Best Hairstyles From All Autumn Winter 2017 /2018 Fashion Week

I’m finally ready to bid adieu to the Fall 2017 Fashion Week. As always, it’s been such fun spotting new trends and seeing some old favorites return to the limelight. We’ve already checked out the best hair trends to come out of each of the four cities and today, we’re going to do a review of the best hairstyles from Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week as a whole. You’ll find recaps of some familiar looks from my previous posts as well as a couple of new hair trends we haven’t covered yet.

Alberto Zambelli

A dominant trend on the Fall 2017 runways – in both the men’s and women’s editions– has been the creative hairline trend. From unusual hair parts to artistic hair accents, we’re looking at exciting new ways to draw attention right to the face. These hair ‘trends’ follow the ‘minimal effort, maximum impact’ motto and are really fun and wearable. The best part about this hair trend is that it makes dressing up easy, everyday hairdos a breeze. And since most people will anyway be paying attention to your face and not the back of your head, you can concentrate all the effort where it really matters and take it easy with the rest.

One of my favorite examples of creative hairstyling is the zigzag ridge accent to come out of the Alberto Zambelli Milan Fall 2017 show. Whoever would have thought you could find hairstyling inspiration in Toblerone bars?

Anrealage

Retro hairstyles continue to influence global fashion trends, and every now and then we see a vintage-inspired hair trend with a modern tweak. These slick, tightly sculpted pin curls offer a sharper, more textured version of the softer ‘do from the yesteryears. This particular look is also a great example of how to fake a super short haircut in long hair: notice how the back actually disguises the length in tight, flat bun?

Christian Siriano

My vote for the Best Braid of the Fall 2017 Fashion Week goes to this segmented fishtail braid from the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. It’s striking, and so easy to recreate. All you have to do is make a fishtail braid, but instead of styling all of your hair into a single braid, just divide it up into smaller segments. Begin by securing your hair into a ponytail: this really helps with the braiding process and keeps the base tight and the braid in place through the day. Then you can get started: braid a bit, finish off the segment with a tight hair tie and then start the next one immediately underneath. Pro tip: leaving a bigger chunk of unbraided hair at the bottom creates the illusion of longer hair.

Msgm

Blunt, chin-lengths bobs with full, straight fringes are one of 2017’s biggest hair trend so far. The look is edgy and chic, but also very low-maintenance, which explains why it’s such a hot favorite with so many women. In fact, I’ve been keeping a track of the trend’s evolution and I’ve noted that it is especially a hit with busy mums and working women (just log onto a few Instagram parenting-themed accounts and you’ll see I’m right) and I really love that a really deserving audience that often gets ignored by the hottest hair trends is now the primary focus. Cut right, the blunt bob with bangs can be worn by most face shapes, with only minor adjustments in length (overall and that of the bangs) needed to suit the individual wearer. Wear the bob straight for a bold look everyday and curl the main lengths while keeping the bangs smooth for a flirtier, funkier mood.

Simonetta Ravizza

Fancy something even shorter than the blunt bob? This short-cropped haircut from the Simonetta Ravizza Fall 2017 showcase at Milan is the perfect in cool, classic styling. Women’s cropped haircuts tend to work with slightly longer and more voluminous hair to retain some of the softness that goes with the traditionally feminine hairstyles. We’re used to seeing wispy pixies with big, fluffy fringes. And so, this rather boyish haircut with barely-there bangs is a bold new move in women’s fashion. The teeny-tiny bangs soften up the hairline just a bit but don’t actually work to counter the unapologetically pared-down aesthetic. Minimalism is a theme we’re going to see a lot more of in 2017’s hair and beauty trends.

That’s a wrap on for my pick of the best hair trends from the Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week. And don’t wait till fall: there’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy for the entire year!

 

Best Hairstyles From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Wrapping up the final segment of the Autumn Winter 2017 runway, here is my take on the best hairstyles to come out of Paris Fall 2017 Fashion Week. There was a healthy mix of artsy and wearable hairstyles on display, with a couple of really creative hair color trends to boot.

Anrealage

Retro pin curls get an upgrade in this slick and shellacked tight updo. You can wear the pin curls as the primary hair trend or as a hair accent with ponytails, buns and updos. Notice how the model’s long hair has been tightly packed into a flattened bun at the back to create the illusion of much shorter hair? The [faux] length, hairstyle and detailing have a very Twenties Flapper feel while the glossy texture and precise definition create a very modern, slightly vampy mood.

Balmain

Combining two universal favorites –ponytails and braids– is this simple yet striking hairdo from the Balmain Fall 2017 runway. You know, if you had to pick one or two braiding styles to master (because let’s admit it, it’s a time-consuming and strenuous activity) I would recommend the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid. The Dutch braid really pops against any base and is the ultimate cool-girl 3D braid. Tiny Dutch braids make for excellent cornrow-inspired hair accents while the bigger, fatter Dutch braids can make a simple ponytail like this one look runway-ready.

Elie Saab

Looking for romantic updos for spring weddings and autumn dinners? This textured, twisted off-center bun from Elie Saab Autumn Winter 2017 is just the thing. What’s so special about yet another side bun updo, you ask? To begin with, those statement headbands are spectacular. Admittedly, they don’t make for everyday wear so you can swap them in for a more classic dark leather headband if you’d rather wear this hair around the workplace. That said, I do recommend investing in a couple of statement hair accessories because they are fantastic for special occasions. Transform the bun into a formal updo by building volume at the crown just behind the headband. Backcomb a smidge to create a soft beehive before you make the bun. Once everything’s in place and you’ve got the headband on, slide the tail end of a rattail comb and gently lift up to puff up the beehive a bit more, while keeping a firm hand on the hadband. You can keep the front really flat for extra contrast or allow natural volume for a softer look.

Haider Ackermann

What do you get when you combine a bowl cut with a luxurious, full, fat, asymmetrical fringe? This year’s hottest breakout trend: the androgynous beauty trend. The key to adding a hint of femininity to androgynous hairstyles is in working with thick, healthy hair so that we’ve got a lot of natural body and curves to soften up the look a bit. It’s such a kick how just an inch of extra hair at the end of the fringe can jolt you out of your stupor and make the hairstyle look equal parts edgy and fluid. Now, you don’t have to get a bowl cut to be able to recreate the look: just as is the case with bobs, you can fake a bowl cut too! Just style the bulk of your hair far behind the head to keep it create from showing at the front. A tight bun, a flat braid or a low ponytail can all help the illusion while you keep the bangs front and center.

Issey Miyake

I’ve previously talked about how the rainbow hair color trend and its many variants like the mermaid hair color trend are going to take a backseat this year. However, I did love these peacock-inspired hair colors at the Issey Miyake Fall 2017 show. We saw a couple of different color combinations, mostly in the peacock and mermaid color spectrums- shimmery blues, greens and purples and it’s this really clever placement that caught my eye. From a distance, it looks like a head wrap and this is a smart combination of hair color and hairstyling techniques. To me, the seamless blending of colors and the diffused metallic finish are what set this particular hair color trend apart from all its predecessors. If you’re tempted but uncertain, you can always get a bottom layer of your hair colored: the trick is an industry favorite for disguising wild hair color while experimenting with the quirkier trends at the same time.

Masha Ma

The secret to making potentially twee hairstyles look good is in making them outrageous. Up the art factor and you can move from precious to Parisienne. Double ponytails wouldn’t typically make it to my list, but this particular iteration has a couple of things going for it: the height adds a ton of volume and drama to the look, the style manages to walk the line between schoolgirl and Harley Quinn, and the subtle heart shape create by the falling hair is an interesting focal point at the back.

Thierry Mugler

The power ponytail gets a boost for 2017 in this slicked down, quiffed-up version from the Thierry Mugler Fall 2017 runway. The high side part, razor-sharp textural details and front pouf accent add a lot of drama to the classic low ponytail- and you it’s all supremely easy to style. All you really need for this look is a wet-look hairstyling mousse and a fine-toothed pintail comb so you can get that piece-y raked texture to really show up.

While the colored hair-headbands from the Issey Miyake show stole the top color trend spot for me, I do recommend checking out photos from the Leonard Fall 2017 runway as well: I recently talked about how the silver-sage hair color trend is another one to watch out for this year and the slightly brighter, blonde-green hair from the Leonard is definitely worth a dekko.

 

Which of these hair trends from the Paris Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week will you be trying?

 

Best Hairstyles From Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

If you’re looking for hairstyling inspiration across a diverse range of ideas, textures, shapes, cuts and colors, it just doesn’t get more exciting than the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week. It happens all too often that runway shows in a particular city end up (inadvertently or intentionally) adhering to a theme or a mood: it’s always easy to clock patterns and pick out common motifs and that can get predictable sometimes. No such issue with the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week though: there was a wealth of creativity and unique styling on display.

Alberta Ferretti

Seeing at to how we’re heading into spring-summer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this edition of the Fashion Week is actually intended for fall-winter. There are no rigid rules in fashion, so I do encourage my readers to follow their hearts, but if you’re craving a taste of some old-school styling, the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017 runway is a good place to start. After all, nothing defines sweater weather quite like boots and hats and choosing hairstyles for hats can be tricky. But this messy, textured 3-strand braid is the perfect hairdo for autumn. You can braid loosely or try your hand at pancake braiding to fluff up the volume once you’re done. Keeping the crown simple means you can pull on hats and scarves comfortably; whoever said you couldn’t have both fashion and comfort at a go clearly missed this memo. 

