According to My Gen Z Colleagues, These Hair Trends Will Be Huge This Summer

Anyone else ask all of their Gen Z friends what fashion and beauty trends are in right now? I often feel like I can't keep up with the latest styles as they always seem to be changing, but I know that I can rely on those around me to keep me up to date. Luckily for me, I also have a few Gen Z colleagues in the office who are always sporting the coolest outfits, nail trends and makeup looks. In fact, just this morning one of my colleagues was filling me in on which blue eyeshadow I should buy this summer (yes, blue eyeshadow is back).

However, one thing I am really keen to know is what hair trends we can expect to see everywhere this season. I've been wearing my hair in the same style for months on end, and I really want to experiment with some new looks this summer. So I thought it was only right that I called upon my Gen Z colleagues to find out which hairstyles, hair cuts and hair accessories all the cool people are wearing over on TikTok and Instagram. They had so many good suggestions that I had to write an article about it to share some of these fun hair trends with you. So, if you're in need of some fresh inspiration, keep on scrolling for all the styles they recommend...

1. Baby Bangs

@g_yasein taking a selfie with baby bangs

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Fringes are bang on trend right now, and "baby bangs" are the Gen z-approved way to wear the hairstyle. A little longer than micro bangs (but a bit shorter than your usual fringe), baby bangs instantly add a cool edge to any look.

@alyssainthecity taking a selfie with baby bangs

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2. Headbands

@amaka.hamelijnck wearing a striped jumper and a red headband

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Headbands are nothing new, but they are one of the easiest ways to elevate your hairstyle this season. There are lots of fun ways to wear this trend, no matter what your summer plans are.

@emmanuellek_ wearing a headband

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3. Slicked-Back Styles

@rayan.xasan in the park with a slicked-back hairstyle

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Slicked-back hairstyles may have been around for a while, but according to my Gen Z colleagues, they aren't going anywhere. From slicked-back buns to ponytails and plaits, there are lots of different ways to wear this trend. The key is finding a good hair gel to get that really polished finish.

@sabinasocol with a slicked-back bun

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4. Side Partings

@hoskelsa with a side-parted hairstyle

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Sorry millennials, but the side parting is back, and it's set to take over the middle parting this summer. This hair trend looks great with slicked-back styles, so why not combine two Gen Z hairstyles in one?

@rayan.xasan with a side-parted, slicked-back hairstyle

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5. Hair Clips

@anaasmood with pearl hair clips in her hair

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I couldn't believe it when my Gen Z colleagues told me that decorative hair clips are back. I used to wear these all the time back in the '90s and early '00s, so I can't wait to give this trend a go.

@vivianyrl wearing silver hair clips

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6. Floral Claw Clips

@rebeccaferrazwyatt wearing a pink floral hair clip

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Speaking of clips, I've been seeing these floral claw clips everywhere. This Gen Z hair trend is so cute for summer and will add a fun touch to any outfit.

@nnennaechem wearing a floral hair clip

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Grace Lindsay
Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow.

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.