Top Hair Trends for 2018
2018 is finally here, and what better time to try out a new look? The new year is always a time of change, and your hair is the perfect place to start. Hairstylist to the stars Asgar Saboo explains 2018’s top 5 hair trends, giving you a heads-up on the most show-stopping looks of the year ahead. These chic looks will help you beat the January blues and start off 2018 in style!
1. ‘The Meghan’
Her recent engagement to Prince Harry created an instant icon out of former Suits actress Meghan Markle. With the royal wedding taking place this year, 2018 looks set to be the year of Meghan, and one topic on everyone’s lips has been THAT hair. She is the queen of effortlessly long and glossy waves- a look that’s easy to achieve at home and flattering on anyone, not just a future Duchess!
Straight Hair: If you have naturally straight hair but you want to create natural-looking waves, you will need a product to add movement and texture to your locks. Sea salt spray works perfectly for this. Add to damp hair before using a hair-dryer to roughly dry your hair, scrunching the ends as you go.
Curly Hair: If, like Meghan, your hair is naturally thick and curly, make sure to use lots of hair product. The best products to use are hair oils such as argan as they are easily absorbed into the hair rather than just coating it. This will leave your locks beautifully smooth and glossy.
2. Platinum Blonde
If you want to make a real statement in 2018, a drastic color like platinum blonde will do the job. This color has been seen on countless celebrities this year, from Kim Kardashian’s long locks to Katy Perry’s pixie crop, proving the look works for all haircuts.
Going ice blonde is never easy, as the color is high maintenance and the bleach can seriously damage your hair. However, don’t let this stop you! To protect your hair, try to avoid heat styling. Use air-dry products to bring out your natural texture and beat the frizz without using straightening irons or blow-dryers.
3. Curtain Bangs
This mature look is more popular than ever, with a 600% rise in Pinterest searches for the style in 2017. You can wear it up or down and is the perfect style if you want to enter the year with chic new hair, but don’t want to make any drastic or risky changes.
Make sure the bangs are cut long enough so that they can be pinned up or tied back if required. To avoid your fringe going frizzy, blow-dry and straighten the bangs straight away rather than rough-drying them first. To keep the bangs perfect all day, carry a small tail comb to brush them out should they become windswept or tangled.
4. Blunt Ends
A blunt ‘lob’ is the perfect way to get a fresh start for the new year. Eliminate any split ends created by the harsh winter weather and heat styling of party season by cutting your hair into a sharp and uniform shape. This will make your hair look instantly healthy and glossy!
Don’t think that blunt ends have to mean short hair, as the look works for longer locks as well. This cut is all about the hair looking healthy, so regularly use a hydrating mask or deep conditioner to make your strands extra soft and glossy. To create the sharpest look, wear your hair completely straight and tease any pesky flyaways using a mascara wand coated with a thick layer of hairspray.
5. Brunette Ambition
Brunettes have long had to watch from the sidelines as blondes experimented with color. Not anymore! 2018 will be the year where we’ll see subtle but fun colors added to the darker hair. The colors won’t be screamingly obvious, but when the light hits them, wow!
The darker the color, the more magical the effect. Darker colors will also be the least damaging to your hair, as less bleach will be required in the dye. Emerald greens, midnight blues, and deep purples will be the most popular shades. To ensure the color remains glossy, avoid washing your hair too often, and when you do, make sure to use a shine-enhancing shampoo for extra impact.