Alberto Zambelli

We’ve been seeing a lot of the unusual bangs and hairlines of late but none quite as striking as this zigzag ridge accent. Whether you’re reminded of the original Toblerone chocolate bars or now dreaming of a vacation in the Alps, there’s no denying that this super sculpted hairstyle is one of the most striking hairstyles we’ve seen this season.  

Calcaterra

Figure-8 braids are a wonderful step-up on the regular plait, and fairly easy to style. Like most braids, it makes for a great standalone hairstyle as well as an arresting hair accent. I do recommend making like the Calcaterra Fall 2017 models here and finishing the ends properly to polish up the look. Before you begin braiding, take a section of hair from the ponytail and wind it around the base to cover your hair band. When you reach the end, secure it in place with another band and cover it up in the same manner. You can leave some hair loose towards the end or braid all the way down and then roll the ends up and tuck them in to create the illusion of an endless braided spiral.

Versace

The models at the Versace Fall 2017 show wore their hair with brightly colored chunks in vivid hues like orange and reds. My favorite of the lot is this luminescent cranberry and candy apple red shade. It’s a new take on the red hair color trend, moving away from the coppers and auburns and strawberry. It reminds me of those jewel-toned hard candies and it’s such a change from the usual red hair color options that most women favor for fall. Notice how the crown is kept totally clean of the red and how it increases as we move down the lengths and towards the ends? Keeping hair color natural around the face helps make the wilder hair color trends more wearable since anything too crazy right around the face can be jarring. This hair color trend doesn’t call for particularly seamless blending and the whole point of the look is to pop out and grab eyeballs, so there is always the option of using colored hair extensions instead of undergoing an actual dye job.

Vivetta

The platinum hair color trend tends to be a favorite for fall/winter almost every year and clearly 2017 is no different. What’s new, however, is how we’re styling it. For starters, ask your stylist for the slightest hint of a buttery yellow cast over the platinum dye. This moves the color from the silver family to a gold, making it warmer and more wearable for a wider range of skin tones. The tiniest changes can make a statement hair color more comfortable (for the wearer and the admirer) while keeping the wow factor intact. Secondly, try some feminine, retro hairstyles that challenge the stereotype of edginess that goes with platinum hair color. Nobody’s expecting finger waves, pin curls and Old Hollywood waves in platinum blonde hair, which is what makes this trend so deliciously refreshing. It’s a shade that seems to have become the sole territory of those with asymmetrical bobs and angled lobs and it’s about time we celebrate how platinum hair can be both bold and soft- just like the women who breathe magic into the look.

Some of my other favorite hair trends from the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week include the baby bangs from the Aquilano Rimondi show, the gorgeous swoops-and-loops updos from the Bottega Veneta runway and the powerful short crops at the Simonetta Ravizza showcase.

Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 is well underway, so let’s jump right into it, shall we? Here are my favorite hairstyles from the New York Fall 2017 Fashion Week runways.

Altuzarra

Combing two of 2017’s hottest women’s hair trends –the orange hair color trend and full, luscious bangs– is this super-structural bob from the Altuzarra Autumn Winter 2017 showcase. Note how the body of the bangs is balanced out with the clean, minimalistic lines of the haircut, with a hint of an outward flip at the ends adding some subtle drama.

Anna Sui

The last couple of months have seen an explosion of mini buns, double buns, space buns, Minnie Mouse buns- what have you. They’re quirky, eye-catching and yes, a bit silly- but in a fun, carefree way. This new version from the Anna Sui Fall 2017 runway has a distinctively feline structure to it, with a more cone-like pointy-tipped form, even though the ‘buns’ are a lot looser, more looped and less compact than most we’ve seen so far. A cute little addition to an everyday look or the perfect finish to a cat costume?

Badgley Mischka

There’s something so intrinsically retro/ 50s-housewife about this voluminous, wavy bob with its ends curled and flipped. And yet, it’s also an incredibly sexy, bold hairstyle and in keeping with the bob/lob haircuts trend that’s been burning up the scene for a while now. It’s a lot softer, more rounded and flowy than bobs and lobs tend to be, so if you’re tiring of the asymmetrical haircuts and the piece-y and textured finishes, why not give this one a whirl? If you’ve already cut your hair short, it adds a whole new look to your arsenal so as long as you can get your hands on some hot rollers.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Nothing like a dressed up ponytail, because let’s be realistic: for the average style enthusiastic, putting together all the intricate braids and complicated hairdos are but a dream on a regular day. The trick to recreating this hairstyle from the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2017 show is in a few key elements. For starters, you want to play around with the finish. Add a shine-boosting product to the crown to make it glossier than the rest of your hair. Run your fingers through the crown to give it a slightly messy, piece-y finish and pull out a few strands at the front while you gather the hair into a ponytail at the back of the neck. Two, Wrap a section of hair from the ponytail around the base to hide your hair tie and give it a more polished finish. And finally, maximize volume and texture in the loose section with these two key steps: use a large barreled curling wand to add waves to the hair and once they’ve cooled down a bit, fluff them up with your hands or even backcomb the lengths a bit to really build up the volume. Add a hairspray to hold it all in place and you’re done.

Christian Siriano

Fashion Week is a great time for new hair trends and ideas on how to spice up old favorites. The fishtail braid has become one of the world’s most loved braids in recent times and this version of it seen at the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show takes it to the next level.

If you already know how to make a fishtail braid, there’s nothing to it. You just have to create a little fishtail braid, secure it off with a hair tie, start another braid immediately after and repeat the process until you’ve hit the end. For ease of styling, I recommend first gathering your hair into a ponytail and then creating smaller braided sections out of it. If even that sounds like too much work, just make your regular fishtail braid and add ties at equidistant points and really pinch these points together to create the illusion of separate sections.

Concept Korea

One thing I’m always on the lookout for at Fashion Week is a new hair accessory. They’re a genius way to dress up a hairdo and are also a solid solution for those of you who can’t/don’t like to create elaborate hairstyles. Now, we’ve been seeing hair rings on the WWW for a while, but they’re yet to catch on in a big way. You could try weaving a pliant metallic wire through a braid for a more serpentine, seamless effect but hair rings are a whole lot easier to work with. And if you’ve always struggled with making braids work in dark hair, these hair rings are a great way to make them pop.

Jenny Packham

You know how some designers have perfected the art of representing a certain mood in their work? Jenny Packham captures ‘romance’ like no other. And these knotted, twisted accents from the show are the perfect romantic hairstyle for when you want to channel a soft, feminine vibe. The models wore these twists in all kinds of combinations, hair lengths and textures and so can you.

Jeremy Scott

Like twisted hairstyles? And ponytails? What about half-up-half-down hairdos? Whoever thought you could blend all three into Spring 2017’s hottest new hairdo. I love hairstyles that involve contrasts and here you can see how the soft curves of the twists play off the sharp, straight ends. The unique shapes also invite light in most beautifully, so if you’ve got discreet lowlights or even natural hair color variations, the end result is rather enchanting.

Noon By Noor

Soft, relaxed waves never go out of style and there’s something so classic yet fresh about this hairstyle from the Noon By Noor AW 17 show. I’m calling it the Veronica Lake Update. The hair is shorter, the side part is higher, the finish is slick at the crown and more natural down the lengths and the waves are much softer and looser. The whole look is very understated and sophisticated, but also a breath of fresh air if you’re looking for a break from all the crazy hair colors and hairstyles that have dominated the scene the last few seasons. I’ve talked extensively about how 2017 is going to see a return to classic sensibilities and minimalism where hair trends are concerned and these recent runway hair trends are proof that the concept is picking up on a global level.

Tory Burch

Don’t have the time/ skill to pull together a fancy hairdo? Dress up classic hairstyles with these oversized velvet hair bows. These big, bold, black bows kick up some nostalgia with their retro schoolgirl hairstyle vibe but the dark color and the juxtaposition with bright, multicolored outfits sharpens the look up.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the best hair trends to come out New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018. It’s been a mixed bag of all kinds of hair trends and as such, a great start to the season.

Best Hairstyles From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

It’s been a thrilling couple of weeks, what with all the awards shows and the Fashion Weeks and finally the Oscars. But the good times aren’t done yet, far from it. Today, we’re taking a look at the best hairstyles to come out of London Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week

Antonio Berardi

Braids continue to be 2017’s biggest hair trend, and this one here from the Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 show is one of the most striking I’ve seen in a while. The main attraction here is the scruffy, open-ended fat fishtail braid. The messy texture and the unfinished bottom are integral to the look. To secure the braid without actually tying the ends close, stick a few bobby pins in at the end and cross them over to make sure the braid loops stay in place. Then backcomb a section of the hair right under the end of the braid to add some extra resistance. The smaller braids all over the crown add to the funky, unkempt vibe but you can skip these if you’re looking for a more wearable hairstyle.

Ashley Williams

The extreme hair color trend is taking a bit of a backseat in 2017, but there’s still some fun to be had. This dual-toned color job made for a punchy addition to the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week and while it’s not the most wearable hair trend, it certainly is striking. Two-toned hair color combos tend to be focused on the greyscale spectrum, balancing the striking contrast with traditional shades. And so, it’s fun to see this refreshing citrusy take on the trend. Orange hair color is shaping up to be one of 2017’s hottest hair color trends and here’s yet another way to add some sunshine to your look.

