5 Winter Haircuts That Look Amazing—Even When It's Freezing Out
‘Tis the season...for good hair.
No matter your hair type or texture, there’s no denying that your strands behave differently based on the season. Along with changing up your product protocol, it’s not a bad idea to consider switching up your haircut, too. Ahead, top stylists share five of the best winter hairstyles. Consider these a foolproof way to ensure good hair days all season long.
While a bob is a great option year-round, it’s especially choice come winter. There’s no need to worry about your ends getting caught on the collar of your coat or wrapped up in a scarf, not to mention that a bob is quick and easy to style anytime, anywhere, says Gina Rivera, hairstylist and owner of Phenix Salons and By Gina.
While there’s no shortage of ways to wear a bob (versatility for the win), this cut is best for those with fine to medium hair. With thicker hair, your risk ending up with an unflattering, triangular or helmet-like shape, notes Michelle Pasterski, a stylist at Mixed Co. Salon in Chicago. The other important part? “Don’t wimp out on the length,” says Pasterski. “A ‘lob’ doesn’t have all of these same benefits." A classic Bob should hit about mid-neck.
Embrace your natural curls for not only an on-trend winter hairstyle, but also one that will be less damaging. Dry indoor heat coupled with the cold, dry weather outside can take a toll on your hair, zapping it of moisture and shine. The less you can shampoo and heat style, the better, which is why this look is so good; it doesn’t require daily shampooing and blow-drying, points out Rivera. Just refresh your curls in between washes with a hydrating, curl-reviving product. The other upshot? “This is also a great look if you’ll be wearing a hat, scarf, or earmuffs, since you don’t have to worry about them messing up your style,” she says.
One of the best winter hairstyles for those who prefer to sport longer length is the clavicut. “Dry winter air can leave old dry ends extra staticky and nasty, so consider taking off at least a few inches so your hair ends right below the collarbone,” Pasterski says. “Plus, you’ll have less hair to blow dry, which is always nice given that you probably don’t want to run out of the house with wet hair in the middle of winter." This length is also ultra-versatile; it’s pretty worn down, either straight or with texture, but also long enough to pull up. Top tip: If you’re sporting a winter hat, run a little bit of a styling cream or oil through the visible lengths to add polish and tamp down errant hairs, says Pasterski.
Bangs have been having a major moment all year, but if you haven’t yet made the cut, now’s the time. Summer isn’t always the best time for bangs, given the increased amount of sweat and oil involved, making winter a great opportunity for you to add fringe, says Pasterski. There are plenty of different types to try, ranging from a heavy, full-on bang to something more face-framing. Collaborate with your stylist to determine what’s best for your face shape and hair density, advises Pasterski.
Pixies are a very striking style for winter, not to mention you won’t have to worry about dry ends or your hair getting caught in your jacket, says Rivera. They’re also a good pick for those with fine hair, as they can create the illusion of texture and thickness, she adds. The caveat: There are all kinds of nuanced difference among pixie cuts, so “make sure to bring photos of ones you like and don’t like,” Rivera advises. Stock up on some cute accessories, think fun clips or bobby pins too, as they’re a great way to tamp down unruly winter hair and add a festive touch.