New Year, new 'do. These are the hottest haircuts to watch for (and try!) in 2019.


Expect retro-inspired shag cuts, soft, romantic layers, and bobs galore to turn heads in 2019. This roundup of popular haircuts has something for all lengths and textures of hair, and looks range from subtle to ultra-edgy. Commitment-phobes and low-maintenance gals, we've got you covered, too.

1. Long Shag Cut

This retro-inspired, totally undone look is back, baby. Layers keep the messy haircut style in check while adding the illusion of lift and volume without sacrificing on length.

2. Curtain Fringe

Looking for low-commitment bangs? Curtain fringe angles down gradually on each side of your face, so it's easy to maintain and grow out. Wear it middle-parted or tucked behind your ears.

3. Long Layers (Straight)

Want to change up your look for 2019 but you're a commitment-phobe? Talk to your stylist about getting layers. "They are super versatile and can add movement and shape without being a drastic change," says Kevin Mancuso, Nexxus Global Director, Trichologist & Stylist.

4. Long Layers (Curled)

Layers not only help add new variety to your hair without losing length, but also make your morning routine a breeze. To re-create this look, use a curling iron to create a natural-wave look and then seal with a texturizing spray to make the curls last. This cut can be styled with a middle or side part.

5. Choppy Textured Lob with Bangs

Consider a choppy look if you’re looking for texture. This lob has tons of short layers that add dimension to just about any hair type. Because all of the ends vary slightly in length, stylists will often use a razor to achieve this versatile and flattering cut.

6. Heavy Midlength Lob

"Layered, mid-length cuts are very on-trend right now and super versatile to style," says Kevin Mancuso, Nexxus Global Director, Trichologist & Stylist. "The layers and framing of the cut help to create movement, and you can shape your hair in multiple ways whether the look is up or down and use each layer to build upon your look—either straight or curled."

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| Credit: WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Mary Steenburgen attends the premiere of 'Book Club' on May 06, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

7. Blunt Lob with Bangs

Blunt cuts require more day-to-day maintenance than layers, but they do come with some perks. Blunt edges make your hair look thick and healthy, and since they’re already one length, they make it easier to grow out your hair in the long run. Talk to your stylist about getting bangs to add a refreshing twist to this classic look.

8. Layered Curls

Looking to give your spirals new life? “Adding layers immediately changes the shape, creates movement, and offers a cool and different look,” says Nunzio Saviano, Stylist and Founder of Nunzio Saviano Salon. Add more layering around your face for more definition.

9. Curly Bangs

“Going with your hair’s natural texture will be the most low-maintenance hairstyle you can choose,” says Mancuso. Leaving those curly locks au naturel means a quicker morning routine for you: Just toss in a styling mousse to amp up your hair’s natural volume.

10. Angled Bob

This A-line bob is slightly longer in the front than it is in the back, making it a good option for anyone wanting a short hairstyle without sacrificing too much length. Best of all, this low-maintenance cut is so easy to style, whether you prefer effortless beach waves or sleek straight hair.

11. French Bob

"A French lob tends to be on the messier side, encapsulating the undone look. It’s not straight and perfect like other bobs tend to be," says Julian Guerrero, Stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon. To achieve this Euro look, ask your stylist for short bangs to accompany chin-length hair.

12. Fringe Bob

“If you have a heart-shaped oval-shaped face, I recommend trying bangs,” says Mancuso. “They will work best with your face shape and give you a more youthful appearance.” When your hair is all one length, adding fringe creates a face-framing effect that is similar to layers and angles.

13. Blunt Wavy Bob

“Bobs have always been a statement piece for a woman’s style,” says Julian Guerrero, stylist at Butterfly Studio Salon, who adds that the reason we’re seeing so many variations on the bob is because women are making bolder moves with fashion and hair. The blunt ends and wavy styling on this bob perfectly blend chic and natural style.

14. Sleek Bob

For this shiny style, use a blow dryer or flat iron to straighten your hair, slightly curling the bottom of your hair under at the ends. Then spray any fly-aways with a finishing spray or nonstick hairspray to achieve a frizz-free ’do.

15. Pixie

This daringly short and ultra-cool hairstyle comes with lots of upkeep. “Depending on the length of your hair, you can expect to visit the salon every 4–6 weeks,” says Guerrero. Hair is cropped in layers, creating a slightly tousled effect. The best part? There’s no limit to how many ways you can style this versatile cut!

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| Credit: LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Kate Hudson arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors-Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

16. Short Textured Pixie Cut

Before going for a dramatic look that will require daily maintenance like a pixie cut or blunt bob, be ready for the commitment. "When making any big change to your hair, you always have to learn how to style it with products or hot tools. Depending on your new style or look, this can be a deal breaker if you’re used to a quick style without using hot tools," says Guerrero.

    Comments (7)

    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    December 1, 2019
    Hate to tell you this, but these people have no clue what THIN HAIR really is. I have had thin hair for 6 decades. No hair stylist would know what to do. Every one I ever went to only knew how to cut it so short that it took YEARS to grow out. The solution I found that works: Wear wigs!😢
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    July 4, 2019
    Why is it that most of these pics above link to Instagram. Even if I'm logged into IG, I still have to open up individual tabs to see the look. Takes up too much time. If I'm logged in, I should be able to see each of these. First world problems. BTW, the looks are cute, but 'white' girls have curly hair too, and need inspiration.
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    February 11, 2019
    Nah...will leave these styles for the models. I suppose body, style, and smooth are out. And, while it looks okay on her, Mary Steenbergen has been in that hairstyle for 30 years!
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    February 10, 2019
    These hairstyles look chopped & messy. If my hair looked like that I wouldn't want to be seen in public. Sorry not my idea of style or class. Hair cut uneven or too short... looks exactly like a kid with a scissors was unsupervised.
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    February 10, 2019
    I let my hair go into its natural whiteness several years ago. I'd been going gray since my twenties and see no reason to fight it anymore. Wearing it in a mid-length bob with bangs, and it couldn't be easier to care for. No plans to ever change.
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    February 10, 2019
    These are basically the same cuts presented as "Fresh" or "New", every year. In fact, several that are presented as "curled" are just the same straight cut from the picture above it, which were just fluffed, with what I assume, was a towel.
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    January 20, 2019
    I guess I just don't know style ! All but 4 look like the model has just woken up from a restless night's sleep or their 3 yr old took a scissor to their head while they were dozing. What ever happened to neat hair? These are horrible ...I'd rather have my present cut than any of these.