New Year, New Hair: 9 Trends to Look Out For in 2024
Want to start the new year with a new look?
Changing up your hair is the perfect way to do that. Whether you go for a new cut or you simply experiment with some new styles, prepared to feel inspired as HerStyler shares some of the biggest hair trends for 2024.
1. Long Bangs
Baby bangs have dominated the scene for a while now, making it no surprise that one of the hottest hair trends for 2024 takes things to the other extreme with long, eyelash-skimming bangs.
These are bangs that, at first glance, seem a little too long. However, have them cut in a wispy way with the center slightly shorter and you won’t have to worry about them blocking your eyes. The edges of the bangs should be slightly longer. This way, they’ll blend in with the rest of your hair and create a beautiful arch shape.
The best part is that long bangs work with just about every hair type and texture, although they require the least amount of maintenance if you have straight hair. For other hair types, maintenance can be made simple with styling tools featuring smaller-than-average plates or barrels. The HerStyler Baby Curls curling wand will enable you to quickly add some lift and volume to your bangs while the Sleek Styler Black 1” Titanium Styler will give your bangs a sleek and glossy finish.
2. Straight, Sleek, and Shiny
This is another one of 2024’s most noteworthy hair trends. It’s a look that has been spotted on runways all over the world, indicating that it’s going to be huge this coming year.
If your hair is naturally straight, bring out its natural shine by giving it plenty of moisture. A hydrating hair serum, such as the HerStyler Argan Oil Hair Serum, makes it easy to add some extra gloss. It can be used on both wet or dry hair, making it an easy product to incorporate into your styling routine.
Meanwhile, if your hair is wavy or curly, you’ll need to work a little harder to achieve this look. A good flat iron is a must, ideally one that will minimize the appearance of heat damage. After all, damaged hair looks dry, rough, and lackluster, which is the opposite of what this trend calls for.
The Colorful Seasons 8 straightener from HerStyler is exactly what you need for smooth, healthy-looking straight hair. Its ceramic floating plates will glide over your strands without snagging or burning them, especially since the temperature can be controlled to suit your hair type. Its infrared technology ensures even heat distribution while negative ion technology does away with the look of frizz. All in all, it provides everything that you could need to achieve the sleek, shiny, and straight look that’s going to be everywhere in 2024!
3. The Kitty Cut
Each season seems to bring about a new animal-inspired hair trend. From the butterfly cut to the wolf cut to the jellyfish cut, each one features a shape that’s reminiscent of the animal that it has been named after.
This year, there’s a new animal in town; the kitty cat, giving us the kitty cut. It shares a few similarities with the wolf cut and the cub cut. At the same time, it’s much sleeker and more sophisticated, just like a cat.
The kitty cut usually falls somewhere between the collarbone and the shoulders. It’s longer than a bob yet shorter than the classic Rachel cut. This results in a cropped length that’s able to cascade in a way that makes it look soft yet polished, as well as utterly feline.
When discussing this cut with your hairstylist, make sure that you ask for long layers. Avoid any choppiness – this will only make it look more like a shag. However, don’t be afraid to add a few extra layers around your face to highlight your features. Think cheekbone-length bangs with jawbone-length tendrils to really accentuate the shape of this cut.
4. Bold Colors
Vibrant hair colors have been popular for a few years now, with this being one of the current trends that’s going to continue well into 2024. With that said, you can expect to see it evolve as people embrace unconventional shades even more.
Need some color inspiration for the new year?
Deep copper will be one of the more mainstream shades. Also referred to as cowgirl copper, this color has auburn tones to it that keeps it vivacious rather than rusty.
Icy blue is also going to be having its moment, as is bright blonde. That Barbie-inspired shade really came into its own over the summer months, and more and more people are going to be adopting it in 2024.
Remember, if you plan on changing your hair color in any way, giving your locks some extra TLC is vital to keep them looking healthy. The chemicals used in hair dyes can be extremely detrimental to your hair. This means that you need to go the extra mile to keep your mane moisturized and hydrated. A high-quality, sulfate-free shampoo and a rich conditioner are a must. Regular deep treatments will also help to keep your hair in good shape.
