The ‘Broccoli Cut’ and 8 Other Gen Z Hair Trends, Explained

What, exactly, constitutes “Gen Z style”? It’s a tricky thing to pin down, and that’s mainly because eclecticism and individualism are so key to the generation’s aesthetic preferences, as are TikTok, K-pop, slang millennials may never understand (is “cheugy” still a thing?) and a general rejection of the gender binary. That’s true when it comes to fashion, and perhaps even more so when it comes to beauty. 

Take, for example the wacky, whimsical, sometimes flat-out weirdly-named viral hairstyles and fads bubbling up amongst the youths: In a recent trend report released by Google outlining the most-searched Gen Z hairstyles, the top two were the “wet mop haircut” and the “broccoli haircut.” And though Gen Z is set on forging their own unique approach to fashion and beauty, they also draw plenty of inspiration from “vintage” (yes, I cringed writing that) ’90s and early 2000s trends, which has set forth a resurgence of throwback looks millennials themselves invented — butterfly clips, baby braids, claw clips… I could go on.