David Koma

Another designer, another braid. The point of note here clearly is the dichotomy between the braided, tightly styled half against the softer half. Half-and-half styles can look severe, but see how the stylist has blunted out the potential harshness by using a side part to carve out a smaller segment of hair for the braid? This draws attention to the braid but doesn’t let it overpower the look. With the majority of the crown –especially the hairline– devoted to the smooth, ‘regular’ side, the look remains wearable. You can continue the braid all the way down as seen on the models or just till the neck and blend the rest of the hair into a low, side ponytail or even a bun.

Huishan Zhang

Curly, messy updos are the perfect hairstyle bridal hairstyle for spring weddings. The floral shapes created by these updos is so evocative of spring-summer, you can see how they’d be a perfect fit. So you don’t have to wait till autumn-winter to recreate this look from the Huishan Zhang Fall 2017 show. There are a couple of different ways to do this hairstyle, but the easiest is to curl your hair and then just lift, fold and pin individual segments onto the crown. You can vary the amount of hair you pick up, the manner in which you fold and arrange different pieces and whether or you not fluff them out to keep the look from getting too symmetrical.

J. JS Lee

Double buns have been all the rage these past few months and if you’ve been holding out on the trend because the Minnie Mouse look or even the Princess Leia hairstyle seemed too costume-ish to sport on the out and about, here’s a more wearable but no less striking version: two big, braided buns at the back of the head, positioned at different heights. The circular curves and loops of the buns and the braids are intriguingly offset by the straight lines of the strong middle part and the fact that the two buns themselves actually sit along a single diagonal. Hairstyling is an art and like all art, it can be wonderfully chaotic as well as secretly symmetrical at the same time.  

Mulberry

The hairstyles from the Mulberry Fall 2017 show combined two of the season’s biggest trends: 90s fashion and the androgynous beauty trend. Pared down cuts and slick crowns are typically the stuff of gentlemen’s hairstyles but we’re moving into a whole new era of styling where we’re re-embracing classics, albeit often in brave new ways. In a sea of elaborate feminine hairstyles, we have here a stark, severe look that affords the wearer no curtain to hide behind, and thus is, in its own way, the most vivid form of beauty itself. Bring on those sharp, short side parts and quit hiding that widow’s peak: 2017 is all about powerful women’s fashions.

A strong showing at the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week; we’ll be looking at the hair trends from the Milan Fall 2017 shows next, so do check in for more later. 

 

 

 

 

Best Hairstyles From The Oscars 2017

The biggest night of the year has come and gone, and what a rush it’s been. Congratulations to all the winners: truly well deserved. There was so much talent, beauty and heart on display I’m certain everyone is going to be talking about the 89th Academy Awards for a long time to come.

Now, onto my favorite part: the best hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars.

Charlize Theron

When you’re carrying a mine’s worth of diamonds on your ears, it’s hard to pick a hairstyle that holds its own while celebrating all that sparkle. And yet, Charlize Theron’s spectacular 80s hairstyle with its side-part and swooping hairline manages to do just that. There is just enough distance between the earrings and the hair accent to balance out the look and it helps that the rest of the hair is styled away into an old-fashioned ponytail at the back.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts debuted a new hair color, choosing to honor the mightiest of red carpets with fiery-copper locks styled into classic Old Hollywood waves. I read somewhere that she was channeling Jessica Rabbit and the comparison stuck! It truly is a magnificent hair color, made all the more captivating by the glistening finish. Emma’s hair is proof that the real secret to making any hair color work is in having healthy hair: notice how the light plays off the tangerine and strawberry tones of her hair? That sort of result is only possible if you invest as much into hair care and color maintenance as you do into creating the look to begin with.

Emma Stone

Congratulations to the La La Land star for her big win! We all knew this one was in the bag, and Emma looked absolutely divine while accepting her award. She was the picture of Hollywood glamour and timeless beauty in those loose, side-parted and shoulder-skimming waves. Emma is another actress that wears coppery-red hair well and lends a lot of grace to the hue. If Emma Roberts’ red hair is too light, too obvious for you, then Stone’s more burnished-copper version might be more your speed. The deeper auburn is shot through with streaks of chestnut and topped with a soft golden cast down the lengths.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry’s Oscars 2017 hair is probably the most talked-about look from the night. Just look at that glorious mass of curls! The ringlets were styled into a voluminous, asymmetrical cloud with as much personality as the star herself. Take a leaf or two out of Halle’s book and use these secrets to make your own curls pop:

·      Notice how some of the curls are tipped bronze and caramel? Curly hair comes with a ton of natural movement and body so most women don’t bother adding to it. But highlights and lowlights close to your base color can add to the dynamism of your curls, while still keeping them artfully messy and natural.

·      If you’re artificially curling your hair, use differently sized barrels to create a riot of organic, sexy curls. And at the end, if you’re left with any limp bits, use a really small curling wand to go back in and add more detail.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s outfit last night was a study in embellishments, textures, crystals and gems so it’s really saying something that in the midst of all that, her hair still managed to make a mark. Janelle debuted a new short-cropped pixie haircut last night, topped off with an embellished headband.

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga also sported a statement bejeweled headpiece in a short-cropped haircut. Looks like the flavor of the season is short, choppy haircuts decorated with bold hair accessories. Ruth’s hair was raked back to create more height and volume towards the back of the crown, and you can see that she sports a subtly slick, piece-y texture. In a night of spectacular accessories and jewels, I do think Ruth’s blood red, ruby-studded Irene Neuwirth piece wins my best accessories vote. It harks back to the time Elizabeth Taylor famously wore her tiara to the 1957 Oscars and it’s a bold, bold move.

Scarlett Johansson

You probably didn’t think you’d be reading the words “rockabilly chic” in reference to the Oscars but that’s exactly the mood stylist Jenny Cho was going for with Scarlett Johansson’s hair for the Oscars. Most women shy away from hairstyles and accents like the pompadour and quiff because they do carry a strong masculine energy with them but Scarlett balances the punk rocker hair perfectly with an ethereal gown. Love the contrast between the big, poofy crown and the buzzed-down sides.

Sofia Carson

Another sparkly hair accessory makes the cut! This one’s a lot more delicate and traditional in comparison to Ruth and Janelle’s pieces, but no less spectacular. For her first time on the Oscars Red Carpet, Sofia Carson has made quite an impact. The super-slick crown, side-part and twisted bun have all the makings of a classic, glamorous hairstyle and the floral bejeweled barrette adds a dash of fun to the hairdo.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji has been setting red carpets on fire this entire awards season with her sexy, edgy bob and the 2017 Oscars were no different. What is different, though, is how it was styled this time around. Maintaining the tousled texture, Taraji’s stylist Tymothe Wallace added extra volume with curls and a side part to channel some Old Hollywood glamour into a decidedly modern haircut. Wallace shared that his inspiration behind the look was 80s star Diahann Carroll and her look on the hit TV show Dynasty.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis continues to raise the bar for women the world over with her inimitable sense of style, unveiling a striking new haircut for the night. Moving from her curly, tousled bob into a sleek, razor-sharp pixie haircut, Viola’s was one of the 2017 Oscars’ biggest hair transformations. And it’s no ordinary pixie either. Cropping away at the sides and back, Viola’s stylist left a significant amount of length up front, creating a layered, asymmetrical pixie.

It is only right that an event created to honor the cinematic and associated arts and crafts is a source of such inspiration and beauty. What a memorable night. Which were your favorite hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars?  

 

 

 

Oscars Hall Of Hair Fame: A Look At The Best Hairstyles From 2006-2016

As we draw closer to the 2017 Academy Awards, I thought it would be fun to do an Oscars Retrospective and take a look at some of the best hairstyles from the last decade.

While researching for this piece, I came across so many beautiful celebrity hairstyles and was struck by how truly iconic some of these looks are. We might not remember the particular year or the work these stars were nominated for, but one look at the photographs brings back a flood of memories. And when you feel awed and impressed by particular hairstyles or fashion statements all over again after so many years you know you have some real winners on your hands.

2006 Michelle Williams

It’s hard to picture Michelle William’s in anything but her signature platinum pixie cut, but there was a time when the elfin-faced actress wore her hair long and honey-blonde. This looped side bun with loose, wavy strands was one of the most talked-about hairstyles from the 2006 Academy Awards and became the go-to romantic/ formal hairstyle of women the world over.

2007 Jessica Biel

This textured updo/ bun on Jessica Biel in 2007 is the sort of hairstyle every woman should master because it works everywhere: to class, the workplace, drinks with friends, dates and formal events. Use a texturizing mousse and your fingers to create the piece-y waves. There’s the illusion of a lot of movement at the crown and it really makes the classic ballerina bun come alive.

2008 Katherine Heigl

Look at Katherine Heigl serving up some solid retro glamour with her perfectly coiffed shoulder-length bob. Nothing screams ‘Old Hollywood’ quite like big curls. This is a lot of look, but in a way that works. I love the flippy ends around the face; there’s something very Farah Fawcett-esque about the style, albeit in a shorter, more modern cut.

2009 Angelina Jolie

I remember in the post-Oscars week in 2009, the buzz was all about Angelina’s stunning emerald earrings. As hairstylists we’re usually charged with creating a look that works well around all the other elements of a client’s look. The dress, jewelry and accessories are chosen first and the hair and makeup follow and it’s always a fun challenge to take on: crafting a hairstyle that’s a piece of art in itself but doesn’t draw focus from the outfit. Angelina’s voluminous, wavy, slightly messy half-up-half-down hairstyle is a fabulous example of a hairstyle that let the gown and accessories shine without taking a backseat itself.

