Once the chilliest time of the year rolls around, there are two types of people: Those that curl up into a fuzzy blanket, counting down the days until spring’s arrival, and those who break out their best peacoats and booties and fully embrace winter. The good news? Tons of on-trend winter hairstyles match any vibe you’re going for heading into the season—and we’re sharing them all below.
From cute winter hairstyles that are effortless and low-maintenance to party-ready ‘dos, keep scrolling to discover 57 winter hairstyles you’ll want to recreate in 2022/2023.
What best hairstyle is best for winter?
The best winter hairstyles for you depend entirely on the effort you’re willing to put into your winter ‘do. If you love to cozy up all season long and keep your hair styling to a minimum, opt for low-maintenance, easy winter hairstyles like messy buns, simple waves, and effortless curls. For those who love to make a statement with their winter hairstyles, you can create looks that require a little more effort, like fluffy blowouts and embellished updos.
From short winter hairstyles to winter-inspired updos for curly hair, keep scrolling to discover 57 on-trend inspirational looks you can wear all season long.
The 57 Best Winter Hairstyles to Try
Sure, we may have to weather plummeting temperatures and blustery winds, but if that means less humidity is in the air to ruin our hairstyles, we’ll take it. Bouncy bombshell waves can quickly turn into a frizzy mess when the air is balmy, but the voluminous look is a true stay-put winner when the atmosphere is cool and dry.
Twisted Low Ponytail
Want a high-impact style that’s low-effort? Watch the tutorial above to learn how to try this twisted low ponytail hack using three simple steps!
‘90s hair trends aren’t going anywhere this winter, so there’s no better time to try the fluffy hair trend. Think bouncy, airy blowouts reminiscent of your favorite ‘90s teen stars. To create a fluffy blowout, use a blowdry primer like Redken Quick Blowout Heat Protecting Blowdry Spray. This lightweight spray protects hair from heat damage, and it’s packed with rich oils to control frizz and nourish every strand.
Speaking of ‘90s trends, crimped hair is making a comeback for winter 2022. You can recreate the look using a flat iron, curling iron, or even an old-school hair crimper.
Mid-Length And Bouncy
You don’t need super long hair to achieve a fluffy, airy bounce. The trend works just as well on mid-length strands.
Face-Framing Low Ponytail
If you’ve been searching for the answer to the age-old question, “What can I do with short hair for winter?” we’re here to tell you that your options are, in fact, not limited. A loose, face-framing low ponytail tied with a silk hair ribbon is a ponytail hairstyle that works great for short hair.
Longing for those warm, sunny beach days? You can create textured beach waves at home using a texturizing spray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray.
Prefer your waves to look a bit more glam? These polished waves are chic, shiny, and perfect for any winter outing. Amp up the shine and lay down your flyaways with a few spritzes of Redken Shine Flash Hair Spray.
Messy Claw Clip Updo
The claw clip trend has been going strong all year long, and we anticipate you’ll still see them everywhere this winter.
Undone Bun with Curtain Bangs
A double loop technique is a secret to nailing this purposefully undone bun, as demonstrated here by celebrity hairstylist and Hair.com ambassador Bradley Leake.
Sleek and Straight
Whether you’re searching for a hairstyle that looks good under a winter hat or a chic ‘do to wear to a winter night out, opt for sleek and straight strands. To achieve the sleekest hair possible, be sure to start out with an anti-frizz system like the Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner. The system keeps frizz-prone colored hair under control even through heat styling.
Up the ante of shiny, glossy hair this winter by trying the liquid hair trend. Similar to the high-shine glass hair trend, liquid hair is sleek, smooth, and slightly more moveable than the 2018 trend.
Keep your liquid hair smooth and free of split ends by enlisting the help of a bond-repairing system like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment. This highly reparative rinse-off formula works within your hair to strengthen hair bonds while also smoothing and conditioning your hair’s cuticle for a silkier, healthier appearance.
Like a perfectly wrapped gift with a bow on top, this cute hair accessory makes the cutest finishing touch to any winter hairstyle.
If you’re never one to back down from a challenge, you can attempt to make a bow out of your own hair instead.
Gather two 2-inch sections near your temples, bring the hair to meet at the back of the head, and secure it with a clear elastic. Pull your hair through the elastic one more time, stopping half way so that your ponytail forms a loop. Split the looped section in two to create both sides of your bow.
Working with one side at a time, spread the right side of your bow to your desired shape and pin the hair to the back of your head. Repeat the same steps on the left side of the bow. Create a small hole just above your hair elastic and pull the remainder of the ponytail up through the center of the bow and through the hole.
