If 2017 was anything, it was the year of multi-colored unicorn hair and loose, delightfully lazy lobs, courtesy of the awesome advancements in color technology, as well as the prominent desire to have a fun, not-quite-short, not-quite-long style. Braids were also everywhere, as were pixie cuts adopted by usually long-haired celeb lovelies like Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart, and Katie Holmes.

But those looks are all in the rearview. What’s on deck for hair in 2018? What picture will you be ripping out of a fashion mag or saving to your phone while browsing Pinterest or Instagram so that you can show it to your stylist at the salon and say “Give me that!” next time you sit in their chair? What hues, textures, and lengths will reign supreme over the next 365 days? Here are the haircuts you’ll be asking for in 2018.

Shoulder lengths

Short hair, don’t care! Michael Canalé, a sought-after Hollywood colorist who has worked with the always well-coiffed Jennifer Aniston forever and who is the creator of the Canalé hair care line, tells me that damaged hair is ready for a rest. In order to achieve a clean, sleek look, women will be going shorter in order to get rid of those fried ‘n’ frazzled follicles.

“Due to the more aggressive color techniques over the past four years, such as ombre and balayage, hair is brittle and damaged with over-bleached ends,” he said. “You’ll start to see a lot of chin and shoulder-length styles.”

However, if you are not quite ready to snip, snip, and snip some more, the colorist suggests trying extensions to nurse your hair back to a healthier state, along with taking vitamins.

Natural-looking

A more natural look will eclipse the aforementioned wild, crazy, and ultimately daring styles and hues that defined 2017, according to Canalé.

“The trends for 2018 will focus on enhancing natural beauty,” he predicted. “As we move away from aggressive hair colors, you will see more natural blending, using paper-thin highlights to create a gradual blonde, instead of sun-drenched blonde.”

Moving away from unusual hues in favor of colors actually found in nature may not be as adventurous, but it’s certainly more wearable for the office, at school, and formal occasions. Plus, these techniques will give tired tresses a much-needed break.

Undercurrents

Wild colors will fall by the wayside not only in favor of the natural looks that were described by Canalé, but also for something known as “undercurrents.” Steve Lococo, master stylist and co-owner of B2V Salon in West Hollywood, told me, “Surprisingly, clients want to tone it down with multi-dimensional colors woven through out their hair.” It’s surprisingly easy to get this depth of color, so hair “moves” beautifully and bouncily!

Lococo continued, “Remember that honey blonde with highlights that you liked? Infuse that blonde with some copper, blush pink, or soft mint. We call these tones ‘undercurrents.’ They help move the overall haircut and hair color.” A cut and color being in synch is important for a pulled together coif in 2018.

The shaggy bob

Brandon Martinez, who has styled celebs like Rosario Dawson, Elle Macpherson, and Diane Kruger, and who penned Sex, Hair and Billionaires: Adventures of a Celebrity Hairstylist, predicts the short pixie of 2017, which is a classic cut that is always “in,” will be transformed into “a longer, shaggier bob for the spring.”

Martinez told me, “Haircuts will have grown out from the short, severe shapes into a sophisticated bob that can be worn straight and sleek, or shaggy and messy.” He also nods to the “the versatility that a longer bobs can have,” affirming that this cut “can still be pulled back and styled in many different ways.”

Vanessa Quiles and Gabrielle Fishman of Soho’s Takamichi Hair also nod to the ’70s vibe “riding strong” with shaggy cuts featuring cheek-sweeping fringe.

Visible ombre roots

While visible, contrasted, or graying roots are often the main reason that you book an appointment with your colorist, don’t be so hasty to cover up those babies up in 2018. Martinez foresees the once-popular white and gray trend, which was rocked by everyone from Rihanna to Kylie Jenner, giving way to “a more natural ombre look, as roots are making a comeback.”

So go ahead and let those roots show, especially if they are part of an overall ombre look where hair color gets progressively lighter as you go down the shaft.


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