2010 Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s sleek, perfectly finished down-do is one of my favorite formal hairstyles of all time. The look is so simple but unbelievably polished. The trick to making a basic hairstyle look sophisticated is in adding a few subtle touches: the side part creates a lovely forehead-skimming swoop, there’s a hint of volume at the back of the crown, the asymmetrical placement of some hair over one shoulder makes the hair look intentionally styled and the neatly shaped ends add drama without competing with the outfit.

2011 Kate Beckinsale

The sexy ponytail is the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle, and styled right it can really hold its own in a sea of formal updos and braided hairstyles. Glam up this old favorite by taking your cues from Kate Beckinsale’s 2011 Oscars hairstyle: create a bouffant for tons of drama, curl the ends for a fun, frisky vibe and hide the base of the ponytail by wrapping some hair around it for a polished finish.

2012 Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain makes for one of the strongest cases for red hair in Hollywood and her soft, flowing half-up-half-down hairdo from the 2012 Oscars features in just about every ‘best styled’ list there is. The subdued beehive-like volume at the crown is softened up with lots of loose, face-faming strands. The whole thing was very romantic and organic-looking.

2013 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron’s close-cropped pixie haircut from 2013 continues to be one of my favorite short hairstyles for women ever. You want women’s cropped haircuts to exude that gamine Twiggy charm and not look too masculine and Charlize’s cut was both refreshing and delicate. With super-short haircuts there’s always the concern that you don’t have a whole lot of styling options until the length grows out, however the devil’s in the details: the slight quiff accent at the hairline and the darker roots add enough drama and flair to the look to make it red carpet-ready.

2014 Emma Watson

Emma Watson’s deconstructed ponytail from the 2014 Oscars is the perfect marriage between formal and edgy fashion statements. The artfully messy twisted and tousled part-ponytail-part-HUHD hairstyle is striking without being out of place. Emma’s stylist softened the look up with some bejeweled star-shaped barrettes, adding some interest at the back and upping the glam quotient.

2015 Gwyneth Paltrow

Mention Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar style and most people hark back to 2012 and that peerless white Tom Ford cape and gown.  My personal favorite of the actress’ Oscars style choices is this sleek, segmented down-do. Layering sections of long, straight hair creates all sorts of dimensions and beautiful volume at the crown while keeping the overall effect very smooth and pristine.

2016 Brie Larson

When Brie took home the big win last year for her performance in Room nobody was surprised. And she looked spectacular doing so. The half-up-half-down hairstyle is elegant and an excellent example of how statement hair accessories ought to be deployed. The jewel encrusted Arielle Chignon Wrap Comb by Jennifer Behr is the sort of splurge I absolutely recommend.   

I hope you have fun recreating some of these unforgettable celebrity hairstyles. Which one is your favorite? I can’t wait to see what the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet brings us later this month.

The Best Global Mens Hair Trends From Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2017-2018 is properly behind us, and it’s been an exciting experience. We’ve seen so many inspiring new men’s grooming and hair trends come out of each of the four cities that I thought it would be fun to do an overall recap; a crème de la crème take on Men’s Fashion Week, if you will.

Diesel Black Gold, Milan

Voluminous men’s hairstyles are a major look this year. For the most part, men’s hair trends tend to be about discretion, gravitas and workplace-appropriate choices. But this year, we’re seeing a boom in terms of volume and textural adventurousness. Lots of curls, graininess, height and body- just like this hairstyle from the Diesel Black Gold Men’s Fall 2017 showcase in New York.

KTZ, London

In sharp contrast to the previous hair trend we’ve got this buzz cut from the KTZ Fall 2017 show in London. Super-short/ close-cropped haircuts make for some unusual style statements because they’re so powerful in their minimalism. Less really is more with this old favorite. To dress up the buzz for 2017, ask your stylist to combine the classic cut with a fade detail as you move down the sides. It adds tonality and shadows, while still keeping the look pretty simple.

Nick Graham, New York

Still one of my top picks from the New York Men’s Fall 2017 Fashion Week. Mid-length men’s haircuts are great for striking a balance between being taken seriously and having fun with your look. Styling can make all the difference: a quasi-combover transforms this hippie haircut into the suave gentleman’s trend of choice.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence, Milan

The YoshioKubo/MotoGuo/Consistence Fall 2017 showcase in Milan was one of my favorites because of the diversity in styling: a fact that’s highlighted with two spots in this list, featuring two polar opposite men’s hair trends. Here, we’ve got the ultra-traditional, classic side-swept and combed-back haircut. If your personal style is rooted in the ‘strong, silent’ aesthetic, make an impact with this look. The wet-look hair adds a hint of drama, and it’s also a great men’s hairstyle that celebrate the widow’s peak instead of trying to disguise it.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence 2, Milan

Bold bangs and fringes as accents are making a splash in men’s hair trends in 2017. Clean lines, comb-overs and swept-back classic haircuts are now sharing space with quirky, architectural hairlines. Take this L-shaped, downward-facing swoop from the YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence show in Milan, for instance. It’s arresting, and strange in all the right ways. Time for the lads to shake things up a bit.

That’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. There’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy and stylish well into the year. 

2017’s Latest Hair Color Trends

Ready for the latest scoop on the hottest hair colors for 2017? Here goes.

1. Sunset Blonde

If rose gold hair was 2016’s universal favorite, the sunset blonde hair color trend is its newer, warmer, more sophisticated version. We’re talking honeyed gold tresses with the softest cast of warm, sunny orange. The color is similar to the strawberry blonde hair trend, but with an apricot tint instead of that reddish-pink hue.

2. Grungy Platinum

Irrefutable proof that the Nineties are back and here to stay? The sexy platinum hair color trend gets a bit of a grunge makeover with the return of the bleached blonde base paired with dark roots. We recently saw the look on Jessica Brown Findlay at the 2017 BAFTAs. Dark roots in pale hair aren’t just a statement: they allow for a more natural transition between the skin and the platinum/ blonde hair color, they’re a great anchor for tying in your brow color and of course, they guarantee that lived-in sexy, smoldering vibe that is Nineties Rocker-Chic.

3. Bronzed Rose

What do you get when you blend blonde, rose gold and brunette tones? The prettiest gilded bronze in town. Ask your stylist to add a wash of rose gold tint over a brunette-and-blonde ombré. If you've got a monotone base going, I do advise getting an ombré done first: it’s just so much more dimensional and vibrant than a monotone base. Pick warm buttery blondes and brunettes, to be followed with the rose gold wash. The end result is a glistening bronze that works beautifully on all skin tones and all year round.  

4. Mulled Mahogany

Another 2017 hair color trend coming hot off the BAFTA block is the dark, delicious chestnut-and-cranberries hair color we saw on Thandie Newton. If the other lighter hair colors in this list aren’t your thing, this mulled mahogany is flying the flag for brunettes this year. It’s a statement hair color that definitely checks the ‘natural glam trend’ box as well.

5. Smoky Sage

We’ve talked about how hair color trends in 2017 are going to mostly fall under the natural category: blends that will emphasize and uplift, while looking as ‘real’ as possible. But if you do want something more more, the smoky sage trend is one of my favorites. Think of it as a blend of grey and green: a cool, silvery minty hue. Ask your colorist for darker, more natural roots to tie the look together. It’s a surprisingly wearable look if you balance out both the green and the grey. And if you want to play around with the concept even further, take a cue out of Dascha Polanco’s book and ask for charcoal roots and ends along with, concentrated pigment placement at specific places. This creates a starker, more differentiated color palette while still keeping true to the trend.

Hair color trends in 2017 are sexier, stronger and more sophisticated than we’ve seen in a long time and there really is something for everyone.

Hair Trends From New York Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Today we’re taking a look at the final installment of the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week: New York. Men’s hair trends for Fall 2017 are shaping up to be a right riot of textures, volume and some interesting angles and cuts. Here’s what New York had to add to that mix.

Billy Reid

One of the biggest hair trends for women in 2017 is the straight and sleek texture trend. Conversely, men’s hair is getting bigger and bolder. More volume, more curl and more movement. Take the Billy Reid Fall 2017 show for example: the models’ hair was styled into these medium-length, tousled shaggy cuts. There’s a young Bruce Springsteen quality to it that I really enjoy.

Boss

I’ve talked about how the orange hair color trend is going to be a big one in 2017, judging by the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks from last year. I liked it then and I like it now- pops of citrus, carrot, amber and auburn: what’s not to love?

The thing color trends is that they, by and large, tend to exclude the male audience. There’s this universal idea that if you’re pursuing a traditional career, extreme fashion and style choices are to be frowned upon, especially if you’re a man. I can see how carrot-colored hair might not work in the office, but it is nonetheless nice to see a major brand engage with its male audience in a new and fun way. The orange hair color trend may not make for a realistic style choice for many men, but if you’re game, it is definitely a unique idea. Try spray-on hair color or temporary dyes to take this look for a spin. It could be a fun way to grab eyeballs at a festival or on a beach.

Nick Graham

We’ve seen a lot of longer lengths on male models on runways and in catalogues of late, marking a definite shift in men’s trends towards more stylized looks and an increased appreciation for flair and flexibility. This particular iteration of the men’s long hair trend retains a certain formal air to it: by parting the front section to one side and brushing the other away from the face you evoke the classic comb-over while still experimenting with length. The trick to making men’s long hairstyles look good is to have thick, lush and healthy hair.

