Elle February 8, 2022



The Hottest Hair Trends, Straight From The Spring/Summer 2022 Runways


Before the weather breaks, start lining up your looks.

The last time you were probably excited about runway hair, makeup, and nails, the world looked a little different. But if you were in dire need of inspiration to switch up your work from home hair, allow the pros and Spring/Summer 2022 runway shows to point you in the right direction.

A French bouffant in the 21st century? At Moschino's land of make-believe, anything is possible. Perhaps you're more inclined to try a sleek early-aughts vixen middle part à la a very famous supermodel (ahem, Naomi Campbell)? Sergio Hudson's band of baddies can teach you.

Ahead, the top spring 2022 hair trends from the NYFW runways alongside some predictions from hairstylists on which looks you can expect to see all over TikTok and Instagram starting now. Winter will be winding down before you know it, so there's no better time to start planning your warm-weather looks.

Baby Hair Galore

To add an edge to the sultry designs that walked down LaQuan Smith's Empire State Building runway, queen of all things braids and baby hairs, Lacy Redway wanted to put a modern spin on clean, classic hairstyles. The vibe? Baby hairs galore. High ponytails and straight middle parts were accented with swirls and swoops across a handful of models' foreheads. "It’s a mixture of components of some classics we have seen in the past but modernizing it for the LaQuan Smith woman who sits on top of the world in her mind, as we do on one of the highest buildings in Manhattan.”

Amy Abramite, creative director and hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago says that instead of being a nuisance, these baby hairs, which are one of the biggest spring 2022 hair trends are now celebrated by creating extra accouterments. "These separated stands which are dragged onto the skin individually with a comb and sculpted with gel and water creating wet details on the forehead and cheeks," says Abramite.

Throwback Bouffant

The Snooki hump is alive and well! At Christian Cowan, Evanie Frausto. lead hairstylist for Bumble and Bumble, delivered looks that were "Big, fun and VERY camp," the hairstylist said. The glam team added high humps to the top half of the models' hair, while other models had voluminous bouncy hair that fell into a flipped ends.

Beachy Texture

Chromat brought the Snapchat flower crown filter to life for its Spring/Summer show. Using Oribe products, Kien Hoang, Oribe Principal Educator of Content & Styling added beach waves to the models' hair without compromising their natural texture.


Lead Stylist Naeemah LaFond, amika’s Global Artistic Director of amika, took over Sandy Liang to emphasize "chic simplicity." What that looked like was sleek, no-fuss looks made for "the busy girl on the go that still loves to serve a look."

Braided Tendrils

Tresemmé lead stylist Odile Gilbert married edge with sophistication to create the ultimate cool-girl look. Two braids in the front accentuated the relaxed, breezy hair flowing in the back. ICYMI, Sydney Sweeney wore this look on a recent episode of Euphoria.

Ribbon Buns

The hair at Thom Browne was a work of art. After weaving ribbons into braids throughout the hair, lead stylist James Pecis twisted each braid into a bun to share the spotlight with the clay-painted makeup looks.

Oversized Bantu Knots

When lead hairstylist Nai'Vasha learned of Studio 189's collection, one word that stood out to her was "inheritance." She interpreted the theme through texture, curls, and shapes to create fun bantu knots, buns, and messy ponytails.


If "came through drippin'" was a look, it would be Kien Hoang work at Private Policy. Using Oribe Hair Care, the lead hairstylist slicked the models' hair to achieve the "wet look" while still keeping a healthy shine.

1920s Vibes

Finger waves received a modern update at Markarian, courtesy of Mandee Tauber for Oribe Hair Care. Instead of the waves being slicked to the head, Tauber added volume, flipped ends, and ponytails.

Slick & Centered

Naomi Campbell wasn't present at Sergio Hudson, but her spirit was felt. One look at the models' sleek, straight, middle part, and you couldn't help but think of the legendary model's signature hairstyle. On the inspiration, Hudson explained that he wanted to evoke the throwback feel of the early 2000s, where the hair was "clean" and "modern." The look was achieved using Unite Hair Care's Max Control spray to tame every and any flyaway.

Au Natural

Held at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Proenza Schouler's theme was "tailored minimalism." What lead hairstylist Guido Palau whipped up was styles that emphasized the hair's natural texture. Box braids bounced down the runway alongside sleek ponytails with braided ends and air-dried waves, all using Bumble and Bumble products.

70s Silhouettes

That '70s Show received the reboot treatment at Ulla Johnson. Whimsical, natural hairstyles complemented the breezy, 70s silhouettes. “Less is more this season,” lead stylist Bob Recine explains. The goal was to allow "the hair textures and cuts speak for themselves with just a little styling boost." A boost courtesy of Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray.

Peach Fuzz Buzz

"Daringly short lengths feature a rounded shape cut close to the skin with a clipper. This clean-cut buzz shows off the hairline by eliminating fringe details around the face, like bangs and sideburns. Hair is akin to peach fuzz and should remain free of styling products to keep it looking natural and soft. Hair will need to be trimmed every two to four weeks to maintain." - Amy Abramite

Personal Style

At Monse, amika’s Global Artistic Director Naeemah LaFond didn't want to stray too far from the models' natural hair texture. "I’m inspired by the beauty of texture in all of its forms, from straight to super coily. We used products and tools that would emphasize whatever each model’s natural texture was," LaFond explained.


At Moschino, fantasy is not only brought to life via designs but translates to hair as well. Key stylist Danilo morphed the models' hair into messy French twists bouffants to drive the retro theme home. Other models were sent down the runway with beads attached to their hair or braids.

Punk Goddess

Collina Strada's runway was peppered with grunge punk goodness. Messy updos tinged with pastel extensions that matched the equally bright and colorful designs.

Afro Pomp

"Natural afro texture is sculpted for a modern pompadour on kinky curl patterns. The shape is long on top and cropped on the sides and nape to accentuate volume above the forehead. Tight curls will spring up and away from the face for a strong silhouette tapering down for slenderness. For styling, an intense moisturizing cream will nourish and define curls keeping them shiny and healthy." - Amy Abramite

Lob Love

Hairstylist Rocco says, “we’ll definitely continue to see lobs and medium hair in layers with full highlights as big trends for spring. We will also see more bangs and central parts. This look from Juana Martin's haute couture show demos two of these trends.