Hair Bow with Pearls
Take your self-made hair bow one step further by pinning a pearly hair clip down the center of it.
Pull-Through Ribbon Braid
Another way to rock a cute bow is to repurpose a ribbon from an old gift and tie it around a pull-through braid. Fun and functional, what’s not to love?
We’re noticing a lot of searches for vintage hairstyles on Pinterest, and if you’re a fan of all things vintage, why not try a French twist? This modern take on the classic look is more laid back but still sophisticated enough to wear to a special occasion.
French Braid Ponytail
If you’ve ever looked at a French braid and thought, “I can’t possibly do that myself,” think again! This French braid hair hack couldn’t be easier.
Embellished Wrapped Ponytail
Add an easy and chic touch to any winter ponytail with a silver statement hair clip.
There's no better time than winter to let your natural curls shine! To keep your ringlets looking their best all season long, amp up your curly hair styling routine with a few curl-specific products. We recommend Matrix Total Results A Curl Can Dream Shampoo and Moisturizing Cream. These Manuka honey-infused formulas help moisturize, define, and enhance natural curls while deeply cleansing.
Bob with Pinned Back Braid
Searching for a short winter hairstyle that requires barely any effort? Pin your bob back on one side with a braid using sparkly barrettes, and complete your look with a few spritzes of flexible hairspray like Redken Brushable Hairspray 12.
Double Bubble Braids
Over the past year, bubble braids have been getting the love they deserve. They’re one of the most straightforward looks to achieve and can help shield your locks against the winter elements without sacrificing style.
Half-Slicked with Oversized Clips
Use a small teasing comb and a gel, like Mizani Edge Trimming Hair Gel, to slick back one side of the hair and fasten it into place with two large clips.
There’s no better time than winter to sprinkle a few gems throughout your hair, which reminds us of a fresh dusting of sparkly snow. Pro tip: Use a strong-hold gel like Redken Max Sculpting Gel to stick the small jewels onto your hair.
The best looks are ones that take a simple accessory and elevate it. Case in point: Stacked hairpins. They add a touch of whimsy to your mane that can take you from the office to a wintry night out.
Headbands are a winter staple—which is why a turban headband is the perfect accessory to pair with your gorgeous locks. Turn your bad hair day into a great one by adding a simple neutral-colored turban-style headband to your ‘do (or one with a pop of color if you want to stand out).
Puffy headbands are another way to dress up your locks this season—bonus points if you choose one in a luxe winter fabric, like velvet. Find the best style for your face shape by checking out our guide here.
Curly Updo With Bangs
This cute updo makes curly fringe the star of your winter ‘do. Pop on a statement headband, and you’re ready to go.
When it's too cold to be bothered getting up early, this messy, effortless look will be your go-to if you’re working with very short hair. Add depth and movement to your pixie cut with a texturizing spray like Pureology Style + Protect Texture Finishing Spray. This lightweight and effortless texturizing formula adds body and shine without crunch or build-up.
Embellished Low Updo
Headed to a winter wedding? Or, need a killer hairstyle for a holiday party? We love the look of this textured low updo for any party or formal event.
Searching for an on-trend protective hairstyle to keep your locks protected throughout the winter months? Opt for gorgeous Senegalese twists.
Pinned Up With Pearls
Nothing screams winter glam like a few pearl hair accessories. For a gorgeous wintery updo, recreate this twisted chignon with pearl hair pins placed throughout the look.
Boho Side Braid
Bohemian hairstyles aren’t exclusive to festival season. Once the cold weather hits, we love to play around with different boho looks. If you’re searching for a style to wear this year, give this boho side braid a try!
Half-Knot With Scrunchie
Wrap a velvet hair scrunchie around your half-up top knot to add a cozy seasonal touch to your winter hairstyle.
Sideswept Scrunchie Ponytail
More of a ponytail gal? Topping a side-swept high ponytail off with a scrunchie works just as well. To keep your bangs perfectly swooped, enlist the help of Matrix Vavoom Triple Freeze Extra Dry hairspray to provide hold without the crunch or stickiness.
Dutch Braided Bun
Start by parting your hair down the middle and splitting the hair on each side into two even sections. Working with one side at a time, begin a Dutch braid by dividing the hair into three even sections.
Cross the left strand under the middle strand. Then, cross the right piece under the middle piece. Pick up additional hair from the side you’re working on and continue these steps until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure the braid with a hair elastic and repeat the same steps on the opposite side. Pancake each braid for added volume and fullness.
