To say trends tend to rule our daily lives is an understatement. From hairstyles to haircuts, color, and accessories, we’ve seen more emerging trends spawn from social media. Instagram and TikTok have ruled the dominion of hair trends, which has served as both an inspiration and a motivation for many of us when figuring out what to do with our hair, as the case may be. Like every other year before it, 2023 saw the platform awash with various viral trends and all that got us trying new hacks with items from our kitchens, adding more hair accessories to our shopping carts, or visiting the salon to request a banging cut or hairstyle.

If you missed this wave of trends, you can still catch up with them because, in today’s article, we’ll present you with a round-up of some of the most viral hair trends in 2023.

1. THE BOWL METHOD FOR CURL DEFINITION

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This is one absolute game changer that we loved, and here’s why: All it will cost you is to dip your hair slathered in conditioner into a bowl of water, raise your hair, scrunch its dripping ends, and body with your hands, and voila, flowing curls appear. Zero heat applied, so zero heat damage to worry about.

2. PIXIE CUT

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A haircut trend in and out of season, this stunner is a perfect look for both girlies with the short TWA (teeny weeny Afro) and medium hair. It’s a haircut that gives versatility and dimension because there are many ways to style it.

3. THE OLAPLEX HAIR TREATMENT

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Although Olaplex has been on the hair treatment scene for a while, in 2022, it amassed a huge cult following when it kickstarted its first paid hashtag challenge, #Olaflex, on TikTok. This spilled into 2023, and we saw everyone, naturals and non-naturals alike, hop on the Olaplex train to use the products to treat damaged hair and repair broken hair bonds.

4. CLAW CLIP HAIRSTYLES

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Making their comeback from the Y2K era, these quickly became the darling hair accessories for naturalistas everywhere. Whether you had long hair, moderately medium-length hair, or short hair, no one was left out when it came to rocking a claw clip hairstyle.

5. CURTAIN BANGS

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This fringe style became a hot hair trend because of its natural ability to frame the face without covering the entire forehead. The softness and charm that it added to one’s overall appearance further endeared it to every single hair texture.

6. COWBOY/COWGIRL COPPER

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Some may refer to this plainly as the ginger color, but this hair color became one of the platform 2023’s fastest-growing hair trends for the fall season. The cowboy/cowgirl Copper has seen professional hair colorists and DIY enthusiasts alike sharing various techniques and formulas on how to achieve the best of this hair color.

7. BLONDE HAIR COLOR

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Featuring different shades, blonde became a favorite color for everyone because of its effortless ability to blend in with different skin tones. Furthermore, it creates a more lively look on one’s head to complement an overall appearance.

8. SOCK CURLS

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If there’s one thing that this proved, it’s that socks are not only useful for the feet but can be a necessary hair item when the occasion demands. Like the bowl method, wrapping your hair around a sock is yet another way to create heatless curls. 

9. GODDESS BRAIDS

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A combination of straight braids and curly strands, this protective hairstyle gives versatility and beauty. You could also choose to wear it in different styles for different days.

10. Bubble Braids

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Another protective style on the list of viral hair trends, bubble braids were one of the easiest for many DIY stylists on social media to pull off. The hairstyle comes in so many different styles—from single ponytails to double ponytails to crown looks—that all you need to do is select whichever appeals the most to you

11. PLOPPING

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Many TikTokers agree that this method, which first came to life here on our NaturallyCurly forums, is one of the fastest and most effective techniques for drying wet hair. It involves spreading a microfiber towel or a T-shirt, turning your head upside down, and using the towel or T-shirt to wrap your wet hair up as you gently raise your head. Leave it on for some minutes, take out the towel, and get less frizz and more curl definition.

12. BALLET BUN

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Whether sitting high up, in the middle, or in the low part of your head, a ballet bun gives a unique look to the wearer. And the thing about this hairstyle is that you can further decorate them with little or bold hair accessories.

13. HEADBANDS

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With many hair brands producing satin headbands using satin material for comfort and protection, this hair accessory has recaptured the hearts of many. Also coming in different colors, shapes, and styles, they’ll make a perfect addition to your Christmas party look.

Did you try any of these hair trends on TikTok this year? Which ones will you be trying soon? Let us know in the comments. 

Elizabeth Tosanwunmi

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