Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2022

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Summer is the time for vacation, days in the sun, lighter clothes, barbeques… and taking off that winter hat. While you may be ready for summer, your hair may not be. Maybe you grew it out over the winter and need a refresh. Or you might just be looking for something new! 

If you've been hiding your hair under a beanie for the last several months, don't worry. We have a list of some of the hottest summer hairstyles so you – and your hair – can be ready for summer fun. 

Hair Trends for Women

Long Layers

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One of the most versatile styles for this summer is long layers. You can use a flat iron for a sleek look, use a curling iron for loose curls, or embrace your natural texture. This style is ideal for those with thinner hair that tends to lay flat as the layers add natural volume and face-framing elements. 

Wispy Bangs

Woman with wispy bangs and blunt haircut wearing a straight brim hat outdoors

We love the blunt bangs, but for the summer sun we are especially partial to the wispy bangs. They provide a lighter look that that can be parted in the middle to blend into the rest of your hair or worn straight down. If you’re looking to add some softness and movement to your look, wispy bangs are a low-maintenance option. 

The Shag

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A blast from the past, the modern shag is one of the most flexible styles that incorporates tons of layers, creating lots of texture and a messier look. This means that the look is ideal for those who want to embrace their natural texture and prefer a tousled style. You can add bangs, short choppy layers, long layers – the styling options are endless! 

Mid-Length Lob

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If you’ve grown out your hair over the winter months and need a refresh while keeping some length, The mid-length lob is the perfect happy-medium. It hits right at the collarbone and can be styled into loose curls, straightened or left natural. 

The Mullet

Woman with bright blonde hair cut into a modern mullet style.

Yep, it’s back. It’s on the red carpet and in your neighborhood, and if you missed the mullet the first time around, now is your chance to embrace it. There are so many cut and styling options for the modern mullet. For something a little more subtle, pair the mullet with a low fade. For something bolder, pair it with blunt bangs and tons of texture. 

Hair Trends for Men

High Fade to Texture

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This striking style has plenty of variations for you to choose from. The cut begins with a fade most of the way up the head, while leaving the top long. This gives you the chance to choose how long you want the hair on the top of your head, providing many personalization options. While this style works great for any hair type, we especially recommend it for folks with curly or wavy hair. The high fade provides more control, but the textured top lets you style and texturize to your heart’s content. 

High Fade with Side Part

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This cut is a twist on the classic side part. Adding in the high fade adds a stylish element that makes the side part even more pronounced. For a classy, sleek look, smooth down the hair on each side of the side part. For something a little more relaxed, add some texturizing pomade and rifle your fingers through the longer sections for a messier look. 

Ready for a summer refresh? You can’t go wrong with any of these hot styles! Bring some inspiration photos to your local Great Clips salon and let an expert stylist help you get ready for some fun in the sun.

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