Ovadia & Sons

For a more laidback, youthful men’s long haircut, draw inspiration from the Ovadia & Sons Fall 2017 New York show: shoulder-length, free-flowing bedhead hair is 2017’s boho hair trend for the boys. You want to emphasize texture and volume without compromising on the softness and natural-form of the hair, and the best way to do so is to apply some mousse after showering and scrunching your hair with your fingers to dry it out. Air-drying works just fine but if you can be convinced to use a diffuser, nothing like it!   

Raf Simons

Want to stick/ switch to shorter hair but have fun with it still? Raf Simons’ incredibly successful Fall 2017 show in New York was a powerhouse of men’s trends and style inspiration, and this short haircut with its spiky fringe caught my eye. Men’s fringes are catching on in a big way this year and if you want to experiment with the trend without it looking fussy or too quirky, this is the way to go. It’s noticeable enough to constitute a trend but short enough that you’ll forget all about it and settle into it in no time.

So that’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Weeks. I’ll be recapping some of the overall winners soon, so be sure to check back for the same. Men’s hair and grooming trends are going to be front and center of the global style debate this year and we’ll be discussing them all right here.

 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 Grammy Awards

If you’re a fashion and style enthusiastic, life just does not get better than this weekend. Two major awards show in one evening? Dozens of celebrities lighting up the red carpets? Endless hairstyles and fashion statements to deconstruct and recreate? Yes, please!

I’ve got to say this: the 2017 Grammy Awards might just be my favorite event from the 2017 awards season because of the sheer number of unusual hairstyles we saw. The BAFTAs were marked by sophisticated hairstyles but the Grammys were all about quirky, spirited choices. Here are some hairstyles that caught my eye.

Adele

I love how Adele’s signature style –dramatic eyeliner, voluminous hairstyle, retro trends– was at the core of her look at the 2017 Grammys, but with a twist. Her usually French twist/ bouffant has been tweaked a bit so that it looks more piled than pleated.

You just can’t do retro-inspired hairstyles with big curls as a textural base and I love how Adele’s strands cascade down one side in the softest, most romantic manner ever. There’s so much body and movement but it all looks so soft. Pro tip? Adele’s stylist has revealed that to keep the hair looking natural, he eschewed the usual combs and picks and instead did the bulk of the work with his hands. So you take a glamorous formal updo but make it look a little lived-in.

The honey-blonde color is also perfect for spring and summer.

Andra Day

Another lady who gets her style inspiration from the golden past is singer Andra Day. Her aesthetic is so deeply rooted in vintage sensibilities that looking at her is sort of like falling back in time. And yet, she manages to belong very much in the here and now by adding unpredictable, and sometimes outrageous, touches to her retro-inspired style choices.

Last night, for example, she dotted her 60s-inspired voluminous waves with real flowers and ribbon accessories. The massive waves and tons of height/ volume at the crown are the sort of hairdo we’re used to seeing on Lana Del Ray. The hairdo is statement enough in itself but she’s decked it out and made it even more striking. Points for panache.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is a sassy, sexy and intelligent lady and her style is proof of her colorful, powerful personality. Her wet-look piece-y lob from last night is stunning.

Wet-look hairstyles can be tricky to pull off but Chrissy’s is just glossy enough to count but not so much so that it looks greasy. To recreate the texture at home add some mousse to partly-damp hair, style to create waves and then finish with a gloss-boosting hairspray.

As you can see, Chrissy’s sporting an electric combination of highlights and lowlights. Her hair looks like it’s constantly moving between light and shadows and there’s an almost dizzying, hypnotic quality to it if you stare at the lengths long enough.

Kat Graham

I am a big fan of minimalism, strong clean lines and classic shapes when it comes to hairstyling. Yes, experimentation is fun. Editorial concepts and artistic hairstyles and crazy colors all make my work so much fun but in my heart, I enjoy the classics more than anything else. Which is why the current revivalism of subtle, sophisticated styling has me overjoyed. And Kat Graham’s hair from yesterday is one of my top picks of the night.

The hair is divided into 2 segments: the front, which is further parted into two sides and the back, which boasts some volume at the crown and falls long, loose and straight down the back. There are distinct but understated lines and planes at play here so that the layperson actually feels instead of sees the depth of styling.

While Kat’s hair here was obviously intended to be the ideal foil to her statement glitter lip, in my opinion it’s the kind of hairstyle every woman can where everywhere she goes.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s voluminous, messy high ponytail is the glammed-up version of your everyday ponytail and it looks fantastic. The pink-tinged and coral-tipped ends set just the mood for spring. It’s fun, fresh, vibrant and actually pretty wearable, coming from Gaga/

Paris Jackson

Paris’ shaggy, voluminous haircut is sure to make its way to a ton of summer 2017 hairstyle inspiration boards. It ticks all the ‘beachy’ and ‘boho’ style boxes. There’s a tiny braid playing peek-a-boo on one side, and that particular detail helps create a contrast between the volume up top and on one side and an undercut-like effect where the braid is.

This look is all about the texture. You can create it in bobs, lobs and shag-cuts of any length and thickness. Begin by washing your hair and allowing it to air-dry for about 10 minutes. Then run a dollop of mousse through your hair. If you’ve got very fine hair, be sure to use a volumizing product. Then, using a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment flip your hair upside down and begin drying your hair. Keep scrunching with your fingers as you go along as well and really, really build up the volume. Once you’re done, part and style your hair anyway you like and be sure to add some hairspray.

Solange

This is the year of keeping things natural, and when it comes to hairstyling, nothing is as beautiful as celebrating natural hair texture. Solange’s gravity-defying curls are fierce and fabulous. I love the crazy height and shape that’s been achieved here, and that auburn-brunette hair color deserves a shoutout too. While the hairstyle is definitely quirky, it’s also really smart: notice how it plays off the unusual neckline of her outfit? Genius.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these hairstyles as much as I have. We’re getting closer to the 2017 Oscars and they’re sure to be fabulous. In the meantime, give these hair trends a go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 BAFTA Awards

Such a busy, busy weekend. And so much fun! The 70th British Academy Film Awards Red Carpet was a proper star-studded affair, and quite possibly the most glamorous run of this awards season so far. 

Anya Taylor-Joy                 

I can never resist a perfectly styled ponytail, and Anya Taylor-Joy’s center-parted, low-slung pony was one of the best of the night. A tiny bit of volume at the crown makes the ponytail more glamorous, while still keeping the look very fresh and fuss-free. Perfect for showing off a busy neckline and jewelry.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce continues to be my go-to example of how to make red hair work all the time, and last night was no exception. You’d think that a topknot would have no place on a formal red carpet but this twisty bun is fab. For contrast, keep the crown base very smooth. A full, face-framing graduated fringe is a major style statement on its own, but keeping the rest of the hair up and away balances the look out.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

It’s not often that the royalty attend these events so it’s no wonder that all eyes were on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way on the 2017 BAFTAs Red Carpet. Kate Middleton’s style evolution is one of the best-documented in recent times and her signature look is widely accepted as the perfect balance of timelessness and trendiness.

Last night, she traded in her usual blowout for a massive bouffant-and-twisted-bun updo. It’s definitely a dramatic look for Catherine, and perfect for the event. She’s obviously someone who is used to living in the spotlight, but its no mean feat to be able to hold your own in a sea of people for whom looking stylish at all times is a part of their trade. Kate’s updos are usually more closely packed and of the braided variety so I do enjoy this somewhat unpredictable choice of hers. Also worth noting: bouffants can end up looking stiff and helmet-like but Kate’s looks soft to the touch and the few loose wispy strands help as well.

Emily Blunt

There was something unbelievably dreamy about Emily Blunt’s look last night: the twisted updo played off against the bold bodice of her gown and statement lip perfectly. Note how drawing the parting just slightly off-center creates this beautiful swooping shape at the hairline when you roll and tuck back the front. It’s a rather romantic hairstyle, and one I think will work perfectly for Spring Summer 2017 brides.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone’s BAFTA win for La La Land was one of last night’s big moments –and her style did justice to her moment. Emma rocked one of 2017’s biggest hair trends: ultra sleek, ultra long hair. If you look closely, you’ll see that her side parting runs at an angle along the natural curve of the head and not straight back, as is usual. Doing so really helps frame the face at the hairline, adds natural volume at the crown and it’s also a softer look than the standard side part. The hairstyle is sophisticated but minimalistic and the right fit for her metallic, bejeweled outfit.

Jessica Brown Findlay

The erstwhile Lady Sybil Crawley from Downton Abbey was the picture of modern style sensibilities last evening, sporting two of 2017’s hottest hair trends: buttery platinum blonde hair and a softly-messy bob. If the textured, tousled bobs aren’t your thing but you don’t want something super angular and sleek either, here’s how you walk the line between the two extremes. Keep the texture very soft, with just a hint of waviness from the mid-lengths on. Part the bob to one side to create volume at the crown. The ends are softer and more blunted than we’ve come to see in most bobs recently. To add some 90s drama and diffuse the starkness of the bleached bob, opt for darker roots.

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton brought some major drama to the BAFTAs last evening. She was seen sporting 2017’s breakthrough hair trend: super long, super straight hair parted down the middle. A lot of my clients hesitate when it comes to coloring their hair dark because it can look harsh and tends to limit styling options given that the more intricate hairstyles like braids just don’t show up as well as they do in light hair. But when you color it right, dark hair is absolutely gorgeous. Thandie’s deep chocolate, woodsy brown base has a soft mahogany cast that lends warmer, auburn undertones to the strands. You can see her hair catching the light and reflecting an oxblood hue in places and the effect is delicious. And when you’ve got a powerful, sensual base like this even the most classic hairstyles come alive like never before.

