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.
If you, like me, don’t do it yet truly you understand “cheugy” and mostly think of “Rachel” when tasked with naming an ultra trendy hairstyle that defined a generation, well this is a primer for you. I’ve tasked hairstylist Clayon Hawkins – whose list of Gen Z famous clients includes Olivia Rodrigo, Iris Apatow, and Maddie Ziegler – to break down nine different hair trends the younger generation are loving right now.
The cut of the wolf
“The wolf cut is a cross between a shag and a mullet, and was arguably Miley Cyrus’ most popular, even though the look is also reminiscent of 1960s Jane Fonda,” says Hawkins. “It’s a totally unisex and tough cut that looks great no matter what texture you have. A good volumizing spray and a matte wax are the key to making this cut work. It’s also the blast cut – letting your hair air dry is the key. “
The ‘Wet Mop’ or ‘Broccoli’ cut
The “wet mop” and the “broccoli” haircut are basically the same thing, explains Hawkins, who describes them as “the favorite cuts for all young heartthrob on TikTok.” The style – which is long on the top and very short or faded on the sides – is actually a silhouette that has been around for decades, but has evolved over the years.
“In the 2000s, you had buzzing sides and a mohawk or faux hawk on top; in the 2010s, we went longer and had a man bun on top,” says Hawkins. “These days, we’re seeing a more shaggy bang, like the wet mop, or a more curled bang, like the broccoli cut. These looks are super fun and are a nod to the ’90s with a K-twist. pop. “
“Generation Z is about embracing and enhancing their natural beauty,” says Hawkins. “If your hair is naturally curly, rock those curls and you will show what your parents gave you. Everything is natural and effortless.”
Nostalgia for the year 2000
Just because Gen Z doesn’t remember Y2K doesn’t mean they can’t be nostalgic for it. “Every generation wants ‘simple time’ before they are born, and Generation Z is no different,” says Hawkins. “They just happen to want the campy Y2K look of the past.”
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He points to year 2000-inspired barrettes and accessories, such as claw clips, as current Gen Z trends, but also predicts that braids and braid braids will have a great time this summer: “It’s fun, cool and also a great style for the warmer seasons. ”
You probably know this: Gen Z does not take care of a side part.
“The core parts are huge with the younger generation,” Hawkins says. “You’ll rarely find a Gen Z starlet or pop star with a side part, and even guys are embracing the” butt cut, “which has been feared for two decades. Both of these looks are all about the feeling of ease and ambivalence. against the volume. Expect these looks to last a couple of more years. “
Braids for children
“Effortless hair will always be there, but people definitely have more fun with their hair. There’s a playfulness in the younger trends,” says Hawkins. One example is baby braids – subtle face-framing braids that are often used to add a touch of style to hair that is simply low or high and braided (as seen above).
“Baby braids are fabulous,” Hawkins says. They are also practical and especially useful for those who are growing bangs or looking to take off short layers from the front of the face.
“Why pin your bangs with a basic bobby pin when you can load up with barrettes? . “I think this generation sees hair accessories more as a statement and a way of expression, rather than just a practical thing. Even something as simple and practical as a claw clip now has so many different colors and patterns to choose from. . So expressing yourself by keeping your hair away from your face has never been easier. ”
“Short haircuts, especially for people who present themselves as feminine, are all about power and facial displays,” says Hawkins. “It’s a way of saying, ‘I’m still feminine and beautiful and I don’t need to be pinned to long hair.’
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