There’s a reason the phrase “summer glow-up tips” is trending on TikTok right now, and it’s because there’s no better time to change your look than before the new season. Summer is all about embracing a less is more approach when it comes to beauty – specifically in terms of hair.
Luckily, 2023’s hottest summer haircut trends will give your mane all the volume, layers, and fringe of your dreams, whether you’re basking on the beach, lounging by the pool, or crossing off destinations from your bucket list. Ahead, check out this 2023’s top trendy summer haircuts for every length and texture. Get your phone ready—you’re going to be calling your hair stylist to book an appointment ASAP.
1. The ‘C’ Cut
Short for curved cut, the ‘C’ cut is undoubtedly this summer’s hottest haircut trend. This cut, which specifically works to make the hair look fuller, features an emphasis on face-framing layers. However, these are not traditional face-framing layers—they’re curved around the face, essentially cupping the chin.
In addition to highlighting the front of the face, the ‘C’ cut also works to elongate layers throughout the hair, creating effortless movement and overall fullness. Basically, this cut is a newer and more balanced version of the so-called ‘Rachel haircut’ (how Jennifer Aniston’s hair looked in Friends). What we love most about this cut is that it adds fullness and is extremely easy to style.
2. The Butterfly Cut
The butterfly cut has been trending since the beginning of 2023, and it’s not going anywhere this summer. This viral TikTok hairstyle really harps on full, voluminous layers. These layers are bold and bouncy, and they pair well with grown-out curtain bangs. To achieve this style, ask for butterfly layers throughout as well as chin-length side bangs. As for styling, blow out damp hair away from your face with a round brush. If you want even more volume, add a spritz of texturizing spray and tousle your strands.
3. The Bixie Cut
What do you get when you mix a bob with a pixie cut? You guessed it. A bixie cut. This modern take on the two haircuts features a super short cut with a piecey, pixie flare. You’ll notice a lot of texture and shag, which makes the bixie less jagged than the traditional pixie. Plus, you might even notice more length around the back and on the sides.
Earlier this year, the Mixie—a cross between a mullet and a pixie—was trending, so this style is essentially like a new variation of that. This length rounds out the cut, making it softer and more subtle. If you have curly hair, this cut will play up your texture, adding layers throughout to enhance each curl.
4. The Box Bob
It’s a fact: Bobs are here to stay. The box bob’s main goal is fake fullness, hence why it has such a blunt cut. This blunt cut creates an illusion of thickness from every angle, no matter how thin your hair might be. Plus, the hair is trimmed right at the jawline, which helps highlight bone structure. If those weren’t reasons enough to love the style, it’s also extremely easy to manage—mainly because it looks really cute when it’s tousled. (Think: bedhead.) For best results, curl a few pieces, run your fingers through them, and set the look with hairspray.
5. The Shaggy Lob
Imagine this: You’ve just spent the day by the pool. Your skin is still warm as you hop in the shower to wash the suntan lotion off your body and the salt from your hair. As you dry off, you add a bit of volumizing mousse to your roots and lightly blow-dry your strands. The results? A voluminous, edgy hairstyle that some would kill for. Yes, we’re talking about a shaggy lob.
The must-have hairstyle has taken over Hollywood, with stars like Jenna Ortega and January Jones flaunting the look. This specific cut features a collarbone-length bob with tons of noticeable layers throughout. To make this haircut complete, pair it with edgy curtain bangs.
6. The Blunt Bob
Not to be confused with the box bob, the blunt bob is much sharper and shorter than the former. (Think Hailey Bieber’s Internet-breaking bob she debuted at the beginning of this year, but even more cropped.) Although blunt bobs have been around forever, this summer style might even feature some graduation in the back, with an emphasis on longer face-framing pieces. Additionally, this cut is gaining renewed recognition for summer due to its ease of styling. Plus, some beauty experts on TikTok are even predicting that side parts will make a comeback—and side parts look exceptionally good with blunt bobs.
7. Internal Layers
There will be absolutely no shortage of layers this summer, thanks to internal layers. This specific kind of cut differs from traditional layers since these layers are placed inside the hair as opposed to externally. Essentially, internal layers help establish more shape underneath the hair to create even more volume and fullness. This kind of cut is great for anyone who wants more volume, no matter if they have extra curly hair or pin-straight hair.