Wondering what’s hot in hair? Bob + Paige salon Senior Stylist Jenna Crawford is always ahead of the curve. She shares her favourite hair trends for the upcoming year:
Balayage was a big hair trend last year but if you’re looking for new ideas around colour, try tone on tone. You’re using the same colours but instead of hand painting them sporadically throughout the hair, babylights (very fine and natural colours) are applied from root to ends. The result is really natural looking and your roots will be brighter instead of deeper and darker.
The beautiful lob (long bob) is still a big hair trend but if you want to change it up a little try adding light bangs. The lob is a natural easy look and bangs are a fun way to work a new style without cutting too much off. Just make sure your bangs aren’t too thick for easier upkeep and so you maintain the natural look!
A lot of women with grey hair want to cover it completely but I think it’s beautiful so why not work with it? Instead of doing a full permanent colour all over, try blending your existing grey with highlights and lowlights. It’s a softer look and when it grows in you don’t get those hard lines at the root. It lasts longer, it’s low maintenance and it really flatters the skin.
This might be the edgiest new hair trend of all! Ready or not, the mullet is back, but with a modern spin. In the ‘80s the mullet was mostly seen on men but now women are really rocking it. The party is still at the back, but the contrast is less drastic with softer lines and shorter layers in front. For an even bigger impact pair your mullet cut with a solid neutral or spunky colour. If you have curly hair you’ll want to tame it a bit with a cream-based product like Oribe’s Curl By Definition Crème. Those with thinner hair can use a dry wax to give it some texture. I like using Hair Play Dry Wax by KMS.
So long, long hair! For people who are scared to cut too much, medium short is a great option. It falls just below the shoulder from your collarbone to 2 inches below and it’s all one length (as opposed to the lob which is layered and longer in front). This is a look that’s styled using your natural texture so it’s fairly easy to work with and you don’t need much product.
For those rocking a lob or bob style, cut it off and go short again! That rounded, big look is back and length-wise it falls around the jaw line. This is a good cut for finer haired people because it makes hair seem thicker and more luscious. Styling-wise, medium to thick hair will need to be tamed a little with a straightening iron. I think the short bob is a fun sophisticated haircut that looks polished but sassy.
Just because your hair is short, doesn’t mean you can’t change it up! Instead of using a razor or cutting to change the texture, add hard lines with colour. It’s a really sleek and neat way to define sections, without any cutting at all.
Parting hair in the middle completely changes your look by framing your face, literally! Start by washing and blow drying with the centre part in place so you ‘train’ the hair to go a certain way. Curtain bangs that reach your cheekbones are really gorgeous as well. Make sure to add some mousse like Goldwell’s Style Sign Top Whip to towel dried hair. Then, depending on the length, use a small to medium round brush to style the bangs on either side of the part. The result is a soft Farrah Fawcett look that adds some chic to hair that’s down or in a ponytail. Happy New Year!
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