No, this is not Elon Musk’s latest business venture (and thank God for that). Rather, the “airspace” haircut is the latest trend to sweep red carpets, runway shows, and (quite possibly) your next salon visit. Leaning heavily on the front half of its name, this look is all about lending the hair a light, airy texture.
“‘Airspace’ celebrates this idea of negative space,” says Sunnie Brook, celebrity hairstylist and Biolage global ambassador, who coined the term. “This cut is about removing weight to create movement with no steps and giving the hair an airy look and feel. Or it can be a juxtaposition in the hair shape. Think: extreme side parts, seamless layers, and for the brave ones, cutouts or undercuts on shorter haircuts.”
On the bold end of the spectrum, Brook notes that Halle Berry’s buzzed bixie cut is the perfect example; for anyone looking for something simple and easy, consider Kendall Jenner’s layered haircut at last year’s Met Gala.
Who Can Get the “Airspace” Haircut?
That’s the thing: this look works no matter your individual hair type and texture, although there are a few things to keep in mind.
“If you have finer hair and want to make a statement, going for a cutout section could give you more volume to the overall shape of your haircut,” Brook says, adding that medium-to-thick textures will benefit from the airy, layered look if you want something low maintenance. “If you have coarse, straight hair, ask your hairdresser about the option of using a razor or point cutting to create seamless layers versus using texturizing scissors. This option can give your hair a more seamless transition in the interior layers.”
Because it’s meant to remove any dead weight from the hair, styling it at home is relatively easy. “This trending cut is perfect for spring and summer is inspired by the ’90s, with a sheen, satin finish,” Brook says. “To style, reach for hydrating and smoothing products to get that satin sheen.”
“Airspace” Haircut Inspiration Photos
Keep reading for our favorite takes on different iterations of the airspace haircut, just in case you’re looking to spark inspiration. If not, join us in reveling in the fact that having endless options is nothing if not a breath of fresh air.