Which of these looks did you enjoy the most? There were so many other hairstyles at the 2017 BAFTAs that I loved, including Viola Davis’ perfectly tousled, piece-y bob. Next up, we’re going to cover the best hairstyles from the 2017 Grammy Awards. Stay tuned. 

Hair Trends From Paris Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Paris is the city where mediocrity has no place. There are no averages, only extremes: in art, in love and of course, in fashion. It comes as no surprise then that it was at the Paris Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018 that we saw an increased emphasis on dramatic, romantic men’s hairstyles. While the Men’s Fashion Week trends from London and Milan were more about smart-casual men’s hairstyles and an attempt at revisiting classic men’s haircuts, Paris proved to be more flamboyant and sensitive.

Andrea Crews

If you’ve ever fancied growing your hair out –and just about every man has, at least once in his life– now’s the time to do it. Relaxed shoulder-length hair is going to be a solid men’s hair trend for Summer 2017. Wear the crown parted down the middle and slicked down till the ears, leaving the rest wavy. The vibe is very soulful, very Hozier.

Haider Ackermann

In sharp contrast to the previous hairstyle, we have the wet-look, combed-back hairstyle best associated with the silver screen Sicilian Mafioso-type. The models from the Haider Ackermann Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 runway are proof that a sharp hairstyle and a sharp outfit really do maketh the man. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is a powerful statement without being too fussy, this is it. The hairstyle is best paired with a clean-shaven face. It’s slick, sexy and sophisticated and if we were to define ‘men’s glamour’ in 2017, this look would be it.

Icosae

Men’s cropped hairstyles, short haircuts and buzz cuts are also making a comeback this year. This look works on minimalism and a laidback charm. It’s about low-key, understated fashion where you’re comfortable without compromising on style. If the plain men’s short haircuts seem boring to you, take a cue from the Icosae Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show and ask your stylist to add a taper fade detail.

Louis Vuitton

One of my favorite 2017 men’s hair trends is the return of curly hairstyles and natural textures. Messy, curly mops are the ultimate cool guy hairstyle. There’s a devil-may-care feel about this particular look because it’s dismissive about all kinds of rules about curly/ natural hair not making for appropriate men’s formal hairstyles. The curly haired mop is fun, happy, confident and approachable. To add a touch of high fashion, wear the haircut like the models from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 fashion show: with maximum volume at the top, slightly shorter sides and longish-ends that stop at the back of the neck.

Rynshu

Men’s hair trends in 2017 are embracing two ends of the style spectrum: on the one hand, we’re looking at classical revivalism and on the other, celebrating hairstyles with flair. The haircuts from the Rynshu Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show in Paris fall into the latter category. These tousled, side-parted chin-length bobs are a really unique men’s hair trend and a good one at that. Ask your stylist to cut your hair in two levels, one at the chin and the other around the nape of the neck for maximum drama. If you’re uncomfortable with a layered cut, you can always use a side part to create different angles and heights to play around with the look. If you’ve naturally straight hair and aren’t averse to a spot of styling, curling the ends brings that preppy-poet mood that’s dominating men’s hair trends right now.

Next up, we’ll take a look at the men’s hair trends New York Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week.

Hair Trends From Milan Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

We’ve seen what the London 2017 Men’s Fashion Week had to offer; it’s time to move onto Milan. Italy has long been the place where trends are born and return to for that extra bit of polishing. In other words, if it’s in Milan, it’s worth your time.

In the last couple of months I’ve done a bunch of trend mapping and style forecasting for men’s 2017 grooming trends and it was at Milan that I really saw them mature from possibilities into full-blown trends. The best part? All of these trends are super wearable, universal and fun.

Here are 3 men’s hair and grooming trends that were all the rage in Milan.

Diesel Black Gold

 

Kicking it off with one of 2017’s biggest men’s hair trends: full, side-parted bangs. The side parting is the secret to keeping this look from taking over your face; it frames the face, keeps the fringe from sitting too squarely (something that doesn’t quite work on men’s facial structures the same way it does on women’s) and that tiny sliver of forehead on one side works a bit like whitespace in balancing out an otherwise bold style choice.

The bangs are best balanced out by chin-length haircuts and smooth, straight texture. The finish here is soft, free flowing and naturally shiny. The goal is for hair to look healthy and hip but not particularly styled.

Dirk Bikkembergs

One of the 2017’s biggest hair trends across all demographics is the structural extremes trend. It’s interesting how the idea has shaped: industry stalwarts started out wanting to bring back the classics, keep it all simple and sophisticated, and in doing so realized that there are so many iterations of those qualities. You’ve got super-smooth cuts and finishes and you’ve got messier, tousled, more-stylized looks. And so, we’re now celebrating extremes and contrasts like never before: it’s a dialogue between bedhead and boardroom style and I’m here for it. The hairstyles on these models at the Dirk Bikkembergs Men’s Autumn Winter 2017/ 2018 show are proof that some very different men’s haircuts can work equally well within the same context (place, outfit, occasion) and make powerful impacts.

Yoshio Kubo / Moto Guo / Consistence

More proof that fringes/ bangs in men’s hairstyles are going to be one of the biggest breakthrough men’s trends of 2017.

While the full fringe from the Diesel Black Gold Men’s AW17 show is already an off-runway hit, I’d love to see more of this look from the Yoshio Kubo, Moto Guo, Consistence Men's Fall 2017 runway. It’s both creative and classic, and that’s the sort of winning formula that is really going to push men’s styling to greater heights this year.

I love the angular, tapered cut: it’s a really fun shape and the inverted ‘V’ at the hairline and the graduated length keep the look from getting too extreme. Smart, sexy styling for the win!

Traditionally, men have stayed away from haircuts with bangs because there’s this unspoken notion that these styles lend an air of frivolity to the wearer. I’ve also noticed that men who do have fringes either wear them in overtly casual hairstyles (shoulder length surfer-dude haircuts or uber-messy, curly mops) or style them away to hide them in comb-overs and slicked-back dos. However, all that is about to change this year and I definitely give my vote to trying out men’s haircuts with bangs.

If you’re feeling the hot-hot-hot trend of men’s fringes, I also recommend checking out photographs from the Etro Autumn Winter 2017 showcase: the spiky, piece-y, fanned-out fringes were another one of my favorite men’s hairstyles from Milan Men’s 2017.

So those are my picks for the best men’s hairstyles and grooming trends from Milan AW17-18. Which ones did you like? We’ll be diving into the Paris Men’s Fashion Week next, so be sure to come back soon. 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 SAG Awards

Ok, so the 2017 SAG Awards Red Carpet was, hands down, my favorite so far from this awards season. The hairstyling was absolutely fantastic. We’ve got so much variety, so many interesting new looks and the most diverse range of style icons to gaze at. I’m talking a spectrum of ages, races and personalities, not to mention a thrilling range of textures, styles and detailing. Something that has me particularly chuffed is that we saw a lot of people ditch their trademark looks in favor of newer, bolder styles.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s style choices continue to woo audiences and stylists alike. Who would have thought that double Minnie Mouse buns could be worn again and again in formal settings and to such fabulous effect? Janelle’s hairstyle from last night is proof that you can have so much fun with your look if you just try. It’s such a quirky hairdo and I think it works beautifully on her, from the metallic headband and the silvery flower hair accessories to the curly texture. She looks fun, pretty and happy and it just doesn’t get better than that.

Maisie Richards

The young Game of Thrones star looked ravishing last evening with her deep chestnut locks and a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Old Hollywood hairdos like the classic Veronica Lake-inspired waves are always associated with medium-long hair but Maisie shows us just how well classic glam wears in short bobs and lobs too.

Millie Bobby Brown

Another young star making a big, big impression. It’s hard to talk of Millie Bobby Brown and do anything but gush about her performance in Stranger Things but can we just take a moment to appreciate how lovely she looks here? The super-voluminous, brushed-back bouffant-bob might sound like a hairstyle for a much older person but Millie wears it with such panache. Youthful makeup and an embellished headband keep the look age-appropriate but also interesting.

Natalia Dyer

More proof that you can wear retro-inspired hairstyles in short hair. Natalia’s shoulder-length cut lends itself beautifully to the gentle waves and deep side part of this hairstyle. She’s channeling that old world Fifties quality beautifully, without looking shellacked.

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson debuted her new brunette locks last night and paved the way for a season of celebrity style transformations. We’re all so used to her trademark platinum bob that it’s almost like looking at a whole other person. She looks wonderful and that color is the perfect choice if you want something that’ll look right all through the year. The rich espresso base is warmed up with a honey cast and blonder highlights and it’s like staring into a mug of cinnamon-infused hot chocolate. Delish! 

Sophia Bush

Everyone’s talking about Sophia Bush’s pink eye shadow but it’s the relaxed, low ponytail that has me excited. It’s a breezy statement by itself, no doubt, but when you’re gunning to go strong with another aspect of your look, this is just the kind of hair you want- stylish but not too styled. The classic black ribbon is elegant, not twee, and Sophia is sporting 2017’s hottest hair texture: barely-there waves in a mostly smooth base.

Tracee Ellis Ross

I usually look for braids on red carpets because the other hairstyles usually tend to fall into one or two major categories –buns and classic formal down-dos– and you can always count on a braid to spice the mood up. But in a sea of fabulous hairstyles, each more inspired than the one before it, Trace Ellis Ross’ braid isn’t just a salve: it’s a showstopper in every sense of the word.

