this New Year.

LOW MAINTENANCE GALS

1/ THE BOB

The bob has been around for ever, but in 2022, it’s taking one giant leap for womankind. Yes, we all have the chance to blast off into the Bobsphere (think the stratosphere, but way more stylish). Anything goes, from super sharp and sleek to tousled, from the long bob to classic graduated bobs, from the boy bob – very much in keeping with the ongoing androgynous vibe – to Barry’s tip for the top in 2022, the super chic French bob, cut at chin length often with a fringe on the brow line, and seen on Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton and actress Ana De Armas (below)

Instagram: @ana_d_armas

Choosing your bob really depends on your lifestyle, the time you want to invest in your hair, as well as your face shape. It’s suitable for all hair types, but it can be a really stylised defining look so definitely get good salon advice. Product is also key, so if you’re going for longer and more texture, Barry recommends a dry powder spray like Savage Panache for body and hold.

2/ NATURAL CURLS

Wearing your curls with pride is going to be big in 2022 – we’re loving seeing women sporting their natural texture, and now, thanks to better representation for Afro and textured hair in products as well as salon expertise, there are more options than ever. You do have to look after curls but, according to Barry, there are simple ways to keep them in check:

  • Use a good serum – something that will remove frizz and fluff but not make it lank and heavy
  • Detangle to stop damage – always use a wide-toothed comb or a wet brush as they’re designed to prevent damage by gently detangling 
  • Invest in home-care products – it’s a waste to get your hair perfectly styled then use inferior products as soon as you get home
  • Cold rinse to stay in control – when you wash your hair, avoid rinsing in warm water. The cool helps the hair cuticle close, which means more shine and less frizz
  • Treat frizz with a semi-permanent solution – if you battle to keep control of your curls, consider investing in a KeraStraight conditioning treatment – it totally transformed Muddy editor Sue’s hair and is available at all Haringtons salons.

3/ THE CENTRE PARTING

Middle partings will be leading trend in 2022 – it’s a really versatile way to wear your hair and can work across all lengths and textures, plus it really helps bring out your facial features.

Instagram: @beyonce

It feels effortlessly chic yet laid back and not over-done – Queen Bey (naturally) and Nina Dobrev totally nail this look. It’s not quite as simple as grabbing a comb, working out your centre line and then stepping out the door (depending on your fringe status and weight of hair you might want some light styling and hold), but it’s a really natural look that suggests that yes, you really did effortlessly wake up like that.

4/ BUTTERMILK BLONDE BALAYAGE

Heading out of winter hairdressers tend to get more requests for blonde, but it’s buttermilk blonde that’s Harington’s prediction for this year – somewhere between golden hues (which can be high maintenance and turn brassy quickly) and cooler shades of ash blonde (which on its own can leave some skin tones looking washed out).

Balayage, where colour is applied to the mid-section and ends of hair, is the ultimate low maintenance way to get a different look because it’s completely bespoke. You never go through that awkward growing out stage, as it always looks a little more ‘undone’.

5/ THE MONEY PIECE

In another another nod to the 90s, the ‘moneypiece’ is coming back into fashion again – those chunky slices of colour through the hair (think Spice Girls Geri’s blonde bits or Daphne Guinness’s dramatic blonde sweeps) that add face framing and texture for those big blow dry moments.

HIGH MAINTENANCE STUNNERS

1/ THE SUPERMODEL BLOW DRY

At Haringtons there’s been a swing towards clients going for big, bold, glam Nineties style hair – think Cindy Crawford’s serious root lifted locks, which have been trending on TikTok. Achieving the perfect big blow out is about skill, tools and product, so either book into salon for a wash and blow dry (or get a complimentary one with our Muddy reader treat!) or learn how to nail it at home. According to Barry, it’s simple (well he would say that, he’s surrounded by brilliant hairdressers every day!). Layer on the product, from heat protector spray, to mousse, to setting spray, then use a Hot Brush like a GHD Rise, which will give volume to hair, or use a large round ceramic brush and hair dryer. Good luck mes soeurs, maybe it’s worth organising a back-up appointment if things don’t go quite to plan?

2/ WARM GINGER AND ORANGE COLOURS

Red hair was one of the hottest hair trends for 2021, and it’s still on the sizzle for 2022. From warm gingers through to bright orange, red is for those who want to be noticed. One thing to be aware of is that not all reds are created equal – getting the tone right for your skin and eye colour is critical. Bright, saturated colours tend to look good on darker skin and brown or green eyes, while peaches, strawberries and gingers are best on those who are fairer with lighter eyes. There are gazillions of off-the-shelf dye kits but this kind of transformation desires an expert’s attention.

And just like that, help is at hand (I know, we’re amazing). Enter our competition to win one of 10 cut and colour hair transformations and you can quiz the Haringtons superstylists yourself.

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