Victoria Beckham's iconic 'Hourglass' hairstyle is in for summer 2024

While our hair is often cut and styled to compliment our face shapes, 'Hourglass layers' seek to flatter our bodies...

 Victoria Beckham is pictured with long hair and hourglass layers whilst arriving for the Premiere of the movie 'Lola' at the Bruin theatre, in Los Angeles, on February 3, 2024/ in a purple and pink watercolour paint-style template
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Victoria Beckham is synonymous with her luscious, figure-hugging locks and now, these so-called 'Hourglass layers' are trending for summer - so naturally, we've asked the pros exactly how to request and style this flattering look...

So far the 2024 hair trends have proved that we're in the year of the bob, with endless iterations of the chic crop emerging with every change of season - from the French bob to the latest 'Cowgirl' bob cut. Thankfully though long hair is finally getting a look-in this summer, which is especially good news for the likes of Victoria Beckham, whose signature waist-skimming layers have been tipped as the season's must-have look by 'Hairvoyant,' Tom Smith.

This trend not only offers an effortless and very luxe finish but also an interesting concept as, unlike most hair looks, which are cut specifically to frame and accentuate our facial structures, this one aims to do the same but with our bodies...

What are Hourglass layers?

So before we dive into the ins and outs of Victoria Beckham's favourite hair look, what do 'Hourglass layer's entail?

Trend forecaster, artist in residence at Billi Currie and International Creative Colour Director at Evo Hair, Tom Smith describes them as: "long, fluid layers cut into very long hair. The longest part should hit the narrowest part of your waist and layers shorter than the top of the shoulder should be avoided."

Victoria Beckham is pictured with long hair and hourglass layers whilst attending the Premiere of "Lola" at Regency Bruin Theatre on February 03, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Smith also refers to trends as, "less about flattering ones face and more so flattering ones body, with the length sitting just at the narrowest part of the waist, enhancing the feminine ‘hourglass’ shape. The ends should taper around the waist which is achieved with clever layering to ensure the correct balance of the bulk of the hair." Examples of this flattering look can be seen on the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and of course, Victoria Beckham.

Feathered layers, in general, have already proven to be a popular option this year, especially for those wanting to achieve a '90s-esque blowout and now it seems, Hourglass layers offer a longer and slightly more luxe variation - for those with waist-length hair or fans of hair extensions.

How to request Victoria Beckham's go-to Hourglass layers

To request this glamorous look, Smith advises to: "Ask your hairstylist to keep all of your length and softly layer through the ends, to remove any blunt lines.

"The shape should taper towards the ends encouraging the hourglass silhouette."

How to style Hourglass layers

For styling, Smith recommends opting for more of a sleek finish: "This style works best smooth or blow-dried with a very minimal band."

Smith says to, "Pre-dry the hair until it’s almost dry and then use a very large round barrel brush to create natural lift and bend. You don’t want a curl or a wave but long fluid lengths with a slight curve."

A glossy shine is also paramount to achieve Victoria Beckham-esque lengths, as Smith notes: "The hair should look impeccably healthy and shiny and so utilising  a weekly treatment such as Olaplex Number Three is essential."

The 4 Hourglass layers looks we're loving

And in case you require visual inspiration, we've rounded up a few famous names who have already debuted the stylish look...

1. VB's loosely curled Hourglass layers

Victoria Beckham is pictured with long, wavy 'Hourglass layers' whilst attending the premiere of "Lola" at Regency Bruin Theatre on February 03, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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For an occasion look, Victoria Beckham's loose waves are the perfect option for complimenting your chic attire.

2. Naomi Campbell's fringe and Hourglass layers

Naomi Campbell is pictured with a full fringe and 'hourglass'-style layers whilst attending the NAOMI: In Fashion V&A Exhibition launch at The Dorchester on March 13, 2024 in London, England.

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For those considering a fringe hairstyle along with a few 'Hourglass'-esque layers, Naomi Campbell's chic, waist-length hair is the only reference picture you need to show your hairdresser.

3. Rihanna's golden-blonde Hourglass layer look

Rihanna is pictured with blonde, hourglass-style layered hair whilst she Celebrates New Product Launch For Her Fenty Beauty Brand at 7th Street Studios on April 26, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Golden-blonde hues are also very popular right now and here we can see Rihanna combining the two trends for a luxe and seriously chic look.

4. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's side-swept layers

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is pictured with side-swept hourglass layers whilst attending the British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party 2024 at Annabel's on February 18, 2024 in London, England.

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And for lovers of the side-swept hair trend, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley proves the two looks pair perfectly.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...