IN THE LAB 16.11.2023
Y2K Hairstyles are Back. Here’s the Proof.
Y2K Hairstyles are Back. Here’s the Proof.

Y2K Hairstyles are Back.
Here’s the Proof.

You’ve seen it on the streets and you’ve seen it in the stores. Ballet flats 😀. Going out tops 🤔. Low rise jeans 😱. Y2K fashion is back, baby, like it or not. Also back? Y2K hair. From chunky highlights to claw clips, we’re taking a deep dive into the top Y2K hair trends with the receipts to show you - they’re back. 

Chunky Highlights and Streaks

One of the most iconic Y2K hair trends making a revival is the return of chunky highlights and streaks. Popularized by celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson, these bold, contrasting streaks add a playful and rebellious edge to any hairstyle. From vibrant neon colors to contrasting natural tones, you’ll see it less in the on-off-on-off iteration of the early 2000’s and now see more as two-tone hair, focused on a face-frame pop.

Crimped Hair

Crimped hair was a staple of Y2K fashion, and it's back with a vengeance. The unique texture created by crimping adds volume and a touch of whimsy to any hairstyle. Today, people are not just crimping their entire mane but experimenting with partial crimps and small waves using the now ubiquitous three-barrel wave irons.

Claw Clips and Hair Accessories

When it comes to Y2K hair trends, it's impossible to ignore the influence of claw clips, big banana clips and micro butterfly clips alike. These whimsical embellishments were a must-have for every fashion-forward individual during the early 2000s. In 2023, we see a resurgence of claw clips, colorful scrunchies (hello, Silk SlipTie), and bedazzled barrettes adorning hairstyles across the globe. The key is to embrace the maximalist approach – the more (or bigger), the merrier!

Space Buns

Two high, pigtail buns atop your head. A major Y2K trend often accompanied by colorful scrunchies and adorned with butterfly clips. They’re back - slick and sleek or loose and ethereal, they are still often adorned with accessories.



The Shag Cut

The shag cut, characterized by layers and a tousled finish, was a hallmark of Y2K hairstyles. Today, it's making a major comeback, with celebrities like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish embracing this effortlessly chic look. The shag cut adds movement and dimension to hair, offering a low-maintenance yet stylish option for those looking to channel Y2K vibes.

The resurgence of Y2K hair trends is a testament to the cyclical nature of fashion. As we revisit the bold and vibrant styles of the early 2000s, it's clear that these trends have been given a contemporary twist, catering to the diverse and ever-evolving tastes of today's fashion enthusiasts. Whether you're embracing chunky highlights, experimenting with hair accessories, or opting for a modern shag cut, the Y2K revival invites everyone to express their individuality with a nod to the past and an eye on the future.