There’s so much to love about this particular braid. For starters, messy braids are the perfect choice for when you want to look glam but comfortable. Keeping the crown slick allows you to show off your makeup/jewelry while the natural, messy texture of the braid adds a dash of fierceness. Also, it’s a small detail but I do enjoy the use of the wiry cord to secure the braid: it’s an unexpected touch, gritty and unique, much like Tracee herself.

My other favorite looks of the night include Brie Larson’s textured updo, Nicole Kidman’s knotted bun and Taraji P. Henson’s kicky undercut-and-angled-bob.

Hair Trends From London Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

It’s really heartening to see that the Men’s Fashion Weeks are drumming up as much enthusiasm and interest this year as their more mainstream variant. I’ve been saying it for a while now: men’s grooming and styling is really coming into its own and the Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018 shows have generated a buzz even I wasn’t expecting!

Let’s take a look at some of the best men’s grooming and styling trends to come out of London Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018.

Belstaff

Two of my favorite men’s style icons of all time –Elvis and James Dean– come together in this hairstyle, which is both timeless and trendy. The look is pared down by keeping the texture very soft and natural so it doesn’t look too heavily styled. While the quiff with its trademark billowy structure is right there, there’s a lot less product and stiffness so that the end result feels more modern. Think of it as blurring and diffusing some of the drama to make the look more wearable. In the same vein, instead of full-on sideburns, the face is clean-shaven but the hair at the temples is cut longer and styled into a low swoop, so you can pay homage to the King without veering into costume-territory.

E. Tautz

Big fan of the texture here. We just don’t see enough curls in men’s hairstyles, let alone tightly wound and deliberately styled like so. This men’s hairstyle evokes a quintessentially English sensibility. The look is elegant, deliberate and proud but you can also sense an undercurrent of emotion and frailty. Yes, a hairstyle can be all that and more! The English collegiate/ university lad look is a classic and a great way to infuse some poetic romanticism into everyday life.

Edward Crutchley

The Edward Crutchley show at London Men’s Fashion Week AW17 was possibly one of my favorites because of all the cool men’s hairstyles we saw. There are a bunch of different looks to choose from with a few common elements: volume, movement, swooping lines and accent details around the hairline. Again, even though the hair has been deliberately crafted, it still looks and feels soft to the touch. Men’s fringes might seem hard to style but if you’re adventurous, you can do something new everyday.

Oliver Spencer

This particular men’s hairstyle from the Oliver Spencer Men’s Autumn Winter 2017 show caught my eye because it’s a great example of how to pair a messy, longish men’s hairstyle with a beard. Getting the hairstyle-beard combo right is a crucial element of men’s styling and one that so many chaps continue to get wrong. If you’re tempted to play it safe by pairing a bold men’s hairstyle with a clean-shaven face, don't give up just yet! The trick is to balance the look out. A short-medium stubble might be unremarkable by itself but works beautifully with medium-length hairstyles, bedhead vibes and the scruffy, artsy mood that’s so on-trend right now.

Topman Design

The men’s hairstyles from the Topman Design AW 17 show get my vote because they go in an unusual direction where color is concerned: for some reason, most dialogue on men’s hair color trends continues to focus on darker, deeper brunette tones. I’ve talked about how platinum hair color for men is going to be major this year and it’s nice to see the industry make interesting choices like buttery blonde and pale gold hair color for men.

Quite a fun mix of men’s hair trends and grooming options, isn’t it? Next up we have the post on the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018 shows, so be sure to check back soon for more!

 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 People’s Choice Awards

Another awards show, another set of great hairstyles to recreate! Styling at the People’s Choice Awards tends to be relatively more casual than the Golden Globes and the Oscars, so it’s a great place to pick up inspiration for ‘real’ life. So even though the 2017 People’s Choice Awards didn’t break any barriers where hairstyling is concerned, there is a lot here to learn from if you want to kick up your own personal style.

Here’s my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.

1. Jamie Chung

Rocking one of 2017’s hottest hair color trends, Jamie Chung was a vision on the red carpet. The soft, buttery blonde highlights and pale moonlight-hued lowlights make Jamie’s darker base really come alive. The ‘natural glam hair color trend’ is going to be one of the biggest hair trends in 2017 and the mood is very sophisticated, very luxe. The key to getting the trend right is in picking colors that feel natural against your skin tone and using a painting technique like balayage so that there are no harsh lines or artificial-seeming color placements.    

2. Lilly Singh

Another one of my predictions from the piece on 2017’s hottest hair trends showed up on the 2017 People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet yesterday: YouTube sensation Lilly Singh looked spectacular in ultra-long, super-straight hair parted down the middle. The look is very simple but very sophisticated. Hairstyles like these are sneakily bold because there just isn’t a lot going on for you to hide behind and that’s what makes them so major: they call for confidence, happiness and a genuine love for fashion.   

3. Priyanka Chopra

The Quantico star continues to make waves- quite literally here, with her hairstyle. Yet another of 2017’s major hair trends: barely-there waves in a smooth base. Beachy waves and boho/ mermaid waves are out this year and they’ve been replaced with straight hair softened up with a hint of texture and some volume to give it more life. Parting your hair on one side and flipping it over is an easy way to create a lot of volume and body without doing any extra styling. Use a flat iron to create soft ‘folds’ and then comb them through for these minimalistic waves.

4. Ruby Rose

Even though long hair is going to be the major look for 2017, Ruby Rose’s edgy pixie cut continues to make a strong case for short hair. If the usual delicate pixie haircuts and gamine crops aren’t your thing, go for something with a little more volume up top and asymmetrical edges for greater styling opportunities. The contrast between the slicked-down hair on one side and the cheek-kissing bangs on the other makes for a great look. Also worth noting is the stellar hair color Ruby has going right now: the balance of deep mahogany and chocolate base with the honeyed tips is delicious.

5. Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish star is always so fabulously turned out that one forgets just how young she is! Yara’s red carpet appearances have been a joy to study because she’s got this innate sense of style where every bit of her look comes together perfectly and you can just tell that it’s as authentic as it gets.

Her hairstyle from the 2017 People’s Choice Awards is one of my favorites of the night because it’s such a fresh take on a classic: the topknot is everyone go-to anytime/anywhere-hairstyle but we almost always see it in sleek, straight hair and Yara’s beautiful, naturally kinky curly hair breathes new life into the look. Slick topknots tend to look more worked-on, and thus more formal which is why Yara’s look is perfect for when you’re feeling a friskier, flirtier and more energetic vibe. Also: the curly bangs parted to a side are a total stroke of genius. They add so much vibrancy to the look and work beautifully with the classic makeup.

So there you have it: a number of great looks that would work perfectly for a variety of occasions and moods. Try some and check back at the end of the month for the best hairstyles from the 2017 SAG Awards.

Best Hair Trends From 2017 Spring Summer Men’s Fashion Week

Since we’ll be looking at the best women’s hairstyles and hair trends from the ongoing Spring Summer 2017 shows, it’s only fair to show a little love to the hair trends to come out of the Men’s Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Week events earlier in the year. After all, boys wanna have fun too!

Here are my top picks of the best hairstyles from the Men’s Fashion Week. Enjoy!

Trend #1: The Italian

Let’s be honest: there’s something about slicked-back crowns and dark hair that immediately makes you think of all the famous Italian film and TV characters. Fancy a bit of the Goodfellas vibe while staying on the right side of the law? Just buy yourself a tub of wet-look styling cream, mousse or paste and get working. Keep the sides brushed back and slicked tight to the head while adding more volume and height at t he crown. Lift and comb back to create movement. Work with your fingers and really get in there to shape the style like you want.

Trend #2: The Platinum

I did a post sometime back about how the men’s platinum hair trend is one of the biggest developments in fashion of late and I’m glad to see it echoed here at the Diesel Black Gold Men’s Spring Summer 2017 show. Platinum is always powerful, but it’s even more unexpected on men than it is on women. If your personal style statement tends to follow the ‘shock and awe’ motto, you know what you need to do next.

Trend #3: The Thinker

Want a soulful look that doesn’t make you look too styled? The latest men’s hair trend is the brow-skimming bangs. Guaranteed to draw attention to your peepers and make people wonder what’s going on behind them. Wear in short hair for an interesting contrast between lengths. The haircut has a distinct boy-philosopher-next-door vibe. Seen here on male models from the Helen Anthony show during Men’s Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

Trend #4: The Beach Preppy

Think that the Ivy League and surfer dude sensibilities are on two ends of the style spectrum? Not anymore! With the Marni Men’s Spring Summer 2017, we’re learning that you can rock a tweed blazer and hang ten and still come out on top. Take your cues from the Marni Men’s Spring Summer 2017 runway and rock a medium-length cut. We want lots of body and movement, so no slicking down or styling away. Add a dollop of mousse to 80% dry hair and run your fingers through your hair and scrunch to boost graininess. Finger-brush the front away towards the back, lifting and pinching at the crown to create a wave. For more formal occasions, wear to a smoother finish, parted to a side.

Trend #5: The Musician

Care for something wilder, freer and more artsy? Let Missoni guide you to greatness. Curls are the biggest hair trend of 2016 and the great thing about this texture is that it works beautifully for all genders, age groups, and ethnicities- what have you. Curls are beautiful, bold and soulful and there’s something refreshingly unapologetic about a head full of free-falling curls in a world that’s all too polished, smoothened down and straightened out. You can choose from a variety of curly hairstyles for men but if you’re feeling adventurous, might I suggest this chin-length shaggy do with bangs?

