Want to update your hairstyle, but feeling uninspired or too busy to research? Fret not! We looked to the runways, where hairstylists are always coming up with fresh and interesting ways to style one’s hair, so you don’t have to. Here are four chic, versatile and easy-to-achieve hair trends we’ve spotted from the Spring/Summer 2018 shows, plus tips on how to wear them:
1. The French Bob
The bob is a timeless, iconic look that will never go out of style, as it can be cut many different ways to suit a variety of face shapes. For a number of months, the blunt one-length crop has been super popular, but stylists have showcased a way to update it for the current season – with bangs!
This classy and totally wearable Parisian look typically features a jaw-skimming cut with a full fringe, but you can easily adapt it to better flatter your features. Make like Sonia Rykiel’s models and ask your stylist for a choppy, wispy fringe for a perfectly dishevelled look.
Or opt for a side-sweeping fringe à la models at Missoni that helps to give wider faces the illusion of a slimmer visage.
Why not pair it with a pair of super trendy curtain bangs that blend softly into the rest of your hair?
Add a bit of character to your cropped cut with slightly curled or wavy ends, and bangs that sweep past the eyebrows. Having shorter hair lets you show off gorgeous drop earrings much more easily too!
Shake things up even further with textured waves that for a bob that’s full of personality. Here’s what it could look like from the back.
Channel your inner Amelie with an even shorter ‘do. Layers can help to give such a short haircut lots of body and volume, so it doesn’t fall flat at the crown. And bangs certainly add fullness.
If you have thin hair, bangs can make your hair look fuller as well. Just make sure they end at or slightly below your brows for maximum effect.
Bella Hadid’s lightly layered lob and side-swept fringe is easy to maintain and suitable for the office.
2. Bed Hair, Don’t Care
Gone are the days of precise, defined curls – rock confidently effortless, loose and laissez-faire waves that look like you’ve always had them. Models from Anna Sui to Philosophy channeled their best “I-woke-up-like-this” looks, only breaking the mould to change from a side to centre parting. Look through the gallery for inspiration:
For a softer, more romantic vibe, swap to a sexy side part. Notice how the waves look natural and blend into each other? That’s the effect you want to go for.
If you have very straight hair, blow-dry after washing, then use a flat iron or curler on random sections of your hair for instant volume and texture.
Seen at: Akris
The textured look works well for shorter cuts too. Go for an even deeper side part to give more volume to your crown.
This look is extra flattering for those with thin and lifeless hair by inject fullness and movement into your tresses.
Tuck hair over one ear and leave the other side free for a casual yet sophisticated look.
After styling with a hot tool, muss your hair up with your fingers or use a texturising product for extra hold.
Seen at: Philosophy
3. Squeaky Clean
Love it or hate it, the futuristic wet hair look continues to dominate, thanks to its high fashion appeal and versatility. Best suited for those with sharper features, slicked-back strands can give you an ultra-clean and fresh look, and is a great choice for special events. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
A trick to make the look work without looking like you just stepped out of the shower, is to ensure that your makeup is matte and clean.
For a bolder look, stylists at Jason Wu parted models’ hair on the left and used a heavy amount of gel to slick hair down.
Another striking way to wear “wet” hair is to slick down hair from the hairline until the back of the head, and then leave the bottom section untouched.
For a less severe look, don’t part your hair; instead, run gel or pomade through your hair but try to “fluff” or tease the crown to build height instead of sweeping hair downwards.
Here’s how it can look from the side: Hair appears sleek and neat, but not flat at the crown.
This is also a great look for those with short hair!
There are also myriad ways to style updos with “wet” hair, such as this elegant chignon with a twisted fringe.
4. Side Show
This season’s must-have hair accessory is the humble hairpin strategically worn at the side of the head. The good thing is they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your look, from large statement barrettes to more minimalist ones, and are an easy and fuss-free way to instantly add a bit of sparkle to your mane.
Who needs a hairband? Hold hair down while instantly elevating your look with a row of simple bobby pins in basic black or brown. Team with a statement minimalist earring, because why not?
Slide a matching set of hairpins above each ear to make a stunning statement. From gilded ones to bejewelled pieces, it’s a simple and stylish way to add some bling to your ensemble.
Here’s another designer who went for the matchy-matchy look. Barrettes aren’t just for schoolgirls!
A matching hair accessory works to tie your whole outfit together, while keeping your fringe and pesky flyaways in check – perfect for when you’re growing out your fringe and it’s in an awkward stage.
Go big with a floral themed piece that adds a touch of whimsy to your outfit.
But if you prefer something more subdued and practical, you won’t go wrong with one or two classic bobby pins.
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