Posted by All-Nutrient Professional on Dec 29, 2017
Adding individual expression to any cut is easy when you emphasize an area of a cut or subtly alter the total look by trying out a product you’ve never used before. For 2018, the focus is on easygoing, healthy hair that makes natural texture a focal point. Of course, there are always a few new tricks that help fool the eye.
From the runways to street style, here are the best styling ideas to try.
New Loose Waves
The newest way to make waves creates a less structured look that’s more effortless than ever. Not quite beachy, the new waves put emphasis on the mid-lengths and ends. To get the look, mist on a styling spray and twist large sections from the ears down, or use a medium-sized iron and wrap up large sections for a looser, subtle waved style. Fingercombing and soft scrunching allow hair’s natural texture to play a starring role in the finish.
Pump Up the Volume
Big hair is making a comeback in a whole new way by shifting the volume to the sides and ends. A volumizing mousse and a large round brush are must-haves for adding root lift and volume at the sides. Then, ends are flicked out—especially when hair is longer or layered. For short cuts with longer tops, layers add just the right amount of lift—avoid pulling them straight up when drying. Instead, add a root booster and use your brush to create direction. When longer hair shows off top volume, it’s at the crown, behind a center part that’s a few inches long—think of it as the “newscaster” look that keeps hair from looking too flat when viewed from the front.
Try a Faux Short
Last year’s award shows saw several actresses transforming their long locks to faux bobs by curving the ends under, then adding concealed hair pins. The newest take seen on the runways is a more sophisticated approach that involves twisting, coiling and pinning hair in the back, so that hair looks short when viewed from the front. Short, face-framing pieces really make the look work—especially when they are detailed around the face with a styling crème.
Bonus: Once the longer lengths are let down, loose waves appear.
Multiply Your Braids
For hair that’s mid-length and longer, multiple surface braids replace the singular fishtail—in fact, the newest fishtail starts at the nape and has crisscrossed mini-braids above it. Runway stylists strove to avoid perfect asymmetry by adding crisscrossing braids, uneven numbers on the sides or diagonally intertwining braids. The trendiest take is to braid just a wide or V-shaped top section, then add small braids on either side, underneath the V, and let the ends meet in back. Adding a central braid to the Mohawk area even works on shorter hair. However you do it, always leave over half of the hair unbraided.
Divide and Conquer
Start with the best cut for your face shape, then blow dry to emphasize eyes or downplay a long chin. Divide the hair in four sections and work from the bottom up, adding extra root lift or curving sections onto your face. Perfect product cocktailing, like adding a few drops of a shine serum to styling gel, provides the benefits hair needs most. For an ultra-bespoke take, use different product cocktails in different areas.
Some sprays are good as final finishers but using hairspray on dry sections before wrapping, iron curling or rolling, clipping and heat-drying hair lets you have hold and separation. For elaborate upstyles, smooth, spray, loop and pin up pieces, then fan them out, or create a top knot in sections. Adding hair spray before applying heat to sections helps iron-curled pieces or blow-dried and flicked-up ends hold their place without stiffness.
Update the Pony
The ubiquitous pony is a mainstay and the newest ones are low and loose, pulled to the side or enhanced with a tiny braid or two. Alternately, flick up ends for a pony you’ll flip for. The big simplified winner will be the pony wrapped into a messy bun.
Healthy hair means less heat styling and lower thermal tool temperatures. For the best looks all year, dry low and slow to let natural texture emerge as you round brush sections, palm shape hair or finger twirl curls. Key: Choose the right product for your texture type, distribute it evenly, then pat or detail ends and edges with pomades and styling creams. Skip thermal tools all together at least twice a week.