Although the colder weather has already knocked on the knock, the return of winter hairstyles can give us all something to look forward to during the cold season. “Self-care turns inward when we spend less time outdoors,” says Drew Schaefering, hairstylist and creative director at Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, New York. “It’s time to get rid of what no longer serves us and revamp our look ahead of next season,” he says. Your winter hair makeover can be something more than just split ends.
The biggest hair trends of winter 2023 are all about adding health, depth and romance to your everyday style. Frédéric Fekkai, hairstylist and founder of haircare brand Fekkai, says the last few years of easy-care styles are coming to an end. “After two years of constant isolation, there’s an appetite for glam this year,” he says. Expect this year’s winter hair trends to require some maintenance but be worth it for a beautiful, stylized new you. Here are the seven major vintner hair trends that experts say will dominate.
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#1 Brunette by candlelight
Booth calls this winter’s new favorite brunette color “candlelit brunette.” What makes this brunette stand out is the full palette of low-contrast tones that create a reflective, dimensional finish—as if illuminated with soft light. Booth adds that this trend extends to a range of hair colors, from dark blonde or light brown to a rich brunette. “Add mid-tones in toffee, chocolate, sable, and bronze tones to your natural hair color, and it turns into a glossy, blurry, multicolored brunette that glows from within,” she says.
#2 Birkin Pony
Ponys have their moment every season, but Fekkai’s personal favorite for winter is the “Birkin pony,” which he describes as long and thin. “Long bangs give your hair a bouncy motion,” says Fekkai. Reece Walker, hairstylist, colorist, and extensions expert, says adding heavy front layers and longer sweeping bangs gives you a versatile way to play around with a new style. “It gives you something to play around with, even if you want to pull your hair back,” he says.
#3 Bourbon seasoning
Walker says there’s a new wave of blondes dipping their toes in copper tones or lighter, warm reds. Booth calls this popular lighter shade of red, which highlights freckles and curls, “Bourbon Spice.” She says the color has a sassy but nice appeal: “It’s a playful look for those who want to embrace their inner defiant child and highlight their unique qualities.”
#4 Butterfly Cut
Fekkai recommends the butterfly cut for this season, after all it is a modern interpretation of the classic shag and the “Rachel” hairstyle, which has been trendy for years. The cut is defined by the “butterfly wings” or shorter, face-framing layers that hit at chin level and then seamlessly transition into longer layers that are shoulder-length or longer. “It’s universally flattering on all face shapes and hair types,” says Fekkai, “and it adds incredible volume and texture to long hair.”
#5 Smokey espresso
If you already have naturally dark hair, now is the time to deepen the hue. “We’ve seen a lot of jet black hair in fashion lately,” says Booth. But for everyday life, she suggests something a little more complex, softer: “Espresso is a dark brown that can be read as black depending on the lighting”. Trendsetters will love this hair color with bleached brows for a look that’s straight off the runway.
#6 side panels
Years after TikTok declared them cheugy, side parts are back with a vengeance for the upcoming season. When Kim K, Rihanna, and Megan Thee Stallion can agree on a trend, you know it’s about to take over. So go ahead and spin your part freely.
#7 Botticelli Blonde
“I don’t see ashes in blondes this season,” notes Walker, a blonde hair expert, who instead sees a trend toward creamy, light, and sunny tones. Booth calls this trend “Botticelli Blonde”, in reference to the Italian Renaissance painter famous for the “Birth of Venus” with a warm golden blonde. “It’s an extremely flattering color if you can reverse the brainwashing of the last few decades that warm or brassy tones look bad,” she says. The heat brings light to your complexion for a softer look.