They say, “go big or go home,” and in 2022, we’re all about that energy —especially when it comes to our hair. After two years of keeping things easy with quarantine hair, 2022 hair trends are bringing back the bold. We’re talking big curly hair styles, big hair clips, and unapologetically bright hair colors sure to get you noticed.
Looking for ways to embrace that big hair energy this year? We’ve got you covered. Here, we’re breaking down our favorite big hair trends to help you make a statement in 2022.
Shiny hair has always been coveted, but this year, get ready to take things up a few notches. Hair colors that emphasize shine, products that add glossiness, and in-salon hair-smoothing treatments are all in focus as we venture into the new year.
In terms of hair colors, expect to see lots of luscious dark browns, eye-catching bright blonde hair, and attention-grabbing fantasy shades (more on that shortly). Strategically-placed highlights can help create dimension while giving your tresses a hint of shimmer.
At-home products and treatments that bolster shine are also a 2022 must-have. For example, Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shine Rinse Lamellar Treatment is an in-shower treatment that delivers intense shine in 8 seconds flat. After washing your hair, apply the water-like formula to your damp hair,then rinse thoroughly. You’ll notice an immediate improvement in softness, manageability, and glossiness. Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray is another shine-boosting must-try. Lightweight and non-greasy, the spray revives dull ends and leaves your hair with a smooth, glass-like finish.
For an extra glossy flex, ask your colorist for a gloss treatment like Redken Shades EQ next time you hit the salon. These custom-created shades serve as the final step of your coloring process and leave your hair full of healthy-looking shine.
Big, Bright Colors
High-intensity color is the name of the game in 2022. Think luxe, and expensive multi-dimensional brunettes, glossy midnight blacks, statement-making bright red hair, and extra bright blonde hair (yep, platinum is back).
Fantasy colors are going bright and bold, too. We’ll be leaving matte and muted tones behind in favor of vibrant rainbow hues, electric neons, and shimmering jewel tones.
Whatever hue you choose, make sure to preserve your color with a hair care system formulated specifically for color-treated strands. A favorite option is Biolage Colorlast Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner, This low-pH duo gently cleanses and conditions without stripping hair of your (expensive!) color. At the same time, it helps protect hair from environmental damage and strengthens strands.
It may be 2022, but when it comes to big hair, we’re taking our inspiration straight from the ‘80s—teased, larger-than-life looks as far as the eye can see. The easiest way to embrace big natural hair this year is to pump up the volume on all of your favorite styles. (Not sure how to give your hair the volume it so desperately needs? Let’s start with the basics. Check out our easy to follow guide about how to tease hair in nine simple steps).
Once you’ve mastered the art of hair teasing, it’s time to upgrade your hair care routine. Stock up on volumizing products that will make creating voluminous hairstyles a breeze, such as Matrix Total Results High Amplify Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This effective duo takes limp hair to new heights by perking up roots and boosting volume by up to 35%. Follow up with Redken Volume Maximizer Thickening Spray for Fine Hair, which delivers all-day volume and body with zero crunch.
For more products and advice, check out these 18 expert tips and products that add more volume to your hair.
Sky-high styles, bold hues, and major shine aren’t the only ways to embrace big hair energy. If you like to keep your hairstyles simple but still want to stand out, consider adding hair accessories to your arsenal. Long gone are the days of subtly accessorizing with a strategically placed hair pin; this year, we’re making accessories the star of the show.
Need some inspo? Well, 2022 is the year of “pearlcore,” so consider adding some big pearl hair accessories to your lineup. If your aesthetic is more boho than buttoned-up, you’ll love these seashell hair accessories. And if you’re worried about pearls or seashells tangling your ringlets, check out our guide for the perfect hair accessories for curly hair.
Anyone can create the illusion of sky-high hair, but if you want Texas-sized hair all the time, you’ll need some length to work with. Lucky for you, we’ve got just the thing if you’re trying to grow down-to-there locks: Redken’s Extreme Length range.
This three-part system includes the Redken Extreme Length Shampoo with Biotin, Extreme Length Conditioner with Biotin, and Extreme Length Triple Action Treatment Mask. This triple-threat system helps strengthen your strands to help you achieve those princess-length hair of your dreams. Formulated with biotin and Redken’s Length Care Complex, this effective trio helps reduce breakage by81 percent while improving the look of existing split ends. Plus, it’s approved for color-treated and damaged strands.
Another option is the Kérastase Résistance Extentioniste range. The comprehensive system includes the Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo, Resistance Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner, Resistance Masque Extentioniste Hair Mask for Damaged Hair, Resistance Sérum Extentioniste Scalp & Hair Serum, and Résistance Extentioniste Thermique Blow Dry Primer—basically, everything you need to grow princess-like strands. Extentioniste targets the hair fiber, fortifying it from the root to the tip while repairing split ends and breakage. When used as a system, the Extentioniste range reduces breakage by 99 percent and split ends by 78 percent. Less breakage and fewer split ends = longer, stronger hair.
Looking for more tricks and tips about how to grow long hair fast? Check out our guide for 12 tricks that actually work.
If you don’t have the patience to wait for your strands to grow, there are always hair extensions! Equipped with a few clip-in extensions, you can slay down-to-there-hair—and only you will know your secret.
Caring for your extensions the same way you do your natural hair is the key to making sure your extensions look and feel their best. If you’re new to extensions or are looking to upgrade your extension hair care routine, Matrix makes it easy with the Total Results Length Goals line. Designed to help meet the biggest goals of extension-wearers everywhere, the line preps, maintains, and revives every kind of hair extension. Check out our complete guide.
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