Hair & Makeup

The Hottest Hair Trends For Summer 2022

The braidy bunch: Gigi Hadid (left), Nidhi Sunil (center) and Hailey Bieber (right) show off their perfectly braided bun and ponies

Warmer months call for an upgraded style, color and regimen. Here, DANIELLE FOX highlights the trending hair looks to inspire you now


Make braids your summer-proof style accent

When Hailey Bieber, Margot Robbie, Nidhi Sunil and Gigi Hadid all sported a braided hairstyle in different iterations at the Met Ball and on the Cannes red carpet, it quickly became the style to sport this summer. And it makes sense: super-easy to create, low maintenance and ideal for tackling holiday humidity. For a Y2K take on the style, opt for the Hailey Bieber-inspired front-piece braids either side of your center parting and spray a texture spray into the rest of your hair to get a beachy texture. Or, for a more polished finish, look to Gigi Hadid and Nidhu Sunil, whose go-to braided buns and plaited ponies give an elevated, but low-fi accent to their red-carpet looks.

Going bronde
Kendall Jenner (wearing black dress) and Hailey Bieber know how to rock summer’s hottest hair color

Try the most requested color right now

Bronde – which bridges the gap between blonde and brunette – has become summer’s hair color of choice and is still the most requested in salons. And for good reason: warm, honeyed tones of caramel make for the perfect stop gap for brunettes looking to capture those golden sun-kissed hues of summer. While being both flattering and uplifting, caramel blends beautifully to liven up lackluster brown – and adds dimension. Best of all, it looks good on every skin tone, hair type and cut – and is super-low maintenance.

Shimmer and shine
Dua Lipa (left), Lily Aldridge (center) and Naomi Campbell (right) get our glow of approval

TikTok’s viral liquid-hair trend

Glossy syrup, glass hair, liquid gloss – the hair finish beloved by A-listers both on and off the red carpet has become a TikTok sensation, with 27 million views – and counting – for the #glass hair hashtag. But how to mimic that straight-from-the-salon liquid shine? According to the experts, it all starts with the foundations – in fact, it’s impossible to achieve that ‘glass hair’ look if you start with a shampoo that leaves behind residue. Opting for a shampoo that safeguards colored hair (even if you don’t have colored hair) ensures strands are super-clean and your natural color isn’t dulled. For extra gloss, we recommend using a glossing spray as a final step to enhance the effect, too.

Perfect the lo-fi ‘on vacation’ texture

Summer is the perfect time to give your hair a break from heat tools. And for some hair types (think fine, straight or slightly wavy), it’s the best time to let hair air-dry. For textured, coiled or kinky hair, though, creating that undone look requires a little more effort without heat. If your hair falls into the last category here, try twisting small sections of hair to encourage curl, before pinning them into a knot or wrapping round flexi rods for a smoother finish. What you do at night is also important: braiding, twisting or using the flexi rods overnight is a great way to achieve a full head of even, natural curls come morning.


Twist and turn
Dakota Johnson (wearing nude, bejeweled dress), Emily Ratajkowski (wearing black lacy dress) and Gemma Chan (wearing strapless beaded dress) have the lo-fi ‘on vacation’ texture down to a tee

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