Remove the hair elastics from each braid and gather both braids into a low ponytail. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around the base to create a bun. Hold the bun in place with a hair elastic and a few spritzes of hairspray like Biolage Professional’s Complete Control Hairspray.
Ballerina buns are our go-to hairstyle for lazy winter days spent cuddled up in bed. For this look, simply gather all of your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with a hair elastic. Twirl the section of hair around itself to form a twist and wrap the twist around the base of your ponytail to form a bun. Secure the bun with another hair elastic and a few spritzes of hairspray.
The only thing better than one winter bun is two. Use a long-tailed comb to create a straight part from your hairline to the nape of your neck, then separate your two sections into two ponytails at the high point of your head. Twist and tuck the ends of each pigtail into a bun shape, then smooth the edges of your part.
This style is calling your name if you're searching for a refined look for your next holiday party! Try switching up your everyday ‘do with this slicked-back wet look. Use a hairspray like Redken Control Hairspray 28 to lock in your look for the entire day.
Wet Look Curls
Why should long hair get all the love in a wet look? Curly hair looks equally as stunning in the style. The summer heat and humidity can make cropped hair appear greasy, but winter is the prime time to let your ringlets shine. We recommend using a bit of Kérastase Curl Manifesto Gelee Curl Contour Gel-Cream to add definition to your coils.
Pinned Back Waves
We love the look of elegant pinned-back waves for the winter season. For a style like this, we recommend using the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil. This universal and versatile beautifying oil for all hair types revives hair’s natural strength, providing nourishment deep into the hair fiber and giving the hair ultimate shine with a weightless finish.
Sleek High Ponytail
A high ponytail works for just about any occasion. It’s also the ideal hairstyle for keeping your hair in place in windy weather. The key to a perfect ponytail is to lock in your look with a few spritzes of high-hold hairspray like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Extreme Lacquer High Hold Hairspray.
If those bangs you boldly rocked in the summer are now falling into your eyes, rein them in by fastening one side of your overgrown bangs into a loose side braid.
Knotted Faux Ponytail
Not quite a low ponytail, yet not a complete updo, consider glamming up your tresses with a wavy faux pony. Just knot a section of your hair over your free-flowing strands to create the appearance of a tail that allows all your length to cascade down your back.
Upgrade your half-up pony by looping the tail through your elastic a second time to create a loose knot. Use bobby pins to hold it in place, if needed.
New season, new ways to style your bob—no haircut required. To give your same-old bob a new edge, use a flat iron to subtly flip your ends in towards your face. We recommend using a steam-powered iron like L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod Hair Straightening + Curling Iron to reduce the excess breakage that can occur during the dry winter.
For a new take on the classic half updo, try recreating this twisted ‘do—or show this photo as inspiration to your stylist. Bring on the shine by polishing your look off with a dash of Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil.
Half-Up Braided Scarf
No need to put away your summer scarves—just repurpose them into a half-up braid. Sure, it may look intricate, but the easy tutorial above proves that even a novice can get it right.
Did you need another reason to keep those warm-weather scarves handy? Take this chic messy low bun for a spin. Here, @hairby.brittany shows us how it’s done.
Topped with a Hat
A flat cap or beret can take your chin-length hairstyle to the next level. Pro tip: Before putting your hat on, part your hair the opposite way you actually want to wear it. You'll still have volume when you take off your topper and flip your hair over to the other side. So long, hat hair.
If you’re searching for a protective style to shield your natural hair against the whipping winter winds, these twists are a suitable choice. Keep your scalp healthy and flake-free while reducing tightness with Mizani’s Scalp Care Calming Lotion.
Deep Side Part
Cold winter air can make your strands fall flat, but creating a deep side part forces hair to stand up straight so it won’t lie stick-straight against your head.
Half-Up Messy Bun
‘Tis the year of lobs, bobs, and short chops. Though if your hair is on the shorter side, creating a full-on messy bun may be tricky. For those looking for easy short winter hairstyles, we love the look of a half-up messy bun.
Try a sleek half zipper braid for any formal wintry events. The juxtaposition of texture and slicked-back hair looks and feels like a work of art.
Wrap Around Braid
If you’ve gotten this far down the list, you probably realize that there is no scarcity of short winter hairstyles. This wrap-around braid is a quick style for anyone who needs a low-maintenance look in a rush. Loose waves are the perfect texture to complement this easy braid.
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