The top hair trends for 2023

by | 24 Jan 2023

As the new year gets underway, we consulted some of our favourite hair professionals to get the lowdown on the latest trends we’re set to see in 2023 

If you’re feeling good about the new year and ready to be one step ahead of the game for your clients, we have some predictions from the professionals on what styles will stun this year. 

Jay Birmingham, celebrity hairstylist 
Jay Birmingham XXL length

The bob 

“Without surprise, the bob is back for 2023. It’s a cult classic style that maintains popularity, but this year is all about the return of the true bob.  It’s all ab out jaw length hair with ends that sit slightly turned under the jaw line – as the bob was always intended.”  

XXL length  

“Since lockdown, we have seen hair becoming progressively longer. This is due to lots of people having the time to grow their hair out during the pandemic and sticking with the length since then. Whether you add soft layers to clients’ strands to give movement or opt for a blunt cut for thickness, XXL hair is here to stay.”  


The blowout  

“Popular during 2022, the glam girl blow-out aesthetic is not going anywhere in 2023. Think volume, layers, bouncy curls, and lots of movement to achieve this on trend look.”  

Jonathan Andrew, Fudge Professional global brand ambassador 
Fudge Professionals Anne Marie


“With the introduction Viva Magenta being picked as the Pantone colour of the year, I think we’ll get a big influx of pastel tones. Softer tones will be in this year, particularly for those who usually opt for a bleached blonde look.  

Soft light Brunettes will be on trend too, this means elevating darker tones with soft highlights that are a few shades lighter than the all over brunette. It gives a face-framing colour tone and creates a stunning multidimensional finish. 

I also think we’ll be seeing a lot more champagne blonde tones. This tone really compliments bigger, more dimensional hair. Subtle hints of warmer tones for both blondes and brunettes will be a massive trend for 2023, with the possibility of adding in the hot magenta shade. This won’t necessarily be a drastic change, but it will give hair a lot more richness and depth. 

For blondes, a maintenance must-have is the Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Damage Rewind range. It offers a variety of products from care to styling to ensure your blonde stays looking fabulous in-between salon. 


Blow-dries are back! 

“Blow-dries will be back for 2023. It’s all about the laidback luxe in 2023, opting for a much more glossy and polished finish to accompany these voluminous, ‘70s inspired, blow-dries. I expect to see more cuts tailored to accentuate shape after a blow-dry for different styles, from the short bob to the slightly longer shag. 

For the perfect blow-dry, I would recommend the Fudge Professional Blow-Dry Aqua Primer, as it includes hydrating hyaluronic acid combined with weather-shield technology to create a virtual umbrella for the hair, delivering all day humidity resistance and frizz control, improved softness, and visible shine. 

Tyler Moore, Live True London 
Live True London U Cut


The curve cut 

“While the bobs are getting shorter, we expect to see our long hair lovers growing even longer locks! Layered cuts are going to be more and more popular. This is perfect for clients looking to grow their hair out, while still maintaining a bit of shape and style. It’s achieved by cutting the hair in a ‘U’ or ‘V’ shape with plenty of layers, giving the illusion of shorter hair at the front if desired. 

The ultra-short afro 

“We’re seeing a lot of close-cropped afros coming into 2023, and it is a gorgeous, chic style. Choose a length of around one inch to maintain versatility and allow for some styling if preferred.”  

Hungry for more trends? Sign up for SELF/STYLED Sunday for free to enjoy a 2023 trend panel featuring Chris Foster, Jordanna Cobella, Marlon Hawkins, Ryan Steedman and Vicki Hoskin.  

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