5. Balletcore Bows
Hair trends aren’t just about specific cuts and styles – they encompass hair accessories too. With balletcore taking over the 2024 fashion scene, this trend has bled over into the hair world too, and balletcore hair bows are now everything.
Not familiar with the balletcore trend? It’s inspired by the elegance and femininity of ballerinas. Think soft colors, graceful lines, silky fabrics, and classic details.
Hair bows and ribbons emulate this perfectly. Whether you tie a bow over your ponytail to soften it up, weave a satin ribbon into an updo, or top your look with a ribbon-wrapped headband, there are so many ways to incorporate balletcore into your hairstyling habits, which will have you looking perfectly on point for 2024.
6. The Halo Cut
The halo cut is exactly what it sounds like – hair that falls like a halo around your head. Think of it as a more relaxed version of a bowl cut. It’s loose yet round in a way that frames the face. It arches above the brows, which is a nod toward the ‘long bangs’ trend that we featured earlier, before carving its way around the face and widening at the cheekbones.
So long as your hair encircles your face, the length of this cut can be variable. You could go short, so that it’s cropped at your chin, or opt for something that falls to your collarbone. Either way, this is a cut that will beautifully highlight the contours of your face, showcasing your best features.
Keep in mind that if your hair is prone to frizz, you may struggle to maintain this cut. Ideally, you’ll need to keep frizz to a minimum. This can be done by adding a frizz-fighting serum to your hair care routine. The VitaOil Biotin Hair Serum from HerStyler, for example, will give your hair a smooth and sleek finish that will help to enhance the round shape of this cut.
7. The Collarbone Lob
The lob has been popular for a couple of years now, with each season placing a new spin on this classic cut. From the shaggy lob to the angled lob to the curly lob, the lob in itself is responsible for birthing so many stunning hair trends in recent years.
If you’re a fan of the lob, you’ll be happy to know that it will be sticking around for 2024. However, this year sees the collarbone lob take centerstage. Rather than being cut to shoulder length, this lob is a little shorter, stopping at the collarbone area. It also bids farewell to the shaggy ends that lobs were sporting in 2023, replacing those with clean and blunt ends.
This is a surprisingly versatile hairstyle, making it a favorite among those who are growing out an older style. It’s easy to style if you want to wear it down but, at the same time, it can also be quickly pulled into a ponytail for a quick and fuss-free look.
8. Embellished Hair
Vintage glamor is set to be one of the most noteworthy fashion trends for 2024, so it’s hardly surprising that this has influenced hair trends too. One of the ways in which this trend carries over into the hair world is when it comes to accessories. From crystals to pearls, small and dainty embellishments sprinkled throughout your hair will have it echoing the glamorous days of the 50s and 60s but with a modern spin.
If you would like to give this trend a try, it tends to be easiest to embellish an updo. This could be as simple as a low ponytail secured with vintage-esque beads, although intricate updos tend to give embellishments even more of a magical feel.
9. The Wet Look
The wet look is another of 2024’s hair trends that have been around for a couple of years now. With everyone from Kendall Jenner to Hailey Bieber to Zendaya rocking wet-look hairstyles, it’s one that more and more people have been daring to try. It may look hard to achieve but it’s surprisingly easy to pull off, which has helped it to enter the mainstream.
There are a variety of products out there that can help you to pull the wet look off. From pomades to liquid gels, you’ll need to experiment with a few different types to see which works best for your hair texture. Speaking of, whether your locks are curly, straight, or in-between, the wet look is wonderfully universal and can look stunning no matter the length or cut of your hair.
Which of These Hair Trends Will You Be Trying?
The beauty of 2024’s hair trends lies in their diversity. They’re so varied, making it easy to find at least a few potentials that would suit your hair type and texture. Whether you want to make a big change and go for a shorter cut in a bolder color or you want to stick with what you’ve got while adding in some vintage- or balletcore-inspired accessories, these trends promise plenty of fun, femininity, and creativity for 2024’s hair scene.