Every last detail of a look must be carefully created, and for this reason, designers and hairstylists often work closely together. For example, Rick Owens’ surrealist style wouldn’t be complete without the fluffy teased hair created by Duffy. This concept of hairstylists’ leaning into creativity is nothing new and is seen at nearly all the fashion weeks.
For the spring/summer 2022 hair trends, changes in hairstyles were the mainstay on the runways since color switches were few and far between, as many people have begun to embrace their natural hair. This loving edition to many catwalks allowed us, civilians, to relate to the models. Along with the rise of natural hair, both slicked-back hair and middle parts have returned once again.
Drastically changing your chop has also fallen out of favor, with most cuts from the spring/summer 2022 hairstyle trends being incredibly simple. This led to the polar opposites of either long and flowing locks or the short and choppy bob becoming the go-to among fashion week models. So, buckle up because this list of hair trends might be brief, but every last one you’re about to obsess over is here!
Color Me Impressed
Let’s start with the spring 2022 hair colors! Whether you choose to celebrate your natural hair color this season or to get wild with some hair dye, you’ve got a lot of runway colors to get inspired by.
#1. Keep It Natural
Despite the runways being filled with bright hair colors, au naturel hair proved to be a key trend. Whether the model’s hair was blonde, brunette, black, or ginger, it was kept intact for the runway. And if you’re not even in the mood to dye your grays, Collina Strada had the hairstylist keep one of the older models proud of their gray roots.
Red hair always turns heads, so naturally, we noticed all the fiery beauties that turned red into one of the key spring 2022 hair colors! Gigi Hadid wowed us the most with her deep red tresses on runways like Coperni, Versace, and others. Many supermodels made red hair chic this season, as we spotted different shades of bright ginger and burgundy locks at Mark Fast, Givenchy, Coperni, Roberto Cavalli, and others.
At Loewe, hairstylist Guido Palau created different monochromatic hairstyles in a pink tint to highlight the clothing. While a few heads of greens and blues also worked their way into the whimsical runway, the pink tone was popular throughout multiple fashion weeks. Weinsanto also had their hairstylist use a vibrant pink in the model’s hair by weaving a false bubblegum-toned braid into the dark hair of model Honest Ujoy.
From partings to updos to cuts, the spring 2022 hairstyle trends give a ton of options and inspiration!
#4. Nods to the Bob
Yet another parallel with the Roaring ‘20s fashion, the bob has come to greet us, and boy are we glad to see it. A more classically androgynous style, the bob is a hair trend that will never completely diminish. For this reason, the effortless look was used prominently on runways from Chanel to Loewe.
#5. Add the *Bangs*
There’s this cliché idea that women cut their hair into bangs during times of crisis. Well, the spring/summer 2022 hairstyle trends are certainly contributing since we spotted all different kinds of different bangs on the runways. Sometimes, having your bangs trimmed is the most difficult part when getting a haircut. And it’s not because you have to sit still – it’s simply knowing just how long this decision will take to grow back if you don’t like it. However, this season, hairstylists are encouraging you to get bangs as an ode to the ‘90s.
At Valentino, extremely short and fringed bangs were all the rage, and in an opposite take, Loewe had them styled long past the models’ eyes: it’s a wonder how the models managed down the runway. However, if you wish to embrace this spring 2022 hair trend without having your bangs a bit extra, you’re in luck with both Givenchy and Isabel Marant keeping the fringe at eyebrow level.
#6. Care for the Layers
As someone who’s always had layers since the ripe age of eight, this is a trend that I really encourage you to jump on. While my company might not be enough to sway your opinion, this summer hair trend seems to be model Kaia Gerber’s new favorite look off the runway. However, catwalks also embraced the style, with both Prada and Givenchy promoting the relaxed and easy-to-care-for haircut.
#7. A Towel? What’s That?
It’s time to bring out your flat iron and grab some hair gel because styling your hair as though you just emerged from the water was the ultimate look from nearly all the spring/summer 2022 runways. At times, the sleek hair was pulled tight into a bun or molded to frame the face, but most often, slicking the hair with gel and creating an ‘I just came from the pool’ look was the most popular.
While wet hair is hard to work into real life, it’s a runway staple. It helps to keep the hair out of the face and to better showcase the clothes, but it also has the potential to look rawer and more lived-in than a typical ponytail or slicked-back look. You can adopt the look for yourself with the help of some shiny styling gel, or just appreciate it from afar! If you need any inspiration on how to style your hair in this manner, head to Lanvin, Chanel, Sergio Hudson, Jonathan Simkhai, or David Koma.
#8. TikTok-Tested (and Gen Z-Approved)
I don’t mean to re-spark the generational war of middle vs. side parts, but it seems that Gen Z has won the battle, with many runway hairstylists creating pin-straight hair with center partings down the models’ heads. Middle parts ruled the spring 2022 hair trends with ease! The face-elongating, symmetrical parting technique remains the go-to for hairstylists, and we’re certain that we common folks won’t stray from it either.
This easy and low-maintenance look clearly captivated Proenza Schouler, Versace, and Louis Vuitton since barely a single side part was spotted on their runways. Millennials, it’s your move.
#9. Secure the Plaits
Whether in the form of the ultra 2000s look of two face-framing braids or chunky twists, plaits are proving themselves to be a major summer hair trend along the runways. Creating a perfect on-the-go look, Altuzarra embraced the style of the two loose braids hung around the face (a style already met with Dua Lipa’s stamp of approval). Not everyone felt like rehashing this early aughts hair trend, and because of this, thickly plaited braids were found on both the Moschino and Chanel runways.
#10. Bring on the Volume
Even if you’re not naturally curly, keeping your hair au naturel will still work! Even a brush doesn’t need to ruin your hair’s naturally tousled mojo. Pulling out the natural texture in the hair and creating a heavily volumized hairstyle seems to have been a trend that was heavily invested in. When embracing the frizziness of the hair, both Tom Ford and Blumarine used barrettes and scarves to keep the free-flying hairs away from the face. However, as mentioned in the introduction to this article, at Rick Owens, the frizzy hair flew free.
#11. Lower, Lower, Lower
You don’t have to be a ballerina to enjoy the benefits of a chic chignon. At Fendi, the low bun was incorporated into a few styles. With Jonathan Simkhai seemingly following the lead, it seems that low chignons have become a spring hair trend.
#12. Classic Cornrows
For Paris Fashion Week, protective hairstyles for thicker hair (and more specifically, the hair of black women) seemed to have become a trend. While this look should be automatically accepted, so often, it’s not. Thankfully, black models were sent down the runway at Saint Laurent, Chanel, Balmain, and Erdem, with the classic style either long and loose or pulled tight into a bun. Here’s to next season with even more runways normalizing the look!
Photos via Vogue, Livingly