Popsugar December 17, 2021



The Top Hairstyle Trends For 2022 Are All Celebrity-Approved


  • This year is going to be a time for taking care of your hair and honing your signature look.
  • The top hairstyle trends for 2022 include updos with a twist and updated takes on retro hairstyles.
  • Celebrity hairstylists are sharing more about the hottest hairstyle trends to look out for next year.

When it comes to 2022 beauty, the makeup is going to be more experimental, the skin-care trends will be smarter, and the top haircuts will be nods to the past. As for the hairstyle trends, there will be a harmony of old and new.

If the theme of 2020 was DIY haircuts and dye jobs and 2021 was all about being bold, 2022 will be a time for taking care of hair and honing your signature look, not necessarily changing it drastically. "2022 is going to be all about shine, color, and movement," Mark Townsend, celebrity hairstylist for Dove, told POPSUGAR. "We are seeing healthy hair again." What that translates to is fun updos with a twist, old-meets-new styles, and, most importantly, lots of shine. (And before you ask: no, accessories aren't going anywhere.)

Keep scrolling for more insight on the top 2022 hairstyle trends from top celebrity hairstylists.

2022 Hairstyle Trends: Pin-Up Ponytail

The overarching trend of beauty over the last year has been this: everything old is new again. From Y2K accessories to '90s hair-color trends and '70s haircuts, we can't get enough retro hairstyles. A new one to add to your rotation: the pin-up ponytail. "This ponytail and curtain bang combo is inspired by '60s bombshell Brigitte Bardot," Amy Abramite, creative director and stylist at Maxine Salon, told POPSUGAR. "Known for her tousled bouffant styles, this casual pony will dress up long hair."

The key to pulling off this style is volume, and lots of it. It's recommended you curl your hair and blast it with some texturizing spray to get the desired effect. Then, "backcomb the crown with a cushion brush and secure the pony in the nape with an elastic," Abramite said.

2022 Hairstyle Trends: Sleek Updos With a Middle Part

If this sleek updo with a middle part looks familiar, it's because it's every model's unofficial off-duty look. "There's something a little more casual and 'cool girl' about keeping a middle part, even when your hair is pulled up," Joseph Maine, celebrity hairstylist and cofounder of Trademark Beauty, told POPSUGAR. "There are many tricks to help you achieve this look, but breaking your hair into separate sections is where they all start."

Once you have your hair parted down the middle, you can slick your hair back into a claw clip, bun, ponytail, or any other updo. The style is perfect for all hair types and textures.

2022 Hairstyle Trends: Bubble Braids and Ponytails

Bubble braids are trending in a big way for 2022 — just look at Olivia Rodrigo, Griff, Tessa Thompson, and Gigi Hadid, to list just a few. Described as "one or more ponytails that are tied with hair ties continuously down the ponytail and spaced out about every inch or two," by celebrity hairstylist and Monat brand ambassador Ryan Richman, the trend started to really pick up steam in 2021, has been doing strong ever since. Now, you can spot it on the red carpet and TikTok alike — it's that versatile.

2022 Hairstyle Trends: Threaded Micro Braids

These teeny-tiny braids were super popular in the 2000s, and they've been resurrected by celebrities like Laura Harrier, Marsai Martin, Zoë Kravitz, and Alicia Keys. Micro braids are small, individual braids that "resemble a thick strand of hair," Jessica Houston, vice president of operations and lead aesthetician at natural beauty supply store Beautybeez, previously told POPSUGAR. The protective style can be worn down, in updos, as part of larger braids — there really are endless possibilities.

2022 Hairstyle Trends: Liquid Hair

If you've ever gazed at Dua Lipa, Madelaine Petsch, or Megan Fox's hair in envy of its shine, then you'll love the liquid-hair trend. It's a nickname for ultra-glossy, glass-like hair. "It takes healthy, shiny hair to the next level, and it reflects light and appears to be almost liquid," Richman previously told POPSUGAR.

"It starts with healthy hair," Townsend said. "Shine is just a reflection of light so if the hair cuticle is not closed, it's not going to reflect that light and your hair will look very dull." The secret is to use good products, condition and mask often, protect your hair before heat styling, and, if all else fails, consider getting a gloss.