New year, New ‘do; forget the champagne, the best way to ring in the new year is with a fresh hairstyle. The coming months will inevitably bring new color, cut, and styles so it’s time to say goodbye to the lob – however much it hurts, see ya’ to super-sleek middle parts, and adios to platinum buzz cuts and make room for whole new fleet of selfie-worthy looks. To help you stay ahead of the curve, #TeamEV’s Nicole has hand-pick the looks that are guaranteed to infiltrate your Instagram feeds in a few months.
Un-lock-ing 70’s style
If ever there was ever a haircut that didn’t date, it’s the shag. Think about the things Timehop throws back in your face—that kind of lasting power is rare. Inspired by iconic styles from the likes Bridget Bardot and Cindy Crawford, the shag features wispy bangs, a center part, and close-cropped layers that frame your face delicately, making you the main event. It’s the sexy cousin of the bob and the badass neighbor to the lob— the universally flattering look that dominated last year. This throwback look is a versatile cut that can be worn extremely messy or seamlessly straight and is certain to get heads turning.
Wet ‘n’ Wild
Admittedly, the “I just got out of the shower but it’s totally high fashion” vibe scores pretty highly on the intimidation scale but wet-look styles are about to rain down on 2018. First popping up in the post-apocalyptic 2015 Balmain campaign, where supermodels Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls worked glossy, saturated scalps, wet-look has since been sported by A-listers across the globe, including Rita Ora, Gigi Hadid and not forgetting Kim K’s infamous 2016 VMA look. Wet-look hair might not be anything new, but there is a new twist; once poker straight and stuck to your head, wet look hair has been set free and given an interjection of texture – the wilder the better! Despite the line between super chic and actually, just sopping (or worse, greasy) being a fine one, more and more people are attempting to recreate the look at home.
Khloe Kardashian’s baby bump isn’t the only thing that’s growing as she debuted her huge mane of untamed curls on New Year’s Eve, making a change from her usual loose beach waves. In its 2018 lifestyle report, Pinterest revealed the increase in searches for wet and wild hairstyles – prepare to see a lot of super slicked-back styles and all kinds of curls, kinks and waves —yep, even perms. Curly hair is having a major revival and 2018 is all about upping the ante and getting those curls bigger and better, Khloe style.
I’m with the (hair) band
Though you might have thought your days of hair clips and gems were numbered, wearing bands, clips and pins in your hair has never been cooler – or easier. Despite Carrie Bradshaw’s anti-scrunchie tirade, the 80s statement is back with a vengeance as well as delicate Alice bands, clips and pins. Taking your mane from basic to beautiful in a second, claw clips, embellished pins or even a simple black ribbon have become the hottest must-have accessories for 2018.
For a lesson in making hair accessories wearable off the catwalk, we look to fashion goddess, Alexa Chung. Alex modelled a jewel-encrusted barrette spelling out the word ‘Girls’ at last years London Fashion Week sparking serious #hairenvy across the country. Chrissy Teigen also stepped out with a styled topknot embellished with pearl pins, a look created by Hollywood hairstylist, Jen Atkin.
The takeaways? 2018 is all about shaggy styles that frame your face and embracing those big bold curls. Curly and textured hair will be bigger than ever before – so step away from the straighteners and opt for a less structured, done feeling. Not to mention that accessories will be the way to pull back your hair; they’re perfect for the low maintenance girl that wants something fast to dress up her look. So whether or not you think following the “New Year, New You” mantra is cheesy, there’s no better opportunity than 2018 to get out of that bad hair rut and try a new cut!