The “Broccoli Cut” and 8 other Gen Z hair trends, explained

What exactly constitutes “Gen Z style”? It’s a hard thing to pin down, and it’s mainly because eclecticism and individualism are central to the aesthetic preferences of the generation, as well as TikTok, K-pop, slang that millennials may never understand (it’s still “cheugy” a what?) and a general rejection of the gender binary. This is true when it comes to fashion, and perhaps even more so when it comes to beauty.

Take, for example, the extravagant, whimsical, sometimes flat and whimsical viral hairstyles and fashions that seethe among young people: in a recent trend report released by Google outlining the most sought-after Gen Z hairstyles, the top two were the “wet mop haircut” and the “broccoli haircut”. And while Generation Z is determined to forge their own unique approach to fashion and beauty, they also draw a lot of inspiration from the “vintage” trends (yes, I frowned to write that) of the 1990s and early 2000s, which gave life to a throwback revival it seems millennials themselves invented: butterfly hair clips, baby braids, claw clips … I could go on.

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