You’ll notice that most of these men’s hair trends are rooted in very classic style sensibilities and have essentially just been updated with more modern textures and setting. Men’s hair trends tend to experience less frequent and more restrained changes as compared to women’s hair trends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a whole lot of fun with them. 

Best Hairstyles From The 2017 Golden Globes

The 74th Golden Globe Awards were everything I was hoping for in terms of styling and hair trends. As the first major event of the 2017 awards season, the Golden Globes are a sign of things to come and judging from last evening, I’m sure we’ve got a lot of goodness to look forward to.

Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the 2017 Golden Globes. Prepare to get pinning!

Brie Larson

Old Hollywood hair is a Red Carpet constant. And I’m not complaining: is there really anything as enchanting as voluminous side-swept waves? I think not. Last night, it was Brie Larson who wore the hairstyle to perfection.

To put a modern spin onto an old classic, Brie’s makeup artist used a slightly deeper red lip and smokier eyes than the traditional pairing goes and I think they worked beautifully with the hair.

You just can’t go wrong with these Veronica Lake-esque waves for formal events and this is a sure sign that the classic hairstyles revival trend is going to be major for 2017.

Janelle Monae

Janelle is one of those people whose personal sense of style is really that: unique to the individual, truly stylish and always inspired. She’s made a brand out of her style choices and every time she steps out, she makes a fabulous statement. She’s been playing with hair accessories a lot of late and I’m loving this most recent addition to that perfect portfolio.

I’ve been talking about how vintage and retro-inspired hairstyles are going to be a dominant trend in 2017 and Janelle’s beehive is proof of the same. These old school hairstyles make for strong style statements as of themselves, but if you do want to give it a bit of a modern twist, there’s always room to get creative. For instance, Janelle’s big, bold beehive was trimmed out with small pearl accents. The choice of accessory is a stroke of genius because while the end result is so quirky, it also doesn’t get more classic than pearls.

Kerry Washington & Priyanka Chopra

Kerry Washington and Priyanka Chopra had more in common than just their berry lips and gold gowns at the Golden Globes: both women were seen rocking one of 2017’s biggest hair trends to be- soft, sophisticated hair color. In a recent interview I talked about how the ‘natural glam hair color trend’ is going to be one of the breakthrough hair trends of 2017 and I’m so excited to see it start on the Red Carpet already. The artful placement of highlights and lowlights is a fantastic way to look polished and glamorous without looking overdone. And as we can see, the look translates beautifully from real life to Red Carpet.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins has this particular style which is the rather unusual marriage of ‘Victorian romantic’ and ‘glam goth’. It’s such an unexpected way to go and I think I’ve broken it down here: the use of pinks and berry tones in her makeup against the delicate, detailed hairdos and gowns that she obviously favors. We’ve got romantic but vampy colors working with romantic and vintage-y cuts and structures.

For the Globes’ Lily wore her hair in a textured updo with braided accents. Soft curls and updos are the perfect compliment to a formal gown but Lily’s stylist kicked it up a notch by adding a fishtail braid around the base of ‘do. It’s fascinating how the intricacy of the braid plays off of the detailing on the gown. The undone curls that form the bun as well as the soft wispy strands flowing free really soften the look. I think this is the perfect bridal hairstyle for spring-summer 2017.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was absolutely resplendent last night (when is she not?) but what’s really great about her Golden Globes hairstyle is that it’s poised to become one of 2017’s biggest hair trends. Poker-straight, extra-long hair parted down the middle is going to be the haircut/ hairstyle of 2017. Think of it as 2017’s response to the textured lob. Campbell and Cher have been rocking the look for years but it’s never been as hot as it’s going to be this year. For a hairstyle that’s ostensibly simple, it’s as powerful as style can get. Time to start growing those bobs out or investing in hair extensions!

Natalie Portman

Another retro-inspired hairstyle that turned a lot of heads was Natalie Portman’s half-up half-down hairdo with the bouffant accent. Portman’s portrayal of Jackie O earned her a nomination this year and her 60s statement hair guaranteed a place on most ‘best styled’ lists coming out today. It’s a great hairstyle for when you want to keep your hair away from the face and show off an outfit and accessories. Old school, ultra formal hairstyles are making a comeback this year and fashion is going to be a lot more deliberate this season.

Ruth Negga

Another vintage-y hairdo came our way in the form of funky finger waves on Ruth Negga. While 2017 is going to be the year that long hair dominates the style narrative, Ruth’s look is solid inspiration for those of you who aren’t ready to give up on your pixies and cropped haircuts just yet. This is how you keep your hair short while maximizing the romantic, feminine energy that’s so trendy this year.

For more hair inspiration from the 2017 Golden Globes be sure to check out other divas like Tracee Ellis Ross, Olivia Culpo, Emma Stone and Naomi Harris.

2017 Trend Forecast: What’s Going To Be Hot For Hair This Year

2017 Trend Forecast: What’s Hot For Hair This Year

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve had a great start to 2017 and are ready to get down to business: today we’re going to be taking a look at what you can expect from 2017 hair trends.

#1 The Mood

If I can sum up everything hair-related that’s coming your way in 2017 in one word, I’d go with ‘classic’. 2017 is going to be the year that marks the revival of all the best in hairstyling: old school understated elegance and sophisticated glamour. No frills and cheap thrills here: 2017 hair trends are all about timeless beauty and trends that aren’t ‘trends’ so much so as fashion fundamentals.

#2 The Cuts

We’ve seen a lot of pixies, angled bobs and asymmetrical cuts over the past few seasons and while I enjoy them as much as the next person, I’m thrilled to see an upsurge of interest in the more traditional, elegant haircuts and styles. We’re talking longer lengths –shoulder length and beyond–, cleaner lines and unfussy cuts. It’s all about creating and celebrating natural shapes and volumes so I expect to see a lot of ‘soft U’ cuts and even lengths in the coming months.

#3 The Colors

Hair color trends in 2017 are going to shift back towards the ‘normal tones’ of the color spectrum. I’m talking various shades of the natural hues: brunettes, blondes, reds and ebony. I’m particularly excited to see how the celebrities deploy the ‘natural glam hair color trend’ in the coming weeks during the 2017 awards season. Going darker or lighter than your usual base is a great way to experiment with hair color without doing anything too crazy.

Another way to play around with the softer hair colors is to add lowlights and highlights to your base. It’s a great technique for adding movement to dark bases and striking a balance between deep and light hair colors. If you want to start out small, ask your colorist to place streaks around the face only. The natural glam hair color trend is classy and low-maintenance, and style just doesn’t get better than that.

As far as techniques go, I’ll be playing around with a lot of hand-painted balayage-like techniques in soft V-shapes for diffused dimensionality.

#4 The Textures

We saw a lot of really amped up, played up textures last year and in keeping with the overall mood, expect the total opposite in 2017. The dominant hairstyle for 2017 is super straight, super sleek hair with a strong middle part. Think Cher and Morticia Adams but with softer makeup to balance out the drama.

If you do want to experiment with a softer wavier texture, know this: ringlets, curls and beachy waves belong in 2016. Relaxed texture for 2017 is all about barely-there flat waves. Use a flat iron to introduce the most minimalistic kinks in your hair, keeping the ‘waves’ far apart and loose. Keep the ends straight to keep up with this year’s hottest hair texture.

The one exception to this rule is going to be volume. 2017 is going to be the year of classic, vintage-y hair trends and nothing defines the golden years of Hollywood quite like massive volume. And now, we’re seeing a combination of the two major trends of the year –straight, sleek texture and dramatic volume– pop up, like with Natalie Portman’s glorious Jackie O-inspired half-up half-down hairstyle at the 2017 Golden Globe awards.

#5 The Return of Glam

The last few seasons have been all about unconventional and/or laidback styling. The mood has veered between confrontational and carefree: from messy textures and lived-in looks to crazy colors and radical cuts. In 2017, the spirit of hairstyling is going to return to a place of genteel sensibilities, deliberate styling and a sense of formality. We’re talking intentional glamour over accidental attractiveness. Think Old Hollywood hairstyles like retro waves, French twists and bouffants. There’s a lot to be said for funky and quirky cuts and colors being balanced with understated makeup and accessories for special occasions but we’re now returning to a place where formal hairstyles will be given their due.

#6 The Men

The biggest 2017 men’s grooming trend is going to be a movement of sorts; call it an awakening if you will: I see a definite interest in active, conscious decision-making regarding choosing hairstyle and beard combos. For the most part, most guys have always had a signature look or a particular hairstyle/ facial hair look that they always sport. Even when they choose to experiment with one element, the other usually goes unnoticed. Except your standard beard/haircut might not fall into placed with a cool new look.

This year I expect men to pay more attention to different aspects of grooming that work well together and are great style statements as of themselves as well as in totality. I’ll be crafting a beard-hairstyle cheat sheet soon just for you guys!

#7 The End of Extremes

The primary driving force behind 2017 hair trends is a return to the basics, but basic doesn’t mean boring, far from it! It’s stylish, luxurious and bold. The classics don’t have to leap out and grab you by the eyeballs: they are the conversation. 2017 is going to be the year that the extreme hair color trends craze finally fizzles out a little bit. I’m sure we’ll see the pop of unusual color every now and then but the real statement this year is going to be polished, mature colors with an emphasis on healthy, shiny and thick hair.

In a nutshell, the vibe this year is a lot more grown-up, a lot more powerful.