The hairstyles set to be big in 2024

With the new year upon us, now is the perfect time to give your locks a refresh. Here are five hair trends predicted to dominate 2024.

The past 12 months have been a big year for hair, with everything from octopus cuts to ’80s-style perms having a moment.

But, according to trend forecasters, next year’s hair trends will be rooted in practicality, with ’90s-inspired volume and layering a common denominator.

Here are the hairstyles we can expect to see more of in 2024.

Layered lob

Often dubbed “The Rachel”, this mid-length cut was a heavily rotated style in the ’90s and involves a lot of long sweeping layers, which create a lot of body and movement in your hair.

More recently, the look has gained traction on BeautyTok after being labelled the “Sorority Girl Blowout”.

According to hairstylist Posey Broomhall, the rise of more “polished” hairstyles ties in with the quiet luxury and preppy fashion trends popularised by celebrities such as Sofia Grainge Richie.

“This trend also focuses on the gloss and shine of the hair,” Posey, the founder of Melbourne hair salon Harpo Hair, says.

“In order to achieve this, you really need to care for your hair; the healthier the locks, the more they shine.

“So, protect, treat and look after your hair, ladies, if you want to keep up with the hair trends of 2024.”

While the overall look is subtle, an important thing to consider is the upkeep required; because it’s heavily layered, more frequent cuts are needed to maintain the style.


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Shaggy fringe

Best described as a graduated take on curtain bangs crossed with Princess Di’s signature shaggy bob, this trend is great if you want to give your hair that retro ’80s feel, without the full commitment of a bowl cut or bob.

To achieve the look, ask your hairstylist for long, wispy layers that softly blend into the length of rest of your hair.

The bulkier and more layered the fringe is, the more shaggy and ’80s-inspired it will look.

Just be wary of going overboard as the style can quickly veer into mullet territory.


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Bombshell bouffant

It doesn’t get more ’90s supermodel than big, voluminous hair with an undefined part line.

The effortless trend was a firm fixture at SS24 fashion weeks across Europe, and it’s now hitting the mainstream with Katie Holmes and Justine Skye embracing the trend at red carpet events.

For a more biker-chic look, add brushed-out mermaid waves, which add even more volume and texture to the look.



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Warm and cool tones

Neutral hair tones continue to dominate colour trends, but Rihanna has adopted a more unique and modern approach.

The superstar and mother of two is known for being a beauty trend trailblazer, and she recently debuted a dazzling dimensional brunette shade that is being dubbed “almond brown”.

“This summer we’ll be seeing an influx of rich, dimensional browns, especially milk-tea brown, which is an all-over warmer brown shade mixed with highlights,” Posey says.

“Cherry Cola red highlights with a deep chocolate brown will be another popular choice, rather than the balayage look with the darker roots and lighter ends.”

Unlike a traditional brunette hair shade, Rihanna’s colour has alternating cool and warm shades, causing it to reflect light in a very unique, eye-catching way.

Cool, ashy hair tones absorb light, which is why these shades can appear more flat, less shiny and darker than they actually are, while warm hair shades reflect light, so they tend to look lighter, brighter and shinier.

By alternating warm and cool shades in Rihanna’s hair, the light catches specific strands.



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Chunky crops

Volume is a key theme in hair this summer, and if you’re looking to go short, then chunky is the prerequisite.

One thing to be wary of when it comes to chunkier cropped hair is that the style can verge on bulky due to the blunt cut nature of the hairstyle.

For this reason, chunky crops require regular trims.


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Written by Charlotte Brundrett.